Information on the Gradual Reopening of Air Travel to Costa Rica and COVID-19 Related Restrictions

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Monday, October 19

Starting November 1st, all US states are open for travel to Costa Rica.

Costa Rica announced 36 new coronavirus-related deaths since Friday for a total of 1,204, according to official data released Monday afternoon by the Health Ministry.

Five-hundred and fifty-one people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19; 214 are in intensive care.

The Health Ministry confirmed 929 new cases on Sunday and 632 on Monday for a cumulative total of 97,075.

A total of 59,580 people have been cleared as recovered; however, this figure does not include about a month’s worth of patients, according to health authorities.

The data indicate Costa Rica has 23.6 COVID-19-related deaths per 100,000 people. The country is averaging 15.7 deaths each day since September 1 (768 total).

Protocols will allow for recreational sports.

Costa Rica has approved protocols for a variety of recreational sports, including swimming, youth soccer, tennis and others.

As of November 1th, synthetic fields will be allowed to host recreational games of soccer, a non-contact approximation of soccer, announced Hernán Solano, Sports Minister.

Costa Rica’s outbreak in context

Costa Rica has the 18th-most new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, according to data compiled by The New York Times.

About 1.2% of people who tested positive for the coronavirus in Costa Rica have died. The deaths comprise 402 adults, 800 elderly adults, and two children.

The average age of Costa Rica’s coronavirus-related deaths is 70 years.

An analysis of 212 COVID-19-related deaths in Costa Rica, released last week, confirmed 90% of them were caused by the virus or an associated complication, while 9% had died of unrelated causes. This case-by-case analysis is ongoing.

Costa Rica has 359 intensive-care beds and 986 beds for less-complex coronavirus hospitalizations. This means 60% of Costa Rica’s ICU beds are currently occupied.