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Another coronavirus death at Hershey Medical Center for second day in a row


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center reported another coronavirus death today, its 14th overall and 9th of the month.

It reported its 13th coronavirus death Thursday.

Last Friday, June 12, the facility reported its 12th coronavirus death. On June 10, it reported its 10th and 11th deaths. On June 8, the facility reported its 9th patient died from the coronavirus.

On June 3, it reported the death of 2 patients, the first time that 2 coronavirus deaths were reported at the facility on the same day, to bring its total to 8. It reported its 6th coronavirus death in numbers released June 1. Nine of its 14 deaths have been in June.

Penn State Health does not comment on the deaths of coronavirus patients, so no details are available.

Overall, it is treating 13 coronavirus patients, it said Friday, 1 fewer than Thursday and down from 22 last Friday.

Its high for total patients being treated is 25, on May 26. On May 14, the total number of patients being treated was down to 6, its fewest.

Of the 13 patients being treated Friday, 4 are in intensive care, 1 fewer than Thursday. Four coronavirus patients are on a ventilator, the same as Thursday.

The center has 4 patients under investigation for the coronavirus, 2 more than Thursday. It has discharged 172 coronavirus patients it has treated, 2 more than Thursday.

It has completed 11,362 tests, up from 11,179 on Thursday, with 94 percent negative and 6 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.

St. Joseph has 3 patients being treated, the same as Thursday, and 2 under investigation, 1 fewer than Thursday. It has discharged 118 COVID-19 patients total, 1 more than Thursday. It has reported 25 deaths, no change.

Of St. Joseph’s patients, 2 are in the ICU, 1 more than Thursday, and 1 is on a ventilator, the same as Thursday.

In comparison to Hershey Medical Center’s high percentage of negative tests, St. Joseph has seen different results. Out of its 7,004 tests, 76 percent have been negative with 24 percent positive.