From Nov. 15 to Nov. 21, the University conducted 6,499 tests — over 1,000 more than any week prior — with the total positivity rate reported at 1.54%, slightly above the 1.29% average for the semester.
Penn's test results website states that results could take up to 72 hours or longer. For some students, this unexpected change in timeline, coupled with other COVID-19-related concerns, has altered their Thanksgiving break plans.
In an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian, Bok, the current vice chair of the board, spoke about the University’s plans to reopen in the spring and refused to budge on students' calls to divest from fossil fuels and make Payment in Lieu of Taxes.
Philosophy professor Kok-Chor Tan highlighted three principles: benefiting people and preventing harm, prioritizing disadvantaged nations, and equal moral concern.
The complaint alleges that the City of Philadelphia violated the Fifth Amendment by taking private property without compensation. The plaintiffs also allege that the city violated the Fourteenth Amendment by depriving restaurant owners of property without due process.
The recent surge in cases and city restrictions have caused many students to doubt Penn's plans to open on-campus housing this spring, particularly as some students claim that there continues to be large indoor gatherings and parties off campus.
Wary of last-minute changes as seen with Penn's decision in August to close on-campus housing for the fall, students criticized the original Nov. 20 deadline to confirm on-campus housing without incurring the $500 cancellation fee.
The city's rush to close parts of daily life in response to the rise in cases has not motivated the University to reconsider its plan to open on-campus housing in the spring.
Philadelphia's new coronavirus restrictions include limits on outdoor gatherings and a complete ban on indoor group gatherings of any size, with city officials encouraging residents to not celebrate Thanksgiving with anyone outside their own household.
The study's results indicated that those more concerned with economic issues caused by COVID-19 were more likely to have deteriorating mental health.
In the eight months since campus closed, Penn employees have continued to come to campus to keep the University running. Here are the stories of seven essential workers who have risked their health since March to work during the coronavirus pandemic.
The UA unanimously passed a resolution calling on Penn to institute two to five single day breaks on Fridays or Mondays throughout the remainder of the fall semester and the upcoming spring semester.
More than 15 years ago in a small laboratory at the Perelman School of Medicine, professor of Medicine Drew Weissman made a groundbreaking discovery about mRNA vaccines.
Penn Leads the Vote conducted a survey on the effect of the 2020 election on students' mental health, and found that 80% of respondents reported that they were somewhat, moderately, or very anxious and stressed leading up to Election Day.
As some students are deciding whether to return to campus for the hybrid spring semester, The Daily Pennsylvanian virtually sat down to talk with three students, each of whom offered a glimpse into their different fall semester experiences living on campus, off campus in University City, or at home with their family.
Out of the 107 new cases, 90 were undergraduate students with 17 new cases reported among graduate students, faculty, staff, and other Penn affiliates.
Penn has laid out a series of recommendations for holiday travel, including leaving campus or the Philadelphia area sooner rather than later, in order to avoid peak holiday travel times.
Here's how these colleges are handling the pandemic from COVID-19 testing, case numbers, and campus life — offering a window into what the upcoming spring semester could look like for Penn students.
Although the University recorded 8 positive asymptomatic COVID-19 test results from October 21-October 23, the most recorded in any three-day period so far, the positivity rate within that timeframe remained at 0.15%.
Currently a Biden campaign healthcare advisor, Emanuel was also a special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2011.