Mount Nittany Health announces plans for future COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Mount Nittany Health is in the final stages of vaccinating more than 3,400 health care personnel in Centre County through the remainder of January.  Completing this effort will fully utilize the vaccine supply that the health system has been currently allocated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Moving into February, vaccination efforts will be focused on the newly expanded Department of Health Category 1A eligible community members.  This now includes individuals age 65 and older and those age 16-64 who have high-risk conditions or who are immunocompromised (weakened immune system).  Mount Nittany Health is currently awaiting shipment of additional vaccine to begin this effort.

Starting January 29, the health system plans to open an online self-scheduling system for Covid-19 vaccinations.  Pending the availability of vaccine, additional appointments will be opened starting the first week of February and will be offered to anyone who meets the Category 1A criteria.  Eligible individuals should visit mountnittany.org/coronavirus for available times and to schedule their appointment.

Given the level of community interest, appointment demand is expected to be high.  Information will be updated on Mountnittany.org/coronavirus as soon as it is available.  Please check the site regularly for the most current information as this will be more effective than inquiring by phone.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to make vaccinations available as soon as possible.

Mount Nittany Health weekly COVID update (January 15)

There are currently 32 COVID positive inpatients at Mount Nittany Medical Center, ages 49 to 96. So far this month, there have been 157 COVID positive patients admitted to the Medical Center, with an average of 46 positive inpatients per day. By comparison, in the month of December, there were 246 COVID positive patients admitted to the Medical Center, with an average of 49 positive inpatients per day.  Read the latest update.

Scheduling Your COVID 19 Vaccination

We are committed to offering vaccinations as soon as possible, based on the supply of vaccine we have received from the Department of Health.  Per DOH guidelines, we are currently offering vaccinations to the following individuals:

 

Pennsylvania Department of Health Phase 1A
  • Healthcare personnel
  • Individuals age 65 and older
  • Individuals age 16-64 with high-risk conditions or immunocompromised

 

Check here on January 29 to use our online self-scheduling tool to schedule your vaccine appointment, if you meet the DOH eligibility criteria.

Appointments will be based on vaccine availability.

Please check the site for ongoing updates and future appointment options.

 

Mount Nittany Health COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Tom Charles, MHA, MBA, executive vice president, system development and chief strategy officer, Mount Nittany Health gives COVID-19 vaccine update on January 22, 2021.

Mount Nittany Health policies and practices for COVID-19

At Mount Nittany Health, the safety of our patients and staff is always our priority. Our COVID-19 policies and practices are updated as we see changes to conditions in the community and in CDC and DOH guidelines for the care, safety, and placement of our patients. These are some of our current practices:

  • COVID testing is required of patients three days prior to surgery.

  • COVID testing is required of women preparing to deliver a baby.

  • All patients will be screened for COVID-19, which includes a temperature check, including patients admitted to the hospital.

  • We have policies in place regarding room assignments of COVID-19 positive inpatients.

    • Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are assigned a room based on a combination of factors following CDC and DOH guidelines.

    • No visitors are allowed to visit patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

    • Single patient room placement is prioritized for our inpatients whenever possible, however, a hospitalized COVID-19 patient may be roomed with another patient confirmed to also have COVID-19.

  • For the safety of our patients and staff, all patients and visitors are required to mask.

 

Patient visitation is temporarily suspended at all Mount Nittany Health locations until further notice. 

COVID Alert PA

Mount Nittany Health COVID-19 Community Hotline: 814.231.7111

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Mount Nittany Health has a dedicated COVID-19 hotline available to the community: 814.231.7111. The COVID-19 hotline will be answered daily from 7:00 am – 11:00 pm.

Send a message to our healthcare workers

The Mount Nittany Health team has shown the epitome of courage, compassion, and commitment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those qualities are only rivaled by their skills and excellence in their work to care for our community. In this season of gratitude, you can share your support for our doctors, nurses, and hospital staff during this unprecedented time via our virtual gratitude website, CourageousAtHeart.org. The virtual gratitude board allows community members to post their notes, images, and videos of encouragement and thanks to our staff. Viewers can also share posts on the board with popular social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.