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Hershey Medical Center sees slight uptick in coronavirus cases, with fewer under investigation


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center reported 19 coronavirus patients being treated Tuesday, an increase of 2 over the previous day.

On Monday, the facility reported its 9th patient had 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 June 1.

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

Its high for total patients being treated 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 Tuesday, 6 are in intensive care, 1 fewer than Monday. Four coronavirus patients are on a ventilator, the same as Monday.

The center has 2 patients under investigation for the coronavirus, 3 fewer than Monday. It has discharged 148 coronavirus patients it has treated, 1 more than Monday.

It has completed 9,670 tests, 68 more than Monday, with 94 percent negative and 6 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, the same as Monday, and 3 under investigation, 2 more than Monday. It has discharged 113 COVID-19 patients total, the same as Monday. It has reported 25 deaths, no increase.

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

In comparison to Hershey Medical Center’s high percentage of negative tests, St. Joseph has seen different results. Out of its 6,495 tests, 74 percent have been negative with 26 percent positive.