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: COM Phase 4 (effective Feb. 15, 2021)
- All on-site personnel must follow safety guidance including universal masking.
- No more than 80% of a department or institute's laboratory personnel may be on site at any one time, with physical distancing requirements in place that also limit the number of people in any space.
- Anyone whose work can be completed remotely should still be working off-site.
- Conferences, lab meetings or other types of in-person gatherings (except formal courses) are not permitted in the College of Medicine unless prior approval is granted by the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.
- Individual laboratories must have a plan for the rapid return to phase 3 (maximum 50% capacity).
- Animals may be ordered without preapproval from Comparative Medicine, but those with large orders should still contact the animal facilities to ensure that animals can be accommodated in the vivarium.
- Clinical research is permitted in certain circumstances. See details here.
- 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@
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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.