Mount Nittany Health COVID-19 update for October 1, 2021

October 01, 2021
COVID-19
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Today, Mount Nittany Health is caring for 41 COVID positive inpatients at Mount Nittany Medical Center, ranging in age from 21 to 89. 

In September, we have cared for 136 COVID positive inpatients, compared to 15 COVID positive inpatients in September 2020 – more than 9 times the number of patients compared to last year.

Our average daily census of COVID positive inpatients for the week of Sept 18-24 was 34 inpatients per day and has spiked to 41 inpatients again this week and an average of 35 inpatients per day this past week.

On September 24, we launched a COVID-19 inpatient dashboard, updated weekdays on our website.

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Dr. Tiffany Cabibbo, Executive VP Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer

COVID positive hospitalizations continue to escalate; averaging 35 inpatients this week compared to an average of 34 the week before. The average age of our COVID positive inpatients is 57 years old. The majority of our COVID positive admissions are unvaccinated.

COVID-19 Vaccine, Pfizer Boosters, and FLU shots

To sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine or Pfizer booster, please register at our website. Our next booster clinic is October 13 by appointment only.

This year, we are offering drive up FLU vaccine clinics, and clinics in our primary care practices in Penns Valley, State College, Bellefonte and Philipsburg. For more information and to review our schedule, please go to mountnittany.org/FLU.


Pandemic Response Plan in effect

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:

  • Daily decisions to cancel or reschedule elective surgeries and procedures that require an overnight stay
  • Restricting visitation

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 visit our website for the latest updates. 

Protect Yourself and Others

Our physicians, nurses and healthcare workers on the front lines have been fighting the pandemic for more than a year and half now. We strongly urge the community to please get vaccinated, social distance, avoid large gatherings, wear a mask, and wash your hands frequently. 

In addition, if you are experiencing any symptoms or have been exposed to someone who is COVID positive, then please isolate yourself from others and seek testing.

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