The PGH was preparing for the “worst case scenario” as COVID-19 cases increased.
The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) was preparing for the “worst case scenario” as coronavirus cases in the Philippines increased.
On Saturday, a PGH spokesperson said that the Philippine General Hospital will be forced to temporarily close down its non-COVID-19 wards should coronavirus admissions continued to increase in the hospital.
This came after the Philippines recorded more than 11,000 new coronavirus infections on Saturday.
PGH Spokesperson Jonas Del Rosario said that the state-run COVID-19 referral hospital only had 225 dedicated beds at present, 169 of which or some 70% were currently in use. Del Rosario earlier said that this included a newborn baby and 7 other children younger than 15 years old.
Del Rosario added that while 80% of PGH’s health frontliners were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, some still contracted mild to moderate coronavirus infections. Just last July, 38 of the hospital’s workers had tested positive for COVID-19 and all of them have already recovered.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said at the same briefing that her agency was already expanding health care capacity nationwide — including decongesting hospitals of mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients — as the intensive care unit (ICU) utilization rate in Metro Manila increased to 61%, up from the 58% posted last Thursday.
Last Friday, the Department of Health introduced a 4-tier system in order to identify the severity of COVID-19 incidence in different parts of the country.
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