On-Demand COVID-19 Testing Returns To Penn State Starting August 16
Penn State will once again offer on-demand COVID-19 testing for students this fall, according to a university press release.
Starting Monday, August 16, Pegula Ice Arena will re-open for drop-in asymptomatic testing for students and student-athletes. Pegula will offer testing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday.
The White Building, which will also house on-arrival testing, will open for both rapid testing and PCR confirmation testing. It’ll open its doors from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday.
Both Pegula and the White Building will open on Saturday, August 21, to help speed up move-in testing.
Additionally, University Health Services will offer on-demand symptomatic testing for students.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be referred to isolation, according to Penn State. Earlier this summer, a university spokesperson said about 200 single-occupancy Eastview Terrace rooms remain available for quarantine and isolation.
As announced during August 3’s university town hall, on-arrival COVID-19 testing will be required for all students who haven’t told Penn State they’re vaccinated. They’ll need to take a rapid test and obtain a negative result before they’re able to move in starting on Monday, August 16.
All students who don’t share their vaccination status with the university will undergo required weekly COVID-19 testing this fall (or until they submit proof of vaccination).
Penn State said it will announce testing plans for unvaccinated faculty and staff soon. In the meantime, they can share their vaccine status online.
Last week, Penn State doubled down on its commitment to avoiding a vaccine mandate for students and employees. However, administrators strongly encouraged vaccinations for all who are eligible.
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