Mt. Nittany reports first COVID-19 patient

STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health has confirmed its first hospitalized patient tested positive for COVID-19 on April 1. Due to federal privacy laws and out of respect for the privacy of the patient and the family, no further information on the patient will be shared.

“I want to emphasize that we have been preparing for months for this situation,” said Nirmal Joshi, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Mount Nittany Health. “Guided by our rigorous adherence to CDC procedures and protocols and the expertise of our Mount Nittany Health staff, proper protocols are in place for the patient’s care, and our facilities continue to be safe for our employees, providers and patients. The health and safety of our community, patients and staff is our highest priority.”

“I want to express my deep appreciation to the Mount Nittany Health employees and providers during this extraordinary time,” said Kathleen Rhine, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Health. “Our expertise in caring for our patients is only matched by the compassion that is shown to every patients and to each other. Our teams continue to work around the clock to ensure continued access to care in a safe environment.”

Anyone experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or who may have been in contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19 should contact their physician for advice on appropriate treatment. You may also contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health, 1.877.PA.HEALTH (1.877.724.3258).

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.

For more information on how to stay protected, and ways that Mount Nittany Health is preparing and responding to COVID-19, visit mountnittany.org/coronavirus.


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