708 indigenous people were tested positive for covid-19
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Published Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Indigenous leaders in charge of
reporting covid-19 suspects in
their communities


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

 

Social Security has relied on the leaders of indigenous territories to report community members suspected of having been infected with covid-19. This includes immigrants living in their communities, due to difficult geographical access, and cultural patterns.

The delegated method of tracking virus infections on indigenous territories began in March and remains in place as a form of respect for their autonomy and self-management, Social Security said.

It is up to indigenous leaders to document and report those suspected of infections. They are the ones who alert the health workers in the area to make the diagnostic tests and transfer patients to the nearest clinic.

According to Social Security statistics, from the beginning of the pandemic in March to October, 1,511 covid-19 diagnostic tests have been carried out in indigenous communities, of these 708 people tested positive.

The infected populations are 355 men and 353 women, mainly adults ages between 30 to 39 years old.

According to the guidelines, when confirmed cases of covid-19 are reported in indigenous territory, health workers travel to the indigenous community by car, boats or on foot to take diagnostics test samples of the suspected case and the patient's contacts.

This form of care for the indigenous population is also carried out with representatives of other public institutions such as the Ministry of Health, the National Emergency Commission, among others.

According to the Indigenous Law, the territories are the traditional lands of the legally recognized indigenous peoples such as ethnicities of Bribris, Chorotegas, Malekus, Ngbe, Huetars, Cabecars, Borucas and Terrabas.

According to the Ministry of Health, the following is a report from Monday:

488 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 43,847 active cases.

18,118 foreign-born people have been infected with a total of 117,587 cases since March, approximately 15.4% of the total cases. Of these, authorities confirmed the death of 32 foreign-born patients.

484 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 195 patients are in ICUs in delicate health conditions (ages range from a 1-year-old to a 93-year-old). And 289 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

72,249 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 61.4% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

1,491 deaths of people infected with covid-19, approximately 1.3% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these 566 women and 925 men. The ages range from a 9-year-old to a 100-year-old person.

Since October authorities stopped providing the updated statistics on people who have been ruled out and the number of medical covid-19 tests that have been made.

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


According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering, CSSE, at Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed 1,262,413 people worldwide.



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