Penn State is still reporting a perfect score on coronavirus testing results for its student-athletes.
University officials released a second round of numbers Wednesday in regard to those athletes who have returned to campus over the past month:
Zero positive cases from 178 completed tests.
There are 31 test results pending, according to Kris Petersen, Penn State’s associate athletics director for strategic communications.
Two weeks ago, Penn State reported zero positive COVID-19 cases from the first 102 student-athletes tested.
The athletic department will release ongoing test results every two weeks at least through late August, though that will not include staff members and coaches. Rather, those results will be included in university or community medical releases, said athletic director Sandy Barbour.
The university has not released a testing results breakdown by sport.
Penn State has seemingly fared well nationally in regard to coronavirus health and safety, at least by these initial numbers. Most universities that have brought back athletes for involuntary workouts since June 1 — and who are publicly reporting testing results — have had several positive results for the virus.
Some schools, such as Ohio State and Maryland in the Big Ten, even shut down their football workouts temporarily because of the large number of positive test results.
Penn State began returning its football players to campus in waves a month ago with testing and quarantining procedures in place. Other sports, such as men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball, have gradually followed.
Penn State will test all student-athletes and staff on their return to campus and then if they display virus symptoms.
“That’s our protocol for the summer, and we’re continuing to look at the science, the conditions around us, and as the university settles on what they’re going to be doing for the fall, certainly, kind of fold up under that as well,” Barbour said.
Starting this Monday, the Nittany Lions’ coaching staff has been allowed to spend up to two hours a week watching film with the players. On-field workouts without pads and helmets can begin on July 24, and preseason camp is still scheduled to start Aug. 7.