SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – San Francisco city officials are predicting another major increase in coronavirus cases.
To move forward from the curve, the city has announced the construction of a new temporary hospital to free up beds for COVID patients.
The new hospital will be open to non-covid 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 on the rise in coronavirus cases, which is why the city is opening a new facility on Gorgas Avenue in the Presidio, to be proactive, rather than reactive.
The city says the hospital will open with 20 patients, but has a capacity of up to 93 people.
As San Francisco emerges to a “big wave” in coronavirus cases, the city will soon open a temporary hospital in the Presidio for non-COVID patients to free up beds for COVID patients.
“We had 38 days to take from 2,000 to 3,000 cases. It only took half of 3,000 to 4,000 and in just 10 days this month, we went from 5,000 to 6,000 cases of COVID-19,” said Dr. Grant Colfax.
Dr. Grant Colfax, San Francisco’s health director, says cases are rising at alarming rates.
The city currently has 6,423 people with COVID-19.
An increase in April put 94 people in hospital. That number rose to 26 six weeks ago and as of Thursday, 107 patients are now hospitalized with coronavirus – a quarter of them in intensive care.
“Let me be clear, we are in a big increase of COVID-19,” Dr. Colfax said. “The virus is moving fast and more people are getting seriously ill.”
As hospitals expect to see more coronavirus patients, the city will use the new facility beyond Gorgas Avenue to care for up to 93 non-COVID patients in need of short-term medical visits.
“This new low-acuity medical center is a facility for patients,” San Francisco Comptroller Catherine Stefani said. “The patient who stays here receives treatment at this location instead of hospital care or being transferred from a hospital.”
The city says it has not yet collapsed its healthcare system, and hopes to keep going with this new facility.
Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at UCSF, says planning will be most important in the coming months.
“Anticipate evil instead of reacting to it. When you react to bad things, you do it in a hurry and cut corners, ”said Chin-Hong. “When you can plan and do things methodically because you can think about what the limitations of healthcare staff are for the staff of this new facility which is something you don’t do. you can just do it overnight. ”
The city has not yet released an official target date but we expect to see things here soon.
The new facility is a reminder of how important it is to do our part, to wash our hands, stay away socially and wear our masks.