By: Thomas Frank Carr
Penn State athletics has paused today after a significant rise in COVID-19 cases this week. The University releases their weekly testing results ever Wednesday and this time around, there were nearly 50 cases.
“For the period of August 31-September 4, Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics conducted 920 COVID-19 tests of students with 48 positive test results. The Intercollegiate Athletics reporting numbers are also included in the Penn State dashboard.
These results represent a 5.0 percent positivity rate for Penn State Athletics and have set in motion many of our established protocols. Based on these results and out of an abundance of caution, Penn State Athletics has paused team activities for several programs and initiated standard isolation and precautionary quarantine. Contact tracing is being performed and there is no evidence to suggest COVID-19 was transmitted during practice or training activities.“
Penn State had not seen more than seven in a testing period since July and had been one of the few Big 10 schools that had paused at any point since athletes were allowed back on campus. The school does not differentiate between sports, or if any athletes are symptomatic.