Penn State Athletics Reports 13 New Student-Athlete Coronavirus Positives
Thirteen more Penn State student-athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus, Penn State Athletics announced in its weekly testing report Wednesday.
Between October 17 and 23, the department administered 1,304 tests, resulting in 13 new positives. Three tests remains pending at this time.
Last week, Athletics added just one student-athlete coronavirus case.
Penn State Athletics did not indicate any of its programs have paused activities following the reported positives. The department didn’t respond to a request for further comment.
Wednesday’s reported figures bring Athletics’ cumulative positive tests to 165 since testing began earlier this summer.
Athletics has performed 9,927 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.
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 Athletics reports updated student-athlete coronavirus testing data every Wednesday.
Penn State has reported 3,782 positive cases among University Park students since testing began on August 7. The university’s total grew once again when it added 136 new cases Tuesday.
Your ad blocker is on.
Please choose an option below.
Purchase a Subscription!
About the Author
A sea of white filled Beaver Stadium for the 15th full-stadium White Out.
Duke is the youngest wrestler to ever win a New York state championship.
Hayes is the second running back to commit to the Nittany Lions’ recruiting Class of 2025.