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BHS Update: Inpatient numbers with COVID-like symptoms grows by five

April 6, 2020 News Extra

Butler Health System continues to update the county on its coronavirus numbers.

According to Jana Panther, a spokeswoman for Butler Health Systems, Butler Memorial Hospital's number of inpatients being treated for coronavirus-like symptoms has grown by five.

Of the 16 patients, seven are suspected of having COVID-19 and nine people tested positive. Four of the 16 patients are being treated in the ICU.

Clarion Hospital is currently treating one suspected case and one confirmed case in the ICU.

In addition to treating patients, BHS continues to test for COVID-19. Through Friday, the system completed 1,480 tests with 1,142 coming from its outdoor facility.

So far 86 patients tested positive through BHS testing and 317 people still await results.

BHS also reported testing data for Clarion Hospital which has tested 285 patients with 231 coming from its outdoor facility. Seven patients have tested positive through Clarion and 52 tests are pending.

As of noon Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported a statewide total of 12,980 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,470 new cases from the day before.

The department also reported 12 additional deaths overnight, bringing the total number of Pennsylvanians who died from the virus to 162.

Locally, the health department reported four news cases in Butler County, bringing the total Monday to 91 positive cases, with still just two deaths.

Neighboring Allegheny County reported 642 positive cases and four deaths according to the health department.

Based on the report, data for other surrounding counties are as follows: Westmoreland, 157 confirmed cases; Beaver, 96 confirmed cases and six deaths; Lawrence, 24 confirmed cases and 2 deaths; Armstrong, 13 confirmed cases; Mercer, 18 confirmed cases; Clarion, 6 confirmed cases; and Venango, 5 confirmed cases.

As of Monday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control reported there are 304,826 positive cases reported nationwide, including 7,616 deaths.