Twenty-three hospitals are operating with an electricity generator after the passage of tropical storm Isaías and in the midst of a pandemic due to COVID-19.
This was reported this Thursday by the secretary of the State Department, Elmer Román who added that, nevertheless, one of the main ones, the Medical Center, operates normally.
Román offered this afternoon update on the figures he leaves behind if the tropical storm that has caused floodings in various localities, such as Mayagüez, strong winds and has forced the floodgates of several dams to open, in addition to leaving 400,000 people without electricity and 150,000 with interruptions in drinking water service.
The worst stoppage of all on the island is the Cayey Hospital, which is not working since it does not have an electric generation plant.
Román also revealed that 13 percent of the telephone towers’ cell phone is out of service.
The number of people who have gone to thirty authorized shelters is 62, most of them in Guayanilla.
The National Weather Service (SNM) has indicated that the municipalities of the eastern and central-western zones received between 5 and 10 inches of rain.
The National Guard had to rescue 25 people trapped in the floods in Mayagüez.
The SNM also issued a flash flood warning for several towns in western Puerto Rico.
Isaías is the first major meteorological phenomenon at the start of the hurricane season that is forecast to be very active this year according to forecasts.
Coronavirus figures in Puerto Rico have increased and this Thursday the data reflected a general rise in confirmed positive cases which are close to 6,000.
Hospitalizations between yesterday and today went from 495 to 504, and the number of people requiring a respirator for the disease jumped from 37 to 40.
However, people in intensive care dropped from 66 to 63.
Total confirmed deaths are up to 109 and the probable ones remain at 105, so the total number of deaths is 214.
The overall result of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 is 5,920 and the probable ones reach 10,652.