The Ministry of Health works with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund to expand the coverage of COVID-19 diagnostic tests. In this line, the tests were enabled and officialized in the Hospitals Mexico, San Juan and Nacional de Niños, which are added to the exams that Incense will continue to perform.
“In line with the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the most important thing is to do tests, tests and more tests. For this reason, it is vital to take advantage of the structure that our health system has to move towards the empowerment of the COVID-19 diagnostic test at the national level, ”emphasized the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas.
The network of laboratories of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, with national scope, allows for a faster response, in approximately 12 hours.
Incense currently satisfies the diagnostic capacity that the country requires, however, working with the CCSS will allow expanding and speeding up these diagnoses.
As of today, March 18, 69 cases confirmed by COVID-19 are counted, with an age range of 8 to 87 years. There are 30 women and 39 men, of whom 63 are Costa Rican and 6 are foreigners.
Positive cases are registered in 25 cantons of five provinces: San José, Heredia, Guanacaste, Alajuela and Cartago. Puntarenas and Limón continue without cases. By age we have: 57 adults, 7 older adults and 5 minors. At this time 855 people have been discarded.
Seven people are hospitalized, three of them in intensive care.
There are five contagion conglomerates, one in Alajuela that is responsible for 25 of the transmissions, another in Escazú that has nine related infections, another focus in Pérez Zeledón with three cases, one in Desamparados with six cases and foreigners in Escazú who were the first diagnosed. The rest are isolated cases. There are still six cases where its epidemiological link is being investigated.