Health reports five new deaths and 957 cases confirmed by COVID-19

After surpassing 1,000 deaths yesterday by COVID-19, Puerto Rico woke up this Sunday with five new deaths that brought the total number of victims of the virus to 1,017, reported the Health Department.

The agency specified that of all the deaths registered between August 23 and November 20, four were classified as confirmed and one as probable. Given this, the number of confirmed deaths adds up to 798 and the probable ones are 219.

New confirmed deaths:

  • 90-year-old man from the Metro region
  • 65-year-old woman from the Metro region
  • 85-year-old woman from the Caguas region
  • 53-year-old woman from the Arecibo region

New probable death:

  • 68-year-old man from the Bayamón region
COVID-19 deaths reported on November 22.

“It is important to remember that any death recorded after the report is issued will be reflected in subsequent reports. The change in the number of deaths should not be interpreted as having occurred in the last 24 hours. In the same way, it is important to point out that the death report may vary, to the extent that the processes of registration and codification of the causes of death take place, which could take several days, ”Salud assured in a press release.

However, The agency reported that confirmed positive cases rose to 46,235 with an additional 957, while probable cases are now 1,224 with 101 more infected in this category. Also, suspected cases increased to 38,689 with an additional 886.

Salud adjusted the total of positive cases after adding 11 cases that it had not reported with a date of taking from October 26 to November 5. All probable cases were also adjusted after subtracting 43 cases that subsequently had a positive molecular test. The same happened with the suspected cases, a line in which 72 cases that had a positive molecular test were subtracted and two cases with a sample collection date of October 1 and October 22, respectively, were added.

On the other hand, the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 was placed at 606, of which 87 are confined in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 96 remain on a ventilator. A minor is also being held in intensive care. To date, the island’s hospitals have 193 intensive care beds and 701 artificial respirators available for adults.

According to Health, 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.

Confirmed positive cases (molecular test)

The total of 46,235 confirmed positive cases corresponds to 24,927 women and 21,308 men. The group of patients between 20 and 29 years old dominates with the highest number of infections (8,169), followed by those between 30 and 39 years (7,795) and those between 40 and 49 years (7,775).

The metropolitan region is the one with the most confirmed positive cases with a total of 15,152, followed by the Bayamón region (10,246) and Caguas (6,213). However, the agency has 285 confirmed cases for which it has not been able to identify the region.

San Juan remains the municipality with the most confirmed infections with 7,985 cases, followed by Bayamón (3,711), Carolina (3,326) and Caguas (1,859). Health still does not have available the municipality of 1,114 confirmed cases.

Probable positive cases (antigen test)

The total of 1,224 positive cases in antigen test is divided by 647 corresponding to women and 577 to men. In this category, the group of patients between 20 and 29 years old registers the highest number of probable infected with 200, followed by the group between 40 and 49 years old with 200 and the group between 50 and 59 years old with 193.

The Metro region dominates the statistics with 273 probable infected, followed by the Caguas region (250) and the Bayamón region (203). However, Salud has 48 probable cases for which it has not been able to identify the region.

At the municipal level, San Juan has the highest number of probable cases with 111, followed by Caguas (76) and Bayamón (70). The agency does not have the town of 46 probable cases available.

Suspicious positive cases (serological test)

The total of 38,689 probable positive cases is divided by 21,653 corresponding to women and 17,036 to men. In this category, the group of patients between 20 and 29 years old also registers the highest number of probable infected with 6,526, followed by the group between 40 and 49 years old with 6,168 and the group between 50 and 59 years old with 6,019.

The metropolitan region dominates the statistics with 9,377 suspected infected, followed by the Bayamón region (8,477) and Caguas (4,812). However, it has 1,237 suspected cases for which it has not been able to identify the region.

San Juan is also the largest municipality with suspected cases (4,782), followed by Bayamón (2,647) and Carolina (1,920). The agency does not have available the town of 821 suspected cases.

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