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205 More University Park Students Test Positive For Coronavirus

Penn State reported 205 University Park students tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest update to the university’s COVID-19 Dashboard Tuesday.

The university administered 686 student random surveillance tests between September 4 and 6, resulting in six positives, 664 negatives, and 16 pending tests. Meanwhile, Penn State performed 777 on-demand tests in that span, which yielded 36 positives, 294 negatives, and 447 pending tests.

A large number of cases were added through results that were still pending on Friday, when the previous update was posted. Between August 28 and September 3, Penn State administered 1,894 on-demand tests, resulting in 260 positive cases, 1,336 negatives, and 298 pending results. In that span, it also administered 3,435 random surveillance tests, resulting in 77 positives, 3,322 negatives, and 36. pending tests.

According to the dashboard’s update, 149 students are currently in on-campus isolation, while 76 students are in on-campus quarantine.

To date, Penn State has found 433 cases across all its campuses since testing began.

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. Six employees tested positive through 811 pre-arrival tests as well.

“We learned of some concerning behavior in State College, including a few large gatherings and groups socializing together on Saturday without masking and appropriate social distancing, but I was pleased to see that many of these activities were limited the rest of the weekend,” Penn State President Eric Barron said. “We continue to be concerned with the numbers, and we will continue to assess our status this week as the results from tests administered later in the weekend are returned. We know our community is anxious, but these data are just some of the many variables we consider every day in determining our next steps.”

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.

Penn State plans to update the dashboard with new testing statistics twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. The tool incorporates data random surveillance testing, symptomatic testing, and self-reported testing through 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. Random surveillance testing began on Monday, August 24.

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Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and is Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]

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