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Mount Nittany Health has 28 COVID patients

STATE COLLEGE — There are now 28 COVID positive inpatients at Mount Nittany Medical Center, ages 44 to 90.

To date, there have been 118 COVID positive inpatients during the month of March, with an average daily census of 18.

The information was reported by Chief Clinical Officer of Mount Nittany Physician Group Dr. Christopher Hester.

As community cases of the virus continue to rise, so do our hospital numbers, Hester said. COVID inpatient numbers have steadily been on the rise for the last few weeks, he said.

“We continue to monitor virus activity in the community and within the health system on a daily basis, and are prepared to make service adjustments as needed to serve our COVID positive inpatients and those needing us for acute and surgical care. This includes the rescheduling of nonessential surgeries and procedures, if needed.

“We understand that with warmer weather upon us, there is a desire to return to a sense of normalcy in our lives. With picnic, baseball and outdoor activity season just around the corner, we, too, are ready to get past this pandemic. And while we have made great strides in the past year, we are not there yet,” Hester said.

He urges people to help by continuing to avoid social gatherings, keep wearing masks and frequently wash hands.

“These measures have been proven to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and we need the entire community to do its part so that each of us is once again able to safely enjoy quality time spent with family and friends,” he said.

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