On This Page:
- COVID-19 Symptom Checker
- COVID-19 Symptoms & Flowcharts
- Counseling Services
- Testing and Tracing Information
All members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to use the COVID-19 Symptom Checker via the Penn State GO App on a daily basis, even when not on campus.
The Penn State GO App can be downloaded via the Apple App Store and Google Play. Once installed, be sure to choose the Faculty/Staff Experience by following these steps:
- Download and install the app.
- Choose "Faculty & Staff" All Campuses
The symptom checker can then be accessed at the top of the New Kensington app home screen.
The University's Return to Work site includes information for employees exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19, as well as guidance for supervisors.
- CDC: How to Protect Yourself and Others
- COVID-19 Symptoms
- Instructions for Supervisors: Assessment and Reporting
- What to do if you have been exposed or think you have COVID-19
Employees who may have any of the symptoms outlined for COVID-19 are asked to stay home or leave campus immediately, notify departmental supervisors and contact Occupational Medicine at 814-863-8492. Employees should consult with their medical provider when not feeling well.
Those in need of counseling services, and those with regularly scheduled counseling meetings, can make arrangements for virtual appointments or discussions by reaching out to Kendra Kitko at 724-334-6744 or [email protected].
Crisis and Counseling Resource Hotlines:
- Call the 24/7 Crisis Line at 1(877) 229-6400
- Text the 24/7 Crisis Text Line: Text "LIONS" to 741741
- Students with medical insurance are reminded that contacts for mental health resources can typically be found on the reverse side of the health insurance card.
Additional Mental Health Resources:
For free interactive self-help therapy, members of the University community can access the Penn State Well Track portal at: https://psu.welltrack.com/.
Penn State is implementing a COVID-19 testing program that will include in-house and third-party contracted testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. During the semester, the University will test about 1% of the campus population daily. This includes random and risk-stratified surveillance testing, as well as asymptomatic testing for individuals who are identified in the contact-tracing process. More information about the University's testing and tracing plans can be found via a July 30 news story.
Surveillance Testing for Employees:
- 1% of the campus population will be chosen for daily surveillance testing.
- Those selected will receive notification via email and will need to respond if they are willing to participate.
- A test kit will be mailed, which will include a saliva test to be self-administered under virtual observation of a third-party health contractor.
- Once the test is complete, the kit will be mailed to lab.
- Individuals will receive results and instructions once results are available
More information on surveillance testing can be found in a University News Story.
Contact Tracing Information:
Penn State is partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Health for contact tracing. Full details of the plan can be found in a news story from August 25.
All contact tracing will be done centrally, and Nurse Stella acts as the New Kensington campus local liaison.
The following steps outline the contact tracing process and what students and employees can expect:
- Step 1: Penn State will identify individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or presumed positive.
- Step 2: Nursing staff will initiate contact with positive or presumed positive students and employees.
- Step 3: Contact tracers will communicate with employees and students identified as close contacts about quarantine expectations and support.
- Step 4: Case managers will reach out daily to students in isolation/quarantine to provide support and will notify faculty and instructors if a student is not permitted to attend class.