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Published on Thursday,  November 18, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Social Security is implementing a plan to increase regular medical care due to the decrease in covid-19 patients.

According to the authorities, the reactivation of medical services, as they were before the pandemic, will be a gradual process. During this reopening period, the provision of home or virtual medical services will continue, as has been done during the pandemic.

The decrease in the use of beds in recovery rooms and beds in intensive care units,  ICUs, is due to the increase in the population already vaccinated.

According to Social Security statistics, as of Tuesday, Nov. 16, there have been 440 covid patients hospitalized. Of these 148 were in ICUs. This is equivalent to a 20% reduction in hospitalization for this disease.

Given the decrease in covid cases, a phase of the gradual reestablishment of medical services in all hospitals and public clinics in the country will be implemented.

In addition, it is established that the Specialized Center for the Care of Covid Patients, known as Covid Hospital, is back to attend patients with other diseases and not exclusively for covid patients.

However, the authorities will continue to monitor covid in the country. In the case of future increase in cases, the strategy of giving priority to the care of covid patients would be implemented again.

People who have pending medical procedures in Social Security clinics or hospitals should review which medical services are reopened in their communities.

On Wednesday, there were 7,241 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.3% death rate, according to the Health Ministry statistics.

What medical services were suspended in your community due to the pandemic? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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