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Entrance of Mount Nittany Medical Center with a sign that warns of COVID-19 symptoms
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Mount Nittany Health opened their online self-scheduling system for COVID-19 vaccination Friday, and available appointments ran out within the first hour, according to the health system.

Emily Shearer, a registered nurse in critical care services at Mount Nittany Medical Center, receives the COVID-19 vaccine Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, from Dr. Upendra Thaker.
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Mount Nittany Health announced that starting Friday of next week community members who meet the state's eligibility guidelines will be able to go online to

Emily Shearer, a registered nurse in critical care services at Mount Nittany Medical Center, receives the COVID-19 vaccine Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, from Dr. Upendra Thaker.
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Mount Nittany Medical Center received its first shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines this week — 975 doses — and began administering them to frontline hospital staff Friday. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Chief Medical Officer Nirmal Joshi about getting the vaccines while case numbers continue to climb.

A man gives a woman with a COVID-19 vaccine injection in her arm.
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Mount Nittany Medical Center in Centre County is one of the hospitals in central Pennsylvania slated to get its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines this week as the state rolls out plans to distribute the vaccines.

“We have formed a task force that has been preparing for the shipment and has developed a plan for distributing the vaccines to our healthcare staff," said Mount Nittany Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nirmal Joshi.

Outside of Mount Nittany Medical Center showing sign.
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The number of new COVID-19 cases in Centre County has been going down recently, but at the same time, hospitalizations are up.

 

Nirmal Joshi, chief medical officer at Mount Nittany Health, said that throughout October, Mount Nittany Medical Center saw a significant increase in hospitalized patients.

Recently, the hospital has has 15, 16 or even 19 COVID patients at one time. That is up from two or three at a time.

 

In this file photo from summer 2020, a sign in front of the Mount Nittany Medical Center asks visitors to see a staff member if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
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The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 at Mount Nittany Medical Center grew to 13 Friday, an increase in patients that comes from both long-term care facilities and the community, according to a hospital announcement.

That’s about double the recent average of six to eight patients over the past two weeks.

In this file photo from summer 2020, a sign in front of the Mount Nittany Medical Center asks visitors to see a staff member if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
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The state removed 24 COVID-19 cases from Centre County’s count Thursday, reflecting corrections made to previous test results the Department of Health said were “not valid.”

Centre County saw its largest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases, increasing by 43 to 356 on Sunday. The sharp increase prompted Mount Nittany Health to contact the state Department of Health, which led to retesting.

Signage for a COVID-19 collection site in State College, Pa.
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Some of the positive COVID-19 test results the state Department of Health reported in Centre County Sunday are not valid, and patients whose results changed after retesting are being contacted, according to the department and Mount Nittany Health.

On Sunday, Centre County saw a 43-case jump, the largest single-day increase since the pandemic began. That brought Sunday's total to 356 confirmed and probable cases. 

Centre County saw its largest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases Sunday, adding 43 cases for a total of 356 confirmed and probable cases, according to data from the state Department of Health.

The 14% increase comes as the state is taking steps to try to reverse the trend of increasing case numbers before the beginning of the school year. 

Outside of Mount Nittany Medical Center showing sign.
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Mount Nittany Health announced Thursday it is cutting 250 positions — about 10% of its workforce — and taking other cost-cutting steps, in the face of an expected $70 million revenue shortfall this fiscal year.

Mount Nittany is also cutting executive compensation by 10% and reducing contracted services. 

NIrmal Joshi, chief medical officer of Mount Nittany Health
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Nirmal Joshi has been the chief medical officer at Mount Nittany Health since November 2017. He has a background in infectious diseases, and has been helping lead Mount Nittany’s efforts to prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.