Medical personnel take a sample to perform a serological test for COVID-19 in San Juan. (Ramón “Tonito” Zayas)
A 59-year-old woman from the Caguas region is the 696th fatality of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico, the Department of Health reported Tuesday.
According to the agency, the death that occurred on October 2 was listed as confirmed. Given this, the confirmed deaths total 519 and the probable 177 since the beginning of the public health emergency.
“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 occur, which could take several days, ” Salud said in a press release.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 25,635 with an additional 236, while the probable cases amounted to 26,102 with 234 more infections in this category. The total number of confirmed cases was adjusted after adding two cases with a sampling date of September 1 and 22. Likewise, the total of probable cases by subtracting 41 cases that had a positive molecular test and adding one case with a sampling date of September 5 .
“The adjustments in totals are made as part of an effort by the Department of Health, entities and clinical laboratories, to ensure that any sample made for COVID-19 is registered in the Bio Portal , regardless of the date it was taken” , assures Salud.
Meanwhile, the number of patients hospitalized for the virus stood at 322, of which 60 are confined in an Intensive Care Unit and 32 are connected to an artificial respirator . A minor also remains in intensive care and connected to an artificial respirator. To date, the country's hospitals have 206 intensive care beds and 819 artificial respirators available for adults.
Health defined probable death as the death of a patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19 through a serological test (non-diagnostic) or whose death was recorded by his doctor using clinical criteria when evaluating symptoms. Whereas confirmed deaths involve people who have tested positive for a molecular (diagnostic) test.
Similarly, the term confirmed positive case refers to infections whose result was validated by a molecular test. Likewise, the probable case refers to that positive result for the disease that was obtained through a serological test.
Confirmed positive cases
The total of 25,635 confirmed positive cases corresponds to 13,771 women and 11,864 to men.
The group of patients between 20 and 29 years old dominates with the highest number of infections (4,486), followed by those between 40 and 49 years old (4,403) and those between 30 and 39 years old (4,295).
The metropolitan region is the one with the most confirmed positive cases with a total of 9,137, followed by the Bayamón region (5,862) and Caguas (3,290). However, it has 288 confirmed cases for which it has not been able to identify the region.
San Juan remains the municipality with the most confirmed infections with 5,001 cases, followed by Bayamón (2,205), Carolina (1,885) and Guaynabo (1,018). Health still does not have available the municipality of 338 confirmed cases.
Probable positive cases
The total of 26,102 probable positive cases is divided by 14,573 corresponding to women and 11,529 to men.
In this category, the group of patients between 20 and 29 years old also registers the highest number of probable infected with 4,302, followed by the group of 40 to 49 years with 4,239 and that of 50 to 59 years with 4,168.
The metropolitan region dominates the statistics with 6,499 probable infected, followed by the Bayamón region (5,857) and the Caguas region (3,226). However, he has 253 probable cases for which he has not been able to identify the region.
San Juan is also the largest municipality with probable cases (3,357), followed by Bayamón (1,847) and Carolina (1,236). The agency does not have available the town of 297 probable cases.