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University Park Reports 114 New Student Coronavirus Cases

Penn State reported 114 more University Park students have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an update to the university’s COVID-19 Dashboard Friday.

No new employees tested positive.

The university administered a record-breaking 11,696 total tests to students between November 13 and 19. However, 5,688 students are still awaiting results from their pre-departure coronavirus tests.

Coupled with Tuesday’s dashboard update, Penn State has reported 259 new student cases at University Park this week.

According to the dashboard’s update, 31 students are currently in on-campus quarantine, while 48 are in on-campus isolation. Penn State’s quarantine and isolation spaces at Eastview Terrace will remain open once classes move online next week.

Since testing began on August 7, Penn State has found 4,587 positive student coronavirus cases at University Park out of 78,514 administered tests. Additionally, 29 employees have tested positive so far.

According to the dashboard, 318 student cases remain active at University Park, while 4,269 are inactive. Six employee cases are active, while 23 are 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

We currently have 27 COVID positive inpatients at Mount Nittany Medical Center, ages 31 to 94.

Twenty-seven coronavirus-positive people aged 31 to 94 are currently hospitalized at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

“COVID-19 is surging across the country and the increased numbers we are seeing in our own community are certainly a cause for concern,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nirmal Joshi said. ” Even with the prospects for a vaccine looking good, the virus will be part of our lives for at least several months and perhaps longer.”

Joshi urged Centre County and State College residents to take caution amid the holiday season, which could be a conduit for coronavirus spread.

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.

Although random testing will cease during Penn State’s remote period, students and employees sticking around can take advantage of walk-up testing at Hintz Family Alumni Center. Students still in the dorms must get tested weekly.

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