2 Bacolod hospitals reach full capacity for COVID-19 patients

Marchel P. Espina
2 Bacolod hospitals reach full capacity for COVID-19 patients
As of August 23, Bacolod City has a total of 735 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 17 deaths and 257 recoveries

Two hospitals in this city will temporarily stop accepting confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients in their facilities as their allocated beds for these cases have reached full capacity.

Julius Drilon, medical center chief of Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, a Department of Health hospital here, said the hospital management is humbly requesting patients who may require immediate care related to COVID-19 to seek treatment from other healthcare facilities “until we are able to accommodate COVID-19 cases again.”

He said in an advisory over the weekend that their COVID-19 allocated beds have reached maximum capacity as of Saturday, August 22.

Earlier, the hospital reported that more than 20 of its personnel, including doctors and nurses, tested positive for the virus.

Galileo Pabalinas, president and medical director of Adventist Medical Center Bacolod, said their Emergency Room Isolation Area and allocated patient units for COVID-19 positive and suspected cases have reached full capacity as of Sunday, August 23, with patients still lining up for admissions or urgent care.

“We advise our incoming patients, watchers, and members of our community to consider other available institutions for inpatient medical care for COVID-related cases,” he said in an advisory over the weekend.

He added, “this is to ensure that proper medical care with the ideal number of workforce and sufficient resources will be guaranteed for the health and safety of patients.”

He said their outpatient department services in clinics and medical ancillary area continue to serve through appointments, and that they continue to provide “emergency, urgent, and critical for general medical care patients.”

As of Sunday, Bacolod City recorded a total of 735 confirmed cases, with 17 deaths and 257 recoveries, while Negros Occidental has a total of 947 cases, with 7 fatalities and 428 recoveries.

The provincial government of Negros Occidental and the city of Bacolod will implement a “timeout weekend” from August 28 to 31 to conduct mass testing of 10,000 symptomatic patients. –