Marginal increase in bed occupancy in Erode, Salem districts

With the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases over the past week, bed occupancy in counties has also started to increase.

Health Ministry officials said that of a total of 1,574 oxygen-assisted beds in Erode district, 114 were occupied as of Sunday morning. Likewise, 135 of the total of 849 non-oxygen-supported beds were occupied. Of the 437 intensive care beds earmarked for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, 10 beds were occupied. This left a total of 2,601 beds unoccupied in the district’s hospitals. A total of 20 beds in Covid-19 Care Centers (CCC) are occupied versus the total of 825 beds, they said.

In the Salem district, 232 of the 1,784 oxygen beds were occupied. Of the 1,158 beds without oxygen supply, 167 were occupied. Of the 597 intensive care beds, 134 were occupied. A total of 3,006 beds were thus available for COVID-19 patients. All of the 4,666 beds at the CCC are empty, they said, and occupancy has increased over the past week.

Out of a total of 878 oxygen-assisted beds in Namakkal district, 68 were occupied. Eight of the 432 non-oxygen-supported beds were also occupied. Eight of the 172 intensive care beds were occupied. This left a total of 1,332 beds unoccupied in the district’s hospitals. Of the 400 beds in the CCC, 145 beds are occupied, they added.

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