Baguio increases isolation capacity to 1,104 beds

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The isolation capacity of public and private temporary treatment and monitoring facilities in the city increased to 1,104 beds following the additional isolation units being commissioned and the discharges of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients from the hospitals over the past several weeks.

City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo stated that for the established isolation facilities in the city, 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.

Of the total number of beds in the city’s quarantine and isolation facilities, 241 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.

However, 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 put up of another temporary treatment and monitoring facility to be funded by the health department.

At the aforesaid facility with a bed capacity of 251, 58 are occupied, 89 are still unavailable due to 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 while 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 and has a 53-bed capacity, 15 are occupied, 2 are unavailable and 36 are available while the Ferioni apartment that serves as a quarantine facility for individuals awaiting the release of their swab test results, has a 60-bed capacity where 8 are already occupied, 10 are considered unavailable and 42 are available beds.

For the 101-bed capacity Laurel Dorm 2, 22 are occupied, 4 are unavailable while 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 explained that in the case of the Laurel Dorm 2 that was supposedly dedicated for health workers that have contracted the virus, only 16 of the existing occupants are health workers while 6 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.

By Dexter A. See