Udhagamandalam: The Good Shepherd International School will function as a 120-bed Covid-19 care centres from Monday, catering to the patients of the hill district apart from the Ooty Government Headquarters Hospital, Coonoor Government Lawley Hospital, Gudalur Government Hospital and the nodal hospital of the district, ESI hospital in Coimbatore.

According to the district administration, Ooty GH will start Covid tests from Monday to ease the procedure and to minimize delay in test results.

The district, which was Covid-free for 36 days till June 15, started witnessing positive cases owing to imported cases and travel history of the locals. Now, the tally stands at 181, with 127 active cases.

“As the positive cases are increasing, we started treating Covid patients at the Ooty GH from last week. The Coonoor GH has also been roped in,” collector J Innocent Divya. “However, high-risk and vulnerable categories are sent to the ESI hospital. From Monday, we will utilize the facility at the Good Shepherd International School.”

The Ooty GH has been provided with infrastructure and lab technicians to carry out Covid-19 tests, the collector said.

While the Ooty GH has 100 beds for Covid patients, Coonoor GH has 60 and the Gudalur GH, 45.

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