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Penn State Adds 281 Cases To COVID-19 Dashboard Over Two Weeks

Nearly 300 University Park students and employees tested positive for COVID-19 over the last two weeks, according to Penn State’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

Since Thursday, August 26, the university has administered 18,101 tests to students and employees. Over that span, Penn State added 281 positives to its dashboard total.

Despite adding a generous number of cases, Penn State’s total positivity since December 2020 lowered from 2.8% to 2.5% over the past two weeks. Over the last seven days, 1.6% of administered tests returned a positive result.

Fifty-four students are currently isolating at Penn State’s Eastview Terrace complex, while six are quarantined there. The university is using about 26% of its 235-room capacity.

Penn State has administered 125,915 COVID-19 tests to University Park students and employees since December 2020, resulting in 3,110 positives.

Penn State plans on updating the dashboard twice a week this fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The university said testing data is added to the dashboard once results are received.

This fall, all unvaccinated students and employees, including those who haven’t shared proof of vaccination with Penn State, must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

Walk-up COVID-19 testing is available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Friday, at the White Building. Pegula Ice Arena, which previously offered walk-up testing last month, is now available for appointments only.

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should avoid walk-up testing and instead schedule an appointment with University Health Services.


Editor’s note: This semester, Onward State is publishing weekly COVID-19 Dashboard summaries. Feel free to check out our site every Friday for updates on Penn State’s COVID-19 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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