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Penn State Reports 203 New University Park Coronavirus Cases

Penn State reported 203 more University Park students have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an update to the university’s COVID-19 Dashboard Friday.

Two University Park employees also tested positive this week.

The university administered 3,037 student random surveillance tests between September 25 and October 1, resulting in 12 positives, 2,680 negatives, and 345 pending tests. Meanwhile, Penn State performed 1,900 on-demand tests in that span, which yielded 285 positives, 1,585 negatives, and 230 pending tests.

Coupled with Tuesday’s dashboard update, Penn State has reported 557 new cases this week.

According to the dashboard’s update, 65 students are currently in on-campus quarantine, while 134 are in on-campus isolation.

Since testing began on August 7, Penn State has found 2,678 positive student coronavirus cases at University Park out of 34,259 administered tests. Additionally, three employees have tested positive so far.

According to the dashboard, 638 student cases remain active at University Park, while 2,040 are inactive. Two employee cases are active, while one is not.

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.

Local hospitalizations remain relatively low. As of Friday, six coronavirus patients are hospitalized at Mount Nittany Medical Center. 

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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