Two Auckland hospitals are building more rooms for Covid 19 patients, but the country’s health chief rejects criticism that hospitals are not ready, saying case numbers are dwindling.
Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said. Morning report. Builders are relocating to Auckland City Hospital to provide more space for Cove 19 patients.
He hoped that the number of positive patients with Covid 19 would increase over the next few days, and could increase, but he was confident that the trend would be fixed soon, and was moving in the right direction.
In isolation, part of the current group was approaching their 12th test, which could increase the number again, but the number of affected people seems to be declining.
“The signs are good, the overall trend is looking good. I think the numbers will stay the same for the next two days before they start falling.”
There were 32 patients in the entire area on Tuesday night. 18 in Middlemore, 12 in Auckland City and two on the North Coast.
Bloomfield dismissed criticism that hospitals did not have enough ICU beds and staff to deal with the possible influx of Covid 19.
“Currently our hospitals are less than 80 per cent full, and our ICU beds are less than 60 per cent across the country. We have ICU beds if needed, not just in Auckland but across the country. I”.
RNZ believes that both Auckland City and Middle Moore are close to or within the negative pressure rooms that help prevent the spread of the virus.
“The role of negative pressure rooms is that if you place people on wards where other people are, the negative pressure room prevents the risk of the virus or any living thing getting out of that room. There are 40 in Auckland’s hospitals. Dr. Bloomfield said.
“But you don’t have to be in a negative pressure room with people with covid 19. You can dedicate a ward or space to those people – called harmony.
“There are a lot of negative pressure rooms, there is good scope for ICU, but of course if you get more patients than negative pressure rooms, you just take a different approach, and it’s with you to those patients. Is admitted to a specific ward. “
Bloomfield said the need was considered as changes were made to accommodate the growing number of admissions to Covid 19 and a dedicated area for Covid 19 was created at Auckland City Hospital.
“People with delta tensions were twice as likely to need hospital treatment as those with previous tensions,” he said. “So we can expect more hospitalizations.”
Since March, training has been increased so that more staff can work with ICU care and ventilated patients, more ventilators have been purchased and oxygen supply has increased, Bloomfield said.
“There is a real shortage of trained ICU staff around the world, and of course our border closures put additional pressure on the ability to get additional staff.
“So we are facing the same pressure as other countries.”
About 50 of the cases identified so far have not yet been linked to the current epidemic using genetic sequencing. But Bloomfield said he’s comfortable. The search for contacts has shown good connections to well-known cases.
“[I’m] Don’t worry about them. We have a lot of circumstantial evidence of their presence in places of interest, or a clear place where – or the person – could have been affected. “
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has repeatedly demanded. The vaccination campaign in Auckland will take precedence over the rest of the country., After a series of outbreaks and lockdowns in the city.
Bloomfield said daily vaccination rates have been high recently, and work is underway to increase the number of vaccines coming into the country so that higher rates can continue.
But if not more secure, one option was to slow vaccination rates in other countries to keep them high in Auckland.
“This will be the first option in our plan, but we are also looking at other ways to see if we can get additional vaccines by September – to say more in a few days.”
Goff welcomed the possible move. The city’s international airport and a large number of organized isolation and quarantine facilities make it particularly vulnerable, he said.
“I’ve been pushing for that for a long time, and not because we’re looking for a special treatment for Auckland, we’re just asking you to get vaccinated where the risk is highest.”
Bloomfield said wastewater testing is being considered at the Spring Hill Prison in Waikuto, where a correctional officer is being considered. Positive experience.
Prisoners and staff in contact with the correctional officer were tested, and the final results of those tests were expected on Wednesday, but no positive tests have been reported so far, he said.