COVID-19 in Puerto Rico: 12 new deaths and 303 confirmed cases

Puerto Rico woke up this Monday with 12 new deaths due to COVID-19 which brought the total number of deaths from the virus to 1,642, while another 303 confirmed positive cases, 92 probable positive cases and 219 suspected positive cases were reported.

According to Health Department, the deaths reported today occurred between December 26, 2020 and January 8, 2021.

New deaths reported:

  • 56-year-old man from the Metro region
  • 79-year-old man from the Metro region
  • 69-year-old man from the Metro region
  • 85-year-old woman from the Bayamón region
  • 55-year-old woman from the Bayamón region
  • 89-year-old woman from the Bayamón region
  • 82-year-old woman from the Ponce region
  • 64-year-old man from the Arecibo region
  • 86-year-old man from the Arecibo region
  • 74-year-old woman from the Arecibo region
  • 89-year-old woman from the Caguas region
  • 56-year-old man from the Caguas region

“The number of additional deaths should not be interpreted as having occurred in the last 24 hours. Similarly, it is important to point out that the total number of deaths may vary as the processes of registration and codification of the causes of death take place, which may take several days ”, says the Health report.

With the new infections, the total number of confirmed cases amounts to 77,927, while the probable cases total 5,541 and the suspects are 58,872. The agency explained that the total number of confirmed cases was adjusted after adding six cases prior to the date of December 26, 2020 and subtracting 12 duplicate cases.

Likewise, they adjusted the total number of probable cases after 40 cases that had a positive molecular test were left. The total of suspected cases was also adjusted by subtracting 21 cases that had a positive molecular test and one case that had a probable test. Likewise, they added six cases prior to the date of December 25, 2020 and eight duplicate cases were subtracted in this category.

Meantime, the number of patients hospitalized for the virus fell to 392, of which 69 are confined in an Intensive Care Unit and 73 are connected to an artificial respirator. A minor is also in intensive care. To date, the country’s hospitals have 236 intensive care beds and 800 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 have a positive 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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