What Happens to Pitt & Penn State Students Infected with COVID-19

Two of the state's largest universities set aside beds for students suspected of having or who have contracted the coronavirus to isolate.
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The University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University both established plans to isolate students who contract the coronavirus while on campus this fall.

At Pitt, where 27 students and 16 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 this summer, the administration has reserved 179 beds for students who get the virus, with the potential for 20 more.

Penn State previously announced that it will house students diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the Eastview Terrace residence halls at the University Park campus. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, about 400 beds have been set aside across the three buildings.

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Students returning to either school are asked to quarantine seven days before arriving, and both schools have plans in place to regularly test small portions of the university populations as a way to indicate virus activity on campus. 

About 30,000 Penn State students living in high-risk areas will be tested for the coronavirus before returning to campus. Students will receive their results within 48 hours.

Kevin Black, interim dean of Penn State’s College of Medicine, said in a virtual town hall Thursday that the timing of these tests is critical.

“To have a test completed four weeks prior to arrival does not contribute meaningfully to reducing disease prevalence upon return to campus,” Black said. “We want the tests submitted as close as possible to return to campus to have the greatest possible effect.”

At Pitt, students will be subject to systematic, randomized virus testing. Read more about Pitt’s virus plans here and Penn State’s here.

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