Over 350 unreported cases added to COVID-19 registry
Raises number of cases to 4,508 to date
SAN JUAN – The Secretary of the Department of Health, Lorenzo González Feliciano, said Thursday that the most recent report on COVID-19 added more than 350 positive cases of samples taken since March 31 but that had not been reported.
“The total of the serological test results recorded in the last report is 121; however, the total number of unique positive cases from serological tests was adjusted to reflect 355 additional results. Samples from these cases were taken from March 31 to May 16. These results were identified through the efforts of different entities, clinical laboratories and the Department of Health to ensure that all samples taken for COVID-19 are registered in the Bio Portal, regardless of the date…,” González Feliciano said in a statement.
The official indicated that in the past few hours, 130 unique positive case results were recorded between serological and molecular tests. With these additional results, the total results for serological tests total 3,186; meanwhile, the total number of unique positive cases is 4,508. Of this total of unique positive cases, 2,298 correspond to women and 2,210 to men.
He specified that when the report was released, nine positive cases were registered from molecular tests, thus the total of positive results reported from these tests is 1,322.
On the other hand, the official indicated that the Surveillance System had no new deaths registered when the report was issued. The Demographic Registry also did not report any new deaths from clinical criteria documented by a health professional in a death certificate, as per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
Without new fatalities, the total number of deaths recorded through the Surveillance System remains at 63 and those reported through the Demographic Registry add up to 77.
Summary of the Department of Health report:
- Unique positive cases added by molecular testing: 9
- Total unique positive cases from molecular tests: 1,322
- Unique positive cases added by serological tests: 121
- Total unique positive cases from serological tests: 3,186
- Total positive cases: 4,508
- Deaths added by Demographic Registry: 0
- Total deaths by Demographic Registry: 77
- Deaths added through the Surveillance System: 0
- Total deaths added by the Surveillance System: 63
- Total deaths reported: 140
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 hand sanitizer.