Only 30% of Cakovec Hospital’s Capacity Available

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ZAGREB, Nov 25, 2020 – There are currently 94 COVID patients in Cakovec hospital and since 130 inpatient beds have been prepared, the health system is close to being filled to capacity as only 30% of the capacity is available, hospital director Tomislav Novinscak warned on Wednesday.

Croatian Medical Chamber president Kresimir Luetic visited the Cakovec hospital and met with the management of the hospital and the Medjimurje County Public Health Institute.

The hospital director said that of the 94 hospitalised COVID patients, 13 were on ventilators.

“We are seeing an increase as we have released eight and admitted 12 patients. We also have about ten positive doctors, which is not a big issue for now, but an increase in the number of infected staff members is visible,” Novinscak said.

Percentage of positive tests yesterday at 57%

Medjimurje County Public Health Institute head Marina Payerl-Pal said that there were currently 1,312 infected persons and the 14-day incidence rate was above 1,400.

“Yesterday we registered the highest percentage of positive tests of 57%. Over 400 people were tested, that is a really large number and there is a similar trend today,” Payerl-Pal said.

The HLK president, Cakovec hospital director and head of the Medjimurje Public Health Institute agreed that stricter measures were introduced late.

Luetic said that the consequences of the epidemic could be seen in the hospital.

“We believe that the current measures are insufficient and that the influx of patients in the Cakovec hospital and some others is putting too much strain on the health system,” the HLK president said.

He added that even after three weeks, stricter measures requested by the profession had not been adopted at the national level.

Luetic warned that with a death rate like the current one, “corona is on its way to become the leading cause of daily deaths in Croatia”.


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