Butler Health System reported another death due to the coronavirus Friday afternoon. BHS spokeswoman Jana Panther said one patient, who tested positive for COVID-19, died Friday morning. This is the second death since the pandemic began, both occurring in the last few days. There are still 15 patients hospitalized at Butler Memorial Hospital with 14 of those patients having suspected cases of COVID-19 and one being confirmed to have the virus. Seven of those 15 hospitalized patients are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit, an increase from four yesterday. BHS confirmed that Clarion Hospital's statistics have remained unchanged with two patients in the ICU. One is suspected of having COVID-19. The second patient has been confirmed to have the virus. Data from the state Department of Health shows that 26 patients in the county have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, but not all of these patients are being treated at BMH. BHS continues to test patients daily. Through Thursday, BMH staff have tested 788 people with 562 of those being tested at its outdoor facility. As of Thursday, Clarion Hospital has tested 103 people at its outdoor facility.
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