(CMR) The Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester, Jamaica, is now carrying out investigations to determine how 27 staff members from its Operating Theatre and High Dependency Unit contracted the coronavirus.
Alwyn Miller, CEO of the hospital, said investigations have so far revealed that 10 of the active cases were likely contracted outside the hospital.
The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), which oversees the hospital's operations, said the facility was reorganizing its workflow and implementing its Surge Plan after 34 staff members tested positive for the virus in recent days.
Since March 2020, 61 members of staff at the hospital have tested positive for COVID-19, 27 of whom have fully recovered and are back at work.
SRHA Regional Director Michael Brent said the hospital's COVID-19 20-bed isolation ward was full; however, additional beds were identified on and off-site to manage the increased numbers.
“The Surge Plan's first-tier includes repurposing an additional ward to serve as a 16-bed isolation ward and redistribution of patients who can be managed at other hospitals in the region,” Brent said.
He said there was also a 30-bed facility at the Kendal Camp and Conference Centre in Manchester and a 12-bed facility at Font Hill, St Elizabeth, for people who do not need hospitalization.