The country’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, has disclosed that all major hospitals across the country have now reached 90 per cent of their capacity.
The disclosure comes amid a record increase in Covid-19 cases, as well as in the country’s positivity rate.
Hospital admissions are also rising.
Dr. Bisasor McKenzie says in some cases, the hospitals are at 100 per cent of their capacity.
Jamaica’s public health system currently has 700 beds designated for Covid-19 patients. The majority of those spaces are now occupied by known or suspected cases of the virus.
Dr. Bisasor McKenzie says the country could exceed its Covid bed capacity in another week. The chief medical officer is also raising concerns as the average number of Covid admissions per day is increasing.
Meanwhile, Dr. Bisasor McKenzie says the Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the situation where multiple health care workers are being forced into quarantine after exposure to the virus.
Dr. Bisasor McKenzie says both hospitals and the vaccination programme are being affected by the resulting shortage of health care workers.
She disclosed that to deal with the impact, the Ministry of Health is exploring the possibility of getting health care workers back out of quarantine earlier than the required 14 day period.
Dr. Bisasor McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer. She was speaking on Nationwide This Morning.