Penn State sees coronavirus positivity rate increase | University park campus news


Penn State updated its latest coronavirus test results to see a 13.2% increase in the positivity rate Monday through Thursday, according to a statement.

From January 3 to 6, 318 positive cases were found out of 2,403 tests at University Park, a rate of 13.2%. The student positivity rate was 16.1% and the employee positivity rate was 9.1% during this period.

Commonwealth testing during this more recent period found 33 positive cases out of 96 tests.

From December 20 to January 2, out of 2,243 coronavirus tests administered at University Park, 357 were positive, a rate of 15.9%, according to the statement.

This rate includes 19.4% among students and 9.4% among university employees.

Tests on Commonwealth campuses during this period recorded a 25% positivity rate – 138 positive results out of 552 tests.

Kelly Wolgast, director of the Penn State COVID-19 Operations Control Center, said the university is experiencing “lower testing volume” overall due to the university’s winter break, but those testing are “Usually either symptomatic or asymptomatic but have been exposed to the virus.”

The university will update its coronavirus dashboard twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester, according to the release.

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