A major component of Penn’s efforts to bring students back to campus this spring has been the Penn Cares testing program. Using a saliva-based testing platform, Penn can conduct twice-weekly tests for all undergraduate students and those living on campus and weekly tests for graduate students, faculty, postdocs, and staff who are on campus for four or more hours each week.
Launching this massive new COVID-19 screening program was made possible through a partnership between Penn Medicine, Wellness at Penn, and the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI). This massive collaborative effort, known as Project Quaker, was essential for setting up the infrastructure of supplies, space, equipment, and staff needed to increase testing capacity on campus.
Penn Today highlights key facts and figures about the Penn Cares testing program, and how Project Quaker helped bring students back to campus for the spring semester.
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