The number of coronavirus-stricken employees at the Guam Memorial Hospital has gone up to 55 in recent weeks, and 28 of them are nurses, according to hospital administrator Lilian Posadas.
“Most of them have already recovered and returned to work, but four are still in isolation,” Posadas said.
The staff shrinkage at GMH has been exacerbated by a load increase in hemodialysis due to migration of kidney patients from private clinics that are unable to treat individuals who are Covid-19 positive.
While private dialysis centers on Guam remain open and continue accommodating patients who need treatments, Posadas said, “they are not prepared to treat those individuals who are Covid positive.”
GMH has to accommodate kidney patients from private clinics since they have not set aside special facilities and dedicated staff for Covid-19 cases, Posadas said.