Health Department reports 19 deaths from COVID-19 in Puerto Rico
More than 57,000 cases confirmed
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SAN JUAN — Thursday’s Department of Health’s COVID-19 report registered 19 new deaths, 367 confirmed cases, 94 probable cases and 118 additional suspected cases.
Of the reported deaths, 17 were classified as confirmed as follows:
- 67-year-old man from the Ponce region
- 79-year-old man from the Metro region
- 78-year-old woman from the Metro region
- 85-year-old man from the Arecibo region
- 79-year-old man from the Caguas region
- 83-year-old man from the Bayamón region
- 85-year-old woman from the Bayamón region
- 81-year-old woman from the Bayamón region
- 54-year-old man from the Caguas region
- 70-year-old man from the Arecibo region
- 77-year-old man from the Metro region
- 56-year-old woman from the Arecibo region
- 93-year-old man from the Metro region
- 61-year-old woman from the Fajardo region
- 88-year-old woman from the Mayagüez region
- 85-year-old woman from the Arecibo region
- 88-year-old woman from the Arecibo region
In addition, two probable deaths of women ages 69 and 81, both from the Bayamón region.
Of these additional deaths, 996 are confirmed to be caused by the virus and 242 are probably related, for a total of 1,238 registered deaths to date. It is important to remember that any death recorded after the report is issued will be reflected in subsequent reports, the department 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 department reminds readers daily.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 57,096, of which 30,695 are women and 26,401 are men. The reported cases are those that have a positive PCR test, with a sample collection date from Nov. 24 to Dec. 8. The total was adjusted after adding 61 cases with a sampling date from Sept. 29 to Nov. 23.
The report includes the results of antigen tests, which the CDC lists as probable cases. The total of positive results via this type of testing is 2,362, which was adjusted after subtracting 21 cases that had a positive molecular test and were later added to the confirmed cases in this report. In addition, a case was added with a sample taken on Nov. 17. There were 94 additional probable cases reported, which include samples taken from Nov. 24 to Dec. 8. The distribution by gender is 1,337 women and 1,025 men.
As part of the report, 118 additional suspected cases were registered, with a sampling date ranging from Nov. 24 to Dec. 8. These cases have a positive serological test. In this category, the total is 44,667 after being adjusted, by subtracting 53 cases that had a positive molecular test and six cases that had a positive antigen test and were added to the confirmed and probable cases, respectively, registered as part of this report. On the other hand, 16 cases were added with a sample collection date from Nov. 13 to 23. Suspected cases are divided among 25,053 women and 19,614 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 sample made for COVID-19 is registered in the Bio Portal, regardless of the date taken.
Summary of the Department of Health report:
- Additional confirmed cases: 367
- Total confirmed cases: 57,096
- Additional probable cases: 94
- Total probable cases: 2,362
- Additional suspected cases: 118
- Total probable cases: 44,667
- Additional confirmed deaths: 17
- Total confirmed deaths: 996
- Additional probable deaths: 2
- Total probable deaths: 242
- Additional suspected deaths: 0
- Total suspicious deaths: 0
Total reported deaths: 1,238
For more information, visit the Health Department’s website at http://www.salud.gov.pr/Pages/coronavirus.aspx.