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Department of Health reports 13 deaths from COVID-19 in Puerto Rico

By on December 9, 2020


As well as 423 confirmed, 229 probable and 335 additional suspected cases

SAN JUAN — Wednesday’s Department of Health report registered 13 deaths from COVID-19, as well as 423 confirmed cases, 229 probable cases and 335 additional suspected cases were registered.

Of the reported deaths, 10 were classified as confirmed and are broken down below:

  • 86-year-old woman from the Ponce region
  • 72-year-old man from the Aguadilla region
  • 84-year-old woman from the Aguadilla region
  • 77-year-old woman from the Mayagüez region
  • 81-year-old man from the Mayagüez region
  • 52-year-old man from the Metro region
  • 68-year-old woman from the Metro region
  • 52-year-old man from the Bayamón region
  • 57-year-old man from the Metro region
  • 85-year-old woman from the Mayagüez region

In addition, three probable deaths were recorded:

  • 69-year-old man from the Metro region
  • 54-year-old man from the Metro region
  • 75-year-old man from the Ponce region

With these additional deaths, the confirmed deaths add up to 979, the probable ones 240, for a total 1,219 deaths. Totals of suspected and probable deaths were adjusted after reclassifying a suspected death as a probable death when COVID-19 was documented on the death certificate with a positive serological test. This occurs as part of the information validation protocols established by the Department of Health.

It is important to remember that any death recorded after the report is issued will be reflected in subsequent reports, the agency said.

The change in the number of deaths should not be interpreted as having occurred in the last 24 hours. Likewise, it is important to point out that the death report may vary depending on the pace that the registration and codification processes of the causes take place, which could take several days.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 56,674, of which 30,477 are women and 26,197 are men. The reported cases are those that have a positive PCR test, with a sample collection date from Nov. 23 to Dec. 7. The total was adjusted after adding nine cases with a sampling date from Oct. 30 to Nov. 22.

The report includes the results of antigen tests, which the CDC lists as probable cases. The total of positive results in these tests was 2,288, adjusted after subtracting 15 cases that had a positive molecular test and were later added to the confirmed cases in this report. The number of additional probable cases reported is 229, which include samples taken from Nov. 23 to Dec. 7. The gender distribution is 1,288 women and 1,000 men.

In the report, 335 additional suspected cases were registered, with a sampling date ranging from Nov. 23 to Dec. 7. These cases, by definition, are those that have a positive serological test. In this group, the total is 44,595, after being adjusted by subtracting 43 cases that had a positive molecular test and four cases that had a positive antigen test and were added to the confirmed and probable cases, respectively. Meanwhile, a case was added with a sampling date of Nov. 13. The suspected cases are divided into 25,019 women and 19,576 men.

The adjustments in totals are made as part of an effort by the Department of Health, entities and clinical laboratories, to ensure that any testing for COVID-19 is registered in the Bio Portal, regardless of the date taken.

Summary of the Department of Health report:

  • Additional confirmed cases: 423
  • Total confirmed cases: 56,674
  • Additional probable cases: 229
  • Total probable cases: 2,288
  • Additional suspected cases: 335
  • Total probable cases: 44,595
  • Additional confirmed deaths: 10
  • Total confirmed deaths: 979
  • Additional probable deaths: 3
  • Total probable deaths: 240
  • Additional Suspected Deaths: 0
  • Total suspected deaths: 0

Total reported deaths: 1,219

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