The Valais Romand Hospital Center is facing an increase in hospitalizations due to the coronavirus. He went to the second level of alert in his emergency plan.
The Valais Hospital declares Sunday to face a new wave of hospitalizations, the number of which has doubled every day since Friday. Sixty patients have been admitted for complications related to Covid-19, four are in intensive care.
A cluster comprising seven positive cases was declared Saturday evening on the site of St-Amé in Saint-Maurice, adds the Hospital of Valais in its press release. The medical direction has imposed a quarantine and banned visits until further notice.
“Knowing that up to 25% of people hospitalized due to a complication from Covid-19 may require intensive care”, the Valais Hospital fears a “dramatic” overload of its intensive care. The Valais Romand Hospital Center (CHVR), which brings together the sites of Sion, Martigny, Sierre, St-Amé and Malévoz, has moved to the second level of alert in its emergency plan, which has four.
Four closed operating rooms
As a result, the CHVR must increase its capacity for Covid cases by twenty additional beds in the fields of medicine and geriatrics and four intensive care beds in Sion. This arrangement forces the CHVR to free up spaces and resources usually dedicated to scheduled elective activity and to close four out of thirteen operating theaters.
This could have an impact on the interventions already planned or to come, underlines the Hospital of Valais. In Haut-Valais, the alert level remains unchanged for the time being, “despite the recording of a clear increase in hospitalizations at the Center Hospitalier du Haut-Valais (SZO).”