Today, Mount Nittany Health is caring for 30 COVID positive inpatients at Mount Nittany Medical Center, ranging in age from 14 to 86.
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 has climbed from 27 in September to 33 in October – just two weeks into the month – with a total 25 admissions in October to date.
On September 24, we launched a COVID-19 inpatient dashboard, updated weekdays on our website.
Attribute message to
Dr. Upendra Thaker, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Mount Nittany Medical Center/
Chief Clinical Officer, Mount Nittany Physician Group
COVID positive hospitalizations are averaging 32 inpatients this week compared to an average of 35 the week before. The average age of our COVID positive inpatients this month is 57 years old. The majority of our COVID positive admissions are unvaccinated.
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. We understand that no surgery feels elective to a patient. This daily assessment and adjustment to our surgery schedule is based upon bed availability at the Medical Center, and is necessary at this time in order to continue providing safe, quality care to all of our patients who 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine, Pfizer Boosters, and FLU shots
To sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine or Pfizer booster, please register on 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.
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.