Tamil Nadu’s Covid bed occupancy on a rise as cases surge- The New Indian Express

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CHENNAI: As Covid-19 cases in the state are increasing due to the Omicron variant, bed occupancy in Covid health centers and Covid-labeled hospitals has also increased in two weeks. The comparison of the bed status on December 26th and on Sunday (January 9th) showed that more people occupy oxygen-free beds than oxygen and intensive care beds.

While 4.1 percent of the oxygen-free beds in the CHC and CDH were occupied on December 26, the figure was 11.6 percent on Sunday. In the same period, the number of active cases in the state has quadrupled. While active cases were 6,629 on December 26, they rose to 51,335 on Sunday.

The bed occupancy in the intensive care unit fell slightly from 4.5 percent to 4.4 percent in the same period, while the oxygen bed occupancy doubled from 3.1 percent to 6.2 percent. In Chennai, 35.3 percent of the non-oxygen beds, 12.8 percent of the oxygen beds and 9.3 percent of the intensive care beds were occupied on Sunday. On December 26, the figures were 8.1 percent, 3.7 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Chennai has 25,798 active cases as of Sunday.

In the meantime, the test positive rate of participants has increased from 0.6 percent to 8.6 percent and the daily number of positive cases has increased from 610 to 12,895. Chennai and its neighboring districts of Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpattu share 68 percent of the total number of cases reported on Sunday.

Health Minister J. Radhakrishnan told TNIE: “We will add 50,000 more beds in Covid Care Centers (CCC). Additional beds will be arranged accordingly. We’re also focusing more on hospitalization requirements. Those who really only need hospital care are admitted based on their clinical and blood parameters. “

Radhakrishnan told reporters Sunday that only 5,872 people – 15 percent of active cases in the state – were in hospitals. As of Sunday, the state will have 1.21 lakh beds available. The proportion of occupied beds is only 5 percent. Only one percent is in intensive care units and 6 percent need oxygen beds. People with the ‘S’ gene drop previously did not need oxygen assistance, he added.

The state has 17,960 oxygen concentrators, 217 oxygen generators and 1,700 tons of oxygen storage capacity tankers, Radhakrishnan said. The Minister of Health warned private hospitals against taking action when admitting asymptomatic individuals who do not need hospital care. He said people can call 104 to register their complaints. Dr. K Kolandaswamy, former director of public health, said, “In order to identify the abnormal biomarkers and determine the course of treatment, people who test positive should have blood tests.”

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