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196 More University Park Students Test Positive For Coronavirus

Penn State reported 196 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 1,012 student random surveillance tests between October 9 and 11, resulting in one positive, 815 negatives, and 196 pending tests. Meanwhile, Penn State performed 553 on-demand tests in that span, which yielded 45 positives, 376 negatives, and 132 pending tests.

A large number of Tuesday’s added positives appear to be from tests that were previously pending before the update. Last Friday, 736 students were awaiting results.

According to the dashboard’s update, 63 students are currently in on-campus quarantine, while 117 are in on-campus isolation.

Since testing began on August 7, Penn State has found 3,355 student coronavirus cases at University Park out of 43,550 administered tests. Additionally, seven employees have tested positive so far.

According to the dashboard, 403 student cases remain active at University Park, while 2,952 are inactive. Two employee cases are active, while five are inactive.

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. Students can also receive free walk-up testing at Pegula Ice Arena from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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