Penn State Adds 127 Cases To COVID-19 Dashboard
Penn State reported 127 new COVID-19 cases among University Park students and employees this week, according to the university’s COVID-19 Dashboard.
Between Friday, April 23, and 3 p.m. on Friday, April 30, the university administered 4,298 tests to students and employees — about 1,000 fewer 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.
Forty-six students are currently isolating at Penn State’s Eastview Terrace complex, while 18 are quarantined there. The university is using about 16% of its 400-room capacity. Last week, 17% of rooms were in use.
Penn State has administered 94,856 COVID-19 tests to University Park students and employees this semester, resulting in 2,659 positives.
The university’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.
Penn State will stop spring semester random surveillance testing on Friday, April 30. It’ll update its dashboard with new data on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the summer starting Monday, May 10.
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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