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COVID-19 Costa Rica: 107 hospitalized and 245 new infections

(QCOSTARICA) Hospitalizations reached their highest number since the start of the pandemic on Tuesday with 107 patients, most of them admitted to the Specialized Center for the Care of Covid-19 (Ceaco), in La Uruca. The number of patients in medical centers increased by 19 in...

In chase of asymptomatics, Alajuelita targeted first

(QCOSTARICA) A total of 1,850 people are the target of the massive random testing that the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) will be carrying out, in the canton of Alajuelita, on the south side of San Jose, from this Monday to July 8. Dr....

24 patients with COVID-19 who have received convalescent plasma

(QCOSTARICA) Amid the bad news of the sharp increase in cases and hospitalizations this week, the good news is that 24 people with COVID-19 have now received convalescent plasma therapy. "Most of these patients have evolved well," said Mario Ruiz, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro...

Two more weeks with so many new cases of COVID-19 could collapse Health

(QCOSTARICA) From Sunday 21 to Sunday 28 June,  a total of 1,003 new positive cases of COVID-19 were registered. In the last five days, all over 140, including the highest ever for a single day, 169 on June 25. If this trend continues, according to...

Half of Costa Ricans over 19 have at least one risk factor for coronavirus

(QCOSTARICA) The coronavirus pandemic puts a third of the Costa Rican population in particular danger, the 1.6 million over the age of 19 who suffer from high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, or smoking. These are all diseases that complicate the health of patients with COVID-19. According...

“Hospitalized” is the concern, not the increase in cases of Covid-19: experts

(QCOSTARICA) If you're concerned about the number of new Covid-19 cases reported in the past few weeks, in particular these last several days, you may want to look better at the hospitalization rate to calm down.   It is normal for the number of infected people...

Why is the low hospitalization of patients with COVID-19?

(QCOSTARICA) In Costa Rica, less than 10% of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 require hospitalization, while the World Health Organization (WHO) says around 1 in every 5 people (20%) who catch COVID-19 needs hospital treatment. Why is Costa Rica's rate lower? Dr. Román Macaya, executive president of...

New Puntarenas Hospital

This is how the new Monseñor Sanabria hospital in Puntarenas will look, the most ambitious project of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) so far in the 21st century. "Amid the pandemic facing the country, our public health system continues to evolve to protect...

Costa Rica will resume hydroxychloroquine treatment for COVID-19 patients

The Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) will resume hydroxychloroquine treatment in COVID-19 positive patients in a few days, suspended a week ago. The research protocol necessary to reactivate the treatment is in its final phase of elaboration, confirmed the Caja. The document will be...

Costa Rica Suspends Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Treat COVID-19 Patients

(QCOSTARICA) The Costa Rican Social Security Fund (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social - CCSS) suspended the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19. Through a press release, they Caja said that from today (Thursday) the temporary suspension of hydroxychloroquine. Dr. Mario Ruiz Cubillo, medical manager of...

103-year-old mother and 83-year-old daughter receive flu shot at home

Luz Ania Carrillo Vargas, 83 and her mother, doña Licitania Vargas Arce, 103, were among the elderly to get a visit at their home from an official of the Ciudad Quesada health area, to vaccinate them against the seasonal flu. Sitting in an armchair in...

What is the effective formula in Costa Rica where fewer covid-19 patients die?

After spending a terrible night, with fever and severe headaches and shoulders, Henry* did not hesitate to go to the local EBAIS (clinic) in San José the next morning. It was March 9, three days after the first case of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was...

Our cell phones would help curb the spread of the coronavirus

A CCSS app(lication) already installed on at least 1.2 million cell phones in Costa Rica could become an instrument to combat the spread of the new coronavirus. It's called Expediente Digital Único en Salud (EDUS) - Unique Digital Health Record, it has been operating since...

Caja Is In Trouble, But There Are No Immediate Liquidity or Solvency Problems

In the midst of a crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is requiring the government to pay a debt of ¢1.95 trillion colones to face the lack of income from worker-employer contributions. In response, Costa Rica President Carlos...

Covid-19 Screening Tests at Regional Hospitals Will Have Results in 45 Minutes

The regional hospitals and remote medical centers and clinics of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) will soon begin to test for the virus that causes the covid-19. However, the test they will use is different from the one already used in other...

Hydroxychloroquine: the drug Costa Rica uses successfully to fight covid-19

Used in the world for decades in the treatment of malaria, a month ago, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) decided to apply hydroxychloroquine to patients infected with the new coronavirus until a vaccine is available. Thi immunosuppressanta drug is produced in Costa Rica. The...

Field Hospital At The Northern Border To release hospital for patient care with covid-19

The president of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), Roman Macaya, said that on Saturday began the assembly of the Mobile Medical Unit in Los Chiles, Alajuela, bordering Nicaragua. It consists of a provisional or field hospital, whose objective will be to free the...

Up to 80% of Intensive Care beds already have a patient

As of today, Monday, April 6, between 60% and 80% of the 227 Intensive Care Units (ICU) beds available in Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) hospitals already have a patient. But, what would happen if the number of patients with covid-19 that requires...

Good News: UCR Respirators Pass Clinical Tests

The two prototypes of respirators designed by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) to assist people sick with COVID-19, have passed clinical tests and are almost ready to start production. Both prototypes were subjected to tests this week with robotic models and other resources at...

US Embassy Donates Medical Protection Equipment to the Caja

The United States Embassy in San Jose, ​​through SOUTHCOM's Humanitarian Assistance Program, on Friday (March 27)  made the first of two donations of medical protection equipment to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS). United States Ambassador to Costa Rica Sharon Day said: "I am...

Caja say it has the drug with “potential” to combat COVID-19

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) or Caja says it has the drug called hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, which is being used in other countries to assess whether or not it is effective in treating COVID-19. The president of the Caja, Román Macaya, confirmed that...

From respirators to body bags: CCSS invests US$15 million against coronavirus

Almost 300 respirators are on their way to the Caja's hospitals, increasing the capacity to attend to the most complicated patients with covid-19 from 440 respirators at present to more than 700 in the coming days. The stretchers and body bags for corpses will also...

Alajuela Hospital suspends outpatient services because of cases Covid-19

Authorities of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) decided to suspect outpatient services at the San Rafael de Alajuela Hospital for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because of the confirmed covid-19 patients being treated at the medical center. The temporary suspension of outpatient services ensures...

9 Cases and 34 Suspected of Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Yellow Alert Declared!

Costa Rica's Ministry of Health confirmed Sunday afternoon that the number of infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus rose to nine, while there are 34 other suspects. The confirmed ones are the following: 49-year-old woman, a U.S. tourist arriving in Costa Rica on March 1 without...

San Juan de Dios hopital staffer leaked fake news about the first case of a new coronavirus in Costa Rica

It was last Saturday, February 29. A staffer at the San Juan de Dios Hospital in the heart of San Jose circulated in a social network a test performed on a woman in that medical center, assuring that the result confirmed positive of the...

Costa Rica Rules Out That Six Engineers Who Were in China Have Coronavirus

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security - said Monday afternoon that six engineers who were in a training course in China and returned to the country with respiratory symptoms were not carrying the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV. "This weekend we...

Health Ministry Readies For Possible Arrival of Coronavirus

Although several people have consulted for suspected coronavirus, the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) has ruled out all cases. The most recent were six engineers who traveled to China and when they returned to Costa Rica, they had respiratory symptoms. Facing a possible arrival of...

Vice Minister of Finance resigns for family business debt with VAT and CCSS

The Deputy Minister of Revenue, Nogui Acosta, resigned his position on Saturday after it became known that a family business owed the Ministry of Finance some ¢10 million colones for the value added tax (VAT), and ¢15 million to the CCSS for employer labor...

Strike that paralyzed public health last month declared illegal

The eight-day strike of public health sector workers last month was declared illegal by Juzgado de Trabajo de San José (San Jose Labor Court). From August 5 to 12, thousands of workers of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) crippled the State health system,...

Unemployment already hits social security

The worrying unemployment figures that affect the country not only have a direct impact on people's purchasing power and a vicious circle effect on the economy. They also have begun to reflect on social security. After two years in a row in which the number...

Trade Unions Suffer An Abrupt Cut In Power

In less than a week, Costa Rica's trade unions (sindicatos in Spanish) suffered an abrupt cut in power with the approval in first debate on Tuesday of the bill to curtail strikes. However, they threaten further protests to try to defend their right to strike...

Caja Pharmacies Now Using Paper Bags For Prescription Medicines

In the coming days, all patients picking up their prescribed medications at state health pharmacies, Equipos Básicos de Atención Integral en Salud ( Ebáis) - local clinics - and hospitals will receive them in paper bags. The use of paper bags over plastic following a...

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