Second coronavirus death reported at Hershey Medical Center; 3 others in intensive care unit
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey reported a second death of a patient related to the coronavirus Saturday.
The first Hershey Medical Center patient died from the coronavirus March 27.
No details about the most recent death were released. A Penn State Health spokesman told the Press & Journal on Saturday afternoon that he is unable to offer any additional data regarding specific patient cases.
Overall, Hershey Medical Center is treating 19 patients with confirmed cases of the coronavirus, it said Saturday, with 3 in the intensive care unit and 1 on a ventilator.
The total of 19 patients is one more than Friday. The 3 patients in intensive care and one on a ventilator is the same as Friday.
It now has 7 patients under investigation for the coronavirus, 3 fewer than than Friday.
Hershey Medical Center has discharged 56 coronavirus patients it has treated. That number is 4 more than Friday.
Hershey Medical Center is also now reporting the number of tests it has completed. As of Friday, that number is 3,490, 128 more than Friday, with 90 percent negative and 10 percent positive.
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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 31 patients being treated, 5 more than Friday, and 5 under investigation, fewer than Friday. It has discharged 46 COVID-19 patients, 5 more than Friday.
Of St. Joseph’s patients, 15 are in the ICU and 6 are on ventilators.
St. Joseph has reported 6 deaths, one more than Friday.
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.