The Covid Hospital has a total of 88 beds, 72 in the ICU of which 64 are in use.
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Published Monday, September 7, 2020

Covid Hospital adds more
ICU patient beds

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Specialized Patient Care Center with Covid-19, so-called Covid Hospital, located in La Uruca District, San José Province, added 72 beds for patients in the Intensive Care Units, ICU.

The remaining 16 beds are for patients in moderate risk health conditions.

The hospital treats covid patients mainly living in the Greater Metropolitan Area, GAM, with specialists in intensive care, internal medicine and emergencies, Mario Ruiz-Cubillo, manager of the hospital said.

The GAM (by its acronym in Spanish) includes cities englobed in the perifieries of San José such as Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago.

According to Ruiz, even though Social Security is investing in increasing equipment and areas to attend patients infected with covid-19, ultimately the main responsibility in avoiding the increase in infections falls upon the masses. They must follow the health recommendations of the Ministry of Health, such as the correct use of masks, constant hand washing, maintaining social distancing, respecting social bubbles, among others.

The Covid Hospital has a total of 88 beds, 72 in the ICU of which 64 are in use, plus 16 occupied beds in the moderate patient area.

There are 48 additional beds at the Hospital specifically for victims of traffic accidents of the National Insurance Institute, of which 15 are occupied.

Finding, allowing and developing new spaces in public hospitals for the care of patients infected with covid-19 is the priority for Social Security during this pandemic.

As of the latest Ministry of Health report on Saturday, the statistics of the virus in the country are:

1,240 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 28,231 active cases. The ages of patients infected range from a three-month-old baby to a 99-year-old person.

10,323 foreign-born people have been infected with a total of 46,920 cases since March, approximately 22% of the total cases.

• 471 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 210 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from 24 to a 91-year-old person). And 261 patients are in recovery rooms. Most of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 18,211 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 38.8% recovery rate.

• 101,370 people have been ruled out.

• 162,780 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

• 478 deaths of people infected with covid-19 since March, approximately 1% death rate. Of these 179 were women and 299 men. The ages range from 19 to a 100-year-old person.

As of Aug. 31, authorities confirmed the death of 31 foreign-born patients. The youngest and most recent victim was a 19-year-old foreigner who lived in Guanacaste Province. Before then, on July 30, the ministry announced they would not provide updated information on foreign-born people who died from covid-19 in the country, which at the time authorities reported 30 had died from the virus since March.

Readers can see the updated number of total patients in each district at the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.

As of Sunday night, the pandemic has killed 882,053 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

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