A 34-year-old woman among the 18 recent fatalities of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico

He Health Department reported this Thursday 18 new deaths from COVID-19, including a 34-year-old woman from the Caguas region.

The reported deaths were recorded during the period from October 26, 2020 to January 5, 2021. Following this report, the total number of deaths on the island rose to 1,588 and is broken down into 1,319 confirmed and 269 probable deaths.

New deaths reported:

– 50-year-old man from the Metro region

– 63-year-old man from the Metro region

– 71-year-old man from the Metro region

– 78-year-old man from the Metro region

– 85-year-old man from the Metro region

– 88-year-old woman from the Metro region

– 74-year-old man from the Aguadilla region

– 74-year-old man from the Arecibo region

– 34-year-old woman from the Caguas region

– 70-year-old man from the Caguas region

– 71-year-old man from the Caguas region

– 76-year-old man from the Caguas region

– 82-year-old man from the Caguas region

– 80-year-old man from the Fajardo region

– 80-year-old woman from the Ponce region

– 89-year-old man from the Bayamón region

According to Health, the total of confirmed cases amounts to 74,967, while the probable cases are 4,931. The number of suspected cases amounts to 57,481. All new results are based on samples taken between December 22, 2020, and January 5, 2021.

The agency reported that the total confirmed cases was adjusted to add 19 cases prior to the date of December 22, 2020. In addition, 13 duplicate cases were subtracted.

On the other hand, the total of probable cases was adjusted by subtracting 25 that were positive in a molecular test.

Likewise, the row of suspected cases was adjusted to subtract 17 cases that had a positive molecular test and three (3) that had a positive antigen test. Likewise, a case from December 16, 2020 was added, two duplicates and one case with an incorrect date were subtracted.

Meantime, the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 dropped to 411, of which 69 are confined in an Intensive Care Unit and 73 are connected to a ventilator.

Today there are three pediatric patients who are intensively. One of them is connected to an artificial respirator.

To date, the country’s hospitals have 231 intensive care beds and 826 artificial respirators available for adults.

According to the agency, the term confirmed positive case refers to infections whose result was validated by a PCR (molecular) test. The probable case is one whose positive result for the disease was obtained by antigen testing. Meanwhile, suspected cases, also known as antibody results, are those that were positive in the serological test, and do not have a positive molecular or antigen test.

In addition, the agency explained a death confirmed by COVID-19 corresponds to the death of a person with one or more positive molecular tests. Probable death is the death of a patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19 through an antigen test or whose clinical picture meets the criteria to believe that he had COVID-19, but never had a molecular or antigen test to detect the virus. Meanwhile, suspicious death refers to the death of a person in which a specific antibody is detected in serum, plasma or through a serological test with their blood.

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