• CURRENT COSTA RICA COVID TOTALS

    Confirmed 183,242, Deaths 2,401, Recovered 140,573

  • CURRENT COSTA RICA COVID TOTALS

    Confirmed 183,242, Deaths 2,401, Recovered 140,573

CCSS conducts ‘mega transfer’ of COVID patients from full hospital

December 3, 2020

The Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS) on Wednesday conducted a large-scale transfer of coronavirus patients from a saturated Escalante Pradilla Hospital in Pérez Zeledón.

According to the CCSS, the hospital has up to 30 beds available for COVID-19 patients, but 41 patients required a spot by early Wednesday. As a result, 11 patients were transferred via flight or ambulance across the 150 km from Pérez Zeledón to San José-area hospitals.

Since Friday, “we began to see an irregular increase in hospitalizations from what we were used to,” said Carlos Argüello, acting hospital director.

More transfers of coronavirus patients may be necessary this week.

“We already have the full capacity again. We still have 30 [COVID-19] patients hospitalized at the moment,” Argüello said, per La Nación.

Escalante Pradilla Hospital receives people from southern Costa Rica, including Pérez Zeledón, Coto Brus, Corredores, Buenos Aires and Osa.

As of Wednesday, 572 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across Costa Rica; the country has registered 1,739 COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic began.

Costa Rica prepares for year-end hospitalizations

The CCSS says that delaying non-urgent consultations is one of the factors resulting in fewer overall appointments in 2020 compared to 2019.

However, the public-health body is anticipating an uptick in hospitalizations in December — due to both COVID-19 and other emergencies that become more common at the end of the year, including burns and traffic accidents.

“Medical management before the pandemic was in a process of standardization of emergency services and this effort was important so that in the face of the pandemic we had coordinated and organized emergency services,” said Mario Ruíz, CCSS medical manager.

Costa Rican authorities emphasized the need for a “Safe Christmas” and asked citizens to celebrate the holidays responsibly in midst of the pandemic — including avoiding interactions with people outside the social bubble.

You may be interested

Mexico to host rescheduled CONCACAF Olympic qualifying
Costa Rica
1189 views
Costa Rica
1189 views

Mexico to host rescheduled CONCACAF Olympic qualifying

AFP - January 15, 2021

Guadalajara will host the CONCACAF men's qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics March 18-30, football's governing body for North and…

Someone lucky from Costa Rica could win over $1.3 billion in USA lotteries this weekend
Sponsored content
2478 views
Sponsored content
2478 views

Someone lucky from Costa Rica could win over $1.3 billion in USA lotteries this weekend

The Lotter - January 14, 2021

Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot has soared to an estimated $750 million -- the second highest prize in the game's history.…

5 top reasons to consider Costa Rica real estate
Real Estate
2474 views
Real Estate
2474 views

5 top reasons to consider Costa Rica real estate

Gustavo Lopez / AMSI - January 14, 2021

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines experience as, among other definitions: 1:  The process of living through an event or events. …