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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

External Professional Visitor Guidance

This page details what must be done when a vendor, contractor, consultant or other visiting professional is scheduled to come to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center or Penn State College of Medicine.

There are requirements for both the internal contact (the Penn State Health or College of Medicine employee who will be responsible for the visitor) and for visitors themselves.

See the full guide to COVID-19 for College of Medicine faculty, staff and students here.

For internal contacts

This information is for the Penn State Health or College of Medicine employee who will be responsible for the on-site visiting professional, such as a vendor, consultant or contractor.

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Requirements

The internal contact will do the following:

  • Ensure the visitor completes the required online pre-approval form in the 48-hour window before scheduled to arrive on campus
  • Ensure that the visitor does not arrive if pre-approval notification has not been received from Biosafety
  • Meet the visitor at the College of Medicine entrance on the Crescent at the scheduled time
  • Provide a mask from the departmental inventory to the visitor, if needed
  • Escort the visitor to the approved location and remain with them as long as appropriate
  • Escort the visitor back outside the College of Medicine entrance on the Crescent at the completion of the visit
  • Clean any surface(s) the visitor touched or may have touched
  • Clean outer wrappings of tangible supplies delivered for campus use, if any are brought by the visitor

For visitors

This information is for external professionals (consultant, contractors, vendors, etc.) scheduled to visit Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center or Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa. This process is not applicable to patients and their families.

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Requirements

The professional visitor will do the following:

  • Complete the required online pre-approval form in the 48-hour window before scheduled to arrive on campus
  • Refrain from coming to campus if pre-approval notification has not been received from Biosafety
  • Meet the internal contact at the College of Medicine entrance on the Crescent at the scheduled time
  • Wear a mask at all times while on campus (masks will be provided if the visitor does not have one)
  • Stay with the internal contact, and in approved areas only, for the duration of the visit
  • Contact Biosafety by phone or email to check out (717-531-5573, 717-531-0003, ext. 289844 or BiosafetyOfficer@pennstatehealth.psu.edu) after completion of work and departure from the property