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A day after reporting its third coronavirus death, Hershey Medical Center cases go down a bit


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey had a slight decrease Thursday in the number of coronavirus patients it is treating — down 1 to 14.

Hershey Medical Center in Hershey reported its third death of a coronavirus patient Wednesday. A Penn State Health spokesman told the Press & Journal on Wednesday that he is unable to offer any additional data regarding specific patient cases.

On April 25, the center reported its second death of a patient related to the coronavirus. The first Hershey Medical Center patient died from the coronavirus March 27. No details about the first two deaths were released either.

Of the 14 coronavirus cases at Hershey Medical Center, 2 patients are in intensive care, down from 3 the previous day. The number requiring a ventilator is 2, the same as Wednesday.

The center reported only 10 patients being treated last Friday, the lowest total since Penn State Health launched its dashboard of cases March 30. The number grew to 16 on Monday before dropping back to 15 Tuesday and Wednesday. The high is 22 on April 9.

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The center also has 7 patients under investigation for the coronavirus, 1 fewer than Wednesday.

Hershey Medical Center has discharged 80 coronavirus patients it has treated, 3 more than Tuesday.

Hershey Medical Center has completed 4,723 tests, 142 more than Wednesday, with 91 percent negative and 9 percent positive overall.

Penn State Health’s dashboard provides numbers for its two hospitals — Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health St. Joseph in Reading. It is updated once a day.

The numbers reported on the dashboard include two types of patients being cared for: patients with a confirmed positive test for COVID-19 and patients who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but do not yet have a confirmed positive test. Those patients are referred to as patients under investigation.

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St. Joseph has 24 patients being treated, the same as the previous day, and 3 under investigation, 1 fewer than Wednesday. It has reported 11 deaths, the same number as Wednesday.

It has discharged 74 COVID-19 patients total, 2 more than it had Wednesday.

Of St. Joseph’s patients, 9 are in the ICU, 5 fewer than the previous day, and 6 are on ventilators, 2 fewer Wednesday.

Penn State Health announced March 21 that an employee at one of its outpatient practices on the campus of Hershey Medical Center had tested positive for COVID-19.

Penn State Health is accepting drop-off donations of key supplies from the community at Penn State Health Center, 175 Crystal A Drive, Hershey.

Hershey Medical Center is open to treat all patients. The hospital has suspended non-essential surgeries and testing, put in place a restricted visitation policy and “has an incident command structure up and running with operational leaders guiding the organization’s preparedness and response efforts.”

Penn State Health Medical Group is consolidating a number of its physician practices across the region and plans to close others until further notice in response to the evolving coronavirus pandemic. The Penn State Health Medical Group location at 3100 Schoolhouse Road in Londonderry Township remains open.