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 email@example.com.
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:
Confirmed cases: 113
New cases: 1,989
Total cases: 18,228
New deaths: 29
Total deaths: 338
Negative tests: 87,374
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
Total tests: 1,716
Outdoor tests: 1,330
Positive tests: 119
Pending tests: 36
Total tests: 365 patients
Outdoor tests: 2,303
Positive tests: 9
Pending tests: 60