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Hershey Medical Center reports 3rd death from coronavirus; sister hospital in Reading has 11

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Penn State Health Milton S. 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.

Penn State Health’s other hospital, St. Joseph in Reading, also reported another death Wednesday, bringing its total to 11.

Overall, Hershey Medical Center is treating the same number of coronavirus patients today as it was Tuesday: 15. The number requiring a ventilator, however, dropped from 4 to 2. The same number are in intensive care: 3.

The center reported only 10 patients being treated 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. The high is 22 on April 9.

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The center also has 8 patients under investigation for the coronavirus, 2 fewer than Tuesday.

Hershey Medical Center has discharged 77 coronavirus patients it has treated, 1 more than Tuesday.

Hershey Medical Center has completed 4,581 tests, 168 more than Tuesday, 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, 1 more than Tuesday, and 4 under investigation, 2 more than Tuesday.

It has discharged 72 COVID-19 patients total, 2 more than it had Tuesday.

Of St. Joseph’s patients, 14 are in the ICU, 2 more than Tuesday, and 8 are on ventilators, 3 fewer Tuesday.

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.