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Zero Penn State Student-Athletes Test Positive For Coronavirus

Once again, no Penn State student-athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus, Penn State Athletics announced Wednesday.

To date, 178 student-athletes have undergone tests, all of which came back negative. However, as of July 10, 31 tests are still pending.

Last week, 102 players were tested, all of whom also received negative results.

Two weeks ago, Penn State vice president for intercollegiate athletics Sandy Barbour announced the department will disclose testing figures every other Wednesday.

“We obviously have been testing our student-athletes and staff upon their return,” Barbour said on a call on July 1. “As a university and an athletic department, we’ve made a decision that we’ll report those results every two weeks.”

Although Penn State hasn’t yet reported any positive cases, other Big Ten schools haven’t been as fortunate. Ohio State, for example, reported an undisclosed number of cases and temporarily halted voluntary workouts before resuming them on July 8. Nine Maryland players and staffers tested positive earlier this summer, while both Michigan and Indiana reported four cases each among its players and staff last week.

Penn State Athletics began its phased return to campus on June 8 when 75 football student-athletes arrived in Happy Valley. In the weeks since, additional phases of men’s and women’s basketball, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball student-athletes have also returned to campus.

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Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]

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