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 5 (effective March 29, 2021)
- All on-site personnel must follow safety guidance including universal masking.
- Laboratory research: Permitted to return to 100% capacity. It remains the PI’s responsibility to ensure the physical distancing policy (at least 150 square feet per person; at least 6 feet between individuals) is strictly adhered to, along with all other safety precautions related to masking and hand hygiene, regardless of the vaccine status of lab personnel. The physical distancing requirement may prevent some labs from moving to 100% at this time. Read more
- Plan for rapid return to Phases 1 to 4 in place.
- All research and large group meetings that can be done remotely are encouraged; however, small in-person meetings with protective face masks are permitted.
- Small group research meetings need to adhere to masking, distancing and room occupancy restrictions.
- Meetings or gatherings may be held in person with occupancy restrictions in place. Meetings must adhere to physical distancing and other guidelines and should not exceed the room capacity. Read the current meeting and gathering guidelines.
- Recognize that although the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may be in green, the University and College of Medicine may impose additional restrictions or remain in an earlier phase. Social distancing, wearing of face masks or other public health guidance may be warranted to help prevent a potential increase in COVID-19 cases.
- 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.