Concerns raised over number of intensive care beds occupied due to COVID-19

By John McPhaul

Physicians and Surgeons Association of Puerto Rico President Víctor Ramos expressed concern on Thursday about the occupancy level of beds in hospital intensive care areas.

“The main concern continues to be the number of beds in intensive care,” Ramos said in an interview on “Pegaos en la Mañana” on Radio Isla 1320 AM. “We have enough general beds, [but] we have higher intensive [occupancy] than usual. And that’s when we could have problems.”

Ramos stressed that COVID-19 cases have increased in Puerto Rico. He indicated that the majority of intensive care patients have the coronavirus.

The island Health Department’s Thursday report included one death from COVID-19, along with 705 confirmed cases and 508 additional probable cases.

There were 425 people hospitalized on Thursday, nine fewer than Wednesday. At press time, 63 patients were in intensive units, three of them in pediatrics, and 39 people were on a ventilator.

As of Thursday morning, 814 people in Puerto Rico had died as a result of COVID-19, according to the Health Department.

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