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PSU student dies of COVID-19

A 21-year-old Penn State student living in State College died Tuesday because of respiratory failure and COVID-19, the Lock Haven Express reported.

Juan Garcia, a College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student from Allentown, is the first known Penn State student to have died because of the coronavirus. Penn State learned of the death from family and friends, the newspaper reported.

Garcia was living off campus when he began to feel ill. He traveled home to Allentown on June 19 and was tested for the coronavirus the next day.

While expressing condolences on behalf of Penn State, Damon Sims, vice president for student affairs, noted, “It is a poignant reminder that no one among us is immune to the worst consequences of this virus.”

Penn State is doing contact tracing to find anyone who might have been in close contact with Garcia. Anyone who had been in contact with Garcia are asked to contact University Health Services 24/7 Active Nurse at 863-4463.

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