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352 More University Park Students Test Positive For Coronavirus

Penn State reported 352 more University Park students have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the latest update to the university’s COVID-19 Dashboard Tuesday.

The university administered 1,103 student random surveillance tests between September 25 and 27, resulting in four positives, 712 negatives, and 387 pending tests. Meanwhile, Penn State performed 741 on-demand tests in that span, which yielded 92 positives, 503 negatives, and 146 pending tests.

It appears a large number of Tuesday’s reported positives came from tests that were previously pending before the update. Last Friday, nearly 1,000 student tests were pending results.

According to the dashboard’s update, 60 students are currently in on-campus quarantine, while 123 are in on-campus isolation.

Since testing began on August 7, Penn State has found 2,475 positive student coronavirus tests at University Park out of 31,167 administered tests. Additionally, one employee has tested positive so far.

According to the dashboard, 701 student cases remain active at University Park, while 1,774 are inactive. Despite adding more than 350 new cases, Penn State reported more than 100 fewer active cases.

It’s worth noting Penn State defines “inactive” as any case that’s more than 10 days old. At this time, it’s unclear how many inactive cases, if any, have actually tested negative and are truly dormant.

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.

Penn State’s data and Pennsylvania’s Department of Health data may vary due to lag between test collection and test results from various labs.

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, university-wide surveillance testing began on Monday, August 24.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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