Penn State Adds 162 Cases To COVID-19 Dashboard
Penn State reported 162 new COVID-19 cases among University Park students and employees this week, according to the university’s COVID-19 Dashboard.
Between Friday, April 9, and 3 p.m. on Friday, April 16, the university administered 5,668 tests to students and employees — about 600 more than last week.
Over the past week, Penn State’s total positivity rate for the semester (or since December 19) remained steady at 2.8%. About 2.6% of tests administered this week returned positive results.
Fifty-three students are currently isolating at Penn State’s Eastview Terrace complex, while 26 are quarantined there. The university is using about 20% of its 400-room capacity. Last week, 30% of rooms were in use.
Penn State has administered 85,306 COVID-19 tests to University Park students and employees this semester, resulting in 2,375 positives.
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 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.
Walk-up COVID-19 testing is available for students from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hintz Family Alumni Center and Pegula Ice Arena Monday through Saturday.
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 COVID-19 testing figures, quarantine and isolation space capacity, and more.
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Provost Nick Jones said Penn State doesn’t plan on mandating vaccines ahead of the fall semester.
Students can begin selecting alternative grades starting Wednesday, May 12.
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