The occupancy rate in dedicated facilities here for coronavirus disease is now considered manageable as admissions of confirmed cases have reportedly continued to decline.
Dr. Ryan Aplicador, deputy incident commander of the City Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases, said Thursday the average occupancy rate for the disease in seven hospitals has so far dropped to 58 percent.
He said it could mean that the number of new infections that do not require hospital admission has been increasing.
The decline may also be attributed to the increasing capacity of the six local private hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 cases, he said.
At the local government-run Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital, Aplicador said only 14 or 37 percent of the allotted 42 beds are currently occupied.
He said 11 of the patients have moderate to severe symptoms, with five undergoing dialysis treatment, but none are in intensive care.
Three patients with mild symptoms are admitted at the 25-bed ward of the hospitals Covid-19 Center, he said.
A report of the Department of Health (DOH) central office as of Nov. 17 said the city has a total of 264 beds for Covid-19 patients in six private and one public hospital.
Some 209 are classified as isolation beds, 33 as ward beds and 22 intensive care unit or ICU beds. The area has 19 available mechanical ventilators, with three currently occupied or in use.
DOH classifies hospitals with less than 60 percent bed utilization for Covid-19 as under “safe” zone.
“It’s manageable right (now) and we’re hoping to sustain this trend,” Aplicador said in a radio interview.
The confirmed Covid-19 cases since March reached a total of 1,017 as of Wednesday night but 808 or 79.4 percent have fully recovered.
The 169 active cases, mostly with mild symptoms and asymptomatic, are undergoing observation and treatment in the seven hospitals, and various barangay and temporary isolation facilities.
Aplicador said the declining infections could be an indication that residents have learned the importance of following the health protocols.
“It is a reflection that we’re doing good in terms of the health practices of the people,” he said.
He hopes that residents would be able to sustain such accomplishment with the possible lifting of more movement restrictions in the coming days.
Source: Philippines News Agency