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Penn State Adds 47 Student Coronavirus Cases In Final 2020 Dashboard Update

Forty-seven 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, according to the update.

Now that instruction is fully remote for the remainder of the semester, administered tests have fallen sharply. All university-wide random surveillance testing is suspended until January, but on-demand testing remains available for those who need it.

Still, some testing continued. Penn State completed 1,620 on-demand tests and 95 random tests for students between December 11 and 17, resulting in 57 total positives. More than 400 tests are awaiting results.

The university administered 198 on-demand tests and 39 random tests for employees during that span, resulting in nine total positives.

As you’d expect, Penn State’s Eastview Terrace quarantine and isolation spaces have freed up significantly. Currently, no students are in quarantine or isolation.

Penn State will continue offering Eastview Terrace spaces for affected individuals during its remote period.

Since testing began on August 7, Penn State has found 5,052 student coronavirus cases at University Park out of 86,917 administered tests. Additionally, 67 employees have tested positive so far.

According to the dashboard, 81 student cases remain active at University Park, while 4,971 are inactive. Fifteen employee cases are active, while 58 are not.

Penn State defines “inactive” as any case that’s more than 10 days old.

Penn State won’t update its COVID-19 Dashboard again until Friday, January 8.

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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through 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 proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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