For more than three months since the first cases of Covid-19 were confirmed on the Island, Puerto Rico remained below the threshold of 100 daily confirmed cases, registering the highest peak in that period on March 30 with 85 cases.
Now, the reality is different. The Health Department recorded 316 cases confirmed by molecular testing in 24 hours on July 13, making it the first time that more than 300 unique cases have been confirmed in one day.
The first three cases of COVID-19 on the Island they were confirmed on March 13. On July 2, it was when Salud first confirmed more than 100 cases in 24 hours, with 114 positives.
Since then, the confirmed cases per day have reflected a marked rise. The second day with the most confirmed cases —according to the most recent Health report— is July 10, with 286 infections.
Experts —among them members of the medical task force— have attributed this Covid-19 spike to activities on Father’s Day and celebrations over the weekend of July 4, for United States Independence Day.
Other days with high numbers of confirmed cases are July 7 with 230, on July 15 with 229, on July 9 with 220, and on July 14 with 200.
The daily report of the Department of Health clarifies that the positive cases identified each day correspond to the date the sample was taken, not the moment the person became infected with the virus.
On the other hand, Health has reported 189 confirmed cases in children under 10 years of age and 346 inline 10 to 19 years. The age group with the most confirmed cases is 20 to 29 years old, with 876 cases.
Precisely, the death of a 28-year-old man from the Arecibo region, today added to the fatal victims of COVID- 19. Meanwhile, Salud attributed the death of a 13-year-old girl to the virus on July 11, although this is now under investigation.