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

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

Between March 27 and April 2 the department administered 2,147 tests, resulting in 17 new positives.

Wednesday’s reported figures bring Athletics’ cumulative positive tests to 397 since testing began over the summer. Penn State has performed 48,868 tests since student-athletes returned to campus.

Penn State Athletics’ most recent pause has come from softball. The Nittany Lions were forced to cancel their series finale against Ohio State this past Monday “out of an abundance of caution.” Neither side has confirmed whether they had COVID-19 issues.

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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Will Pegler

Will is a junior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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