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Puerto Rico Health Department reports 5 deaths from COVID-19

By on November 5, 2020

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SAN JUAN — The Department of Health’s report Thursday included five deaths registered as caused by COVID-19, along with 292 confirmed cases and 117 additional probable cases of the disease.

The reported deaths were classified as confirmed and are broken down as follows:

  • 74-year-old woman from the Mayagüez region
  • 85-year-old woman from the Ponce region
  • 85-year-old woman from the Metro region
  • 75-year-old man from the Bayamón region
  • 84-year-old woman from the Bayamón region

With these additional deaths, the number confirmed fatalities rose to 653, while those registered as probably related totaled 202, for a combined 855 deaths.

Deaths registered after the report was issued will be reflected in subsequent reports, the department said, adding that 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 to the extent that the processes of registration and coding of the causes of death occur, which could take several days.”

The total confirmed cases of COVID-19 is 36,101, of which 19,456 are women and 16,645 are men. “The total was adjusted after adding two cases with a sampling date of October 14 and 15. The reported cases are those that have a positive PCR test, with a sample collection date from October 22 to November 2,” the department said.

As part of the report, 117 additional probable cases were registered, with a sampling date that ranges from October 22 to November 2, for a total 33,315 “after being adjusted, by subtracting 19 cases that later had a positive molecular test and were added to the cases registered as part of this report; in addition, four cases were added with a sample collection date from June 14 to October 21. Probable cases are divided into 18,611 women and 14,704 men,” the report reads.

“Over the past week, there has been an average of 776 cases per day, an increase of 64 percent from the average two weeks earlier,” according to the New York Times.

Summary of the Department of Health report:

Additional confirmed cases: 292

Total confirmed cases: 36,101

Additional probable cases: 117

Total probable cases: 33,315

Additional confirmed deaths: 5

Total confirmed deaths: 653

Additional probable deaths: 0

Total probable deaths: 202

Total reported deaths: 855

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