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223 More University Park Students Test Positive For Coronavirus

Two hundred and twenty-three more University Park students have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the latest update to Penn State’s COVID-19 Dashboard Tuesday.

Six employees also tested positive.

Tuesday’s added positives mostly stem from tests that were pending from the week earlier. Last Friday, nearly 5,700 students were awaiting results from their pre-departure coronavirus tests.

Because Penn State has halted random testing during its remote period, few new tests were conducted between November 20 and 22. The university administered 31 tests and found 10 positive cases.

According to the dashboard’s update, eight students are currently in on-campus quarantine, while 31 are in on-campus isolation. Penn State will continue offering Eastview Terrace spaces for affected students during its remote period.

Since testing began on August 7, Penn State has found 4,810 student coronavirus cases at University Park out of 81,882 administered tests. Additionally, 35 employees have tested positive so far.

According to the dashboard, 348 student cases remain active at University Park, while 4,462 are inactive. Six employee cases are active, while 29 are not.

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 updates 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 next dashboard update will be postponed to Tuesday, December 1 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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.

During Penn State’s remote period, Penn State will continue offering walk-up testing, although it’s moving to Hintz Family Alumni Center. The site will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from November 30 to January 18

Students remaining in the dorms are required to get tested weekly until the spring semester begins.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]

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