TL;DR: Outbreaks on college campuses are leading to spikes in Pennsylvania college towns, and in New Jersey, infections among teenagers and young adults are on the rise. And in Chester County, a bold new antibody testing program that cost millions ended after just a few weeks.
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Campus outbreaks are contributing to spikes in college towns like State College, and Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine said young people need encouragement, not scoldings, to start taking precautions against the virus. Her statement came after college administrators across the country have admonished students for partying at reopened campuses. Despite hundreds more cases, Penn State officials said they would not cancel in-person classes.
While there have been some cases at elementary, middle, and high schools that have reopened in Pennsylvania, Levine said the most “significant increases” are among college students between the ages of 19 and 24. That holds true in New Jersey as well, where people between 19 and 24 have the state’s highest percent of positive cases.
Chester County planned to test blood from about one million essential workers, in hopes of detecting antibodies and better understanding the coronavirus. But the program ended after a month, after millions were paid to a politically connected biotech firm, and a former county health official now says the tests may have been generating inaccurate results.
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