Public hospitals exceed COVID bed capacity | News

The Ministry of Health reports that COVID beds in public hospitals across the island are now at full capacity.

This comes as Jamaica continues to see daily increases in COVID-19 infections and associated hospital admissions.

The ministry said daily COVID-19 hospitalizations rose from 686 to 828 in the week of January 14-20.

At the same time, the latest figures show that of the 16,830 healthcare workers, 669 or around 4 percent are on sick leave due to COVID-19.

On Monday, the Ministry of Health announced that all public hospitals would limit their services to emergency care only from Wednesday, January 19.

Currently, 14 hospitals are in the red alert zone of COVID-19 isolation capacity.

Of that number, nine hospitals have exceeded 100 percent of their COVID-19 isolation.

Hospitals Exceeding COVID Bed Capacity:

  1. Savannah-la-mar

  2. Port Maria

  3. St Ann’s Bay

  4. Annotto Bay

  5. Mandeville Regional

  6. May pen

  7. Lionel Town

  8. University Hospital of the West Indies

  9. Spanish city

The remainder is at over 85 percent capacity, affecting the housing of COVID-19 patients.

In terms of overall capacity, five hospitals are in the red alert zone, meaning these facilities have exceeded 84 percent coverage.

Another six hospitals are classified in the yellow alert zone with a capacity utilization of over 74 percent.

The ministry continues to urge Jamaicans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at any of over 250 access points across the island.

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