At least three hotels are already preparing to receive patients infected with Covid-19 in Mendoza, before the occupation of beds by critical patients and in need of oxygen supply that, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, amounts to 92 percent occupancy.

One of the hotels is Matrix SRL (El Torreón), which won the tender by complying with the requirements demanded by the Government in the call; another is in the city of General Alvear, where the possible presence of a different variant of the virus is analyzed, and the third is the Intercontinental that receives patients from the Italian Hospital.

According to the Regional Director of the South Zone of the Ministry of Health, Abel Freidemberg, told Télam on Thursday, “In the city of General Alvear everything is ready to enable a hotel with 30 beds with oxygen concentrators for hospitalization of patients with Covid “.

Since this week, only in General Alvear, south of Mendoza, much stronger restrictions apply due to the increase in cases and the local hospital Enfermeros Argentinos works exclusively to treat patients infected with SARS-CoV-2, referring patients to other pathologies to private institutions.

Both places will be arranged “for those people who need respiratory assistance or who are slightly experiencing the disease but who require special medical attention”, reported from the Health portfolio.

Matrix SRL (El Torreón) has a minimum of 40 beds, that allow to organize hospitalization logistics during the three months that the contract lasts. Oxygen concentrators will be placed in the rooms.

Likewise, the Intercontinental Hotel, which will soon have a new name, has transferred part of its facilities to the Italian Hospital, which has already begun to refer patients with Covid-19 there.

This is not the first time that a tourist accommodation has been occupied to relieve the health system.

Last year several hotels in Mendoza were destined for those infected with coronavirus, without serious illness or to isolate people who came from other provinces.

The last percentage of occupancy of intensive care beds in the Greater Mendoza area is 91.84% and 88.11% in the entire Mendoza territory, according to the weekly report published on Fridays by the provincial government and whose delivery includes data collected from April 16 to 22.

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