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County COVID-19 cases stall; BHS sees increase in hospitalizations

April 9, 2020 News Extra

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Butler County's statistics on the coronavirus remain the same according to the state, but Butler Health System reported an increase in hospitalized patients from 11 to 15.

BHS spokeswoman Jana Panther said the system is also monitoring personal protective equipment supplies a little more closely in the wake of Gov. Tom Wolf's executive order that would allow him to redistribute PPE if needed.

“BHS will do whatever it must to assure that its patients and staff are protected, and that it has the PPE necessary to render care safely,” Panther said.

Panther said the system is also encouraging patients to avoid the emergency department as much as possible and use telehealth opportunities, if they are available.

“(Doctors) can handle many patient needs remotely, while keeping them at home,” Panther said.

While PPE is a widely discussed topic on many levels, Panther said the system's medical supplies are adequate at this time, but it will accept any donations of personal protective equipment. These arrangements may be made by emailing covid19donations@butlerhealthsystem.org.

The following data is compiled daily through the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website and through regular releases from Butler Health System on the COVID-19 pandemic. Thursday's numbers are:

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 113

Deaths: 2

Pennsylvania

New cases: 1,989

Total cases: 18,228

New deaths: 29

Total deaths: 338

Negative tests: 87,374

Surrounding Counties

Allegheny: 759 confirmed cases and 12 deaths

Westmoreland:190 confirmed cases and 1 death

Beaver: 129 confirmed cases and 13 deaths

Lawrence: 37 confirmed cases and 2deaths

Mercer: 30 confirmed cases

Armstrong: 20 confirmed cases

Clarion: 8 confirmed cases

Venango: 5confirmed cases

Butler Memorial Hospital

Inpatients: 15

Suspected: 5

Confirmed: 10

ICU: 2

Total tests: 1,716

Outdoor tests: 1,330

Positive tests: 119

Pending tests: 36

Clarion Hospital

Inpatients: 4

Suspected: 3

Confirmed: 1

Total tests: 365 patients

Outdoor tests: 2,303

Positive tests: 9

Pending tests: 60

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