Penn State Reports 142 New University Park Coronavirus Cases
Penn State reported 142 more University Park students tested positive for the coronavirus this week, according to the latest update to its COVID-19 Dashboard Friday.
On Tuesday, 32 students tested positive, bringing University Park’s total positive cases to 174 cases on the week.
The university administered 3,065 student surveillance tests since August 28, resulting in 59 positives, 2,613 negatives, and 393 pending tests. Meanwhile, Penn State administered 1,092 on-demand tests, which yielded 115 positives and 837 negatives. Approximately 140 on-demand tests are currently pending.
According to the dashboard, 58 students are currently in on-campus isolation, while 29 students are in on-campus quarantine. Some students are also isolating themselves in their off-campus residences.
To date, 125 University Park employees were tested for the virus, resulting in no positives. Six employees tested positive out of 811 pre-arrival tests.
On Tuesday, Penn State reported 32 University Park students tested positive for the virus. Those 32 cases are factored into this week’s positive number of 142. Recently, it also added a few cases at its Behrend and Schuylkill campuses.
Since testing began on August 7, Penn State has reported 215 positive cases out of 9,948 administered tests.
“We know the virus is here, and I am of course concerned by the numbers and trends we are seeing,” Penn State President Eric Barron said. “Our ability to manage transmission and rate of growth of positive cases is critically important. Next week, we will assess data following the holiday weekend, and determine whether we need to take mitigation steps at University Park including temporary or sustained remote learning.”
Barron added it’s critical students, faculty, and staff refrain from traveling on Labor Day to reduce potential spread to surrounding communities.
Penn State plans to update the dashboard with new testing statistics every Tuesday and Friday. 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 at least 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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