COVID-19 symptom checker available for students in Penn State Go app

Students will need to complete symptom checker daily to help reduce risk of virus transmission

The COVID-19 symptom checker will be available for students in the Penn State Go app starting Aug. 10. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Starting Aug. 10, all Penn State students are asked to complete a daily symptom checker to self-screen for potential COVID-19 symptoms before returning to campus. Students enrolled for in-person courses or scheduled to be present at on-campus facilities will need to complete the daily student COVID-19 symptom checker through the Penn State Go app.

It is strongly encouraged that all students complete the symptom checker every morning before leaving their homes, riding public transportation, and arriving on campus premises.

“As a Penn State community, all of us need to do our part to abide by the clear directives from our public health officials to avoid unnecessary interactions with others, and to follow the new procedures and guidelines for returning to campus this fall,” said  Damon Sims,  vice president for Student Affairs. “The only way we will be able to mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19 is through individual commitment to our collaborative efforts.” 

Penn State is committed to continuing the University's research and educational mission while providing the necessary measures to minimize community transmission of COVID-19 both on and off-campus. 

“As part of the University’s multi-layered approach to confronting the coronavirus pandemic, the Penn State Go mobile app will help us monitor COVID-19's prevalence on our campuses through the symptom checker,” said Nick Jones, executive vice president and provost. “Along with other means of outreach, Penn State Go will enable timely communication with the University community about pandemic-related news and Penn State’s responses and actions as situations warrant, incorporating the most current information and recommendations.”

Penn State Go, the official mobile app for Penn State, is available for download from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. 

For more information, visit the Penn State Go website and learn about its features. 

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Last Updated September 22, 2020