Daily update for October 22, 2021
The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 is rising across Centre County and the surrounding communities we serve, reflecting a national trend. In the interest of continued transparency, and to provide the community with a clear picture of how the pandemic is affecting Mount Nittany Medical Center and our staff across the health system, Mount Nittany Health is making a public COVID-19 dashboard available on our website.
The dashboard provides vital information about patients currently being treated at the Medical Center and the resources we are using to care for them. Statistics shared include total number of COVID-19 inpatients, number of patients requiring intensive care unit (ICU) care and patient vaccination status. Updated Monday - Friday, the dashboard reflects the daily number of patients we are caring for at that time.
We are operating under our pandemic response plan to adjust our services to care for COVID positive inpatients as well as those who need us for acute care. These measures include restricting visitation and daily decisions to cancel or reschedule elective surgeries and procedures that require an overnight stay. As the COVID positive admissions increase, it will be necessary to take additional steps to adjust our services to meet the needs of our patients. Please continue to check back for updates.
Pennsylvanians ages 12 and older are eligible to schedule their vaccination appointments for the Pfizer vaccine. We strongly encourage everyone that is eligible to sign up for a vaccine
as soon as possible.
To register for the vaccine, click “Sign up now” and complete the form at your convenience. You do not need to be a Mount Nittany Health patient to request an appointment, and there is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccine. We will contact you with your appointment date and time.
The CDC announced their recommendation for a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those who meet the CDC eligibility requirements.
Mount Nittany Health will be holding a by-appointment-only booster shot clinic on Wednesday, October 13, from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. Sign up for your appointment by clicking on the "Sign up now" button. We will then contact you with the time of your appointment. Due to the high volume of appointment requests, it may take several days to confirm your appointment time. We thank you in advance for your patience.
Note: Boosters are only approved for those that completed a vaccine series of Pfizer at least six months ago. To find other booster shot providers in our region, visit vaccines.gov/search.
The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that people whose immune systems are moderately to severely compromised receive an additional 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. People who meet the eligibility requirements and attest to the criteria may request an appointment from Mount Nittany Health for an additional 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by clicking on the "Sign up now" button. For patients 12-17 meeting the eligibility criteria, appointments can be made directly at our Mount Nittany Physician Group - Boalsburg – Pediatrics by calling 814.466.7921.
On August 23, 2021, after a full review of the scientific data, the Food and Drug administration (FDA) provided full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine for those 16 years of age and older. It is no longer under emergency use authorization for adults. It is also still available for those aged 12 to 16 under the emergency use authorization.
Mount Nittany Health is looking for volunteers in the community, including active or retired licensed healthcare professionals, such as nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, nursing students and medical students, to help administer COVID-19 vaccines at Mount Nittany Health vaccine clinics.
We are committed to administering the COVID-19 vaccine to our community as quickly as supplies are made available. We need your help to continue our COVID-19 vaccination efforts. If you are interested, please visit our COVID vaccination volunteer page to see if you are eligible and to apply.
Thank you for your continued support.
October 22, 2021
Today, we are caring for 35 COVID positive inpatients at Mount Nittany Medical Center, ranging in age from 18 to 94. Our average daily census of COVID positive inpatients has climbed from 27 in September to 34 in October.
October 18, 2021
Mount Nittany Health will offer two monoclonal antibody treatments per day, Tuesday through Saturday, with the exception of October 23, November 13 and 20. Patients must be referred for treatment by a provider. Click here to learn more.
To join the fight against COVID-19, download the free COVID Alert PA app to your phone. Get exposure alerts without compromising your privacy or personal information. Downloading the app is voluntary, but the more Pennsylvanians that use the app, the more successful our efforts will be to stop the spread of COVID-19. Learn more
You can share your support for our doctors, nurses and hospital staff during this unprecedented time via our virtual gratitude website, courageousatheart.org. The virtual gratitude board allows community members to post their notes, images and videos of encouragement and thanks to our staff. Viewers can also share posts on the board with popular social media sites, like Facebook and Instagram.
At Mount Nittany Health, the safety of our patients and staff is always our priority. Our COVID-19 policies and practices are updated as we see changes to conditions in the community and in CDC and DOH guidelines for the care, safety and placement
of our patients. These are some of our current practices:
Patient visitation is temporarily suspended at all Mount Nittany Health locations until further notice.