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Penn State Reports 32 New University Park Coronavirus Cases

Penn State reported 32 University Park students tested positive for the coronavirus since August 28, according to an update to the university’s COVID-19 Dashboard Tuesday.

The university performed 1,063 student surveillance tests since August 28, resulting in seven positives, 903 negatives, and 153 pending tests. Meanwhile, Penn State administered 268 symptomatic tests, which yielded 25 positives and 243 negatives.

According to the dashboard, 23 students are currently in on-campus isolation, while 26 students are in on-campus quarantine.

The dashboard didn’t report any additional employee tests since August 28.

Last week, Penn State reported 27 new student cases at University Park and one additional student case at both its Behrend and Schuylkill campuses. Since testing began on August 7, Penn State has reported 73 positive cases out of 6,632 administered tests.

“We must all remain extremely vigilant and continue to adhere vigorously to the safety protocols that have been put in place to mitigate the spread of the virus,” Penn State President Eric Barron said in a release last Friday. “This includes wearing face masks, maintaining physical distance from one another, practicing good hygiene, and staying home when feeling ill. With contact tracing and our efforts in quarantine and isolation, we believe we can limit the virus’ spread. I can’t emphasize enough that we must maintain our focus on our health guidelines.”

Penn State also reported 147 positive cases from its 20,914 pre-arrival tests, which were administered to students, faculty, and staff residing in “hotspot” areas where cases may be more prominent.

Penn State plans to update the dashboard with new testing statistics at least once a week. The tool incorporates data from random surveillance testing, symptomatic testing, and self-reported testing via University Health Services or Occupational Medicine.

Throughout the semester, the university plans to randomly test 1% of its population each day at designated locations around campus, including the Bryce Jordan Center and Eisenhower Auditorium. Surveillance testing began on Monday, August 24.

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Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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