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COVID-19 in Puerto Rico: five new deaths, 78 confirmed cases and 138 probable

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He Health Department reported today, Friday, four new deaths confirmed as a result of COVID-19 and a death considered “probable”.

The confirmed deaths correspond to two men aged 61 and 66 from the Fajardo region, a 71-year-old man from the metro region and a 78-year-old woman also from the metro region.

Meanwhile, the probable death corresponds to a 67-year-old man from the Mayagüez region.

“With these reported deaths, the total number of confirmed deaths adds up to 113 and the probable number is 106, so the total number of deaths is 219. It is important to remember that any death recorded after the report is issued will be reflected in subsequent reports,” He quotes a press release from the agency.

Also, The agency reported 78 new confirmed cases with a sample date of July 13-28 and 138 probable, whose samples comprise from July 15 to 28.

However, Health indicated that the total number of confirmed cases rose to 5,997 today after being adjusted by subtracting one case that had been reported as positive, but then the clinical laboratory amended it and reported that it was negative. The sample of said result dates from July 14.

Likewise, the total of probable cases was adjusted today to 10,784 after subtracting nine cases that had a positive molecular test and after adding three cases with a sample from July 6, 7 and 11, respectively.

From elsewhere, the number of hospitalized patients with virus symptoms stood at 488 today, which translates to 16 fewer patients than those reported yesterday. Of the 488 patients, 62 are confined to an Intensive Care Unit and 39 are connected to an artificial respirator.

According to the statistics compiled by the Health Department dashboard, the number of beds and artificial respirators available at the island level to serve patients is 3,308 and 796, respectively.

Health defined as probable death that death of a patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19 by means of a serological (non-diagnostic) test or whose doctor registered death by clinical criteria when evaluating symptoms. While confirmed deaths involve people who tested positive for a molecular (diagnostic) test.

Similarly, the term confirmed positive case refers to infections whose results were validated by means of a molecular test. Likewise, the probable case refers to that positive result for the disease that was obtained through serological testing.

Confirmed positive cases

The total of 5,997 confirmed positive cases correspond to 3,020 women and 2,977 men.

The group of patients between 20 and 29 years old dominates with the highest number of infections (1,091), followed by those from 30 to 39 years old (1,048) and those from 40 to 49 years old (1,032).

The metropolitan region registers the most confirmed positive cases with a total of 1,942, followed by the Bayamón region (1,140) and Mayagüez (763).

San Juan remains the municipality with the most confirmed infections with 1,007 cases, followed by Bayamón (421), Carolina (405) and Guaynabo (242). Health has not yet available the municipality of 225 confirmed cases.

Probable positive cases

The total of 10,784 probable positive cases is divided between 5,904 women women that correspond to women and 4,880 men.

In this category, the group of patients between 50 and 59 years of age registered the highest number of likely infected with 1,933, followed by the group of 40 to 49 years with 1,773 and that of 20 to 29 years with 1,679.

The metropolitan region dominates the statistics with 2,613 probable infected, followed by the Bayamón region (2,071) and the Caguas region (1,436).

San Juan is also the largest municipality with probable cases (1,284), followed by Bayamón (643) and Carolina (443). The agency does not have available the town of 129 probable cases.

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