The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 broke new records both statewide and in State College Wednesday. The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Wednesday that more than 5,500 people were hospitalized with COVID-19.
The number of patients being treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center for COVID-19 also reached a new high on Wednesday. According to the hospital, it was treating 46 inpatients, aged 43 to 95.
“While there are many measures we can take to be able to provide care for everyone who needs it at any time, it’s important to understand that there are limits to this," said Dr. Nirmal Joshi, Mount Nittany Health’s chief medical officer.
The hospital encourages everyone to take safety measures, including staying home as much as possible, practicing social distancing and wearing a mask.
In Blair County, 142 COVID patients were hospitalized Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health website.
After the recent rapid increase in cases, the state is offering free testing in several counties, including Warren and Clinton. Testing starts Thursday and runs through Monday. No appointment is required. They’ll take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Castanea Picnic Grounds in Lock Haven and the Warren State Hospital in Warren.
Overall, there are 445,317 known cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.