At Least One COVID-19 Case At Penn State University Park, DOH Reports

Jul 22, 2020

The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. Penn State had previously announced it would use the inn to house students with COVID-19, but will now use the building for classes. A dormitory will be used to house students, instead.
Credit Min Xian / WPSU

There is at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 in someone living on Penn State’s University Park campus, according to Wednesday’s report from the state Department of Health.

A department spokesman confirmed that between one and four individuals in the 16802 zip code have tested positive for the coronavirus. The specific number is redacted when there are fewer than five cases in a zip code.


While most Penn State classes and activities are being held remotely over the summer, some students have returned for research and athletics training. As of last week, University Athletics said none of the returning athletes had tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Penn State plans to bring its students back to its campuses for the fall semester. While it’s taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, many in the community remain concerned about the potential impact. 

There are 299 confirmed or probable cases in Centre County, up from 262 a week ago. In the 16801 zip code, there are 64 confirmed and 8 probable cases; in the 16803 zip code, there are 43 confirmed cases and another 1-4 redacted probable cases.

Overall today, Pennsylvania’s cases increased 631 to 103,396, according to the state Department of Health. Today’s numbers do not include data from Philadelphia, which the department said it had not received.

The Department of Health notes it “is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds.”