Medical personnel take a sample to perform a serological test. (Ramón “Tonito” Zayas)
The Health Department reported this Sunday five new deaths from COVID-19 that brought the total number of deaths from the virus to 686, while confirmed positive cases amounted to 25,034 with an additional 220 and probable positive cases rose to 25,641 with 126 more contagions in this category.
Of the five deaths that occurred between August 3 and September 29, two were classified as confirmed and three as probable.
New confirmed deaths:
-92-year-old woman from the Metro region
-88-year-old man from the Bayamón region
Probable new deaths:
– 62-year-old man from the Metro region
– 72-year-old woman from the Caguas region
– 81-year-old man from the Bayamón region
The deaths reported today occurred between August 3 and September 29.
Given this, the total of confirmed deaths amounted to 510, while the probable are 176 .
“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, “the agency cites in a press release. .
Salud highlighted that the total number of confirmed cases was adjusted after adding 10 cases with a sampling date from August 25 to September 23. In the case of all probable cases, the number was adjusted after subtracting 58 cases that had a positive molecular test and adding two cases with a sampling date of September 15.
Meanwhile, the number of patients hospitalized for the virus was placed at 319, of which 48 are confined in an Intensive Care Unit and 40 are connected to an artificial respirator . To date, the country's hospitals have 218 intensive care beds and 865 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. While 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 by serological test.
Confirmed positive cases
The total of 25,034 confirmed positive cases corresponds to 13,452 women and 11,582 men.
The group of patients between 20 and 29 years of age dominates with the highest number of infections (4,380), followed by those between 40 and 49 years (4,296) and those between 30 and 39 years (4,196).
The metropolitan region is the one with the most confirmed positive cases with a total of 8,944, followed by the Bayamón region (5,723) and Caguas (3,186). 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 4,893 cases, followed by Bayamón (2,162), Carolina (1,845) and Guaynabo (999). Health still does not have available the municipality of 312 confirmed cases.
Probable positive cases
The total of 25,641 probable positive cases is divided by 14,308 corresponding to women and 11,333 to men.
In this category, the group of patients between 20 and 29 years of age also registered the highest number of probable infected with 4,236, followed by the group of 40 to 49 years with 4,176 and that of 50 to 59 years with 4,094.
The metropolitan region dominates the statistics with 6,391 probable infected, followed by the Bayamón region (5,736) and Caguas (3,191). 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 (3,289), followed by Bayamón (1,823) and Carolina (1,210). The agency does not have available the town of 280 probable cases.