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COVID-19 deaths rise to 124

By on May 18, 2020

SAN JUAN – The Department of Health report added one death from COVID-19, as well as 64 more people who tested positive for the disease between serological and molecular tests, Health Secretary Lorenzo González Feliciano said Monday.

He explained that the Surveillance System, at the time of issuing the report, did not record deaths; thus the total number of deaths confirmed remained at 60.

“The Demographic Registry reported the death of a 36-year-old man from the Fajardo region. This death was certified by clinical criteria and documented by a medical professional in his death certificate. These cases are considered suspicious and are included in the report, as suggested by the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” the secretary said in a statement.

With this additional death, the total number reported through the Demographic Registry as probably caused by the novel coronavirus disease, total 64; while those registered as confirmed under the Surveillance System remain at 60, for a total of 124, the official said.

The molecular test results that came out positive rose to 1,195, after adding 48 cases. The results of serological tests increased to 1,515, after registering 16 new unique cases. With these additional results, the total number of unique positive cases is 2,710.

Of this total of unique positive cases, 1,348 correspond to women and 1,362 to men.

Summary of the Department of Health report:

  • Unique positive cases added from molecular testing: 48
  • Total unique cases positive from molecular tests: 1,195
  • Unique positive cases added from serological tests: 16
  • Total number of unique positive cases from serological tests: 1,515
  • Deaths added by Demographic Registry: 1
  • Total deaths added by Demographic Registry: 64
  • Deaths added through the Surveillance System: 0
  • Total deaths added by the Surveillance System: 60

Compliance with the precautionary and protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus on the island is stressed. This includes, but is not limited to, social distancing, compulsory use of face masks, and frequent handwashing or use of a hand sanitizer.

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May 18, 2020- COVID-19 Report of May 17, 2020

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