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Hershey Medical Center has slight decrease in patients being treated for coronavirus and in ICU


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey is treating 14 patients with confirmed coronavirus cases, it said Monday — 2 fewer than it reported Sunday.

Of those, 3 are in the intensive care unit, an decrease of 2 from Sunday. One is on a ventilator, the same number as Sunday.

On Saturday, 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 most recent death were released. A Penn State Health spokesman told the Press & Journal on Saturday afternoon that he is unable to offer any additional data regarding specific patient cases.

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The center also has 9 patients under investigation for the coronavirus, the same as Sunday.

Hershey Medical Center has discharged 60 coronavirus patients it has treated. That number is 2 more than Sunday.

Hershey Medical Center has completed 3,621 tests as of Sunday, 73 more than Sunday, with 90 percent negative and 10 percent positive overall.

Penn State Health launched a dashboard on its website March 30 to provide the number of confirmed and suspected patients its hospitals – Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health St. Joseph in Reading – are caring for.

The dashboard can be found here. It will be 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 33 patients being treated, 2 more than Sunday, and 7 under investigation, one more than Sunday. It has discharged 46 COVID-19 patients, the same as Sunday.

Of St. Joseph’s patients, 13 are in the ICU and 4 are on ventilators.

St. Joseph has reported 7 deaths, the same number as Sunday.

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.