Mount Nittany Well being has applied a coverage requiring all workers to put on masks whereas working with sufferers as a result of growing variety of COVID-19 instances and hospitalizations. This coverage will likely be in impact for the following two weeks, and applies to physicians, clinicians, workers, volunteers, college students, and distributors. The choice to implement this coverage was influenced by an increase in COVID-19 instances throughout the group and the healthcare system. The coverage will stay efficient till 7 a.m. on September twenty ninth.
Whereas native hospitalizations for COVID-19 will not be as excessive as through the peak of the winter seasons in 2020-21 and 2021-22, there was a latest improve. In accordance with the Facilities for Illness Management, Centre County had 10 new hospital admissions for COVID-19 the week ending September 2nd, which is a rise from the earlier week’s 4 admissions. Presently, roughly 1% of hospital beds in Centre County are occupied by COVID sufferers.
The Pennsylvania Division of Well being not offers statewide COVID case and hospitalization information, and Mount Nittany has stopped issuing weekly updates on native COVID hospitalizations. On a nationwide scale, COVID-19 hospitalizations elevated by 9% final week, which is the bottom improve seen up to now three months. Nevertheless, new admissions throughout the nation are roughly half of what they had been on the identical time final yr, and solely 20% of the admissions seen in 2021.
Mount Nittany Well being will proceed to watch the scenario carefully and make obligatory changes to the masking coverage as wanted. They’re urging sufferers and guests who show signs of COVID-19 or respiratory sickness to take precautions and put on masks whereas in Mount Nittany Well being amenities. It will assist to make sure the protection and well-being of everybody throughout the healthcare system.