SAN FRANCISCO, California (KRON) – San Francisco City officials predict a large increase in coronavirus cases.
To advance the curve, the city announced the creation of a new temporary hospital to free beds for patients with COVID.
The new hospital will open to noncovid patients who need short-term medical care or observations.
The San Francisco health director is not a sugar coating thing. On Thursday, he said we are in a “huge increase” in coronavirus cases, which is why the city is opening a new facility on Avenida Gorgas del Presidio to be proactive and non-reactive.
The city says the hospital will open with 20 patients, but has a capacity of up to 93 people.
As San Francisco advocates for a “greater increase” in coronavirus cases, the city will soon open a temporary hospital in the Presidio for non-COVID patients to free up beds for patients with COVID.
“It took us 38 days to go from 2,000 to 3,000 cases. It took only half the time to go from 3,000 to 4,000 and in just ten days this month, we went from 5,000 to 6,000 cases of COVID-19,” he said. Dr. Grant Colfax.
Grant Colfax, San Francisco’s health director, says cases are rising at alarming rates.
Currently, the city has 6,423 people with COVID-19.
An increase in April caused 94 people in hospital. That number dropped to 26 six weeks ago, and as of this Thursday, 107 patients are in the hospital with coronavirus, a quarter of them in intensive care.
“Let me be clear, we have a high incidence of COVID-19,” Dr. Colfax said. “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 Gorgas Avenue facility to care for up to 93 non-COVID patients in need of short-term medical stays.
“This new low-acuity medical center is a facility for patients,” San Francisco supervisor Catherine Stefani said. “The patient who stays here will receive treatment at this place instead of hospital care or will be transferred from a hospital.”
The city says it has not yet overwhelmed its healthcare system, and that they hope to stay that way with this new facility.
Peter Chin-Hong, a specialist in infectious diseases at UCSF, says planning will be the most important in the coming months.
“Anticipate evil instead of reacting to it. When you react to bad things, you do it quickly and cut corners, “Chin-Hong said.” When you can plan and do things methodically because you think about the limitations of health care staff for the staff of this new facility. Which you will not be able to do at night “.
The city has not yet released an official target date, but we hope things move forward here.
The new installation reminds us how important it is that we do our part, that we wash our hands, stay socially away and put on our masks.
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