SAN FRANCISCO, California (CRON) – San Francisco city officials predict another big spike in coronavirus cases.
To get ahead of the curve, the city announced the construction of a new temporary hospital to free beds for patients with COVID.
The new hospital will open for inanimate patients who need short-term medical care or supervision.
The San Francisco Sanitary Director is not sugar-coated. On Thursday, he said that we are in a “big burst” of coronavirus cases, so the city is opening a new building on Gorgas Avenue in the Presidium, which should be active, not reactive.
The city says the hospital will open to 20 patients, but it can accommodate up to 93 people.
As San Francisco prepares for a “big spike”; in coronavirus cases, the city will soon open a temporary hospital in the Presidio for patients intolerant to COVID to vacate beds for COVID patients.
“It took us 38 days to go from 2,000 to 3,000 cases. Only half as many as 3,000 to 4,000 have passed, and in just 10 days this month, we have moved between 5,000 and 6,000 COVID-19 cases, “said Dr. Grant Colfax.
Dr. Grant Colfax, San Francisco’s director of health care, says cases are growing at an alarming rate.
There are currently 6,423 people with COVID-19 in the city.
In April, a surge put 94 people in hospital. That number dropped to 26 six weeks ago, and as of Thursday, 107 patients are now in hospital with coronavirus – a quarter of them in intensive care.
“Let me understand that we are experiencing a major surge in COVID-19,” said Dr. Colfax. “The virus is moving fast, and more and more people are getting seriously ill.”
As hospitals expect to see more coronavirus patients, the city will use the new facility on Gorgas Avenue to care for 93 AIDS-tolerant patients who need short-term medical care.
“This new low-severity medical center is an inpatient setting,” said Catherine Stephanie, San Francisco’s chief executive. “A patient who is here will receive treatment in this area instead of hospital care or will be transported from the hospital.”
The city says it is not yet overcrowded with the health care system, and they hope to keep it that way thanks to this new facility.
Peter Chin-Gong, an infectious disease specialist at UCSF, says planning will be paramount in the coming months.
“Anticipate trouble instead of reacting to it. When you react to a bad thing, you do it in a hurry and cut corners, ”Chin-gong said. “When you can plan and do things methodically because you can think about what limitations the medical staff have for the staff at this new facility, that’s something you can’t just do overnight.”
The city has not yet released an official target date, but we expect traffic to take place soon.
The new tool is a reminder of how important it is that we do our part, wash our hands, stay socially distant and wear masks.
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