Penn State

Leaders at Penn State and from the surrounding community are voicing their concerns about the recent uptick in coronavirus cases and a new, more infectious variant found in State College.

Penn State added 320 new cases of the coronavirus for the week of Sept. 11 to 17, as the university updated its COVID-19 dashboard Friday.

Penn State classes start this week, and as the campus with the largest student body in Pennsylvania kicks off the fall semester, many in State College are concerned that the arrival of tens of thousands of students could mean outbreaks of COVID-19.

Penn State had to break up a large gathering of unmasked students apparently partying outside of dorms on the University Park campus Wednesday night, raising concerns in the community about the potential for COVID-19 outbreaks.

Eight Penn State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, and results are pending on another 66, according to the athletics department.


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