Pennsylvania Department of Health

Pennsylvania Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam at the podium of a press briefing

By the end of June, Pennsylvanians will no longer be required to wear a face covering, state health officials said Wednesday.

The state order that had Pennsylvanians masking up for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted at the latest by June 28, said Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam.

If 70% of adults are fully vaccinated before that date, the state will end the mask mandate early, Beam said.

Penn State student Kaitlyn Harris did an asymptomatic saliva test at a mobile testing site in August.
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Penn State is reporting a 294-case increase of COVID-19 among students at University Park since it last updated its coronavirus dashboard on Friday.


It brings the total number of cases to 1,665 students at University Park. The dashboard lists 23 cases among students at Penn State Altoona, with 17 still active. There are 33 students in quarantine at that campus.


The College Township municipal building
College Township

The wrestling tournament that College Township in Centre County had tried to stop, saying it would violate COVID-19 restrictions, did take place this weekend, drawing an estimated 2,700 people and leading the township and police to issue citations.

According to a news release from the township, the municipality worked with the State College Police, the borough Health Department and Centre Region Code Administration. They issued more than 30 citations totaling about $10,000 over the course of the three-day event to the organizers and hosts.

In this file photo from summer 2020, a sign in front of the Mount Nittany Medical Center asks visitors to see a staff member if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
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The state removed 24 COVID-19 cases from Centre County’s count Thursday, reflecting corrections made to previous test results the Department of Health said were “not valid.”

Centre County saw its largest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases, increasing by 43 to 356 on Sunday. The sharp increase prompted Mount Nittany Health to contact the state Department of Health, which led to retesting.