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Responding to the "COVID-19" Pandemic as a Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Center

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RESPONDING TO THE “COVID-19” PANDEMIC AS A DRUG & ALCOHOL REHABILITATION CENTER

Costa Rica Treatment Center strives to offer our clients a haven for recovery and well-being. With this in mind, we have taken significant steps to continue serving our current clients, their families and communities affected by addiction while simultaneously responding to the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 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.

Rest assured, we are currently monitoring, planning, and having ongoing discussions and making important decisions as the pandemic ensues—our efforts are being led by our clinical team including the Executive Director, Clinical Director and Medical Director.

What does the pandemic response include

  • Our nursing team has been tasked with checking all patients, staff, and volunteers for fever regularly – the most common symptom of COVID-19
  • Our team has eliminated international travel and any potential exposure to known cases of COVID-19
  • CRTC leadership has implemented the highest level of infection prevention and control, sanitation and hygiene. We recently fumigated all our centers to ensure all infection possibility within our facilities are reduced.
  • Our onsite supervising team has been prepped to respond quickly to any emerging situation.
  • We have eliminated all on-site public events, and off-site patient activities through the end of April, as advised by Costa Rican Health Authorities, to reduce unnecessary risk exposure. We may extend the period depending on the evolution of the spread in Costa Rica and per the recommendations of the Ministry of Health.
  • Our medical team is monitoring information and implementing the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, the World Health Organization, and Ministry of Health of Costa Rica.
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If you are already in Costa Rica you may enter our program after being thoroughly evaluated by our medical staff. Currently, public health officials have specifically told people in Costa Rica to stay home wherever possible. If you are interested in our program and are traveling from abroad to Costa Rica,  CRTC will be able to admit you following the 14 day quarantine period. As of April 12th, 2020 Costa Rica will allow foreigners to reenter the country provided they do not show evidence of COVID-19 symptoms at which point we intend to continue serving the community of those desperately wanting to engage in our program.

 

*** NEW UPDATE*** MAY 7th, 2020

The Minister of Public Security, Michael Soto, announced on Thursday, May 7th, 2020 that the Government of Costa Rica will extend until June 15th, 2020 the decision to close the maritime, air and land borders as a measure against the spread of the disease COVID-19.

All immigration measures currently implemented will be extended: residents or nationals who enter the country will receive a mandatory 14-day sanitary order of home isolation. Non-resident foreigners cannot enter the country, except for authorized humanitarian reasons on a case-by-case basis after analysis by the authorities.

For more information, you may contact us at 1-800-708-3656.  

 

***NEW UPDATE*** AUGUST 2020

As of August 1, international passenger flights are authorized to arrive at Costa Rica’s three international airports: Juan Santamaría International Airport; Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport; and Tobías Bolaños Airport.

The following are the authorized regions or countries:

  • THE EUROPEAN UNION, SCHENGEN ZONE, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM: for flights from the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom, for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom.
  • CANADA: for flights from Canada, for citizens and residents of Canada, and for residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom.

Although the authorization includes the aforementioned regions and countries, in practice, it remains precisely as notified. In other words, the reopening shall start with travelers embarking in Frankfurt, Germany and Madrid, Spain. These flights shall be the first to be received at Juan Santamaría International Airport, after compliance with the requirements that have already been described in the press conference. Canada will follow, once airlines resume flights to Costa Rica.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Having taken the PCR diagnostic test and obtained a negative result within 48 hours of travel to Costa Rica.
  • Have mandatory travel insurance, covering lodging in the event of being quarantined and medical expenses due to acute illness.
  • Fill out the epidemiological digital form.
  • Passengers who do not comply with these requirements will not be allowed to board the flight.

Upon landing in Costa Rican territory, travelers must wear face protection and comply with the strict protocols of the air terminal with regard to physical distancing, disinfection of carpets, and taking temperature readings, and must follow any other sanitary instructions.

 

***LATEST NEWS UPDATE*** SEPTEMBER 2020

COSTA RICA OPENS BORDERS TO U.S. TRAVELERS – LATEST NEWS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. TOURISTS TO ENTER COSTA RICA – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

***LATEST NEWS UPDATE*** OCTOBER 2020

STARTING THE 1ST OF NOVEMBER COSTA RICA WILL ALLOW TRAVELERS FROM ALL 50 U.S. STATES, AND ALL OF CANADA, TO TO ENTER THE COUNTRY WITHOUT QUARANTINE AND COVID TEST – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Resources

Tips and resources to help you stay connected and safeguard your recovery during the pandemic

COVID-19: potential implications for people with substance use disorders

A short assessment to help determine if you should be tested for coronavirus

Primary symptoms of COVID-19

Fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing—like other respiratory illnesses and the flu

Prevention

Regularly wash hands for 30 seconds.

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

Avoid handshakes, handholding, hugs and other touching.

If you are sick, stay home and contact your health care provider.

NOTE: The CDC is recommending use of N95 masks only for those people who are infected.

Please check back. We will post further updates as needed.