Penn State continues to be at the forefront of the Virus in Centre County. When Penn State resumed in-person classes August 24th, Centre County had 423 cases in 5 months. In just under 8 weeks, Centre has added nearly 3,000 more cases and that still has some lag from what the University itself is reporting. As cold weather approaches, so does changes to Penn State’s walk-up Coronavirus testing site, which will now be at Pegula Ice Arena. The move to indoors was necessary as the temperature in Happy Valley begins to drop.
The previous walk up testing site was located outside in the hub parking deck, but now asymptomatic students can receive a free Coronavirus test at Pegula seven days a week. Officials say students who are experiencing symptoms of the Virus should not visit Pegula for a test, instead they should contact University Health Services. As of Friday, University Park added 196 new Coronavirus cases, bringing its total to over 3,100. Officials say 2,620 out of that total have already completed their isolation and are no longer active cases.
The University has already made changes to it’s upcoming spring semester based on experiences from the Fall, like canceling Spring Break and implementing wellness days, but not everyone is convinced this will work. Officials say they are still prepared to be flexible and if needed, move to remote learning at any time.