The coronavirus pandemic has changed the lives of people and businesses across the world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for individuals and businesses worldwide, and Costa Rica Treatment Center (CRTC), an alcohol and drug rehab facility located in the upscale San José neighborhood of Rohrmoser in San José, is no exception. Since the Costa Rican government issued its first coronavirus guidelines in mid-March, CRTC has taken several steps to ensure the safety of its clients while maintaining its high level of care. The facility has remained committed to supporting the efforts of Costa Rican public health leaders in containing the pandemic while also addressing the urgent needs of those affected by addiction and mental health issues. In a statement, the CRTC team emphasized their commitment to providing the best care possible under these challenging circumstances.

“We are committed to helping Costa Rican public health leaders contain this pandemic while not slowing down our daily efforts in order to meet the urgent needs of those affected by the addiction and mental health crisis,” the CRTC team said in a statement.

Efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus

As part of its efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Costa Rican government had banned the entry of all tourists until at least June 30, 2020. However, anyone already in Costa Rica was permitted to stay. Costa Rica Treatment Center welcomed clients for its affordable rehab programs during 2020, including foreigners who were already in the country on a tourist visa, with a strong protocol in place due to the pandemic.

To ensure the safety of its clients and staff, Costa Rica Treatment Center implemented strict protocols in response to the pandemic. These include daily temperature checks for all clients and staff, regular sanitization of common areas and surfaces, and mandatory mask-wearing. The facility also reduced the number of clients it admits at any one time to allow for proper social distancing. To maintain social distancing, the center rearranged its dining room, group therapy areas, and recreation areas to ensure clients are at least six feet apart. Additionally, clients who had traveled recently were required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period before being admitted to the facility.

“We intend to continue serving the community of those desperately wanting to engage in our program,” the treatment team said.”

New Protocol implementation during the pandemic

During the pandemic, Costa Rica Treatment Center has adopted protocols to help minimize the risk of coronavirus spread. The medical team was trained on COVID-19 symptoms and regularly checked patients, staff, and volunteers for fever. The staff also limited contact with others to reduce the risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

CRTC also adopted rigorous disinfection standards and continues to follow all recommendations issued by Costa Rica’s Health Ministry, which has been among the most successful in the world at controlling the spread of the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Costa Rica has maintained a favorable situation but we need for everyone to keep doing their part,” said Health Minister Daniel Salas.

Costa Rica Treatment Center continues to attend to its current and prospective clients and is helping them achieve recovery in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Treatment Center Today

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Costa Rica Treatment Center has remained committed to providing high-quality care for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Through the adoption of rigorous protocols and adherence to guidelines issued by the Costa Rican Health Ministry, the center was successful in minimizing the risk of coronavirus transmission while continuing to serve its clients.

Today, as the pandemic has ended and life has slowly returned to the new normal, Costa Rica Treatment Center remains dedicated to supporting and providing vital care to those in need.

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