Hershey Medical Center sees sizable jump in inpatient coronavirus cases, investigating 7 more
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey is treating 18 patients with confirmed cases of the coronavirus, it said Saturday, up from 12 on Friday, with 7 under investigation, down from 3 on Friday.
Hershey Medical Center has discharged 42 coronavirus patients it has treated. That number is the same as Friday but up from 38 on Thursday and 34 Wednesday.
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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 26 confirmed cases, the same as Friday, and 7 under investigation, 1 more than Friday. It has discharged 26 COVID-19 patients, 8 more than Friday.
A Hershey Medical Center patient died from the coronavirus March 27. St. Joseph also has now reported 4 deaths.
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.