NKTI, St. Luke's to patients with COVID-19 concerns: Please go to other hospitals

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20) — The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City and the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City and in Global City are requesting people with coronavirus-related concerns to seek medical attention from other hospitals, as their COVID-19 wards are already full with patients.

“To all emergency COVID-19 (suspect or probable) or non-COVID-19 patients, please find a way to transfer to your hospital of choice.” NKTI executive director Rose Marie Rosete-Liquete said in an open letter.

Rosete-Liquete added that “for many weeks now, our COVID-19 facility has had 100-percent occupancy and dialysis patients from other centers keep flooding our already congested emergency room.”

The official noted that 174 NKTI staff have already tested positive for the infectious disease.

Meanwhile, St. Luke’s said in a statement posted on Facebook that their beds for critically and mildly ill COVID-19 patients are occupied and can no longer accept new patients.

The hospital added it will keep the public updated once their situation changes.

The Department of Health reported Monday that in just a week alone or from July 12 to 18, Metro Manila recorded 7,413 COVID-19 cases, the highest among all regions in the country.

Nationwide, the tally of infections has reached 67,456. More than half or 35,572 of the cases have been recorded in Metro Manila.