Mount Nittany Health COVID-19 update for September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021
COVID-19
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COVID positive hospitalizations at Mount Nittany Health
Today, September 10, we are caring for 17 COVID positive inpatients at Mount Nittany Medical Center, ranging in age from 22 to 92.

In August, our total COVID positive admissions was 69 with an average daily census of 14 patients. The number of COVID positive inpatients at the Medical Center is nearly double what it was this time last year, and the vast majority of these patients are unvaccinated.

"Since the start of September, our daily average census of COVID positive inpatients is at 17 – surpassing our average of 14 in the month of August. Due to this increase, we have been taking additional steps in our pandemic response plan to adjust our operations to meet the needs of the community. We continue to adjust elective surgical care as well as restrict visitation at our facilities.

The COVID vaccine is highly effective and our best defense against the transmission of COVID in our community. We strongly encourage everyone to receive it," said Dr. Tiffany Cabibbo, Chief Nursing Office and Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services, Mount Nittany Health.

Don't Wait. Get Vaccinated.
Recently, the CDC recommended that people whose immune systems are moderately to severely compromised receive an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine after an initial two-dose series. Patients who meet the eligibility requirements and attest to the criteria may request an appointment for an additional 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at mountnittany.org/COVID.

As a reminder, Mount Nittany Health continues to offer initial and second doses of the FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine to interested community members. To register for the COVID vaccine, please go to mountnittany.org/COVID and click "Sign up now." You do not need to be a Mount Nittany Health patient to request the vaccine and there is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccine. We will contact you with an appointment date and time.

Continue efforts to prevent spread of COVID
Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. The Delta variant is highly contagious and has been proven to spread easily. This is another reason why continuing to consistently follow additional COVID safety measures, including social distancing, not meeting in large groups, masking and frequent hand washing is essential and helps to significantly reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.

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