University encourages COVID-19 testing for students in three residence halls

March 22, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Several students who live in Beaver, Geary and Packer Halls have recently tested positive for COVID-19, so — out of an abundance of caution — Penn State is advising all students living in those residence halls to get tested for COVID-19 on Monday (March 22) or Tuesday (March 23) at the walk-up testing site at Pegula Ice Arena.

Walk-up testing for asymptomatic students is available at Pegula and the Hintz Family Alumni Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. University Park students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should continue to schedule testing appointments with University Health Services (UHS) via myUHS.

The walk-up testing sites utilize rapid tests, with results provided to students on site. Students whose rapid test indicates a positive result will immediately take a secondary PCR test to confirm the positive result and be referred to isolation. The University’s contact tracing process will also commence at this time. Students who must isolate – whether on or off campus – will have support from the University to help them continue their studies uninterrupted, maintain their physical and mental health and stay connected to others.

Students who receive a negative result on their secondary PCR test will receive information from the University’s contact tracing team about leaving isolation. Those who receive a positive result on the secondary PCR test will complete their 10-day isolation period. More information about the support and resources provided to students in quarantine and isolation is available online at

More information on University COVID-19 testing is available online at

Last Updated March 23, 2021