Dominican Republic – Coronavirus Covid-19: Bulletin #56/13 May 2020

According to Coronavirus Bulletin #56 of the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, the Dominican Republic has 11,320 confirmed cases, 124 new confirmed cases and 422 deaths, including 13 new deaths. There are 1,906 patients hospitalized, including 128 patients in intensive care units.

Bulletin #56 carries statistics as of Wednesday, 13 May 2020 at 6pm. The tally includes the results from 47,774 diagnostic tests, up from 47,117 PCR diagnostic tests the previous day. This is an additional 657 tests, and compares to 1,792 tests carried out on Tuesday, and 1,038 on Monday.

Despite two months of the National State of Emergency, and knowing about the disease since first meetings in January 2020, the Ministry of Public Health says it has not been able to purchase the needed inputs to carry out an adequate amount of PCR tests. Most of the PCR tests are now carried out by private labs, according to the Ministry of Public Health. The statistical report does not include results from rapid response blood antibody tests or patients diagnosed with tomography or other means. The Dominican Republic has a population of more than 10 million people.

As of Wednesday, 13 May 2020 at 6pm, the most confirmed cases continue to be reported in the National District and Santo Domingo Province (Greater Santo Domingo), Santiago, Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís), La Vega, Duarte, San Cristóbal, Espaillat (Moca), Puerto Plata, Monseñor Nouel (Bonao) and La Romana, Hermanas Mirabal and Sánchez Ramírez (Cotuí), all with 200 or more cases.

The largest increases in confirmed cases were reported for Santo Domingo province (39), Espaillat / Moca (23), the National District (21), San Cristóbal (15), Santiago (8), Puerto Plata (6), and La Romana (3). The Ministry of Public Health reports 1 or less confirmed cases in 25 other provinces. The drop in cases coincides with the change in the director of the Epidemiology Agency at the Ministry of Public Health.

According to Bulletin #55, the evolution of the health crisis nationwide is:

National District: 2,874 cases, 21 new cases, 63 deaths, including 7 new deaths

Santo Domingo province: 2,451 cases, 39 new cases, 65 deaths, including 1 new death

Santiago: 1,192 cases, 8 new cases, 66 deaths, 2 new deaths

La Vega: 751 cases, 23 deaths, 1 new death

Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís): 742 cases, 3 cases, 82 deaths, 1 death

San Cristóbal: 536 cases, 15 new cases, 18 deaths, 1 new death

Espaillat (Moca, Gaspar Hernández): 454 cases, 23 new cases, 8 deaths

Puerto Plata: 303 cases, 6 new cases, 18 deaths

Monseñor Nouel (Bonao): 275 cases, 4 deaths

La Romana: 274 cases, 3 new cases, 7 deaths

Hermanas Mirabal / Salcedo: 229 cases, 15 deaths

Sánchez Ramírez (Cotuí): 224 cases, 6 deaths

La Altagracia (Higuey, Verón, Punta Cana): 173 cases, 2 deaths

Azua: 121 cases, 2 deaths

María Trinidad Sánchez / Nagua: 113 cases, 4 deaths

San Pedro de Macorís: 97 cases, 1 new case, 12 deaths

San Juan de la Maguana: 90 cases, 5 deaths

Peravia: 85 cases, 1 new case, 3 deaths

Barahona: 70 cases, 1 death

Valverde: 66 cases, 4 deaths

Santiago Rodríguez: 43 cases, 1 death

Monte Plata: 29 cases, 6 deaths

Montecristi: 29 cases, 1 new case

Samaná: 28 cases, 1 death

San José de Ocoa: 17 cases, 2 deaths

El Seibo: 14 cases

Hato Mayor: 13 cases, 2 deaths

Elías Piña: 7 cases

Baoruco: 6 cases, 1 new death

Dajabón: 6 cases

Pedernales: 5 cases

Independencia: 3 cases, 1 death

Haiti reports 234 confirmed cases and 18 deaths as of 12 May 2020.

In the Americas, the Dominican Republic is ranked 9th in confirmed cases after the United States, Brazil, Canada, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Chile and Colombia. In the Caribbean and Central America, the Dominican Republic has the most confirmed cases.

See the Ministry of Public Health epidemiological bulletins at:

Read more statistical analysis at:
John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
Health Data
University of Oxford Covid Tracker
SICA data

Read more on why there are so few tests:

15 May 2020