COVID-19 Dashboard

As part of a layered approach to mitigating the spread of coronavirus, Penn State is committed to conducting random testing on all of its campuses.

The University is currently testing ~1% of its population of students, staff, and faculty who are residing in campus communities this fall. This random testing currently selects individuals without respect to risk factors. Student-athletes tested through Intercollegiate Athletics are included in this random screening count. The prevalence in this group is an estimate of the prevalence of COVID-19 in the student, staff and faculty population. The selection of individuals into this random testing may be adapted based on lessons learned, and testing resources will pivot as needed based on surveillance data outcomes. The results of all random testing will be reported on the COVID-19 dashboard, which will be updated twice a week.

The dashboard also incorporates data from on-demand testing on campus, which reflects individuals who are symptomatic, individuals who have been identified as contacts of positive cases, or individuals who self-identify as being at high risk of exposure. This is a self-selected group of individuals seeking testing because of symptoms or exposure risk and is expected to be positive at a higher rate than the random testing. The rate of positives for on-demand testing reflects the campus prevalence (also estimated by the random screening), care-seeking among ill individuals and worried well, and contact tracing efforts.

Results from on-demand testing are sent directly to the Department of Health by University Health Services. Results are reported in the ZIP code where the individual currently resides. Results from random screening tests are sent from the vendor to the Department of Health by the vendor with which the University is partnering to conduct the testing. Penn State data and Department of Health data representations may vary due to the time lag between test collection and test results from the various testing laboratories.

Visit this link to review Penn State’s COVID-19 dashboard.

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Keep up with the latest dashboard-related news:

The latest news related to Penn State’s COVID-19 dashboard is available on Penn State News’ dashboard updates page. The latest stories, as well as past coverage, will appear on this page.

Additional state and federal resources:

View the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Review the latest information about coronavirus from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Latest News

Stay up to date with the latest coronavirus-related news from Penn State.
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Barron, University leaders discuss COVID response at September Town Hall event

Barron, panelists address faculty and staff questions around infection rates and the University’s plans and policies