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COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 862 new case for Tuesday; after 50 days fewer than 500 people hospitalized

QCOSTARICA - For Tuesday, October 27, the Ministry of Health reported 862 new cases of COVID-19, of which 248 are by epidemiological link and 615 by testing, for a total of 105,322 confirmed cases, with an age range of zero to 100 years. There are...

Costa Rica will study the mental health of its population against COVID-19

QCOSTARICA -  In order to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of the Costa Rican population, the Ministry of Health, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social(CCSS), and three public universities will begin this month with a series of investigations...

Keep your distance, go with few friends, carry a mask and face shield

QCOSTARICA - Bars and casinos in hotels can now reopen their doors after seven long months of closure, operating under certain conditions that aim to reduce the risk of contagion of COVID-19. The reopening, authorized by the Ministry of Health, will also mean back to...

Ministry of Health published anonymized database of COVID-19 positives

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health published AN anonymized base of all the people who have tested positive for COVID-19 from March 6 to July 5. The database (the link for the download can found at bottom of this page link) contains information such as: ...

Transformation of bars into restaurants or sodas is not legal, say municipalities

(QCOSTARICA) The owners of bars and cantinas (taverns) who convert their business into restaurants or sodas could face serious legal problems, explained Luis Eduardo Araya, advisor to the National Union of Local Governments (UNGL). "The guideline of the Ministry of Health cannot be above Law...

Health allows the conversion of bars and taverns into restaurants or sodas

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health is giving bars and taverns (cantinas) that have been closed since March, a lifeline, allowing them to convert to restaurants and sodas to reopen for business. The Director of Health, Priscilla Herrera, made the announcement during the Tuesday afternoon presser,...

COVID-19: 559 more cases; Health recognizes lag in data on recovered patients

(QCOSTARICA) This Tuesday, August 18, the acting Minister of Health, Pedro González, announced that 559 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total confirmed cases to 29,643 since the first case on March 6. The Minister reported 413 people are in hospital, of which 110 are...

The epidemiological form (Health Pass)

(QCOSTARICA) Arriving at the San Jose airport (SJO) in Costa Rica requires the completion of the epidemiological form or Health Pass, among other requirements for entry. Here is the link to the Health Pass (Pase de Salud), both in English and Spanish. More: ...

Those who take the COVID-19 test would receive a quarantine order immediately

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health and the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) are fine-tuning the details to reduce waiting times for the issuance of quarantine orders by COVID-19. The idea that the people who undergo the diagnostic test receive, at that very moment, would...

Latest COVID deaths: A 23-year-old woman, a post-mortem diagnosis and three seniors

(QCOSTARICA) Three men and two women are the deaths due to COVID-19 reported Friday. A 23-year-old woman, a man without risk factors, and a post mortem diagnosis are some of the details of these fatalities. The country now has 47 deaths, these are the details of...

Record one-day COVID-19 deaths in Costa Rica: 4 people

(QCOSTARICA) This Monday, Costa Rica had the highest number of deaths in a single day from the coronavirus. Three men and a woman, aged between 43 and 81 years, died of COVID-19 while they were hospitalized. The first death occurred at dawn, at the Hospital...

Costa Rica reaches 20 deaths from covid-19: new victim spent 20 days in intensive care

(QCOSTARICA) Sunday afternoon, victim 20 of the new coronavirus was registered. This is a 43-year-old foreigner who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, both risk factors for COVID-19. As reported by the Ministry of Health, the death occurred at the Calderón Guardia Hospital, where...

Government does not provide open data on COVID-19 vital for making decisions

(QCOSTARICA) Why are the mathematical models and statistical data used by the Ministry of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic important? What has been repeatedly requested are the mathematical models used to generate the projections, not people data or patient details. But why is this...

COVID-19 case detected among PriceSmart Santa Ana staff

(QCOSTARICA) Health authorities confirmed the detection of a positive case COVID-19 among PriceSmart Santa Ana staff. According to the press department of the Ministry of Health, the corresponding sanitary order has already been issued and the preventive isolation of the people who were in contact...

Vehicle restriction and sanitary measures starting this Monday, June 22

(QCOSTARICA) The increase in new cases of coronavirus forced the Ministery of Health to suspend phase three of the scheduled reopening of malls, retail stores and bars on the weekend and authorization for meetings in churches, among other venues. Consequently, as of this Monday, June...

Family defends itself against assertions of Health Minister of holding a “baby shower’

A Pavas family linked to the infection of 15 and 8 other suspected spoke out against the assertions by the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, made on Sunday. During the Sunday noon presser, Dr. Salas said a baby shower, with some 50 people in attendance,...

Ministry Health announcement “a very strong blow”

(QCOSTARICA) For the commercial sector, the announcement Firday by the Minister Healthannouncement to suspend the opening of retail trade this weekend represents a “very strong blow” for the sector, which was ready to ropen the weekend and take advantage of Father's Day. Julio Castilla, president...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 52 new cases, total now 1796

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported Tuesday 52 new patients with COVID-19 were diagnosed in the country between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning; the number of total infections reaching 1,796 people. According to Dr. Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, 794 people have recovered, the number...

Second wave: 33 new cases with COVID-19 confirmed, total infections reach 1,375

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, confirmed on Tuesday 33 new patients with COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The total number of infections since the first on March 6 is now 1,375. Minister Salas said that Health authorities maintain their focus of...

A pandemic without measures: Costa Rica would have had 80,000 sick, 800 dead

(QCOSTARICA) "As of June 8, 4,628 new cases of COVID-19 are registered, for a total of 79,951 and 800 deaths are reported. There are 33,578 people recovered and 45,563 active cases. In addition, there are 3,958 people hospitalized, of which 792 require intensive care”. This...

Wednesday’s numbers on covid-19 move us away from the ‘best case scenario’ projected in April

Last April 27, Health Minister Daniel Salas presented projections of scenarios that estimated what could happen if all the sanitary measures were lifted at that time, but also, what would happen if all of them were maintained. The Minister said at the time "if all...

Despite call not to, cyclists disrespected the minister and took to the streets in groups

(QCOSTARICA) The long arm of the Minister of Health reached out to a number of cyclists who decided to disobey the order not to ride in clusters. At the beginning of the week, Dr. Daniel Salas, called on cyclists not to repeat what had occurred...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 15 new cases confirmed, for a total of 830

With an increase of 15 new confirmed cases, the number of infections in the country since March 6 reached 830 this Thursday, May 14. Of these, 295 remain active, while 535 have recovered. The information was provided by the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, by video...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: Confirmed cases reached 804, use of mask recommended

(QCOSTARICA) The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus covid-19 is now at 804, confirmed the Minister of Health on Monday, that is 3 cases more over Monday. Health Minister Daniel Salas, during the Tuesday noon press conference, recommended the use of masks and spent...

Cinemas present protocol to reopen their screens to the public

The Costa Rican Chamber of Distributors and Exhibitors (Cadec) presented a cleaning, disinfection, customer service and communication protocol to reopen the country's movie theaters in the new normal, dominated by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. In total, these are 18 measures to ensure the safety of those...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 7 new cases, total reaches 780

(QCOSTARICA) This Saturday, May 9, the total confirmed cases of  COVID-19 in Costa Rica reached 780, seven new cases over the day earlier. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, confirmed the numbers Saturday at the daily press conference. To date, 480 people with covid-19 have recovered,...

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...

The businesses that can be open and their hours for May 1 to 15

In accordance with the measures announced on Monday, April 27 by the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, the reactivation, although minimal, of economic activities will be allowed, on a trial basis, from 5:00 pm May 1 to 11:59 pm May 15. This is the first...

Minsa Confirms 9th Case of Coronavirus In Nicaragua; 2 Deaths

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed Monday a new case of covid-19 in the country, that of  a 58-year-old man. The patient in a “delicate” state, but “stable. Supporters of the Sandinista Front and members of the Ministry of Health make house-to-house visits in the...

There are 97 recovered from covid-19; 86-year-old Costa Rican is free of the virus

This Saturday, for the second consecutive day, Costa Rica had more people recovered than of people infected with covid-19: the Ministry of Health reporting nine recovered and six infected. In addition, the trend of less active cases of the coronavirus continues. But beyond that data, for...

Should You Use A Mask? Health Minister Says “Those who want to are free to use them”

Although it is not a recommendation or order for the general population to use a mask when out and about, Health Minister, Daniel Salas, said about the use of a mask that "people who want to use them are free to use them." He indicated...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 483 patients with covid-19; country begins to produce face shields

The number of patients with covid-19 in Costa Rica increased in 16 cases from 467 to 483, according to the latest report released by the Ministry of Health, on April 7, 2020. Health Minister Daniel Salas explained that 449 are Costa Rican and the other...

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