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CMC COVID Summary May 21st

Kannigapuram ICU with patients at staff, and full
COVID patients in the new ICU at Kannigapuram. Made possible by our donors and our hard-working staff.

Here are the numbers of beds for COVID patients being cared for by CMC staff as on May 21st 2021.

Beds for COVID-19 Positive Patients

Type of BedsBed NumbersComments
COVID non-ICU940All campuses (see below)
COVID ICU12112-bed ICU at Kannigapuram opened on 22/05/2021
Total Beds, COVID1,064All campuses (see below)
Table showing COVID Beds in all the CMC Hospitals. The table below shows the breakdown per hospital.

These COVID bed numbers change from day to day. CMC has steadily increased the beds allocated for Covid since the start of the second wave in March 2021.

staff in the Kannigapuram ICU in full ppe caring for patients on ventilators with COVID
Meet some of our doctors and nurses in the new Kannigapuram ICU.

COVID Patients: Home Isolation

COVID Patient LocationPatient NumbersComments
Home Isolation653Monitored by CMC team
Table showing the number of COVID+ve patients in the community under CMC’s care on 21/05/2021

We will provide more information on this home care program soon.

an ICU bed in the new Kannigapuram ICU opened the previous week with CMC staff at work caring for patients
Staff at work caring for patients in the new Kannigapuram ICU that opened the previous week

CMC Summary Statistics

Cumulative Admissions till 20/05/202113,000
Cumulative COVID Tests till 20/05/2021>70,000
Udhavi Calls till 20/05/21 (helpline)231
Table summarising the COVID work so far
ICU beds at Kannigapuram opened the previous week and now full
These ICU beds are now all occupied with COVID patients in the Kannigapuram new hospital

Breakdown of Beds between Campuses

Vellore Town Campus73085827
Total Beds9431211064

Kannigapuram ICU was inaugurated on May 13th 2021. Patients were then transferred from the main hospital to this new ICU. This was “to optimize patient distribution between the two campuses and better use the infrastructure and support services available in Kannigapuram campus.” See the transfer photos here: Transferring to Kannigapuram ICU.

Opening another 12 ICU beds….

A new ICU bed all laid out and ready to be occupied
A new ICU bed, equipment has been checked – now waiting for staff then a patient
nurses going through the checklist for the extra ICU beds in Kannigapuram may 21st
More ICU beds being prepared at Kannigapuram – nurses work on the checklists
the isolation bed in the ICU
This is the isolation bed in the ICU. Usually used to prevent the spread of infection.

CMC is getting another 12 ICU beds ready to open in Kannigapuram. They are getting together the staff for the ICU and hope to open over this weekend 22nd-23rd May 2021. You can see photos of patients being transferred from the main hospital to the new Kannigapuram beds earlier in May here: Transferring ICU patients.

Some of the equipment has been donated, or purchased with donations. Ventilators and oxygen concentrators are in high demand, and getting good quality equipment, at reasonable prices, which can be delivered quickly is challenging. Everything has to be set up and carefully checked. A team of CMC engineers, nurses and doctors worked tirelessly to get everything ready within a couple of days of the equipment arriving.

A big thank you to all the donors, suppliers and CMC staff who have made this possible.


We still need your help. Please pray for the staff and patients going through this second wave of the pandemic. If you can, please donate and help our staff and patients. Thank you.

You can read more about our current needs to fight COVID here: Fighting the COVID Pandemic.

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