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Penn State Athletics Reports 20 More Positive Coronavirus Tests

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

Between September 12 and September 18, the department administered 830 tests, resulting in 20 new positives. Athletics has performed 3,882 tests since student-athletes returned to campus earlier this summer.

The newly reported figures are already factored into Penn State’s COVID-19 Dashboard, which aggregates coronavirus testing data across the university.

Wednesday’s reported figures bring Athletics’ cumulative positive tests to 129 since testing began earlier this summer. Over the previous two weeks, the university reported 98 positive student-athlete tests.

Each student-athlete who’s tested positive to date has entered a 14-day isolation period 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.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the broader community are of the utmost importance,” Athletics said in a statement. “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.”

Penn State has reported 1,665 positive cases at University Park since testing began on August 7. The university’s total grew once again when it reported 294 new positives Tuesday.

Centre County has reported 2,018 positive tests and 11 coronavirus-related deaths since the first case was found on March 20.

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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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