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Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Monday, November 2

Costa Rica announced 33 new coronavirus-related deaths since Friday for a total of 1,404, according to official data released Monday afternoon by the Health Ministry.

Four-hundred and sixty-seven people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19; 191 are in intensive care.

The Health Ministry confirmed 746 new cases on Saturday and 540 on Monday for a cumulative total of 111,257.

A total of 68,129 people have been cleared as recovered; however, this figure typically lags several weeks behind actual figures.

The data indicate Costa Rica has 27.5 COVID-19-related deaths per 100,000 people. The country is averaging 15.4 deaths each day since September 1 (968 total). The eight deaths recorded Monday are the lowest single-day figure since September 12.

Costa Rica’s outbreak in context

Costa Rica has the 35th-most new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, according to data compiled by The New York Times. At 19.7 new cases per 100,000 people, this trails the United States (25) but is significantly higher than Canada (8).

About 1.2% of people who tested positive for the coronavirus in Costa Rica have died.

The average age of Costa Rica’s coronavirus-related deaths is 70 years.

An analysis more than 200 COVID-19-related deaths in Costa Rica, released in early October, confirmed 90% of them were caused by the virus or an associated complication, while 9% had died of unrelated causes. This case-by-case analysis is ongoing.

Costa Rica has 359 intensive-care beds and 986 beds for less-complex coronavirus hospitalizations. This means 53% of Costa Rica’s ICU beds are currently occupied.

The below graph shows Costa Rica’s approximate test-positivity rate (the fraction of tests that come back positive) as of Monday, October 26. The Tico Times calculates daily positivity using Health Ministry data as follows:

(People testing positive) ÷ (People testing positive + people testing negative)

Note that the actual number of daily tests is higher than indicated on the chart, because one person can be tested multiple times.

The World Health Organization recommends testing enough to keep the positivity rate under 5%; Costa Rica’s high test-positivity rate suggests it’s missing milder or asymptomatic cases, allowing the coronavirus to continue to spread.

Costa Rica coronavirus test positive rate through October 26, 2020
Tico Times graph.
Costa Rica new coronavirus cases and rolling average as of November 2, 2020.
Tico Times graph.

The below graphic will update automatically as the Health Ministry releases new coronavirus data.

If you believe you have COVID-19, contact Costa Rica’s hotline at 1322. English-speaking staff and mental health professionals are available.

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