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Penn State Opens New HUB Parking Deck Coronavirus Testing Site

Penn State has opened a new on-campus coronavirus testing site at the HUB Parking Deck, the university announced Tuesday.

The new site will be used specifically for students identified in Penn State’s contact tracing program who may have been exposed to an individual who tested positive.

According to Penn State, the site will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday, September 7. No appointments are required, and students should receive their results within 48 hours.

Upon arrival, students are asked to enter through the lower-level entrance on Shortlidge Road. Students, staff, and faculty who have individual appointments at other locations are asked to not go to the HUB Parking Deck.

As a reminder, students are expected to follow the following protocols before testing at any location on campus:

  • Do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum 30 minutes before taking the test. However, hydrate at least 30 minutes before the test.
  • Bring your smartphone and Penn State ID card.
  • Use your Penn State email address and local residential address when you register.
  • Follow all Vault Health staff instructions and proceed to testing when prompted.

University Health Services (UHS) and Penn State will be in contact by phone or email as quickly as possible for any students that test positive. If any student tests positive outside of Penn State’s processes should call contact tracing and Student Support Services at (814) 863-8800.

Penn State’s contact tracing program aims to identify, notify, and monitor students and employees who come in close contact to individual who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, or are presumed positive, while infectious. Those identified will be contacted by university staff and potentially tested and isolated if needed.

Penn State also conducts random surveillance testing for the coronavirus, as well as symptomatic testing by request. The university has set up many around campus, including some at the Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Willard Building, and more.

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Max is a junior majoring in print journalism. He hails from the small town of Millsboro, DE and loves to watch the Eagles and Penn State wrestling. Follow him on twitter @TolsonMax or send emails to [email protected] Go Birds!

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