Srikakulam District continued to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic as the number of active cases rose to 12,672 and the total number of cases topped the 1 lakh mark on Friday.
The district was one of the last to be affected by COVID-19 in the past year. The total number of cases is now 1,00,812.
Of the active cases, 1,729 patients have been hospitalized while 915 people are being treated in COVID Care Centers. Up to 10,028 patients with mild symptoms are in isolation at home and are contacted regularly by the Department of Medicine and Health for information about their health.
Of the 7,013 tests performed in the last 24 hours, 1,143 people tested positive. The recovery rates also increased with 1,457 people who were negatively infected with the virus test. The death toll was unchanged at 550.
Srikakulam collector J. Nivas told The Hindu that the county council has succeeded in making beds available to each new patient by improving the facilities at RIMS and other hospitals.
“We have set up a triage with 15 beds in the RIMS hospital. The transit facility helps with medical care for patients before they are admitted to the hospital. Oxygen and other medical assistance will be provided shortly. The air-conditioned triage will be of great help to the patients, ”he said.
The collector said there are 1,400 oxygen-assisted beds available in the district. The facilities on the COVID-19 wards are almost on par with the intensive care units, he said, advising doctors to monitor patients’ condition every hour.
“The fever survey conducted in villages and urban areas helps identify new positive cases quickly. Around 2,000 fever cases are identified every day, almost 1,000 of which turn out to be COVID cases. The county council is trying to get COVID-19 test reports quickly to ensure faster treatment for patients, ”he said.