Covid-19-free patients in private hospitals in Costa Rica – Prensa Latina

Although the procedure was approved a few weeks ago, CCSS will not transfer its first non-Covid-19 patients from San Juan de Dios Hospital to private medical centers until this Wednesday to reduce pressure on public entities due to the pandemic.

CCSS Director General Roberto Cervantes described it as a great opportunity for his organization and the country to use the referral mechanism for patients who do not carry the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Cervantes noted the need to use private beds to care for low-complexity non-Covid-19 patients so that CCSS centers improve the occupancy and reception of people with this condition.

Official data reflect that there are 478 Covid-19 patients in intensive care units, when the maximum capacity for CCSS is 359 serving.

Similarly, due to hospital saturation, despite a slight decrease in the number of new positives, the National Emergency Committee (CNE) and the Emergency Operations Center decided to maintain the orange alert status for the entire country.

Both entities considered that the state risk index is still high, so there are no cantons lowering the alert status.

The President of the European National Council, Alexandre Solis, noted that progress in vaccination, containment measures, the articulation of institutions and the commitment of people when implementing health protocols allows this slowdown in cases.

Despite this, he emphasized the importance of maintaining care to avoid an outbreak and not to put more pressure on the hospital system.

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