UPMC Reports No Surge in COVID-19 Patients
The announcement comes as the state clears the way for hospitals and surgical centers to resume elective procedures.
UPMC’s COVID-19 weekly update on Monday has some good news. The health system reports that it has not seen a surge in cases and that COVID-19 patients are using only 2 percent of beds across UPMC.
As a result, the newsletter has information for people who have postponed medical care:
“If you canceled an appointment, diagnostic test, or any other medical procedure out of safety concerns, we recommend you talk with your doctor about whether to proceed with your care.”
UPMC offers a range of information about the virus at UPMC.com/COVID19 including an online screening tool. After answering a few questions regarding your personal risk factors, recent exposure, and symptoms, you’ll receive a tailored risk assessment and care recommendation based on your responses.
UPMC’s announcement came just hours before Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said that hospitals and surgical centers can resume elective procedures that have been halted for weeks by the pandemic.
“We know that many Pennsylvanians have had to delay important elective procedures and operations, but it was necessary to ensure that our health care system had enough capacity in case it became overwhelmed with patients with COVID-19,” Levine said.