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COVID-19 claims 7 more lives in Puerto Rico

By on August 21, 2020

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Health Dept. registers additional 737 cases

SAN JUAN – The Department of Health reported Friday seven more deaths due to COVID-19, and and additional 419 confirmed and 318 probable cases.

Of the reported deaths, four were confirmed by diagnostic testing to have been as a result from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and were listed as follows:

  • 65-year-old man from the Metro region
  • 93-year-old woman from the Metro region
  • 74-year-old man from the Arecibo region
  • 71-year-old man from the Arecibo region

The other three deaths were registered as probable:

  • 72-year-old woman from the Bayamón region
  • 72-year-old man from the Aguadilla region
  • 83-year-old woman from the Aguadilla region

With the new fatalities, the number of confirmed deaths to date is 240. Adding the 134 probable deaths so far, results in a total 374 deaths from the disease to date.

“The change in the number of deaths should not be interpreted as having occurred in the last 24 hours. In the same way, it is important to point out that the death report may vary, to the extent that the processes of registration and coding of the causes of death take place, which could take several days,” the Health Department reminds in its daily media release.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 13,014.

“The total was adjusted after adding 19 cases with a sampling date from April 1 to August 3. Of that total, 6,813 are women and 6,201 are men. The reported cases are those that have a positive PCR test, with a sample collection date of August 7 to 18.

“As part of the report, 318 additional probable cases were registered, with a sampling date that ranges from August 6 to 18. In this line, the total is 15,832, after being adjusted, by subtracting 67 cases that later had a positive molecular test and were added to the cases registered as part of this report. On the other hand, a duplicate case was subtracted and 15 cases were added with sampling dates from June 8 to August 3. Probable cases are divided into 8,707 women and 7,125 men,” the department explained.

Summary of the Department of Health report:

Additional confirmed cases: 419
Total confirmed cases: 13,014

Additional probable cases: 318
Total probable cases: 15,832

Additional confirmed deaths: 4
Total confirmed deaths: 240

Additional probable deaths: 3
Total probable deaths: 134

Total reported deaths: 374

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