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Number of Hershey Medical Center COVID-19 cases down after reaching new high on Tuesday

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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s number of coronavirus patients dropped a bit Wednesday after reaching its highest number yet in information released Tuesday.

The total today is 22, down from a high of 25 on Tuesday. Less than two weeks ago, on May 14, the total was down to 6, its lowest point so far. But it’s increased steadily since then until falling back a bit today. The previous high before Tuesday’s total was 22 on April 9.

It is reporting 5 deaths, the same as Tuesday.

Of the 22 coronavirus cases now at Hershey Medical Center, 6 are in intensive care, 1 more than Tuesday. Four coronavirus patients are on a ventilator, the same as Tuesday.

The center has 10 patients under investigation for the coronavirus, 3 more than Tuesday. It has discharged 115 coronavirus patients it has treated, 4 more than Tuesday.

It has completed 7,276 tests, 183 more than Tuesday, 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 14 patients being treated, the same as Tuesday, and 2 under investigation, 1 fewer than Tuesday. It has discharged 100 COVID-19 patients total, the same as Tuesday. It has reported its 24 deaths, the same as Tuesday.

Of St. Joseph’s patients, 7 are in the ICU, 3 more than Tuesday, and 4 are on ventilators, 1 more than Tuesday.

In comparison to Hershey Medical Center’s high percentage of negative tests, St. Joseph has seen different results. Out of its 5,579 tests, 70 percent have been negative with 30 percent positive.