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Penn State Athletics Reports No New Coronavirus Cases

Penn State Athletics reported no new coronavirus cases in its most recent biweekly testing update, the department announced Wednesday afternoon.

As of August 7, the university has administered 560 coronavirus tests and reported eight total positives, all of which came in the last few weeks. Three tests remain pending at this time.

Each student who tested positive earlier this summer entered a 14-day quarantine before undergoing additional tests and resuming organized activities. When positives are reported, Penn State said it will also implement contact-tracing to identify individuals who may have crossed paths with those affected. Identified individuals will also be quarantined, even if they’re asymptomatic.

“We expect our student-athletes to follow CDC guidelines for limiting the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing their hands regularly and not gathering in large groups,” a Penn State spokesperson said.

The university’s first two biweekly testing reports came back with zero positives, but Penn State Athletics confirmed its first positive case in July. One week later, the university reported seven additional positives.

Back in June, Penn State Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour said the department would disclose coronavirus testing figures every other Wednesday. At this time, it’s unclear if reporting will continue now that the Big Ten officially postponed all fall sports.

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