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Today’s Covid News: Restrictions allowed a decrease in Covid-19 and prevented hospital collapse

QCOSTARICA - A moderate decline in new cases for the third consecutive week allowed the hospital system to avoid the dreaded collapse and rapid increase in deaths. The vehicle restriction, the suspension of the school year, the monitoring of business hours and the reduction of...

Today’s Covid News: 2,587 new cases on Friday; contagion rate rises again

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica registered a new rise. The latest analysis by the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH), released on May 21, showed an increase from 0.99 to 1.16. This Friday, May 21, 2,587 new cases and 29 deaths were reported,...

Tody’s Covid News: 40 deaths in last 24 hours, ICU at record levels

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health reported 40 deaths associated with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. The number is the second highest so far; the highest was 48 two days ago. Tuesday, May 18. That is a death every 36 minutes in the last...

Three thousand hospitalized by the end of May, UCR projects

QCOSTARICA - On Monday, the Ministry of Health reported 1,280 people in hospital with covid-19, of which 466 of them in an ICU, aged between 17 to 86 years. Numbers that have been seen before in the history of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social...

Seriously ill patients from covid-19 overflow Caja capacity

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) says that its hospitalization figures for serious covid-19 patients are in the red. In a statement  Saturday night, the institution asserted that its resources are insufficient to attend to the large number of hospitalized people. To date,...

48 patients with covid-19 from other provinces wait for beds in San Jose hospitals

QCOSTARICA - 48 patients with covid-19, the majority in severe and moderate condition, this Thursday morning were waiting for a bed in a hospital in San José. As reported by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), they are 4 patients in critical condition, 25...

Today’s Covid News: 2,555 new cases on Wednesday; 1,123 in hospital

QCOSTARICA - Following a drop of new cases of covid-19 over the long weekend, the ugly head of the virus resurfaced on Wednesday with 2,555 new cases, as reported by the Ministry of Health in the early evening. While the number of covid patients in...

Caja ran out of space to transfer 13 patients requiring an ICU

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) ran out of space to transfer 13 patients who are in different hospitals around the country and require an Intensive Services Unit (ICU). This was confirmed by the Medical Manager of the CCSS, Dr. Mario Ruiz,...

Four hospitals run out of ICU beds for covid-19 critically ill patients

QCOSTARICA - Caja authorities report that four hospitals have already run out of intensive care beds for covid-19 critically ill patients. At 3 pm Monday afternoon, the Ceaco (32 beds) the Calderón Guardia (30), Mexico (14) and San Rafael de Alajuela (6) hospitals, no longer...

If ICU beds at Caja hopistals are none, can private hospital beds be used?

QCOSTARICA - Authorities from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) warned on Saturday that, if the rate of COVID-19 infections continues with the demand on hospitalizations, the collapse of hospital services is imminent. If the limited number of beds in the Intensive Care Units...

Costa Rica tightens vehicle restriction this Tuesday as beds for intensive care are scarce

Correction: The nighttime vehicle restrictions are from 9 pm to 5 am. This article previously said that the "daytime" restrictions were from 9 pm to 5 am. QCOSTARICA - The Government announced this Saturday afternoon, April 24, a tightening of the sanitary vehicle restriction, to...

The Pandemic: Epidemiological report April 13, 2021

QCOSTARICA -  Costa Rica added 891 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, April 10, 482 on Sunday, April 11, 469 on Monday, April 12, and 957 cases today, Tuesday, April 13, with an accumulated total of 225,343 COVID-19 cases since March 2020. In total, we have 111,505...

Downward trend in hospitalizations due to Covid-19 stopped, warns Román Macaya

QCOSTARICA - The de-escalation of Covid-19 beds in the Caja hospitals continues; however, the downward trend in hospitalizations has stopped, warns Román Macaya, executive president of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS). "The number of hospitalized patients falling has reached bottom, has not followed...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Lowest number of hospitalized in the last seven months

QCOSTARICA - The downward trend of new cases continues. With that the number of people in hospital, numbers not seen since July last year. This Friday, February 19, the Ministry of Health reported  289 people occupied a hospital bed due to complications from covid-19. The last...

Two-year-old girl dies with covid-19; had advanced cancer

QCOSTARICA - A two-year-old girl is the youngest fatality of covid-19 in Costa Rica, among the 2,229 deaths registered up to January 4. The little girl suffered from advanced cancer and other diseases, which were not revealed by the Ministry of Health in its confirmation...

Worst pandemic scenario: Covid patients wait for ICU beds in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security Fund - confirmed that Costa Rica reached, on Saturday, the worst possible scenario for a country in the covid-19 pandemic: not enough beds for intensive care patients. This was confirmed by...

Beds for critical patients of covid-19 reach capacity

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health reported Saturday night that the critical beds for patients with covid-19 have reached capacity. Likewise, it indicated that, in general, all intensive care unit (ICU) beds available for the care of patients with covid-19 have high occupancy. “The Costa Rican...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Hospital occupancy increases; there are 221 people ICU

QCOSTARICA - Though the number of new daily confirmed cases of covid-19 has remained stable, around 1,000, the number of hospitalizations and people requiring intensive care has risen sharply this past week. 514 people were reported this Tuesday by the Ministry of Health as admitted...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 1,231 new cases for Oct 28, hospitalizations keeps dropping

QCOSTARICA - After a few days of new cases daily under 1000, on Wednesday, October 28, the Ministry of Health reported 1,321 new cases. Costa Rica now has a grand total 106,553 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 6: 51,382 women and 55,171 men, of...

COVID-19 has sent 5,000 people to hospital in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Almost 5,000 people in Costa Rica have occupied hospital beds due to COVID-19, reveals the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS). According to data from the Medical Management of the CCSS, as of September 18, a total of 4,854 people been discharged from one...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 1,327 new cases; Caja will use ICU beds in private hospitals

(QCOSTARICA) For Wednesday, September 9, the first day of the opening phase under a new pandemic management model, the Minister of Health reported 1,327 new cases of the COVID-19 in Costa Rica, bringing the total of infections since the first on March 6, to...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: Half of hospitalized in ICU; 1,222 new cases for Friday

(QCOSTARICA) Health authorities have warned time and again, the country must avoid at all costs going to the extreme of having to decide who will get an intensive care bed and a respirator. Two months ago that possibility still seemed distant, but no longer. For this...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 766 new cases and 126 in ICU for August 19

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported 766 new cases for Wednesday, August 19, for a total of 30,409 since the first case on March 6. Of the 766, 182 by nexus (without requiring the diagnostic test), that is a person that lives in the same...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 540 new cases for Thursday; hospitalizations & deaths up

(QCOSTARICA) Another 560 COVID-19 infections were reported this Thursday, July 16, by the Ministry of Health. The accumulated number of cases is now 9,546. The number of hospitalizations rose to 207 (an increase of 19 over the previous day), of which 35 are in the...

For now, new cases of COVID-19 do not impact Intensive Care

(QCOSTARICA) Although during the first 13 days of June the cases of COVID-19 in the country have skyrocketed, especially due to the detections that have been registered in the Northern Zone, the different Intensive Care Units (ICUs) have not been affected. In fact, despite the...

“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...

Half of covid-19 hospitalized patients in Costa Rica are smokers

Nine of the 18 people hospitalized by COVID-19 are smokers, according to a report by the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS). Román Macaya, executive president, indicated that 5 of the interned are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 13 in wards of state...

Tico who overcame the coronavirus: “I died twice in intensive care”

"When I entered the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and they were putting machines and tubes all over my body, I remember thinking: 'God, what's happening to me, I don't want to die.' The coronavirus is not playing, I died twice in the ICU (twice...

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