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As the number of infected people increases, so does the number of pregnant women infected with covid-19 in need of special care.
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Published Tuesday, September 22, 2020

New unit opens for pregnant
covid-19 patients

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia Hospital, located in San José Province, opened the new Obstetrics Center Unit on the third and fourth floors of the new East Tower for the delivery of babies to covid-19 positive patients.

According to Social Security, the hospital already had a special unit for childbirth care, but this new unit opened exclusively to care for covid-19 infected pregnant women and their babies.

Once the pandemic ends, the unit will be specifically for the attention of all pregnant patients, said Gustavo Brenes-Fallas, head of the hospital's Obstetrics program.

The new unit includes three delivery rooms, postpartum recovery rooms with 29 beds, nursing stations, waiting rooms, warehouses, restrooms, dressing rooms, among other services.

According to Pedro Pereiras-Álvarez, deputy director of the Hospital, the first delivery of a pregnant covid-19 patient was on July 4, and 33 births have been attended since.

Aside from attending pregnant patients, the new unit will care for covid-19 infected patients with a gynecological disease who require hospitalization for their treatment.

As the number of infected people increases, so does the number of pregnant women infected with covid-19 in need of special care.

As of Monday, the Ministry of Health reported the following on the statistics of the virus in the country:

703 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 39,703 active cases. The ages of patients infected range from a three-month-old baby to a 100-year-old person.

12,644 foreign-born people have been infected with a total of 65,602 cases since March, approximately 19.2% of the total cases.

• 634 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 254 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from 1 to a 91-year-old person). And 380 patients are in recovery rooms. The majority of the rest of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 25,127 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 38.3% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

• 124,178 people have been ruled out.

• 204,765 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

745 deaths of people infected with covid-19, approximately 1.1% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these 283 were women and 462 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 woman 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 Monday night, the pandemic has killed 963,693 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

What have you heard about pregnant women infected with covid-19 needing medical attention in your community? 
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