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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...

Doctors Union threatens to denounce Ministry of Health for asking doctors to work extra

The Unión Médica Nacional (National Medical Union) threatens to legally denounce the Ministry of Health for not paying overtime to officials with salaries equal to or greater than ¢4 million per month, to support emergency care for the new coronavirus. In a message to its...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 231 Confirmed Cases Now In More Than Half Of Cantons

On day 21 of the first detection of the coronavirus covid-19 in Costa Rica, the Ministry of Health reported during the mid-day briefing there are now 231 confirmed cases. Of these, 101 are women and 130 men; 209 are Costa Rican and 18 foreigners, four...

Costa Rica Has More than 6,000 Tests To Detect COVID-19

The Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud (Inciensa) - Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health - says it has more than 6,000 tests to diagnose the coronavirus COVID-19. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, explained that...

Who Is Daniel Salas, The Man Who Tells Us To Stay Home and Wash Our Hands?

"Frequent hand washing, sneezing or coughing into your forearm or using a tissue as a permanent habit and not just measures to prevent AH1N1 flu." This text is from a 2009 report, written by the journalist Vanessa Loaiza. The source for this information: Daniel Salas...

Persons Under Covid-19 Health Order Can Only Go Out For Medical Attention

The Ministry of Health updated this Friday the "General guidelines for home isolation for Costa Ricans, residents and diplomats who enter the country due to the health alert for Coronavirus (COVID-19)" and eliminated the exit permit to buy food or medications. The more than 3,000...

Coronavirus: March 15, 2020

Sunday, March 15 is the day that the Ministry of Health confirmed the most cases, that now stands at 35. Lowering the number is the responsibility of EVERYONE. Given the non-compliance to stay home and from crowds, the Ministry of Health ordered a total closure of...

Ministry of Health orders closure of all bars, clubs and casinos in Costa Rica

The Ministry of Health ordered, today Sunday, the closure of all bars, clubs, and casinos in Costa Rica, until further notice. Likewise, the closure of the Parque Nacional de Diversiones (National Amusement Park) was ordered. The Government announced, at a press conference, that the police will...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: confirmed cases rise to 35

The number of patients confirmed with coronavirus covid-19 in Costa Rica increased this Sunday to 35, according to the most recent report from the Ministry of Health. Salud reported the affected are 16 men and 19 women, between 10 and 87 years of age; 28...

Suspected cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica Increase to 179

The Ministry of Health confirmed Tuesday at noon that the suspected number of cases of the Coronavirus COVID-19 went from 11 to 179 in the last hours. At this time 59 cases have been ruled. As to the confirmed cases, the number remains at 13, two...

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...

Minister of Health: “It’s imminent, coronavirus will arrive in Costa Rica at any time”

The coronavirus will arrive in Costa Rica sooner or later and no action taken will stop it. This was stated at a Wednesday afternoon press conference by Costa Rica's Health Minister Daniel Salas. “We cannot prevent it from reaching our country, we just don't know...

In less than a month Costa Rica will have the test to determine suspecious cases of coronavirus

In less than a month, the new COVID-19 could be detected in the country without the need for the sample to be sent to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States. Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, confirmed that they have already requested...

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