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Social Security is in the process of increasing the capacity to attend patients infected with covid-19, due to the accelerated spread
of the virus throughout the country.  -  Social Security courtesy photo -

Published Thursday, August 20, 2020

Mobile Medical Units enabled
in Limón Hospital

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three Mobile Medical Units, so-called portable rooms or tents, were installed in the Dr. Tony Facio Castro Hospital in Limón Province for the care of patients not infected with covid-19. The mobile units are to provide a space while improvements are carried out in the hospital.

According to Social Security, during the next four weeks a replacement will be made in the electrical installations of the second floor to enable a special area for the care of covid-19 patients.

“We have set up 28 beds for patients with covid-19 at the Tony Facio Hospital. Each of these beds requires a high electrical system due to the number of equipment that includes: respiratory ventilators, monitors, infusion pumps, among others. So we are installing a special electrical connection for that floor, independent from the rest of the hospital," said Wilman Rojas Molina of Social Security.

On the floor getting repairs done, patients infected with covid-19 were being treated. Due to the repairs, the patients were transferred to the hospitals of the Greater Metropolitan Area, GAM.

The GAM by its acronym in Spanish includes surrounding cities in the conurbation of San José such as Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago provinces.

Concerning the three new mobile units will be used to care for patients in the emergency room for medical issues not related to covid-19.

Last week, ten mobile units were installed in public hospitals and clinics for the exclusive care of patients with covid-19 symptoms.

The portable rooms were donated by the Chamber of Fuel Companies as part of the campaign called "Community Gas Station in Action." The goal is to help health workers on the front line against the pandemic.

"The importance of these portable rooms that we have received will allow us to separate patients in the emergency room, attending the people with symptoms of covid-19 to treat them individually," said Roberto Cervantes Barrantes, manager of Social Security.

The rooms have a dimension of 4x5.90 meters and will be distributed in hospitals and public clinics in the country.

Social Security is in the process of increasing the capacity to attend patients infected with covid-19, due to the accelerated spread of the virus throughout the country.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Ministry of Health provided the following statistics on the status of the virus in the country:

766 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 20,418 active cases. The ages of patients infected range from a three-month-old baby to a 100-year-old person.

7,645 foreign-born people have been infected of the 30,409 cases since March, approximately 25% of the total cases.

• 412 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 126 patients are in Intensive Care Units with delicate health conditions, 286 patients are in recovery rooms. Most of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 9,660 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 32% recovery rate.

Regarding the low percentage of recovery of cases, the ministry confirmed an approximate 40% delay in the statistics of recovered patients from the northern and southern zones of the country.

It is expected that during this week, the authorities will provide updated data on the number of patients recovered from covid-19

• 80,701 people have been ruled out.

• 124,854 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

321deaths of patients infected with covid-19 since March. Which is a 1% death rate. Of these 121 were women and 200 men. The ages range from 21 to a 99-year-old person.

On July 30, authorities reported 30 foreign-born people had died from covid-19 since March, at the time it was 22% of virus-related deaths. However, the ministry confirmed that they will not continue providing information on the number of foreign-born people who die from covid-19 in the country.

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 Wednesday night, the pandemic has killed 783,825 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Should authorities provide updated data in real time of the covid-19 development in the country?
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