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Penn State Hershey Nursing Students Quarantined Following Reported Coronavirus Cases

Undergraduate nursing students at Penn State Hershey have issued to quarantine for at least 10 days following a rise in coronavirus cases, according to a university spokesperson.

Penn State confirmed six coronavirus cases among Hershey nursing students and suspected three others could be positive. The college’s undergraduate nursing population sits at 144 students.

The quarantine, which retroactively dates back to Friday, September 4, will last until at least Monday, September 14. The mandated isolation period could be extended if students test positive again.

While isolated, students are able to leave their rooms for “essential services,” including shopping for groceries and receiving medical care.

Currently, Hershey’s campus and medical center are open.

A College of Medicine spokesperson said the measure is largely precautionary and hopes to minimize the virus’ spread. The spokesperson added patient contact was limited because nursing students hadn’t yet started their rotations.

The coronavirus cases aren’t yet included on Penn State’s COVID-19 Dashboard, which has reported 215 cases across its campuses to date. A university spokesperson added the issues should be remedied soon. The college’s figures are factored into University Park’s numbers and not included within the College of Medicine (Hershey).

Penn State’s COVID-19 Dashboard should receive its next twice-weekly update on Tuesday, September 8.

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