QC hospital beds for Covid reach 132% occupancy rate

QC hospital beds for Covid reach 132% occupancy rate

Photo inside an extension facility of Novaliches District Hospital

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — Hospitals managed by the Quezon City government is now jam-packed with Covid patients in the middle of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, over 28,000 displaced workers during the 14-day Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20 in the city are about to receive or may have already received a ₱2,000 aid from the city government. Distribution of the cash aid began on Friday, September 10.

According to the data gathered by the QC government, the hospital beds for Covid in the city have reached a staggering 132% occupancy rate.

This means that there are patients in the hospital that are staying in tents and chapels of the hospitals because the occupancy rate has already reached more than its regular bed capacity.

Based on the September 11 (Saturday) report, beds occupied in QC General Hospital (QCGH) already reached 114 or 96%; Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital (RMBGH) 84 or 156%; and Novaliches District Hospital (NDH) 69 or 143%.

Meanwhile, the QC government is encouraging the public that if ever they need a facility for mild or asymptomatic patients, they must coordinate with their barangay.

Most of the doctors say that it is not necessary to get tested if ever one is experiencing a symptom that is related to Covid.

The QC government also told the public that if they cannot coordinate with their barangay, they can go to QC Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) to get admitted to HOPE facilities.

HOPE facilities from I to XII have a total capacity of 1,733 and the occupancy increased to a total of 1,316 or 75.94% of its capacity.

As of September 12, 2021 (Sunday) the total cases of Covid in Quezon City increased to 145,392 where 13,018 or 8.95% are active cases; 131,000 or 90.1% recovered; and 1,374 or 0.95% died. (ai/mtvn)

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