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Penn State Athletics Reports 48 More Coronavirus Cases

Forty-eight more Penn State student-athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus, Penn State Athletics announced in its weekly testing report Wednesday.

Between August 31 and September 4, the department administered 920 tests, resulting in 48 new positives. Athletics has administered 2,193 tests since testing began earlier this summer.

This week’s testing data represents a 5% positivity rate among Athletics’ testing. The newly reported figures are already factored into Penn State’s COVID-19 Dashboard, which aggregates coronavirus testing data for the university.

Penn State also announced it’s pausing team activities for “several programs” and has initiated standard isolation procedures and precautionary quarantines. The university is also implementing contact tracing efforts.

Penn State said there is “no evidence” to suggest the virus was transmitted during practice or training sessions.

The new figures bring Athletics’ cumulative positive cases to 59 this summer. Last week, Penn State reported one new case among its athletes.

Each student who’s tested to date has entered 14-day quarantine before undergoing additional tests and resuming organized activities. When positives are reported, Penn State said it will also implement contact tracing to identify individuals who may have crossed paths with those affected. Identified individuals will also be quarantined, even if they’re asymptomatic.

“We expect our student-athletes to follow University requirements and guidelines for limiting the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing their hands regularly and not gathering in large groups,” Athletics said in a statement.

Penn State Athletics publishes its coronavirus testing updates every Wednesday. Previously, the department released findings biweekly.

Elsewhere on campus, Penn State has reported 416 coronavirus cases at University Park so far this summer. The university’s total nearly doubled Tuesday when it reported 205 new cases in an update to its COVID-19 Dashboard.

Centre County has reported 870 cases and 11 coronavirus-related deaths since the first case was found on March 20.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and 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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