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Penn State Health announces its first coronavirus death

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center confirmed its first fatality from COVID-19 at the Hershey-based hospital Friday night.

The patient, who the hospital said was in a high-risk category for COVID-19 mortality, was one of 10 patients currently being treated for COVID-19 at the hospital as of Friday.

Patients at the hospital are cared for in negative-pressure rooms that allows air to flow into the room but keep contaminated air inside.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is currently suspending all non-essential surgeries and testing and has put in place a restricted visitation policy.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Monday afternoon that the statewide total of positive cases has risen to 4,087. In Dauphin County, that number has risen to 36.

Ioannis Pashakis
Ioannis Pashakis covers health care, the gig economy, cannabis and technology. Email him at ipashakis@bridgetowermedia.com.

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