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Incoming nursing class at Penn State Hershey quarantined due to COVID-19

PennLive.com logo PennLive.com 9/8/2020 By David Wenner, pennlive.com
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The incoming class of 144 nursing students at Penn State College of Medicine will be in quarantine for at least ten days after six of them tested positive for COVID-19.

They have been in quarantine since Friday, with most confined to housing on the campus in Dauphin County.

Spokeswoman Barbara Schindo said officials believe the exposure to COVID-19 took place off campus, possibly in a student’s home community.

She said the students were taking part in orientation and have had “extremely limited” contacts with patients.

Schindo said as of Tuesday morning the six positive cases were the only known cases among students at the medical school which, in addition to the nursing students, has several hundred medical students and resident physicians and about two dozen physician assistant students.

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