GMH COVID hospitalizations increase to 15; 1 discharged, 3 more admissions overnight

Guam Memorial Hospital
Guam Memorial Hospital (PNC file photo)

Guam Memorial Hospital’s COVID-inpatient count is up to 15 as of Friday morning.

There were 13 patients as of Thursday evening. Lillian Perez-Posadas, the hospital’s Administrator, confirmed with PNC News that one person was discharged from the more stable-care unit (called Care 3) however, three more people were admitted for care overnight.

There are currently four (4) ICU patients, three (3) of whom are on ventilators and one (1) on a High-Flow Nasal Cannula, which is a breathing tube placed at the entrance of the nose for supplemental oxygen. It guarantees 100 percent 02, which is heated and humidified, according to Perez-Posadas.

GMH is equipped with nearly 80 ventilators.

The remaining 11 people are being treated in the Care 3 Ward and are a mix of stable patients and others needing additional oxygen to fulfill their body’s need for 02.

Perez-Posadas says GMH is working to free up space for the expected surge in cases.

“So we have an additional 6 ICU beds [in that unit] and we’re considering that we will then partition that area so that the non-COVID patients who are in ICU will not be mixed with the COVID patients in the ICU,” said the Administrator at the Governor’s news conference Thursday.

She added that they’re working to get their 3rd-floor Telemetry Unit ready for excess COVID patients as well.