Work During COVID

Workplace Safety and Public Health Resources

Detailed information for faculty and staff, and managers is available in this Workplace section. Use the links here or at the top of this page to the left of "Work During COVID." 

Also available on this website is information on testing, including eligibility and frequency for the asymptomatic testing program, as well as quarantine and isolation procedures for those who test positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact. 

Reporting Cases and Close Contacts

Faculty, staff, and students must email if they have been tested for COVID-19, confirmed to have COVID-19, or quarantined by a healthcare provider or local health department as a close contact of someone who is confirmed to be ill with COVID-19.

Additional guidance on what to do if you have tested positive for COVID-19, come into contact with someone else who has tested positive, or have symptoms of COVID-19 is available on the COVID Testing and Public Health Guidance page on the UHS website.

Face Coverings

The current policy requiring all members of the campus community, whether fully vaccinated or not, to wear face coverings indoors will continue until further notice, with new rules for campus meetings (see below). Face coverings are not required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.

The indoor face covering requirement will be evaluated weekly by a team of physicians and scientists. Be sure to check the Princeton COVID Resources page and Guidance on Face Coverings for the most up-to-date information.

January 20, 2022: Environmental Health and Safety has updated University mask guidance to align with recommendations from the CDC about the relative protectiveness of different types of masks, including well-constructed cloth masks (still available from EHS), layered cloth and disposable masks, or KN95 or KF94 masks. Departments are expected to provide personal protective equipment and supplies for their faculty and staff in accordance with EHS recommendations. Prioritization should go to the support of in-person teaching.

EHS Graphic: Hierarchy of Protectiveness of Masks

Procurement recommends the following Prime marketplace suppliers for KN95 masks: Henry Schein, W.B. Mason, Fisher Scientific, VWR. The Finance and Treasury Budget Office is available to help departments identify funds within their existing funding sources to address any budgetary challenges.

If departments have are having difficulty finding KN95s for faculty and staff, especially before classes begin on Monday January 24, they may contact Kelly States at EHS for an interim supply at cost. Please bundle requests by department, not by individual group.

Update: Face Coverings for Campus Meetings

November 8, 2021: The following rules apply to face coverings for indoor campus meetings, including business meetings, office meetings, meetings among student groups, etc.:

  • Speakers and presenters who are fully vaccinated may remove their mask for all or part of the meeting at their own discretion.  Six feet of distance between unmasked presenters and participants is best, when circumstances permit.
  • Meeting attendees must wear masks throughout the meeting or event.  If wearing a mask makes it difficult to communicate, a fully vaccinated attendee/participant may remove their mask while speaking for a short period of time and replace the mask when done, as long as only one attendee has their mask down or off at any one time.
  • Unlike classrooms, there are no special rules for small meetings with 12 or fewer participants

Please do not make assumptions about the vaccination status of an individual who might choose to wear a mask in situations where it is not required. It is critical that we encourage a culture of understanding and respect, and not antagonize individuals who may not be able to be vaccinated or may choose to be more protective.