This site serves as a resource for Penn State College of Medicine faculty, staff, students and postdocs as the college prepares to ramp back up its on-campus efforts. This site will serve as the most up-to-date, reliable information about coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19.
Current status: College of Medicine
Masking with a level-1 procedure mask is required in Penn State Health locations accessible to patients or human research subjects. Masking is optional for employees and students while in well-defined areas that are restricted from patient or human research subjects access. View masking guidelines.
The maximum number of people permitted in indoor spaces, including educational spaces and laboratories, has returned to pre-pandemic levels. Eating and drinking within rooms is still not permitted. Physical distancing is still encouraged, but there are no specific requirements.
Eating and drinking at hallway tables in the College of Medicine is still not permitted.
External Seminar Speakers/Visitors
External visitors are no longer required to attest to COVID-19 vaccination or present proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entering the College of Medicine. Visitors should not enter any on-campus building if they are currently exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 10 days. In-person seminars/events should have a remote option, if possible.
Group Meals on Campus
Food should be limited to those events where it is essential. When deemed necessary, food should be provided in individual, closed containers with maximum physical distancing encouraged.
For College-sponsored events which are held off-campus, attendees should abide by COVID-19 safety guidelines outlined by the specific venue.
There are no COVID-19 restrictions on travel for university or personal business. Full details on travel guidance are available online
Student Policy for COVID-19 Reporting and Quarantine
Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact Student Health at 717-531-5998. Do not come to campus or to the Student Health office, as it could put others at risk.
Employee Policy for COVID-19 Reporting and Quarantine
Employees experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact Occupational Medicine at 814-856-8612. Do not come to campus with symptoms, as it could put others at risk.
In-Person Research Internships for Students
Students associated with an undergraduate college or university and interested in an in-person research experience should complete the online application. At this time, the research internship program is not accepting applications from anyone under the age of 18.
In-Person Clinical Internships and Shadowing for Students
Students interested in in-person experiences that involve human subjects or patients should contact Marissa Aulenbach at Penn State Health at email@example.com.
COVID-19 Test Kits
Students and employees are encouraged to order free, at-home COVID-19 tests from the government and have them at home ready for immediate use. Please don't wait until symptoms arise to order.
Vault COVID-19 Tests
New test kits from Vault are no longer available, but existing kits can still be used, if they are not expired.
COVID-19 Booster Shots
Boosters shots are strongly encouraged and are available at any health care location, pharmacy or grocery store, among other locations. Find one near you on vaccines.gov.
Human Subjects Research
All studies that involve direct, face-to-face interaction with research participants are required to follow the University policies and may require review at the College and University level prior to proceeding. Review the updated guidelines.
- All learners should contact their program leadership with questions. That can be done via this form: Submit a COVID-19 question
- Student Health: 717-531-5998
- University Employee Health: 814-863-8492
- Biosafety: 717-531-5573, 717-531-0003, ext. 289844 or BiosafetyOfficer@
- COM HR: askCOMHR@
All requests for media interviews should be made through the Office of Marketing and Communications.
Any Penn State Health/Penn State College of Medicine employee who is contacted by a member of the media should direct the media contact to reach Marketing and Communications by calling the following numbers:
College of Medicine COVID-19 response
From clinical trials of new potential treatments, to student projects supporting campus faculty and staff, to finding new ways to produce personal protective equipment, Penn State College of Medicine is committed to making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.