UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With COVID-19 circumstances ticking up throughout Pennsylvania and the nation, well being officers at Penn State are reminding the College neighborhood to proceed to take precautions and private well being measures to forestall the unfold of COVID-19 and different viral infections.
The College encourages Penn State college students, school and employees to observe the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for COVID-19 prevention. These precautions embrace staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, getting tested for COVID-19 as wanted and following suggestions when you’ve got been uncovered, have a confirmed or suspected case or are at high-risk of experiencing extreme signs.
The CDC additionally recommends that people stay conscious of their county’s COVID-19 Community Level. In counties with excessive COVID-19 ranges, the CDC advises the sporting of a high-quality masks whereas in indoor public areas.
“The newly dominant pressure of the virus that causes COVID-19 is essentially the most transmissible model now we have seen but. The excellent news is that it seems to be inflicting much less extreme illness than prior strains, however it’s nonetheless a priority, significantly for high-risk people,” stated Kelly Wolgast, director of the college’s COVID-10 Operations Management Heart. “The perfect recommendation for shielding oneself and others stays the identical — hold your vaccinations updated, follow private well being precautions and good hand washing hygiene, get examined for COVID-19 and observe CDC suggestions when uncovered or optimistic.”
COVID-19 exams and vaccines are extensively accessible and sometimes coated by medical insurance. The federal authorities is at present making accessible freed from cost 4 at-home COVID-19 check kits for each family within the nation. Exams will be ordered on-line at COVIDTests.gov.
Individuals with private health insurance coverage or who are covered by a group health plan are also eligible to have as much as eight at-home COVID-19 exams coated by their insurance coverage supplier per 30 days. College students who reside in residence halls might choose up a fast check package at commons desks at UP or at campus check areas.
Native vaccine web site areas listed by a ZIP code search will be discovered on-line at Vaccines.gov. Moreover, at College Park, University Health Services can present appointments for college kids to obtain their first and second doses (major sequence) of the Moderna vaccine in addition to their booster, together with the Moderna bivalent booster.
As one other reminder, college students can self-report a optimistic COVID-19 check utilizing Penn State’s contact tracing referral form or by emailing email@example.com. Extra pupil info associated to COVID-19 could also be discovered at studentaffairs.psu.edu/covidsupport. Workers should still report optimistic COVID-19 exams to Occupational Drugs at 814-865-8612.
Whereas circumstances of seasonal influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are trending downward in Pennsylvania and lots of elements of the nation, public well being specialists are nonetheless advising that people take precautions to guard themselves and others from these viruses as effectively. Most of the identical well being precautions and private hygiene measures that stop the unfold of COVID-19 are efficient in mitigating the flu and RSV. And it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine, because the influenza virus will seemingly proceed to flow into by means of the spring.