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Seven More Penn State Student-Athletes Test Positive For Coronavirus

Seven more Penn State student-athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus, Penn State Athletics announced in its weekly testing report Wednesday.

Between January 2 and 8, the department administered 1,094 tests, resulting in seven positives.

Wednesday’s reported figures bring Athletics’ cumulative positive tests to 216 since testing began over the summer. Penn State has performed 22,632 tests since student-athletes returned to campus.

Last week, an undisclosed number of positive coronavirus tests within Penn State’s men’s basketball program led to postponements of four scheduled games and a temporary pause on team activities. The Nittany Lions resumed practice on Monday and are set to play Purdue on Saturday, January 17.

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.

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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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