Articles by Sarika Rau
Penn offers $25,000 in incentives to each class year for uploading vaccine recordsChief Wellness Officer Benoit Dubé told The Daily Pennsylvanian that the incentives were created to encourage "good behaviors and smart choices" and to further foster a "community of care."
Penn's Gene Therapy Program partners with the Center for Breakthrough MedicineGTP will receive up to $100 million through the sponsored research agreement over 15 years and have access to a 700,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility.
First years report catching 'freshman plague' while testing negative for COVID-19Many first-year students have been sick with coughs, sore throats, congestion, and fatigue — but campus positivity rates for COVID-19 remain low.
Penn’s COVID-19 positivity rate decreases after uptick during campus reopeningA total of 82 students tested positive from Aug. 29 through Sept. 4, slightly fewer than the 85 positive student tests from the week prior.
Penn Med experts say vigilance, vaccinations are key to stopping COVID-19 variant spreadA recently released Penn Medicine study by Chair of the Department of Microbiology Frederic Bushman and his team found that 35% of the sample COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia resemble variants of the virus.
Students praise Penn’s on-campus COVID-19 vaccination site, calling it ‘seamless’Many students — particularly those living in on-campus housing — said they were especially happy that Penn was able to provide the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
As variants and vaccinations increase, undergraduate COVID-19 case count decreases slightlyA total of 28 undergraduate students tested positive for COVID-19 between March 28 and April 3, down from the 32 undergraduate student cases between March 21 and March 27.
Penn expands pool of students eligible to attend in-person commencementUndergraduate students who completed their graduation requirements in August or December 2020 will now be able to participate in the May 17 in-person ceremony.
Penn’s and Philadelphia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout early plans, explainedWhat does Philadelphia's vaccine rollout mean for members of the Penn community, and what should they do after receiving the vaccine? The Daily Pennsylvanian has answers to all of those questions and more.
Students pleased with Pottruck reopening, calling it a ‘glimpse of the old routine’Pottruck reopened some of its facilities to all undergraduate students on Feb. 24 after piloting COVID-19 protocols that proved successful.
Penn to reopen limited indoor dining on March 8The decision to reopen indoor dining comes after Philadelphia loosened restrictions on dining in the city, Chief Wellness Officer Benoit Dubé said.
Penn creates automated text-based support system for students in isolation and quarantineStudents with a red PennOpen Pass are automatically enrolled in the COVID Navigator program and receive daily text messages checking in on their well-being.
Penn mental health experts offer four tips to manage stress in quarantine and isolationWhile Penn reduced its mandatory quarantine period for students who are exposed to COVID-19, spending this much time physically away from others has proven difficult — emotionally, socially, and academically — for students.
Penn announces plans for Quad and Stouffer renovations, new SEAS buildingUniversity officials announced the three projects are all set to begin construction in 2022 and will carry steep price tags.
More than 250 Campus Compact violation reports have been filed this springThe Campus Compact Violation Data Dashboard, which will be updated monthly and was released on Friday, shows that 52% of violations resulted in disciplinary sanctions, 33% in educational interventions, and 14% in campus restrictions.
MERT to continue services this spring as EMTs receive vaccines, expedited COVID-19 testingWhen MERT arrives at the scene of an emergency, they screen the patients for COVID-19 symptoms from a distance before approaching to administer care.
Penn will suspend operations, COVID-19 screening testing on Tuesday as snowstorm continuesIrvine Auditorium is the only COVID-19 testing location set to open on Tuesday, for symptomatic and close-contact COVID-19 testing only.
Iron Gate Theatre COVID-19 testing site closes after low useThe University maintains the closure will not decrease Penn's testing capacity, Chief Wellness Officer Benoit Dubé wrote in an email to The Daily Pennsylvanian.
Age, race, and occupation: Penn’s experts weigh in on order of vaccination distributionSome experts believe that those who have a higher exposure to COVID-19 should be first in line, while others believe that people who face a higher risk of death should be prioritized.