COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to go down

Guam Memorial Hospital
Guam Memorial Hospital (PNC file photo)

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations continues to go down as positive cases decrease and more COVID vaccinations and testing are held.

As of Friday, Jan. 15, the number of hospitalizations at island hospitals was down to just six. Of those six, four are at the Guam Memorial Hospital while two are at Guam Regional Medical City.

GMH Authority Associate Administrator William Kando said this was a remarkable figure considering that at one point the total number of hospitalizations numbered more than 60, threatening to overwhelm the island’s hospitals.

“We have a COVID census of six. So you can tell that we definitely have a break, thank God!” Kando told the GMH board of trustees during its latest meeting.

Of the six hospitalizations, four are in the intensive care unit, with 3 in the GMH ICU and one in the GRMC ICU.

Three are on ventilators, all of them at GMH. According to Kando, the highest number of patients on ventilators was 12, so this is a marked improvement.

Although COVID hospitalizations have gone down, Kando said GMH is still planning to isolate the B wing of the hospital to ease the pressure on the Skilled Nursing Unit facility.