Number of COVID-19 Cases in Puerto Rico Rises to 51

Men Make Up Most Cases, More Than Half of Which are People Older than 40

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s acting Health Department secretary, Concepción Quiñones de Longo, announced Wednesday 12 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the island, raising the number of cases to 51.

The new figure corresponds to the results received Tuesday by the Health Department, which said 582 tests have been conducted so far in Puerto Rico, of which 8.8% have come back positive. However, the results for 36.8%, or 214, of them remains unknown.

Acting Health Secretary Concepción Quiñones de Longo

“The Veterans [Affairs] Hospital did not reflect positive cases in its most recent report. Among just over 50 positives reported today, there is one from a private laboratory that has already started testing in Puerto Rico and that will complement the work that has been done through the Department of Health to diagnose cases of COVID- 19,” the secretary said in a statement.

The department said the new confirmed cases comprise six females and five males. Three of the men are from the metropolitan area, ages 32, 56 and 80. Of the women, four are from the metro area and are 26, 48, 49 and 74 years old.

The Mayagüez region has three additional confirmed cases, two females who are, 48 ​​and 72 years old, respectively; and a 29-year-old man. Finally, in Caguas, a 31-year-old man was also infected. The demographic information from the positive result received by the private laboratory has not been revealed.

These data indicate that the highest incidence, 68%, of positive cases are men and 52% of those affected are older than 40 years of age.

“The integration of private laboratories into the government’s efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus is positive news for Puerto Rico. This integration gives citizens more access to testing, which helps the Task Force to identify people infected with COVID-19 with greater efficiency, agility and precision. Identifying people infected with coronavirus also allows us to collect important data with which our epidemiologists establish projections that are essential for virus control,” said Dr. Segundo Rodríguez Quilinchini, director of the administration’s COVID-19 Medical Task Force.