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Penn State Adds 117 Cases To COVID-19 Dashboard

One hundred and seventeen University Park students and employees tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week, according to Penn State’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

Since Thursday, September 9, the university has administered 9,818 tests to students and employees. Over that span, Penn State added 117 positives to its dashboard total.

Despite adding a generous number of cases, Penn State’s total positivity since December 2020 lowered from 2.5% to 2.4% over the past week. Over the last seven days, 1% of administered tests returned a positive result.

Thirty-seven students are currently isolating at Penn State’s Eastview Terrace complex, while 11 are quarantined there. The university is using about 20% of its 235-room capacity.

According to the university, 85.3% of University Park students and 79.8% of University Park employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Both rates easily surpass Centre County’s 54.5% vaccination rate for adults.

Penn State has administered 135,733 COVID-19 tests to University Park students and employees since December 2020, resulting in 3,227 positives.

Penn State plans on updating the dashboard twice a week this fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The university’s 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

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State with distinction in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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