48 athletes test positive at PSU
Football team still practicing
From Mirror reports
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State Athletics is reporting its highest COVID-19 positive rate to date.
For the period of Aug. 31-Sept. 4, the athletic department conducted 920 tests of students that produced 48 positive test results. Previous weekly and bi-weekly reports all were in the single-digits.
As a result, Penn State has paused team activities for several programs and initiated standard isolation and precautionary quarantine. Contact tracing is being performed and there is no evidence to suggest COVID-19 was transmitted during practice or training activities, the university press release said.
A PSU spokesman told PennLive.com that the football team is not one of the squads pausing its workouts and that practice is continuing.
Penn State’s statement said: “We expect our student-athletes and staff to follow university requirements and guidelines for limiting the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing their hands regularly and not gathering in large groups.”
Individuals with a positive test have been assigned to isolation for 14 days and will be retested at that point.
When the Penn State football team returns to game action, it apparently will be without standout tight end Pat Freiermuth.
The Centre Daily Times reported Wednesday that Freiermuth has decided to opt out of the season and focus on the NFL Draft.
Several other media outlets followed.
As of press time, there was no confirmation from Freiermuth or Penn State.
Freiermuth made 43 catches last season for 509 yards and seven touchdowns. His 15 TDs through two seasons are tied with Mike Gesicki for most by a PSU tight end.
Linebacker Micah Parsons announced last month he is opting out of the season. Parsons is projected as a high first-round pick. Freiermuth (6-foot-5, 243 pounds) is one of the top tight ends available and is projected as a second-day (second or third round) selection.