What is the status of faculty and staff domestic travel?
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 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 physical 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:
— Travelers should monitor their health and follow COVID-19 health and safety precautions upon returning home.
— Per the order of the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, “individuals traveling to and from the Commonwealth for the purposes of work” are exempt from the requirement that travelers entering Pennsylvania from locations outside the commonwealth, including Pennsylvanians who are returning home from locations outside the commonwealth, must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in quarantine for 10 days without testing or a seven-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day five of quarantine.
— For 10 days after returning home, employees in the Return to Work database who resume on-site work should 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 within Pennsylvania:
— 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:
— All employees are working remotely until further notice; 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.