HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Department of Health said nearly 5,000 Pennsylvanians are in the hospital battling COVID-19.
More than 1,000 patients remain in the intensive care unit.
The department issued guidelines on stopping elective procedures if the hospital has a staff shortage, COVID-19 surge, or inadequate bed availability.
“All of us have to be mindful that we all have a role to play in what is happening in the hospitals right now. You might not need hospital care right now. You might not have a loved one in the hospital right now, but what is happening in our hospitals has a direct impact on you,” DOH Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said.
At the moment, no hospital in the Commonwealth meets all three of those requirements, but the Southwestern region does have a staff shortage.