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2 coronavirus deaths reported at Hershey Medical Center on same day for first time


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center reported 2 more deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing its total to 8.

The center reported its 6th coronavirus death in numbers released Monday.

Penn State Health does not comment on the deaths of coronavirus patients, so no details are available. It is the first day that 2 coronavirus deaths have been reported there on the same day.

The number of coronavirus patients that Hershey Medical Center is treating fell by 3 to 18 in numbers released Wednesday.

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

Of the 18 coronavirus patients being treated Wednesday, 5 are in intensive care, down 1 from Tuesday. Two coronavirus patients are on a ventilator, 1 fewer than Tuesday.

The center has 6 patients under investigation for the coronavirus, 2 fewer than Tuesday. It has discharged 134 coronavirus patients it has treated, 7 more than Tuesday.

It has completed 8,602 tests, 182 more than Tuesday, with 93 percent negative and 7 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 7 patients being treated, 3 more than Tuesday, and 2 under investigation, the same as Tuesday. It has discharged 109 COVID-19 patients total, 1 more than Tuesday. It has reported 25 deaths, no increase.

Of St. Joseph’s patients, 3 are in the ICU, the same as Tuesday, and 2 are on ventilators, 1 fewer than Tuesday.

In comparison to Hershey Medical Center’s high percentage of negative tests, St. Joseph has seen different results. Out of its 6,174 tests, 73 percent have been negative with 27 percent positive.

Hershey Medical Center reported its fifth death twice. On May 14, Penn State Health had reduced the number of coronavirus deaths in patients it has treated at Hershey Medical Center from 5 to 4 because it had been reclassified. It then reported its fifth death again May 22.

Hershey Medical Center had reported its 5th coronavirus death May 12, a day after reporting its 4th.

It reported its third death of a coronavirus patient May 6.  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. 

It is unclear which death is no longer considered related to the coronavirus.