Covid onslaught threatens red


Alejandro Vargas
The Juarez Journal

Sunday, October 18, 2020 | 08:24

Hospital occupancy maintains maximum levels in the face of the current onslaught of Covid-19, Arturo Valenzuela Zorrilla, medical director in the North Zone, warned yesterday.

This indicator, said Wendy Ávila, deputy director of Preventive Medicine, exposes Juárez to return to the red traffic light (of maximum risk), with very serious consequences.

Until yesterday, the official reported, Juárez counted 9,567 accumulated cases with 977 deaths from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, equivalent to 61% of the deaths registered in the entire state of Chihuahua.

“We have reached practically maximum levels in all hospitals, both private and public,” he said. However, he stressed, patients who are requiring it are still received.

He indicated that if the incidence continues as it has been up to now, extraordinary options will have to be sought for the population’s attention soon.

Ávila specified that the risk of another setback in the traffic lights is high. Valenzuela Zorrilla explained that the high level of patients pushed the hospitals towards a third phase of reconversion.

He recalled that at the beginning of the pandemic there was talk of several stages of reconversion or expansion of beds, which, as documented, are 252 in the first, 296 in the second, 349 in the third and 441 in the fourth.

This is accounted for the properties of various entitlement and private services. For example, the official indicated, the General Hospital in stage one has 30 Covid beds, in two 60, in three 90 and in the last 120.

“We are beginning to fill the third stage, so we are concerned. As soon as we see a high percentage in this third stage, if it continues to fill up, we would have to look for extraordinary options ”, said Valenzuela.

He stressed that “like this are all public hospitals.” The risk of having to go to the fourth stage lies in the fact that, although more beds are provided, there may not be enough personnel, supplies and medicines.

“It is not so easy (to enable more spaces). You need trained personnel, sufficient supplies, impressive logistics, it is very difficult to achieve. There is no capacity right now, ”he said.

He stressed that it would not be very viable to rely on private buildings, since he argued, they are practically saturated because they clear beds at a dropper, which are occupied soon when one of the patients leaves.

“What can we do? Assume responsibilities of health leaders at home, avoiding parties, meetings. Where the pen that traces the development of the pandemic really is is in each family, “he said.

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