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CNE expands Orange Alert in cantons of Heredia, Puntarenas and Limón

(QCOSTARICA) The day before the "controlled reopening", several cantons and districts had their alert status raised from yellow to orange, due to their increase in cases and the risk of transmission by COVID-19. These are the cantons of Belén in Heredia, Limón in that province...

Alert in 100 districts of 36 cantons may increase to orange in cases of cough and fever

(QCOSTARICA) Some 100 districts, in 36 cantons of six provinces, could see turn to orange alert status due to an increase in cases of coughs and fever, said the Minstry of Health on Sunday. The province of Heredia being the only one that does not...

GAM out of the doghouse!

(QCOSTARICA) It's Saturday, August 22, the day that the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) - orange alert area - is out of the 'closed phase" of August, and for the next 9 days returning to the opening phase, one day after the single-day record number...

Cantons on orange alert in Costa Rica as of August 20

(QCOSTARICA) Effective Thursday, August 20, there were some changes to the yellow and orange alert areas, the following is an updated list of the cantons under orange alert in Costa Rica: Province of San José: Alajuelita Aserri ...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: More than 20,000 cases; 100 patients in ICU

(QCOSTARICA) At one day away from the first caser five months after the first COVID-19 patient was reported in Costa Rica, the cumulative number of infections surpassed 20,000. Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, reported that with the new 580 patients confirmed for this Wednesday, the...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 435 new cases Tuesday, 1,901 new recoveries

(QCOSTARICA) This Tuesday, August 4, the Minister of Health reported 435 new cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, while the accumulated number reached 19,837. For the first time in months we saw real reporting on the number of recovered cases. Up to Tuesday, I could...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: Total infections more than 17,000; CNE to warms communities approaching orange alert

(QCOSTARICA) With 490 new cases of COVID-19 this Thursday, the cumulative total reached 17,290 cases, the Ministry of Health reported. The figure comes two days before Costa Rica enters a new phase in the pandemic, the experiment of "open" and "closed" phase, with implications mainly...

Clear as mud. What is allowed, then isn’t and is again for August!

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado this Wednesday announced the measures that will be in place for the month of August, leaving aside the "martillo y baile" (hammer and dance) for the "apertura y cierre" (open and closed) experiment. Leaving the details of the measures...

It’s almost 5 pm, do you know where you car is?

If you are in an orange alert zone, anywhere from San Ramon to Paraiso de Cartago, the total vehicular restrictions kicks in at 5 pm and time to get the carrito off the road. The restrictions of 5 am to 5 pm, from Monday...

AyA will close attention to the public in orange areas until July 31

(QCOSTARICA) The offices of the water and sewers utility, Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) located in the orange alert zone will remain closed to the public until Friday, July 31, in compliance with the government guidelines announced Friday, July 17. Attention to users will be maintained...

3 million In Costa Rica remain under the “hammer” to prevent hospitals collapse

(QCOSTARICA) Due to the increased number of new infections and hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), the government has decided to continue to apply the "hammer". On Friday, the government announced that 34 cantons of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), where 2,967,000...

After the mayor threatened to rebel, CNE declares Garabito on a yellow alert

(QCOSTARICA) Less than 7 hours after the mayor of Garabito, Tobías Murillo, voiced his annoyance at maintaining his canton on orange alert, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) declared Garabito on a yellow alert. The canton of Garabito takes in the beaches of Jaco, Herradura and...

Costa Rica will resume phase 2 of reopening at GAM on Monday; resumption of flights on deck for August 1

(QCOSTARICA) The Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) will return, next Monday, July 20, to phase 2 of the reopening process that allows the operation of commercial premises during the week and vehicle restrictions more flexible. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, announced during the press conference...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 365 new cases, hospitaliztions hits new record, 140

(QCOSTARICA) The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica continues to be in the hundreds daily, on Sunday the Ministry of Health reporting 365 new cases, for an accumulated total of 7,596. The number of patients in hospital continues to climb as well,...

“Hammer” time, Costa Rica’s GAM under ‘orange’ alert

(QCOSTARICA) The number of COVD-19 infections in the last few days has been staggering, 1,359 new cases in just three days, resulting in the Ministry of Health losing the ability to monitor and follow-up contacts and issue sanitary orders. As of today, Friday, Costa Rica...

Suspending freedom of transit and assembly at sites with high COVID-19 cases would flatten the curve

(QCOSTARICA) Temporarily suspending freedom of transit and assembly to contain the expansion of the COVID-19 would flatten the contagion curve, according to Costa Rica's College of Physicians and Surgeons (Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos). The proposal resurfaces at a time when the country has had...

Alajuelita: Life on “Orange Alert”

(QCOSTARICA) That a town is on orange alert means that the area has a higher risk of contagion. This is a three-day portrait by L a Nacion of how Alajueliteños live this stage that has raised awareness and reinvented many of its inhabitants. Alajueliata is...

Increase in COVID-19 cases migrated from the Northern Zone to the GAM

(QCOSTARICA) The trend of increasing cases due to COVID-19 stopped concentrating in the Northern Zone and now, the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) of  San José is the site with the highest incidence. Of the 139 new cases reported Monday, 27 were in the canton of...

Businesses in phase two sectors can only sell groceries, health minister warned

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health warned businesses in Orange alert and orange alert adjacent, areas that did not advance to phase 3 on Saturday, can only sell groceries, or toiletries and personal hygiene products. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, was emphatic that in these...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: another record,169 new cases on Thursday

(QCOSTARICA) We have definitely left double-digit numbers behind in the daily COVID-19 case update. This Thursday, June 25, the Ministry of Health reported 169 new infections. The data surpassed the record of 119 new cases last Friday and the 147 new cases  Wednesday; with the...

“Red Alert” would mean extreme restrictions

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica is under a "yelllow alert" for the coronavirus pandemic, which, save for the cantons and districts elevated to an "orange alert", entails a vehicular restriction from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm weekdays and 7:00 pm weekends, limited commercial activity and continued...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 91 new cases; Pavas on orange alert for possible community transmission

(QCOSTARICA) No truce. The number of new cases of the coronavirus keep piling up. This Tuesday, June 23, 91 new cases of the COVID-19 were registered, bringing the accumulated total to 2,368 people, since March when it arrived in Costa Rica. In addition to a...

Desamparados and Alajuelita Under Orange Alert. What does it imply?

(QCOSTARICA) We've all be heard of the "Orange" alert, the new alert level introduced by the National Emergency Commission (CNE), stuck in between Yellow and Red. For the most part, the alert was in place in several of the cantons of the northern zone. However,...

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