PSOM Efforts on Coronavirus

02/27/20

Dear Perelman School of Medicine Community,

You have been receiving emails from the University with updates on and responses to the global spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  We want to assure you that PSOM is closely monitoring the situation and thoughtfully planning for likely scenarios that may arise. 

We would like to remind you of and provide you with some helpful guidelines and suggestions regarding COVID-19:

  • Prevent the spread:  The best ways to combat the spreading of germs are to wash hands thoroughly and stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Limit travel: If you have any questions, please visit the travel warnings and alerts issued by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which align with the University’s recommendations. We are strongly discouraging out of state travel at this time.
  • Do I need to attend? We have learned of many conferences that have now been postponed or cancelled nationwide; for those hosting events in the near future where attendees will be coming from out of state, we recommend considering those events and possibly postponing or canceling.
  • Overseas lab members: We encourage faculty to restrict new post-doc and/or visiting scholar/faculty arrivals from overseas as much as possible until the threat subsides. If travelers are entering the US from the CDC Level 3 countries (China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran), they are required to self-isolate for 14 days before coming to campus (per the University’s guidance).
  • Working remotely: Please begin to prepare for the potential need to work from home; make sure you have the proper equipment and access to files (PennBox, etc.) and consult your PMACS local service provider with questions.
  • Update your emergency contact: You will be receiving an email message from PSOM’s LiveProcess emergency communications system requesting that you review and update your information.  We request that you include a cell phone and alternate non-Penn related email address in addition to your Penn email phone numbers to support the most robust communication strategy possible.  Additionally, we ask that you log into Workday to review and update your personal emergency contact information via the “Personal Information” application.
  • Be on alert: Unfortunately, during times of vulnerability like these, we also see an increase in scams and phishing attempts, such as email requests for personal identification information.

We would like to thank the many efforts across campus for working on plans to keep our research community safe -- now and in the foreseeable future.

Sincerely,

Jon and Chris

Jon Epstein, MD
EVD/CSO

Chris Masotti, CPA, MBA
Vice Dean of Finance and Operations