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Centre County COVID Spike

Penn State says another 16 student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19.

University officials say nearly 1,000 tests were performed last week.

Those who have tested positive are in isolation.

They will be re-tested after 14 days.

Many of the Penn State cases are being added to Centre County’s case totals, and those numbers are drawing greater scrutiny.

The increasing number of COVID-19 cases reported in Centre County is drawing national attention.

Much of it is attributed to Penn State students at University Park.

One person taking a direct interest in Centre County’s situation is the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health.

In the past two weeks alone, there have been more than 1,100 new COVID-19 cases in Centre County, and most are from the State College and University Park zip code areas

Officials say in recent weeks cases have been increasing among 18- to 24-year-olds on college campuses.

Penn State, along with county and municipal administrators, are stepping up COVID prevention measures including the distribution of more personal protection equipment.

Last week, the Department of Health opened a pop-up COVID-19 testing center at the Nittany Mall parking lot.

Wednesday, DOH Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine confirmed the department is focusing on Penn State and State College.

According to the Department of Health, Centre County has six COVID-19 patients hospitalized

Wednesday, 43 new COVID-19 cases were added in Centre County.

The added cases bring the county’s total number of COVID-19 cases to just over 2,700 since the first one was reported in March.

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