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Penn State Adds 79 Cases To COVID-19 Dashboard

Penn State reported 79 more COVID-19 cases among University Park students and employees this week, according to the university’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

Between Friday, February 26, and Friday, March 5, the university administered 5,259 tests to students and employees. Seventy-nine students and employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Penn State’s number of administered tests returned to normal this week now that the university’s mandatory “universal” testing of all students wrapped up last Friday.

Over the past week, Penn State’s total positivity rate for the semester (or since December 19) fell slightly from 2.6% to 2.5%. Just 1.1% of tests administered over the last seven days returned positive results.

Twenty-seven students are currently isolating at Penn State’s Eastview Terrace complex, while nine are quarantined there. The university is using up 9% of its 400-room capacity.

Penn State’s COVID-19 Dashboard also incorporates figures from student-athlete testing and any tests taken by those who remained on campus over winter break.

Penn State plans on updating the newly unveiled dashboard three times a week throughout the semester on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The university said testing data is added to the dashboard once results are received.

New features on the dashboard include an “All Campuses” button that shows testing statistics for Penn State’s entire network, calculations for positivity rates, and “enhanced” quarantine and isolation data.


Editor’s Note: This semester, Onward State is publishing weekly COVID-19 Dashboard summaries. Feel free to check out our site on Friday afternoons for updates on Penn State’s coronavirus testing figures, quarantine and isolation space capacity, and more.

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Matt DiSanto

By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.

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