These resources are designed to help Penn State College of Medicine faculty, staff and students as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop.
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Penn State Health case dashboard and COVID-19 guide
Penn State Health has created a guide for the public on COVID-19.
This page includes links to vaccine information, describes the health system's preparedness measures and explains what members of the public should do. It also includes links to updated information from trusted health sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Information Services (IS) walk-up technical support is available in Harrell Health Sciences Library from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.You can also connect with IS via the IS Service Portal (see icon on your desktop), email at email@example.com or phone at 833-577-HELP.
Per University guidance, a cost center has been set up in each department’s 217 general fund named "2020 COVID19 EXPENSE COLLECTOR" to track all expenses related to COVID-19.
Any questions on whether an expense should be identified as COVID-related should be directed to the Controller's Office at 717-531-8500.
Support resources for experiences of bias related to COVID-19
Penn State Health and the College of Medicine are aware of media reports of bias or aggression against the Asian Pacific Islander community, predominantly those of Chinese descent, following the COVID-19 outbreak. The organization does not tolerate nor support any biased, discriminatory or hateful statements, behaviors or interactions toward any individual or group based on their aspect of diversity.
On the rare occasion that an individual treats a member of the Penn State Health/College of Medicine community negatively, such as refusing to interact with that individual because they associate them with COVID-19, the organization has resources available for support.
Specifically for College of Medicine students, the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment is available to provide support.
The Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 project is an interdisciplinary initiative focused on collecting, displaying, and archiving Pennsylvanians’ first-person, imaginative and artistic expressions made in response to their lived experience of the coronavirus pandemic.
The project is a collaboration between Penn State College of Medicine's Department of Humanities and Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State Bioethics Program, Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and Penn State College of the Liberal Arts.
Travel and quarantine policy
Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health have issued specific guidance on travel, as well as on quarantine requirements for employees who travel, who live with someone who is COVID-19 positive, or who test positive for COVID-19 themselves.
In addition, College of Medicine faculty, staff and students who are not practicing physicians must abide by the University's travel guidelines.
Harrell Health Sciences Library services
Harrell Health Sciences Library at the College of Medicine is available 24/7 via badge access to all students, faculty and staff. Visitors are still prohibited.
The library is staffed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.
For reference help, instruction, consultations and other online services, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Large meeting spaces
As College of Medicine students return to campus, conducting classes and activities in small spaces cannot be permitted in order to maintain appropriate social distancing.
Classes are now using the large lecture spaces, such as Junker Auditorium, lecture rooms A, B, C and D and Room C3621, so that students will be able to spread out.
Interim Dean Dr. Kevin Black asks that faculty, staff and students cancel any meetings scheduled in these spaces. Conduct most, if not all, meetings virtually.
Forwarding @psu.edu email to @pennstatehealth.psu.edu email
Many University systems used across the College of Medicine will automatically send emails to @psu.edu email addresses.
Faculty or staff who do not regularly check their @psu.edu email separately should make sure they have set up their @psu.edu email to forward to their @pennstatehealth.psu.edu address.
To set up this forwarding:
- Visit accounts.psu.edu/manage/email and log in with the appropriate Penn State Access ID (generally of the format xyz123).
- At the bottom, in the center, click "Change your e-mail forwarding address." Under email forwarding, choose "Internal server" and enter the @pennstatehealth.psu.edu email address (such as email@example.com).
- Hit save.
- Test the forwarding by emailing the @psu.edu email from a personal (non-work) email address and making sure it appears in the @pennstatehealth.psu.edu email.
Reliable state and national data sources
These are reliable sources of information on COVID-19 at a state and national level.
- Coronavirus in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Department of Health)
- Pennsylvania Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reported Cases (Penn State)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic (World Health Organization)
- Worldwide COVID-19 Dashboard (Johns Hopkins University)