The agency detailed that eight of the deaths occurred during the months of October and December 2020, while six were reported so far in 2021.
New deaths reported:
- 75-year-old woman from the Metro region
- 97-year-old woman from the Metro region
- 74-year-old woman from the Metro region
- 96-year-old woman from the Metro region
- 87-year-old man from the Metro region
- 88-year-old man from the Metro region
- 60-year-old man from the Metro region
- 63-year-old woman from the Metro region
- 35-year-old man from the Bayamón region
- 75-year-old woman from the Fajardo region
- 73-year-old woman from the Fajardo region
- 87-year-old man from the Fajardo region
- 91-year-old man from the Caguas region
- 66-year-old woman from the Caguas region
Meantime, Health registered 196 new confirmed positive cases, 152 probable positive cases and 182 suspected positive cases. Before that, the total of confirmed cases rose to 77,630, while probable cases total 5,489 and suspected cases 58,777.
All confirmed cases were adjusted after adding 154 cases prior to the date of December 25, 2020. Likewise, they adjusted all probable cases after subtracting 38 cases that had a positive molecular test and adding 25 cases prior to the date. December 25, 2020.
Salud also adjusted the total number of suspected cases after subtracting 62 cases that had a positive molecular test and then 10 cases that had a positive probable test. Likewise, they added 523 cases prior to the date of December 25, 2020.
On the other hand, the number of patients hospitalized for the virus was placed at 402, of which 65 are confined in an Intensive Care Unit and 71 are connected to an artificial respirator. Two minors are also intensive. To date, the country’s hospitals have 241 intensive care beds and 794 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.