St. Luke’s COVID-19 wards, critical care units hit full capacity

St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) on Monday urged people experiencing coronavirus disease symptoms to look for other healthcare facilities as the COVID-19 wards and critical care units of its Quezon City and Global City branches have reached full capacity.

In a statement, the SLMC said there were also patients in need of admission waiting in line at emergency rooms.

“We appeal to those experiencing COVID-related symptoms to consider other healthcare facilities for now to get prompt care and treatment they need,” it said.

“Be assured that we will keep the public updated on any development concerning our ER capacity.”

SLMC then urged the public to strictly comply with health and safety protocols “to keep your family and community safe.”

About 76% of the country’s 4,200 intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients are in use, which means it is still at high-risk, the Department of Health said Monday.

Latest figures from the DOH case bulletin also showed that Metro Manila’s COVID-19 ICU occupancy is at high-risk with 73% of over 1,000 beds in use.

An occupancy rate of more than 70% but less than 85% is considered high-risk by the government.–Virgil Lopez/LDF, GMA News

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