There were 85 new cases of COVID-19 reported by the state for Butler County on Wednesday.
Although the number of reported tests was small, as there were 86 negative test results, which gives the Department of Health’s daily report a 49.7 percent positivity rate.
There were two additional deaths reported by the state for the county Wednesday, bringing the total to 82.
As of Wednesday morning, Butler Memorial Hospital is treating 44 patients for the coronavirus, with seven people in the ICU. Butler Health System reported one death to the PA Department of Health on Tuesday.
BHS also announced that both Butler Memorial Hospital and Clarion Hospital have reached ICU capacity. The Post-Anesthesia Care Unit is being converted to a critical care unit which adds 15 ICU beds. BHS has decided to suspend elective procedures that require an in-patient stay to make more beds available. A number of nurses will be temporarily reassigned.
Statewide, there were 8,291 new cases, 194 additional deaths, and around 16,000 negative tests.
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