11/3: COVID-19 dashboard updated with preliminary results from weekend testing

November 03, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has updated its public COVID-19 dashboard with the University's on-demand testing and random testing results from tests administered during the period of Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, as well as new University testing results from the prior week. The few pending results will be validated and uploaded when completed. As of Nov. 2 at University Park, there are 173 active student cases and 3,822 students have completed their isolation period and are no longer active cases.

For the period of Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, the University Park campus received 26 positive on-demand test results and two positive random testing results from student testing.

Test results received with respect to tests conducted in the week of Oct. 23 to 29 have added 43 positive on-demand student testing results and 15 additional positive student random testing results for the University Park campus for that week. This brings the current total for the University Park campus for that week to 153 positive on-demand testing results and 32 positive random testing results from student testing.

There are no new employee positive cases at University Park.

“While our positive test numbers have been holding relatively steady in recent weeks, rising case counts across Pennsylvania and the nation illustrate that we could very quickly begin trending in the wrong direction if we are not careful,” said Kelly Wolgast, director of Penn State’s COVID-19 Operations Control Center. “As we approach the end of the in-person portion of the fall semester, we ask our community to continue to remain committed to wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings, staying physically distant, practicing good hygiene, and following all guidelines. Also, students at every campus should be on the lookout this week for more information about free COVID-19 testing that they can sign-up for prior to their return home.”

University Park On-Demand Student Testing Positive Results by Week:

University Park Random Student Testing Positive Results by Week:

Commonwealth Campus Test Results

The dashboard indicates the following new student testing results at Commonwealth Campuses:

  • Abington: three on-demand testing positives for the period of Oct. 23 to 29
  • Altoona: seven on-demand testing positives and three random testing positives for the period of Oct. 23 to 29
  • Beaver: one random testing positive for the period of Oct. 23 to 29
  • Behrend (Erie): two on-demand testing positives for the period of Oct. 23 to 29
  • Fayette: one random testing positive for the period of Oct. 23 to 29
  • Harrisburg: one on-demand testing positive and one random testing positive for the period of Oct. 23 to 29
  • Hazleton: one random testing positive for the period of Oct. 23 to 29
  • Lehigh Valley: one random testing positive for the period of Oct. 30 to Nov. 1
  • Mont Alto: one on-demand testing positive for the period of Oct. 23 to 29
  • Wilkes-Barre: one random testing positive for the period of Oct. 23 to 29

Penn State York had one on-demand testing positive among employees for the period of Oct. 23 to 29.

All students who test positive are being placed in isolation and, through systematic University contact tracing, close contacts of the infected individuals are being identified and must remain in quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with the infected individual. 

Students who are concerned about COVID-19 exposure are urged to utilize the University’s health care resources to seek out testing and facilitate contact tracing. Students at University Park who are not experiencing symptoms but want to be tested because of possible virus exposure or other reasons may access the walk-up testing site on the main concourse of Pegula Ice Arena from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. University Park students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not visit the walk-up testing site and instead seek testing at University Health Services by using myUHS or calling the appointment line at 814-863-0774. Commonwealth Campus students should contact their campus’ health care services. Any student on any campus with health concerns should call the 24/7 Advice Nurse at 814-863-4463.

Penn State experts are continuing to track current trends and continuously monitoring local, state and national disease data. The University is working closely with officials from the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Health, as well as local public and private organizations, to carefully monitor the prevalence of coronavirus in Centre County to determine if the virus is moving from the campus community to the local community and, if so, to develop strategies to mitigate such spread.

To continue on-campus learning, work and other activities through the fall semester, it’s vital that students, faculty and staff at all campuses and in adjacent communities do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19 — and support the effort to “Mask Up or Pack Up.” The University urges everyone to continue to wear face masks, practice social distancing and avoid gatherings.

For the latest updates and information on Penn State’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including frequently asked questions and information specific for students, faculty and staff, visit virusinfo.psu.edu.

Last Updated November 17, 2020