Jamaica facing serious challenge with availability of hospital space due to Covid spike

by February 23rd, 2021

Jamaica is facing a serious challenge, as it relates to availability of hospital space due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.

Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says hospitalisations are alarmingly high.

Thirteen of 22 hospitals across the country are at the red alert phase, which means they have greater than 84 percent occupancy level for isolation capacity.

9 hospitals are at 100 percent or greater capacity.

The last week saw 2,818 new Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations moved from 245 to 270 patients.

Speaking at a Covid Conversations press conference today (February 23), Dr. Tufton outlined the situation at public hospitals.

Dr. Tufton says the ministry is designing solutions bearing in mind the statistics.

The clinically ill spend 14 days on average in the hospital, while those who die are hospitalized for between 5 and 7 days.