After Diverting Patients, Mount Nittany Health Warns of More ‘Extraordinary Measures’ Due to COVID

Mount Nittany Medical Center reached a crossroads Friday as the hospital teemed with nearly five dozen patients diagnosed with the coronavirus and warned of possible service cuts.

The only hospital in Centre County turned away emergency department patients Thursday evening into Friday morning, and cautioned that additional “extraordinary measures” can be expected.

“Things are as challenging as they have ever been during the past 21 months of the COVID-19 pandemic,” chief medical officer Dr. Upendra Thaker said in a statement. “Caring for COVID patients is like operating a hospital within a hospital. It takes extraordinary resources to operate at this capacity.”

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