Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the present state of COVID-19 hospitalisations have become alarming with 13 of the 22 hospitals across Jamaica at red alert.
Tufton explains that this means that these facilities have a greater than 84% occupancy level for their isolation capacity.
Nine of the 13 hospitals are at 100% or greater capacity, he disclosed.
Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Tufton disclosed that in the last week, Jamaica added 2,818 new COVID-19 cases and saw hospitalisations move from 245 to 270 patients positive for COVID-19.
Tufton says steps have been taken to address the capacity issues.
Hospitals at isolation capacity