First positive COVID-19 test reported in Penn State's athletic department
Penn State has reported its first positive COVID-19 case since student-athletes, coaches and other staff have started returning to campus. StateCollege.com reported the news.
“Wednesday’s positive report….is the first positive report involving an Intercollegiate Athletics student-athlete,” a PSU spokesperson said, according to StateCollege.com. “Full testing numbers will be shared in the Intercollegiate Athletic Department’s next bi-weekly report on Wednesday, July 29. Moving forward, all ICA test results, including positives, will only be reported on a bi-weekly basis.”
As of last week, Penn State had conducted 178 COVID-19 tests and had zero positive results. However, there 31 tests were still pending.
No specific information regarding the positive test was released. It’s unclear what sport the student-athlete participated in and whether the individual was symptomatic.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the broader community are of the utmost importance,” Penn State said. “Therefore, as part of the protocols established in the return to campus plan by the Penn State Athletics medical staff and in consultation with University, local and national officials and guidelines, individuals with a positive test have been put into isolation for 14 days and will be retested at that point. In addition to isolation, contact tracing procedures have been implemented, which includes quarantine and testing for those individuals who might have been exposed, even if asymptomatic.”