Pasay City’s lone public hospital, the Pasay City General Hospital (PCGH), has now been placed under the normal/ safe risk rating classification after achieving a 59 percent occupancy rate.
Dr. John Victor De Gracia, PCGH officer-in-charge, said the new classification means that coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city are on a decline.
He said hospitals have four classifications in determining the percentage of COVID-19 patients admitted — the critical risk with above 86 percent occupancy rate; high risk with 70 to 85 percent; moderate risk with 60 to 69 percent, and the safe rating which is lower than 60 percent occupancy.
The safe rating for PCGH also means that doctors and nurses can now relax as there is no high number of patients who contracted the virus that has been admitted.
De Gracia added that as of May 5, the hospital’s COVID-19 ward has 59 percent occupancy rate, and three ICU beds and 10 regular beds are now vacant.
He added that the PCGH’s emergency room remains open for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and non-COVID patients.
De Gracia said that 70 percent of those confined at the hospital with COVID-19 are city residents and about 30 percent are non-residents.