BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital has reached full capacity on both wards and critical care unit dedicated to Covid-19 patients, its chief, Dr. Julius Drilon, said Saturday.
Drilon said the Emergency Room of the hospital will no longer accept Covid referrals, except extreme emergency cases only, until further notice.
He said that, much as they want to serve every Covid patient, the public is advised to avail of such services from other hospitals in Negros Occidental.
Drilon added that they want to reiterate to the public the need to coordinate all patient transfers through its Operation Center Hotline 0917-100-7093, or 701-7865, to ensure the efficient process of handling patients and proper referrals.
In the advisory, the CLMMRH said it will resume accepting Covid patients once hospital beds are available.
For his part, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said over the weekend that the city government will try to avoid escalating the city’s current quarantine status amid the erratic statistics of Covid active cases in the city.
Leonardia said that recently, the Department of Health classified Bacolod as a moderate risk area but it still has a lot of Covid cases.
He said a series of meetings with the Emergency Operations Center and the Vaccination Council members were held to address the current Covid situation of Bacolod.
In case it becomes inevitable, he said policies will be adopted to lessen its effect on the Bacoleños.
Currently, Bacolod and Negros Occidental remain under the Modified General Community Quarantine status.
Leonardia, who is set to issue a new executive order on the city’s quarantine status, said they already requested religious leaders to limit attendees in their gatherings to 30 percent of the total capacity of the venue.
He added that safety protocols are still encouraged while curfew hours, from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., and partial liquor ban are still in effect.*