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What is the status of faculty and staff domestic travel?

Beginning July 1, 2020, employees must seek permission for University-affiliated domestic travel, including air travel, from their unit executive (e.g., dean, chancellor). Employees are asked to limit travel where possible and consider virtual options that might replace or reduce the need to travel. College of Medicine faculty at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, both clinical and basic science, are expected to follow the shared guidelines issued together by Kevin Black, interim dean of the College of Medicine, and Penn State Health.

Employees wishing to travel should:

• Carefully review the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance.

• Research the restrictions imposed in the area(s) to which they are traveling and ensure that they can comply with the restrictions.

• Obtain permission to travel from their unit executive.

• Arrange any necessary air travel through Anthony Travel, Penn State’s preferred travel agency, when possible.

Once approved for travel, employees must comply with the following:

• Practice social distancing and hygiene recommendations before and during travel.

• Obtain masks, hand sanitizer, and any PPE that might be necessary in the course of their work while traveling. Masks should be worn at all times when interacting with others and as advised by the area(s) to which they are traveling.

• Travel one person per vehicle unless an exceptional circumstance dictates otherwise.

• Observe the following guidelines when returning home:

Domestic travel to/from other states, or to/from a yellow/red county:

Asymptomatic individuals who have been given permission for on-site work can continue to work following the “Health Monitoring and Temperature Screening” process in the COVID-19 Supervisors Instructions.
—For 14 days after returning home, employees must take their temperature at home within one hour before reporting to work and report “ok” status to supervisor or designee before arriving to work.
—Individuals who become ill/symptomatic must stay home and follow the COVID-19 reporting protocols.

Domestic travel between green counties within PA:
—No restrictions for asymptomatic individuals. Employees who become ill should stay home and follow COVID-19 reporting protocols.

Employees commuting to the workplace between counties within Pennsylvania or other states:

• Employees returning to the workplace at this time must have prior approval.

• Individuals should monitor their health; if they become ill/symptomatic, stay home and follow the COVID-19 reporting protocols.

• Individuals do not need to report health condition unless they become ill/symptomatic.