The cantons that go from orange alert to yellow alert are La Unión, Heredia, Santa Bárbara, San Pablo and La Cruz de Guanacaste.
These alert changes were announced at a press conference by the president of the CNE, Alexander Solís, who also emphasized that after 16 weeks, the canton of Heredia manages to lower its alert thanks to a decrease in cases. In total, 20 cantons remain on an orange alert, while 62 of them have a yellow alert.
In the same way, he recalled the importance of not letting our guard down in these last months of the year and being respectful of the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.
“We have been perceiving a positive change in the territories, where communities and Local Governments are working on a controlled opening and prevention campaigns to safeguard life, reduce infections and at the same time, seek solutions that protect the most vulnerable” Solís commented.
Five cantons go up to Orange Alert
For this week, the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE) raised five cantons from yellow alert to orange alert. These are Goicochea, Naranjo, Flores, Liberia and Santa Cruz, this canton being the one that presented the most evolution of new cases in recent days due to a cluster of more than 120 people in a construction project.
This decision was made when assessing the increase in the Cantonal Risk Index (CRI) and the activity of the previous two weeks. Goicochea closed the epidemiological week (# 43) with 240 new cases, and Flores with 51 cases, maintaining the trend.
The canton of Naranjo, increased by 20 new cases due to COVID-19, reaching 92 in total for week # 43.
The most significant changes are occurring in Guanacaste. Liberia registered 137 cases, which represents an increase of 26% over previous weeks.
The canton of Santa Cruz registers the highest growth in COVID-19 cases, going from 54 and 69 cases in the previous two weeks, to 237 new cases in the last week, which is equivalent to an increase of 243%.