Penn State has an ongoing Coronavirus problem, and School Officials and Community Leaders have asked Students to be vigilant at all times, but old habits die hard. Video quickly surfaced of a huge party held during Saturday’s Nittany Lion Football Game.
One of the newer apartment buildings Downtown was the site of a large crowd during Saturday’s Football Game. Videos from the gathering quickly flooded social media. A Sophomore at Penn State and Resident of the Rise in State College, John Auerbach, captured the party from a birds eye view. He says, “The people who attend parties like this have more concern for getting drunk with 200 random people than for the sick and weak around them that are forced to stay inside.” The videos show little to no evidence of mask wearing, a direct violation of the State College mask and social distancing Ordinance.
Just in the past week, Penn State reported 108 new positive cases bringing the overall total to well over three thousand. There are currently 235 active cases on Campus. Auerbach, who says he has a pre-existing condition, wishes Students would have more respect. He says, “Because of parties like these, COVID is spread and people like me are forced to isolate for weeks at a time, when in reality if we all just wore masks, the Virus wouldn’t have spread as much.”
Saturday’s Game Day gathering comes 24 hours after Pennsylvania recorded a new single day record of positive COVID-19 cases. Borough Officials say no one was available to comment on Sunday. However, they are working on a data report from over the weekend for Monday. Auerbach says the party spot was left a mess and he cleaned it up so the Staff at the Rise wouldn’t have too. Next week’s Football Game in Happy Valley will feature ESPN’s College Game Day. However, Officials say no fans or Students are allowed near the set due to COVID-19 protocols.