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Penn State Athletics Reports 16 More Student-Athlete Coronavirus Positives

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

Between September 19 and September 25, the department administered 987 tests, resulting in 16 new positives. Nine tests remain pending at this time.

Athletics has performed 4,869 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 145 since testing began earlier this summer.

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 2,475 positive cases at University Park since testing began on August 7. The university’s total grew once again when it reported 352 new positives Tuesday.

Centre County has reported 2,710 positive tests and 11 coronavirus-related deaths since the first case was found on March 20.

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