Medical personnel take a sample to perform a serological test for COVID-19 in San Juan. (Ramón “Tonito” Zayas)
The Health Department reported today, Friday, eight new deaths from COVID-19 , all confirmed, which brought the total deaths to 673 .
Following this new report, the breakdown of deaths is 500 confirmed and 173 probable. “It is important to remember that any death registered after the report is issued will be reflected in subsequent reports,” reads a statement from the agency.
“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 are carried out, which could take several days ”, adds the document.
New confirmed deaths:
- 81-year-old woman from the Bayamón region
- 59-year-old man from the Metro region
- 86-year-old woman from the Metro region
- 71-year-old man from the Bayamón region
- 70-year-old man from the Bayamón region
- 61-year-old man from the Arecibo region
- 78-year-old man from the Bayamón region
- 85-year-old woman from the Bayamón region
In addition, the agency reported 327 new confirmed cases and 340 probable, both with results whose samples were taken between September 16 and 29.
Totals for confirmed and probable cases rose to 24,505 and 25,242, respectively.
However, the total confirmed cases was adjusted after subtracting a duplicate case and adding three cases that had not been reported and whose samples were taken on September 3, 9 and 14. Meanwhile, the total of probable cases was also adjusted by subtracting 49 cases that had a positive molecular test, in addition one case was subtracted and 61 cases that had not been reported and whose samples were taken between August 7 to August 15 were added. September.
“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” , justified Health.
On the other hand, the number of patients hospitalized for the virus rose to 339, about 23 patients less than yesterday. Of the 339 hospitalized, 58 remain confined in an Intensive Care Unit and 37 are connected to an artificial respirator. In addition, a minor remains in intensive care and connected to an artificial respirator. To date, hospitals have 194 intensive care beds and 812 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 24,505 confirmed positive cases corresponds to 13,157 women and 11,348 men.
The group of patients between 20 and 29 years old dominates with the highest number of infections (4,279), followed by those between 40 and 49 years old (4,211) and those between 30 and 39 years old (4,118).
The metropolitan region is the one with the most confirmed positive cases with a total of 8,782, followed by the Bayamón region (5,609) and Caguas (3,092). However, it has 281 confirmed cases for which it has not been able to identify the region.
San Juan remains the municipality with the most confirmed infections with 4,811 cases, followed by Bayamón (2,130), Carolina (1,795) and Guaynabo (984). Health still does not have available the municipality of 288 confirmed cases.
Probable positive cases
The total of 25,242 probable positive cases is divided by 14,075 corresponding to women and 11,167 to men.
In this category, the group of patients between 20 and 29 years old also registers the highest number of probable infected with 4,167, followed by the group of 40 to 49 years with 4,119 and that of 50 to 59 years with 4,055.
The metropolitan region dominates the statistics with 6,289 probable infected, followed by the Bayamón region (5,658) and the Caguas region (3,128). However, he has 251 probable cases for which he has not been able to identify the region.
San Juan is also the largest municipality with probable cases (3,238), followed by Bayamón (1,796) and Carolina (1,195). The agency does not have the town of 251 probable cases available.