Puerto Rico dawns without deaths associated with COVID-19 for the third consecutive day and with 365 new confirmed cases

Puerto Rico woke up this Tuesday with no recent deaths associated with COVID-19 for the third day in a row, reported the Health Department.

Given this, the total number of deaths due to the virus remains at 1,703, of which 1,420 are confirmed deaths and 283 are probable.

Salud did add 365 new confirmed positive cases, 62 probable positive cases and 445 suspected positive cases with samples taken between January 3 and 17. With these new infections, the total number of confirmed cases amounted to 82,259, while the probable number is 6,114. Suspected cases total 63,063.

“The number of additional confirmed cases since the last report does not imply that these cases correspond to the last 24 hours”, the agency stressed in its daily report on the progress of the disease.

The total confirmed cases was adjusted after adding 39 infections prior to January 3. Likewise, Health adjusted the totality of probable cases by subtracting 36 cases that had a positive molecular test and four cases prior to January 3. The total suspected cases was also adjusted after there were 60 cases that subsequently had a positive molecular test, and one case that had a positive antigen test. Equally, they added 300 suspected cases prior to January 3 that had not been reported.

Meantime, the number of patients hospitalized for the virus was placed at 351, of which 46 are confined in an Intensive Care Unit and 49 remain connected to an artificial respirator.

To date, the country’s hospitals have 229 intensive care beds and 854 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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