COVID-19: bed occupancy low in districts

In the hospitals of the Erode district, more than 2,700 beds are available for COVID-19 patients on Wednesday.

Health Department officials said of the total of 1,564 oxygen-assisted beds, 39 were occupied and 1,525 were vacant. Likewise, of the total of 835 non-oxygen-assisted beds, 90 were occupied and 745 were unoccupied. Of the total of 441 intensive care beds earmarked for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, seven beds were occupied and 434 beds were free. This leaves a total of 2,704 beds unoccupied in the district’s hospitals. All 725 beds in the Covid Care Centers (CCC) are free, it said.

In the Salem district, 131 of the 1,830 oxygen-assisted beds were occupied and 1,699 were free on Wednesday. Of the 1,184 non-oxygen-assisted beds, 85 were occupied and 1,099 were free. Of the total of 619 intensive care beds, 31 beds were occupied and 588 beds were unoccupied. As on Wednesday, a total of 3,386 beds were available for COVID-19 patients in the hospitals in the district. All 4,666 beds in the CCC are vacant, they added.

1,266 beds in Namakkal

In Namakkal district, of the 779 oxygen-assisted beds, 45 were occupied and 734 were vacant on Wednesday. Likewise, of the total of 398 non-oxygen-assisted beds, seven were occupied and 391 were free. Of the total of 155 beds in the intensive care unit, seven beds were occupied and 141 beds were free. This leaves a total of 1,266 beds unoccupied in the district’s hospitals. All 210 beds in the CCC remain vacant, they added.

On Tuesday, 242 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Erode, 256 cases in Salem and 84 cases in Namakkal district. Although bed occupancy was low, officials urged people to follow all COVID-19 safety standards and immediately undergo tests if they show symptoms.

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