University reports fourth straight week of declining COVID-19 cases 

  Wednesday, September 30, 2020 4:00 PM

Pittsburg, KS

COVID-19 update

The Bryant Student Health Center at Pittsburg State University reported Wednesday that the number of positive COVID-19 cases involving students continues to decline.   

Currently, five students are in active isolation, down from 12 students in the last week, and the number of those quarantined also fell for the fourth straight week to about 100 students, according to Taylor Panczer, COVID-19 case manager at PSU.     

In the seven days leading up to Wednesday, Sept. 30, the Bryant Student Health Center tested 33 individuals, which is the same number as the previous seven-day span. Of those, three tested positive and two are awaiting results as of Wednesday afternoon. This points to a reduction in the percent positive rate among the student population.   

Among faculty and staff, one new case was reported in the most recent seven-day period. Currently, three faculty/staff are in isolation and one is in quarantine due to possible exposure. Since the university began tracking in March, 15 faculty/staff have reported infections, and 37 have had to quarantine for any reason.   

Panczer noted that the only tested/positive numbers the university can reliably report are those from the Bryant Student Health Center. Isolation and quarantine numbers will differ from the Crawford County Health Department report due to student being tested elsewhere and then later reporting as PSU students via the health department.