Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE) raised the alert status from yellow to orange in the cantons of Talamanca and Matina in the province of Limón and the districts of Puntarenas, Barranca, El Roble and Chacarita in the central canton of the province of Puntarenas.
This is due to the increase that occurred in the canton of Talamanca, where it went from 38 cases -which were reported the week of August 31 to September 6- to 112 positive cases, which were reported from September 14 to 20. September.
As for Matina, it increased from 23 cases -reported from August 31 to September 6- to 81 cases, which occurred in the week of September 14 to 20. Due to the above, the alert change occurs in the cantons.
For their part, the cantons of Belén, Osa and Garabito lower their orange alert status to yellow alert after evaluations made by the situation room in which they determine a decrease in cases, as well as the cantonal risk index.
This was announced by the president of the CNE, Alexander Solís during the press conference, who pointed out that currently 20 cantons have an orange alert, 57 have a yellow alert throughout the country and 5 cantons share an orange alert and a yellow alert.
Early alerts for respiratory symptoms
Currently 60 districts of 34 cantons maintain the risk due to an increase in consultations for cough and fever, which increases the risk of facing an orange alert soon, since they are symptoms associated with COVID-19.
In this way, the cantons that are in an orange alert condition are:
|San José||San José, Aserrí, Santa Ana, Alajuelita, Coronado, Acosta, Tibás, Curridabat y Desamparados (salvo distritos de San Cristóbal y Frailes)|
|Alajuela||Zarcero, Río Cuarto, Alajuela (salvo distrito Sarapiquí), distrito Pital (San Carlos),|
|Heredia||Barva, Santo Domingo, San Rafael, San Isidro, Heredia (salvo distrito Varablanca).|
|Puntarenas||Montes de Oro y los distritos de Puntarenas, Chacarita, Barranca y el Roble del cantón de Puntarenas.|
|Limón||Limón, Siquirres, Talamanca y Matina.|