Last Revised: June 01, 2021

Issued: 6/12/20

Revised 10/2/20

Revised 6/02/21


The following is presented to highlight the responsibilities and information for the various parties involved in a probable or confirmed case of a COVID-19 infection involving a University of Pennsylvania faculty or staff member. The plan is based upon current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and is subject to change as that guidance changes. 

Faculty, Staff and Student Information/Responsibilities: 


Effective July 1, 2021 individuals who have recorded being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in their Workday record will be exempt from regular Penn Cares screening testing. Individuals who report their vaccination status after July 1 will be exempt thereafter. 

Faculty, staff, and post-doctoral trainees who are not fully vaccinated will be required to continue to participate in daily symptom checks on PennOpen Pass and weekly Penn Cares screening testing, as well as to continue to wear masks indoors.

Everyone who comes to campus (faculty, staff and students) will be required to enroll in PennOpen Pass. PennOpen Pass is a daily symptom checker and exposure reporting system designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading within the Penn community. Daily symptom checks or exposure reporting on PennOpen Pass are required of those who are on campus. Daily symptom tracking enables PennOpen Pass to act as an early warning system of potential COVID-19 infections on campus. 

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If you have any symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms, do not report to work on campus. Complete the PennOpen Pass symptom check, notify supervisor and follow the instructions provided, which may include self-isolation and COVID-19 testing. The Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) is responsible for contact tracing of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases for Penn faculty, staff and postdocs. If appropriate, CPHI will contact you for additional information and contact tracing. 

Housekeeping Responsibilities:

Cleaning & Disinfection - Clean and disinfect surfaces where the person with a suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19 case spent time. EPA-registered disinfectants for SARS-COV-2 shall be used.

Internal vs. External Resources - Housekeeping shall determine if cleaning and disinfecting will be completed with internal staff or contracted to the on-call housekeeping contractor. 

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