University reports one new student case 

  Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:45 PM

Pittsburg, KS


Pittsburg State University reported one positive COVID-19 case of the two symptomatic students who were tested at Bryant Student Health Center in the week leading up to May 5. 

Currently, one student is in isolation.     

In the same period, no faculty or staff members reported an infectionand none are in quarantine due to close contact with an infected person. Since the onset of the pandemic, 66 faculty and staff have reported infections and 106 have had to quarantine as close contacts to infected people. 

Weekly routine testing of athletes mandated by the NCAA continues. In this reporting time period, 43 student-athletes were tested and none were found to be positive.   

The last day of coursework for the spring semester is May 7, and the semester ends May 14 following the end-of-semester week replacing Spring Break. Through May 14, the Bryant Student Health Center is conducting optional asymptomatic COVID-19 departure testing as students return home or head out of town for internships and summer work.    

The summer session is June 7 to July 30, with most coursework online. The fall semester begins August 16. During the summer session, the university will not report weekly numbers. If needed in the fall, weekly reporting will resume the week following the return of students. Bryant Student Health Center will remain open during the summer, and testing will be available for those students who remain in Pittsburg. 

Bryant Student Health Center Director of Operations Rita Girth noted that the only tested/positive numbers the university can reliably report are those from the health center. She also said that isolation and quarantine numbers could differ between reporting agencies due to student being tested elsewhere and then later reporting as PSU students via the Crawford County Health Department. Numbers change daily.