And Dr Jim Gardner, medical director of the hospital trust, said the fact that the number of Omicron infections in the community in Blackpool and on the Fylde coast increased rapidly in the space of two weeks. was also a factor.
He said that a week before Christmas the number in Blackpool was 800 per 100,000, but the latest figure rose to 2,015 per 100,000.
The last figure for Fylde was 1,853 and for Wyre it was 1,174.
The sickness rate of hospital staff was 12% while the normal rate was 5%, he revealed.
Dr Gardner said: âThe numbers around Covid are very interesting because we have seen this extraordinary increase in infection levels with the Omicron variant.
“These numbers are growing very rapidly and reflect the numbers in the community, essentially doubling in a week.”
He said there were 116 hospital patients who tested positive for Covid within 14 days of their first positive test, including 91 in general beds and 21 in Clifton.
In the past two weeks, there have been five Covid-related deaths in hospital, bringing the total to 908 since the start of the pandemic.
However, he insisted that the hospital was always open for business and said people with urgent health care needs should always go to Vic’s accident and emergency department, adding: “C ‘ is what we’re here for. “