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The Trauma Hospital belongs to the Institute and was created to care for patients who are victims of traffic and work accidents.
/ A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo

Published Friday, July 17, 2020

Trauma Hospital authorized
to attend covid-19 patients

By the  A.M. Costa Rica staff

Social Security and the National Insurance Institute signed an agreement to sanction the Trauma Hospital to care for patients infected with covid-19.

The Trauma Hospital, located in San José Province, belongs to the Institute and was created to care for patients who are victims of traffic and work accidents.

According to Social Security, this hospital has 48 open beds available. The goal is to avoid saturation of health services at the Covid Hospital.

These beds will be used for the transfer and care of patients who are hospitalized in the Specialized Patient Care Center with Covid-19, known as the Covid Hospital.

Patients who show improvements and are not admitted into the Intensive Care Unit will be transferred. "This will allow us to increase the capacity of our specialized center," said Mario Ruiz-Cubillo, Manager of Social Security.

The Trauma Hospital will also provide food for patients, cleaning services, general medical sterilization services, nurses, and patient assistance.

The expansion of rooms for hospitals caring for patients infected with covid-19 is necessary due to the fast spread of the virus in the country. As of Thursday afternoon, the ministry provided the following statistics on the virus in the country:

560 new cases of patients infected with covid-19, bringing the total to 6,831 active cases.

• The ages of infected patients range from a three-month-old baby to a 99-year-old person.

2,796 foreigners have been infected of the 9,546 cases since March, approximately 29 % of the total cases.

• 207 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 172 patients are in recovery rooms and 35 are in Intensive Care Units, ICU, with delicate health conditions. Most of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 2,673 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 28% recovery rate.

• 44,350 people have been ruled out.

• 64,150 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

• 42 deaths of patients infected with covid-19 since March. Of these, 11 foreigners, one person whose nationality is not yet identified and 30 Costa Ricans. Of the total of deaths, 17 were women and 25 men.

Readers can reach the updated number of total patients in each district at the National Distance Education University on its  Covid-19 Map.

As of Thursday night, the pandemic has killed 588,294 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

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