Earlier this week the state Department of Health's daily dashboard update showed that there were few adult intensive care beds available for coronavirus patients in Berks County hospitals.
More than three-quarters of the coronavirus patients in Berks are in Reading Hospital with the rest in Penn State Health St. Joseph.
Tower Health, Reading Hospital's parent company, addressed the capacity-for-care issue in an emailed statement:
"Reading Hospital currently has adequate bed capacity for our COVID-19 patients and we continue to monitor the cases very closely.
"Managing the flow of critical care patients through the Hospital’s Intensive Care Units (ICU) is a routine aspect of our daily work. We constantly evaluate patients to see if they meet the requirements to be transferred from an ICU to a lower level of care.
"With experience, a broader array of therapeutic options, and an improved understanding of the disease process, the percentage of COVID-19 positive patients requiring ICU care is less this fall than it was in the spring. Although the overall volume of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has continued to rise there is currently adequate availability of ICU beds at Reading Hospital to meet the demand.
"In addition, areas in the hospital that were not being used prior to the pandemic have been converted to offer additional treatment areas if necessary.
"Our facilities remain clean and safe for our patients and employees and we remind the community they should not defer care because of COVID-19 concerns."
The most recent report showed Berks with six available adult ICU beds.
The state did not update on the holiday but plans to fold the Wednesday and Thursday results into a Friday report.
Each day's report is a snapshot of the prior day's results, typically except for the Monday report which contains Saturday and Sunday results.
The hospitals' most recent updates showed a record 104 patients in Reading, with five in the ICU and five on ventilators. St. Joseph had 23 patients with eight in critical care and four on ventilators. St. Joseph reached at least 35 patients in the spring.
There is a total of 13,048 cases in Berks for the pandemic, with this month outdistancing April for the most cases.
There have been 456 deaths of Berks residents in the county and elsewhere, according to the state. The county coroner's office has listed 439 deaths within Berks, including 20 nonresidents.
The number of deaths statewide passed the 10,000 mark on Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., a Scranton Democrat, noted the grim milestone with this statement: "COVID-19 has reached every corner of our Nation and every county in our Commonwealth. Today, I am thinking about the 10,000 Pennsylvanians who have lost their lives to this virus, and all those who loved them. We mourn for those we have lost and pray for those still suffering, as well as for their friends and families who are grieving."
The other notable situation in Berks is the rising cases at Albright College, where there are 41 active and 71 for the pandemic. The school is reporting 83 students in quarantine with 41 others isolating. For each category, most are at their 电子货币交易平台apphome addresses.
All colleges are seeing rising numbers.
Kutztown University, which had the first outbreak among Berks colleges in late August-early September, has recorded eight more cases this week. There are currently 23 active cases among students. Nearly all of them are off campus, the school reports.
Later Wednesday, the state revised travel restrictions. These are the details:
- Travelers over the age of 11 entering Pennsylvania from locations outside the commonwealth, as well as Pennsylvanians returning 电子货币交易平台apphome, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering. If they receive a negative test result during the travel quarantine period, they can leave travel quarantine.
- People returning to the commonwealth after leaving the state for less than 24 hours and individuals complying with a court order, including child custody, are exempt from the testing and quarantine requirements.
- Travel quarantine means that people quarantining after travel who have not been identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 are permitted to end quarantine once they receive a negative test result.
- Individuals are permitted to enter the commonwealth if they are awaiting a test result but must travel quarantine until a negative test result is received, even if they are asymptomatic.
The state continued to urge residents to:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with an elbow.
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- Stay 电子货币交易平台apphome, especially if you are unwell.
- You are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
- Download the COVID Alert PA app.