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Puerto Rico Health Dept. reports one more COVID-19 death

By on May 12, 2020

To date, 2,299 people have tested positive for the disease

SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Department of Health (DS) report reflects a confirmed death by COVID-19 on the island and reported 43 additional unique positive cases, including serological and molecular tests, Secretary Lorenzo González Feliciano said.

He explained that the unique positive cases, reported through molecular tests rose to 1,062, after the eight new cases. On the other hand, the results of serological tests increased to 1,237, after registering 35 new cases.

“With these 43 additional reported results, the total number of unique positive cases is 2,299,” the secretary said in a statement.

From this total of unique positive cases, it is reported that 1,157 correspond to women and 1,142 to men.

The official specified that the Surveillance System reported the death of an 80-year-old woman from the Mayagüez region. Said case is considered a death confirmed by COVID-19.

González Feliciano said that the Demographic Registry did not report cases of people whose clinical pictures, at the time of their respective deaths, were compatible with COVID-19, thus being classified by a doctor in their death certificates as the cause, according to criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“With the added fatalities, the total number of confirmed deaths, reported through the Surveillance System, amounts to 58; while, those reported as probable, through the Demographic Registry, amount to 56, for a total of 114,” he added.

For prevention, compliance with the precautionary and protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus on the island is reiterated. This includes, but is not limited to, social distancing, compulsory use of face masks and frequent handwashing or use of a hand sanitizer.

For more information, visit https://statuscovid19.pr.gov or the website of the Department of Health, www.salud.pr.gov/coronavirus.

May 12, 2020- COVID-19 Report of May 11, 2020

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