Baguio City increases isolation capacity to 1,104 beds

ISOLATION capacity of public and private temporary treatment and monitoring facilities in Baguio City has increased to 1,104 beds, following the additional units commissioned and the discharges of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients from hospitals over the past several weeks.

In a report by the Baguio City Public Information Office (PIO), City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo said the accumulated capacity increased from the previous 654 to 875 beds, while the accumulated Covid bed capacity of the private and public hospitals rose to 229.

Two hundred forty-one beds or 27.54 percent are occupied by patients, 167 beds are said to be unavailable, while 467 beds are still available to accommodate incoming cases.

The PIO report added that the city plans to further increase the capacity of its isolation units to over 1,000 with the upcoming completion of the renovation of the former Sto. Niño hospital and the putting up of another temporary treatment and monitoring facility to be funded by the Department of Health.

The facility is reported to have 251 beds, with 58 occupied, 89 are still unavailable due to reported to have ongoing renovation and 104 are available for occupancy by incoming patients.

Of the 116-bed capacity of the Roxas Hall at the Baguio Teachers Camp, 64 are occupied, 17 are unavailable, and 35 are available.

For the 200-bed capacity Quirino Hall and staff house, 53 are occupied, 54 are unavailable and 102 are said to be available beds for incoming Covid-19 cases.

The V Dorm 3, which was acquired by the City through the government's Oplan Kalinga program, has 53 beds, of which 15 are occupied, two are unavailable and 36 are available.

The Ferioni apartment, which serves as a quarantine facility for individuals awaiting the release of their swab test results, has a 60-bed capacity where eight are already occupied, 10 are considered unavailable and 42 are available beds.

For the 101-bed capacity Laurel Dorm 2, 22 are occupied, four are unavailable, and 75 are available.

In the case of the Magsaysay Hall at the Baguio Teachers Camp, which had been designated as a quarantine facility for returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the 11 beds are now fully occupied.

Galpo said that in the case of the Laurel Dorm 2, which was supposedly dedicated for health workers that have contracted the virus, only 16 of the existing occupants are health workers while six are returning OFWs because the facility that was devoted for them is now fully occupied.

The city health officer also reported significant improvements in the critical care utilization of the existing private and public hospitals in the city because of the series of patient discharges over the past several weeks, aside from the ongoing efforts to decongest the health facilities from confined health workers who are on their way to recovery and are transferred to the isolation unit dedicated for them at the Laurel Dorm 2. (SunStar Baguio)


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