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PSU Student Dies from COVID-19

Another Penn State student has died due to COVID-19, university officials confirmed

The university is sharing its condolences to the family and friends of 20-year-old Neil Patel.

According to a GoFundMe page, Patel was hospitalized at Penn Medicine in March and was put on a ventilator in April.

The family posted an update Sunday saying Patel has “moved on to his next journey.”

Penn State officials say Patel was a sixth semester Smeal undergraduate student.

They say Penn State Student Affairs has been in touch with his family and is offering support to those impacted.

In July of 2020, 21-year-old Penn State student Juan Garcia died of respiratory failure and COVID-19.

The university said Garcia was living off campus in State College when he began feeling ill.

University officials said at the time that Garcia’s death was the first known Penn State student death related to coronavirus.

Officials say counseling is available for anyone in need by calling Counseling & Psychological Services at 814-863-0395 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

The 24-hour Penn State Crisis Line is 1-877-229-6400.

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