Koronadal ICU bed occupancy down 72%
A health worker arranges the medical tent at Go Belmonte Super Health Center and Lying-in Clinic in Brgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City on April 14, 2021.
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Koronadal ICU bed occupancy down 72%

Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - June 23, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The utilization rate of intensive care units (ICU) for COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Koronadal City went down to 72 percent, South Cotabato Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. said on Monday night.

“Bumaba ito nung Sabado. Hanggang ngayon nasa 72 percent pa rin kami,” Tamayo said in an interview with ”The Chiefs” on Cignal TV’s One News/TV5.

Tamayo said they are fast-tracking the renovation of their provincial hospital to open more beds for COVID-19 patients.

He said private and government-run hospitals in the province should set aside 20 percent of their beds for COVID-19 patients.

When asked about the high rate of infections in South Cotabato, Tamayo said it was due to increased and effective testing of their residents.

“Umabot kami sa 80 percent positivity rate. Ibig sabihin, sa 100 na tini-test natin, 80 nag-positive,” he said.

Tamayo blamed the surge in confirmed cases in the province last year to locally stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipinos.

“Huwag natin tingnan yung numbers kung ilan yung nag-positive. Ang tingnan natin gaano tayo kabilis na ma-trace yung takbo ng virus,” he said.

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