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11 More Penn State Student-Athletes Test Positive For COVID-19

Eleven more Penn State student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Penn State Athletics’ weekly testing report.

Between January 30 and February 5, the department administered 1,908 tests, resulting in 11 new positives. One test was inconclusive.

Wednesday’s reported figures bring Athletics’ cumulative positive tests to 313 since testing began over the summer. Penn State has performed 30,332 tests since student-athletes returned to campus.

At this time, no Penn State Athletics programs are known to be on pause. However, men’s hockey won’t face Ohio State this weekend due to an undisclosed number of positive tests within the program. Additionally, Penn State wrestling’s dual with Iowa got postponed due to COVID-19 issues on the Hawkeyes’ end.

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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