COVID hospitalizations break 100-mark threshold; GMH filling up with patients

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Guam Memorial Hospital (PNC file photo)

Guam has officially broken the 100-mark threshold of COVID-patients among all three hospitals on island.

And Guam Memorial Hospital says it’s filling up with patients just as quickly as they’re adding capacity.

GMH recorded yet another record-breaking day with 86 inpatients as of Monday morning.

Lillian Perez-Posadas, on the air with Newstalk K-57 this morning, said the hospital opened up their COVID care 6 ward and they’re filling that up fast.

The hospital has already maxed out its Care 3, Care 4, and ICU units.

Over the weekend, the Guam Guard put up one of the newly arrived Blu Med Tents outside the hospital’s emergency room and Perez-Posadas says that will be filling up quickly as well.

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“The 10 beds that came with the package was sort of a narrow bed and a thin mattress and we didn’t think that would be a comfortable bed for patients to lay in, especially if they have to wait for a couple of days to get into an inpatient bed upstairs. So we swapped that out to what they call a Fast Bed; it’s got thicker mattresses and it’s a lot sturdier,” Perez-Posadas said.

She added: “And because they’re a little bit bigger, we can only put in 8 beds. So, that Blu Med Tent also has the capacity for negative air pressure, meaning that with airborne isolation, we can contain those COVID patients in that tent. And we’re now getting it ready to put the ER COVID-positive patients in there, as an overflow.”

With 86 patients at GMH and at last report 12 at GRMC and 4 at Naval Hospital, the island is now at 102 hospitalized.

Physicians and Adelup have continuously stressed that the biggest threat posed by COVID-19 is overburdening our fragile healthcare system.

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Mai Habib
Mai Habib is a radio and television broadcaster and journalist originally from Toronto, Canada. She worked at CTV News and CFRA in Canada for over 5-years, where she was a reporter, anchor and show host. After a brief stop in Canadian politics and the non-profit world, she's happy to be back at the news desk on Guam. Mai is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program and completed her Master's in International Affairs and Public Policy at Carleton University. She is excited to be reporting on Guam's current affairs, legislature and other topical issues.