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Hershey Medical Center's coronavirus patient total down a bit again after reaching high Tuesday


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s number of coronavirus patients edged down again Thursday after reaching its highest number yet Tuesday.

The total is 21 today, after reaching a high of 25 Tuesday. The number was 22 Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, on May 14, the total was down to 6, its lowest point so far. But it increased steadily until falling back a bit Wednesday. The previous high before Tuesday’s total was 22 on April 9.

Hershey Medical Center is reporting 5 deaths, the same as Wednesday.

Of the 21 coronavirus cases now at Hershey Medical Center, 7 are in intensive care, 1 more than Wednesday. Four coronavirus patients are on a ventilator, the same as Wednesday.

The center has 4 patients under investigation for the coronavirus, 6 fewer than Wednesday. It has discharged 116 coronavirus patients it has treated, an increase of 1.

It has completed 7,276 tests, 314 more than Wednesday, with 93 percent negative and 7 percent positive overall.

On Friday, for the second time, Hershey Medical Center reported its fifth death. On May 14, Penn State Health had reduced the number of coronavirus deaths in patients it has treated at Hershey Medical Center from 5 to 4.

Hershey Medical Center had reported its 5th coronavirus death May 12, a day after reporting its 4th.

It reported its third death of a coronavirus patient May 6. A Penn State Health spokesman told the Press & Journal that he is unable to offer any additional details regarding specific patient cases or information about the deaths.

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.

It is unclear which death is no longer considered related to the coronavirus.

Penn State Health’s dashboard provides numbers for its two hospitals — Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health St. Joseph in Reading.

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.

St. Joseph has 8 patients being treated, 6 fewer than Wednesday, and 5 under investigation, 3 more than Wednesday. It has discharged 103 COVID-19 patients total, 3 more than Wednesday. It has reported its 24 deaths, the same as Wednesday.

Of St. Joseph’s patients, 6 are in the ICU, 1 less than Wednesday, and 4 are on ventilators, 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 5,696 tests, 71 percent have been negative with 29 percent positive.