Two of the country’s hospitals have reached capacity on their COVID-19 wards and can take no more patients with the respiratory ailment.
The Ministry of Health and wellness last night announced that the Princess Margaret Hospital in St Thomas and the University Hospital of the West Indies, St Andrew, have reached their capacity on their COVID-19 wards.
However, it says the necessary protocols and logistics are in place to, “if there is a need to transfer or admit patients to any facility on the public health system.”
Altogether there are 200 COVID-19 beds in hospitals and just over half, or 107, are occupied with patients.
Princess Margaret and UHWI are in parishes that have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. That rise has prompted the Government to tighten anti COVID-19 measures including lengthened curfew hours and prohibition of funerals, among other measures, ahead of the rest of the country.