Coronavirus daily bulletin: 222 confirmed cases. Together with the hospitals, Basel-Stadt takes precautions for intensive care and ventilation capacity

19/03/2020 (12:10)
Press release
Department of Health

As of 11.00 on Thursday, 19 March 2020, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt announced a total of 222 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. With a large increase in the number of infections expected in the coming weeks, intensive care capacity is going to be crucial. The Department of Health is therefore introducing a cooperative concept that it has agreed with the large public and private hospitals.

As of 11.00 on Thursday, 19 March 2020, there are a total of 222 positive cases among people living in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. That amounts to 40 more than on the previous day. The number of deaths recorded in the Canton of Basel-Stadt remains unchanged at four. 44 people have recovered. Around 40 unwell Basel residents are currently receiving hospital treatment as a result of infection with Covid-19 (coronavirus).

In addition to testing residents of the canton, suspected cases from other Swiss cantons and other countries close to the border are also being tested in the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Around 421 people have tested positive so far (including the 222 Basel cases).

Intensive care capacity will be crucial in the coming weeks

A large increases in Covid-19 cases (coronavirus cases) is expected in the near future. Intensive care capacity, with a sufficiently large amount of intensive care beds and ventilators, is therefore crucial. In this extraordinary situation, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt has drawn up a care concept in the form of a cooperative concept involving the following hospitals: University Hospital of Basel, Claraspital, Universitäre Altersmedizin Felix Platter, Adullam Spital, Bethesda Spital and Merian Iselin Clinic. In a graded concept, the aforementioned hospitals have agreed who can provide what capacity, who will be taking on what work and who can provide what additional support. The focus is on cooperation and not financial concerns. All other hospitals and care facilities, as well as Spitex organisations, will be involved in an overall concept in a second stage.

At the centre of the cooperative concept is the University Hospital of Basel with the largest isolation ward and the most intensive care beds, followed by Claraspital, which also has an isolation ward and intensive care beds. Both hospitals are making preparations to considerably increase their intensive care capacity in the short term. In addition to setting up an isolation ward, preparations are being made at Bethesda Spital for possibly putting ventilator beds into use. If necessary, this could also be set up in the Merian Iselin Clinic. The plan is that it will support the other hospitals with staff and equipment during an initial stage. Felix Platter Spital and Adullam Spital will also set up their isolation wards and therefore add to capacity. Specialist services to take care of the needs of children or mothers and babies will be made available at University Children’s Hospital Basel. Wards will be set up in Claraspital and Adullam Spital to treat and look after coronavirus patients who require palliative care.

Together with public and private hospitals, the Department of Health Basel-Stadt has therefore created an infrastructure for tackling the coronavirus together. Individual steps have still to be agreed.

Please note that the number of positive cases according to may differ.