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The hospital continues to make improvements in the new unit, for which it is expected to equip 196 beds in four new modules.
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Published Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Psychiatric Hospital opens
covid-19 unit


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The first nine covid-19 patients in moderate health condition were already admitted into the new Covid-19 Unit that was enabled inside the National Psychiatric Hospital located in Pavas District, San José Province.

According to Social Security, another six covid-19 patients are planned to be admitted this week, for a total of 15 people, with ages ranging between 31 and 94, who will be treated at that hospital. These patients were transferred from the San Juan de Dios, Mexico and Calderón Guardia hospitals.

Also, the hospital has set up the large Covid-19 Unit for the care of a total of 35 patients infected with the virus this week.

The unit includes a 45-member team of specialists, including doctors, nurses, cleaning staff, among others.

This hospital had already treated patients with mental illnesses, also infected with covid-19. The next organic step was to help other hospitals by opening a Covid-19 Unit for the care of covid-19 patients referred from other hospitals.

The hospital continues to make improvements in the new unit, for which it is expected to equip 196 beds in four new modules.

Health authorities are in a race against time to open new medical spaces and shelters for the care of patients with covid-19, due to an accelerated increase in people infected in recent weeks.



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

937 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 35,534 active cases. The ages of patients infected range from a three-month-old baby to a 100-year-old person.

11,704 foreign-born people have been infected with a total of 57,361 cases since March, approximately 20% of the total cases.

• 620 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 243 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from 24 to a 91-year-old person). And 377 patients are in recovery rooms. The majority of the rest of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 21,206 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 37% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

• 113,934 people have been ruled out.

• 186,456 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

521 deaths of people infected with covid-19, approximately 1.1% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these 233 were women and 388 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 927,015 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.





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