Local Hospitals are reporting an increase in the number of inpatient and ICU cases of COVID-19. Meadville Medical Center revealed Tuesday that it is caring for more patients that are severely ill with the SARS-CoV2 virus. Butler Health Systems, which runs Clarion Hospital, revealed on Monday that they have admitted seven patients in their hospitals; about half of which needed intensive care. COVID-19 has been confirmed in about 109,000 Pennsylvania residents and nearly 82,000 have recovered, but over 7,000 patients have died. Over 20,000 tests are detecting about 1,000 new cases a day across the commonwealth.
The mandatory COVID-19 testing of all residents and staff in Pennsylvania’s 693 nursing homes has been completed according to Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine. Secretary Levine said in an address that universal testing was paramount to identifying asymptomatic individuals who may spread the virus and that this is a step toward reopening nursing homes to visitation. 70% of all Pennsylvanias killed by COVID-19 have been nursing home residents.