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Hershey Medical Center sees slight increase in coronavirus patients being treated Friday


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is treating 20 coronavirus patients, it said Friday.

The total was 18 on Wednesday, the same day it announced 2 patients had died from the virus, bringing its total to 8 deaths.

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. Wednesday was the first day that 2 coronavirus deaths have been reported there on the same day.

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 20 coronavirus patients being treated Friday, 4 are in intensive care, down 1 from Wednesday. Three coronavirus patients are on a ventilator, 1 more than Wednesday.

The center has 10 patients under investigation for the coronavirus, 4 more than Wedneday. It has discharged 137 coronavirus patients it has treated, 3 more than Wednesday.

It has completed 8,952 tests, 350 more than Wednesday, 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 4 patients being treated, 3 fewer than Wednesday, and 1 under investigation, 1 fewer than Wednesday. It has discharged 112 COVID-19 patients total, 3 more than Wednesday. It has reported 25 deaths, no increase.

Of St. Joseph’s patients, 3 are in the ICU and 2 are on ventilators, both the same as Wednesday.

In comparison to Hershey Medical Center’s high percentage of negative tests, St. Joseph has seen different results. Out of its 6,265 tests, 73 percent have been negative with 27 percent positive.