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Penn State Reports Two Positive Cases In COVID-19 Dashboard Debut

Penn State reported two students have tested positive for the coronavirus in the debut of the university’s COVID-19 Dashboard Friday.

The university administered 281 student tests this week, 198 of which remain pending at this time. Two students have tested positive, while 81 tested negative.

Meanwhile, Penn State administered two symptomatic student tests this week, both of which remain pending.

The university performed 11 employee surveillance test this week. Six remain pending, while five came back negative.

Since Friday, August 7, the university has tested 95 employees and 520 students, according to the dashboard. One student and one employee are currently in isolation.

Penn State said the dashboard’s statistics include data from on-campus symptomatic testing, Penn State Athletics’ student-athlete testing, and test results via private health care providers that were reported to University Health Services or Occupational Medicine. The dashboard should be updated weekly with new testing data.

Throughout the semester, the university plans to randomly test 1% of its population each day at designated locations around campus. Surveillance testing will begin on Monday, August 24. The university cautioned that dashboard results will be limited for the first week until test results are gradually returned.

Penn State conducted approximately 30,000 at-home coronavirus tests before bringing students, faculty, and staff back to campus this week. However, those results were not included in the dashboard’s data because they weren’t conducted on campus.

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