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Hershey Medical Center reports 9th death from coronavirus, its 4th since last Monday


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center reported Monday that its 9th patient has died from the coronavirus.

Last Wednesday, it reported the death of two 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 last Monday, June 1.

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

Overall, it is treating 17 coronavirus patients, it said Monday, 1 fewer than were being treated Friday.

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 fewest.

Of the patients being treated Monday, 7 are in intensive care, up 3 from Friday. Four coronavirus patients are on a ventilator, 1 more than Friday.

The center has 5 patients under investigation for the coronavirus, 5 fewer than Friday. It has discharged 147 coronavirus patients it has treated, 10 more than Friday.

It has completed 9,602 tests, 650 more than Friday, with 94 percent negative and 6 percent positive overall. That is 1 percent more negative tests and 1 percent fewer positive tests than reported Friday

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 4 patients being treated, the same as Friday, and 1 under investigation, also the same as Friday. It has discharged 113 COVID-19 patients total, 1 more than Friday. It has reported 25 deaths, no increase.

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

In comparison to Hershey Medical Center’s high percentage of negative tests, St. Joseph has seen different results. Out of its 6,443 tests, 74 percent have been negative with 26 percent positive.