COVID-19 beds at PGH in 90% occupancy rate, hospital spokesperson says
Workers put finishing touches on the retrofitting of two wards in the Philippine General Hospital over the weekend. Image courtesy of DM Consunji Inc.

COVID-19 beds at PGH in 90% occupancy rate, hospital spokesperson says

(Philstar.com) - May 4, 2021 - 12:10pm

MANILA, Philippines — Hospital bed capacity for COVID-19 positive patients at the Philippine General Hospital is currently at 90%, its spokesman said Tuesday.

Dr. Jonas Del Rosario, in an interview with TeleRadyo, said 234 out of 250 COVID-19 beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients. “That’s more than 90% occupancy,” he pointed out.

He added that PGH’s Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Room are also full. The hospital’s charity ward also has 80 patients on its waitlist, as he also noted that the number of oxygen ports in beds also pose a limitation to the hospital.

Del Rosario said they noted a “trending down,” with having 216 out of the 250 beds occupied, but numbers again went up in the last three days.

“We were surprised it’s at 234 again. We thought it will continue,” he added in Filipino.

Del Rosario said if it will be based on current PGH’s numbers, they would recommend an extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine hoisted over Metro Manila and other provinces with high number of infections.

“But from now until mid-May, let us look into data again. There may be a huge decrease,” he added.

Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal will remain under MECQ status until May 14. Santiago City in Isabela province, as well as Quirino and Abra provinces will be under MECQ until end of May.

Health authorities on Monday logged 7,255 new infections, pushing national coronavirus caseload to 1,062,225.  — Kristine Joy Patag

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May 13, 2021 - 10:43pm

GCQ under Heightened Restrictions, according to the Palace:

  • Only essential travel into and out of the NCR Plus shall be allowed.
  • Public transportation shall remain operational at such capacities and protocols in accordance with the Department of Transportation guidelines while the use of active transportation shall be promoted.
  • Also, indoor dine-in services in NCR Plus shall be at 20% venue or seating capacity while outdoor or al fresco dining shall be at 50% venue or seating capacity.
  • Outdoor tourist attractions in the NCR Plus, on the other hand, may be opened at 30% with strict adherence to minimum public health standards.
  • Further allowed in the NCR Plus are specialized markets of the Department of Tourism (DOT) following the minimum public health standards and implementation of protocols and restrictions as set by the DOT.
  • Religious gatherings and gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 in NCR Plus shall be allowed up to 10% of the venue capacity.
  • Also continued to be allowed in GCQ areas with heightened restrictions are non-contact sports in outdoor contact sports, games, scrimmages; and personal care services that allow for services not requiring mask removal, such as salons, parlors, beauty clinics, etc at 30% capacity.
  • Individuals, 18-65 years of age, can leave their places of residence in GCQ areas with heightened restrictions.
  • Meanwhile, entertainment venues, such as bars, concert halls, theaters, etc; recreational venues, such as internet cafes, billiards halls, arcades, etc; amusement parks, fairs, playgrounds, kiddie rides; indoor sports courts and venues and indoor tourist attractions; venues for meetings, conferences, exhibitions shall not be allowed in GCQ areas with heightened restrictions.
  • Interzonal travel from NCR Plus areas, except those conducted by Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs), shall remain prohibited in GCQ areas with heightened restrictions.
April 20, 2021 - 7:53pm

The Department of Tourism supports the construction of temporary hospitals and pandemic-related facilities in tourism sites, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says Tuesday.

"The DOT is gratified and honored to be able to use its parks and public spaces in support of the national pandemic response," she says.

She made the comment at the groundbreaking for a Mega Field Hospital at the Burnham Green in Rizal Park in Manila.

April 18, 2021 - 9:26am

St. Luke's Medical Center hospitals in Taguig and in Quezon City are at full capacity for COVID-19 patients, SLMC says Sunday morning.

It says that aside from the COVID-19 wards and ICU units being full, there are also "several critical patients in waiting at the Emergency Room."

SLMC says those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and who are in need of immediate treatment should consider other healthcare institutions for now. 

March 29, 2021 - 7:40am

Former president and Manila mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada has tested positive for COVID-19.

Estrada's son, former senator JV Ejercito on Monday morning tweeted that his father was rushed to the hospital.

"Please pray for all those who are likewise fighting this virus," Ejercito says.

March 28, 2021 - 3:25pm

Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in Tondo is at full capacity for COVID-19 patients, Manila's Public Information Office announces.

The hopsital's COVID-19 ward and isolation rooms are already at 124.44% capacity while suspected COVID-19 cases are also waiting for swab test results.

The hospital will limit admission of COVID-19 patients but the emergency room will remain open.

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