More hospitals in Metro Manila report 100% utilization of COVID 19-dedicated beds

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 6) — The Health department said there are other Metro Manila hospitals which have reported 100% utilization rate of their COVID-19 dedicated beds.

Health spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said the following hospitals in the capital have reported that their COVID-19 dedicated beds are already at full capacity:

- Veterans Memorial Medical Center;

- UST Hospital;

- University of Perpetual Help;

- Tondo Medical Center;

- Siemens Hospital;

- Philippine Children’s Medical Center;

- Metro North Medical Center Hospital;

- Las Pinas Doctors Hospital;

- De Los Santos Medical Center; and

- Capitol Medical Center

This comes after Chinese General Hospital said it can no longer admit more COVID-19 patients since it has reached full capacity.

Meanwhile, the following hospitals reported their respective bed utilization:

- Lung Center of the Philippines at 97 percent;

- East Avenue Medical Center at 89 percent; and

- UERM Memorial Medical Center at 83 percent

As of July 2, 42 hospitals in Metro Manila reported they are already nearing full capacity.

However, the department said this does not mean there is shortage of beds because some hospitals can still expand facilities for COVID-19 cases.

Vergeire said a number hospitals were not able to follow its guidelines to allocate 30% of their total beds for COVID-19 patients. This means, they could still add more beds when the need arises.

Moreover, while some hospitals are at capacity for COVID-19 patients, Vergeire said these can still admit patients suffering from other illnesses.

The department also reported that as of July 5, the country’s critical care utilization rate, the number of ICU beds and ventilators at any given time, is at 38.75 percent. For the National Capital Region alone, rate is at 63.41 percent, while for Cebu province it is at 63.12 percent.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Carolyn Bonquin contributed to this report.