By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

On Saturday, Costa Rica health officials reported a cumulative 435 COVID-19 cases in the country, including two deaths.

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There are 212 women and 223 men, of whom 404 are Costa Rican and 31 foreigners, ranging in ages from one to 87.

Positive cases are registered in 55 cantons of the seven provinces. In total there are 25 people hospitalized of which 13 of them are in intensive care with an age range of 24 to 85 years.

More than 300 companies and non-governmental organizations have joined the solidarity and not only have offered goods and services to support people affected by COVID-19, but also several chains of supermarkets, private associations, companies and even neighborhood groups organize campaigns and other forms of direct collaboration with those affected.

Given this broad support from society, the government facilitates the coordination of these initiatives through a humanitarian support table by the private sector, an initiative that integrates the Office of the First Lady, the Ministry of the Presidency, the MEIC and the Minister of Coordination and Liaison with the Private Sector and the National Commission for Risk Prevention and emergency care.

This was announced at a press conference by the president of the CNE, Alexander Solis, who also reported that a registration platform for coordinating offers for the emergency has been set up for donations. This platform is an auxiliary tool to the mail logisticacovid19@cne.go.cr .

Solis explains that it has established an expedited process that involves completing an online form from the website of the CNE www.cne.go.cr . The objective is that, in less than 24 hours, the company or organization interested in supporting will be contacted to finalize the details and proceed with the temporary authorization of the activity, in order not to delay the initiatives. In a period not exceeding 5 business days, the CNE will sign an agreement with the company or group offering.

The agreement will establish the specific terms and operational details of the campaign or donation and the control and accountability mechanisms.

All the campaigns carried out and the channeled aid must be registered and authorized by the CNE as part of the transparency and accountability mechanism. required by the National Emergency and Risk Prevention Law and is part of the Transparency network of the Ombudsman’s Office.

Campaigns and donations that are managed at the cantonal or regional level should be coordinated with the Regional and Municipal Emergency Committees (CME), which represent the organization for emergencies in the respective territories. For this, the CNE establishes the operational coordination mechanisms with the CMEs, through the logistics table of the Emergency Operations Center.