Dominican Republic – Coronavirus Covid-19: Bulletin #137/2 August 2020

According to Coronavirus Bulletin #137 of the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, the Dominican Republic has 73,117 confirmed cases, including 828 new cases. The lull in cases is related to the passing of Tropical Storm Isaias. Bulletin #137 indicates that 42% of the reported cases are persons in the 20-39 years range.

The number of confirmed cases depends on the availability of PCR tests that continues to be very scarce, especially in the provinces. In the Dominican Republic, even the well off have to wait to get tested. For a shot at a free PCR test, people queue for hours at the Laboratorio Nacional Dr. Defilló in Santo Domingo.

The average testing over the past 14 days is 3,718 PCR tests. The numbers of diagnostic tests carried out over the past 14 days [the difference between the PCR tests reported since the past bulletin] are: 1,685 (Bulletin #137), 2,558 (Bulletin #136), 4,115 (Bulletin #135), 4,815 (Bulletin #134), 4,932 (Bulletin #133), 3,471 (Bulletin #132), 2,310 (Bulletin #131), 3,867 (Bulletin #130), 5,487 (Bulletin #129), 4,635 (Bulletin #128), 3,961 (Bulletin #127), 4,107 (Bulletin #126), 3,416 (Bulletin #125), 3,7602,345 (Bulletin #124), 3,396 (Bulletin #123), 3,833 (Bulletin #122), 3,814 (Bulletin #121), 3,769 (Bulletin #120), 3,173 (Bulletin #119), 4,095 (Bulletin #118), 2,101 (Bulletin #117).

The statistical reports do not include 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.

The tally of deaths is now 1,183, including 5 new registered deaths. The daily average number of deaths for the past 14 days has been gradually rising and is now at 13.57. The rising number of deaths reflects that more people are late in receiving hospital care. Most people avoid going to the congested hospitals until their cases are advanced.

As of Bulletin #137, 6,262 patients are hospitalized, a new record. Of these, 322 patients are in intensive care units, also a new record. Covid-19 hospitalization capacity was recently increased, but the demand is increasing with the recent spike in infections.

The fatality rate, the number of reported deaths per number of confirmed cases, is at 1.62% per million inhabitants. The positivity rate over the past four weeks has continued to increase and is now at a high 35.16% that means the disease is spreading among people who do not know they have it. World experts advocate opening the economy when the positivity rate is at 5%.

The 14-day bulletin results are:
Bulletin #137: 73,117 confirmed cases, 874 new cases, 1,183 deaths, 5 new reported deaths
Bulletin #136: 72,243 confirmed cases, 828 new cases, 1,178 deaths, 8 new reported deaths
Bulletin #135: 71,415 confirmed cases, 1,766 new cases, 1,170 deaths, 10 new reported deaths
Bulletin #134: 69,649 confirmed cases, 1,734 new cases, 1,160 deaths, 14 new reported deaths
Bulletin #133: 67,915 confirmed cases, 1,733 new cases, 1,146 deaths, 23 new reported deaths
Bulletin #132: 66,182 confirmed cases, 1,492 new cases, 1,123 deaths, 22 new reported deaths
Bulletin #131: 64,690 confirmed cases, 534 new cases, 1,101 deaths, 18 new reported deaths
Bulletin #130: 64,156 confirmed cases, 1,248 new cases, 1,083 deaths, 20 new reported deaths
Bulletin #129: 62,908 confirmed cases, 2,012 new cases, 1063 deaths, 8 new reported deaths
Bulletin #128: 60,896 confirmed cases, 1,819 new cases, 1,055 deaths, 19 new reported deaths
Bulletin #127: 59,077 confirmed cases, 1,462 new cases, 1,036 deaths, 30 new reported deaths
Bulletin #126: 57,615 confirmed cases, 1,572 new cases, 1006 deaths, 1 new reported death
Bulletin #125: 56,043 confirmed cases, 1,246 new cases, 1,005 deaths, 6 new reported deaths
Bulletin #124: 54,797 confirmed cases, 841 new cases, 999 deaths, 6 new reported deaths
Bulletin #123: 53,956 confirmed cases, 1,101 new cases, 993 deaths, 12 new reported deaths

As of Sunday, 2 August 2020 at 4pm, the deadline for Bulletin #137, the most confirmed cases were located in urban areas where most of the tests are carried out. The National District (20,950) and the Santo Domingo province (16,749) have 51.55 % of cases or 37,699 of 73,117 confirmed cases nationwide.

Other provinces with large number of confirmed cases are: Santiago (6,818), San Cristobal (3,047), La Altagracia (2,573), La Vega (2,533), La Romana (1,646), Duarte (1,593), Espaillat (1,331), Azua (1,313), Puerto Plata (1,205), Barahona (1,114), Sánchez Ramírez (1,041), San Juan de la Maguana (1,035), San Pedro de Macoris (998), Monseñor Nouel (772), Maria Trinidad Sanchez (735), Peravia (710) and are the other provinces that have 500 or more accumulated cases. The National District and these 23 provinces of 32 make up 90.48% of the confirmed cases nationwide.

The most new cases or recently allocated cases reported for the 2 August update deadline are: Santiago (268), the National District (107), La Vega (94), El Seibo (46), San Cristóbal (36), Puerto Plata (23), Santo Domingo province (22), San Juan de la Maguana (16) and Sánchez Ramírez (10). The Ministry of Public Health reports nine or fewer confirmed cases in 19 other provinces. This does not mean there are not more than nine cases in these provinces. It just is the result of the PCR tests available to inhabitants in that province. Testing was affected by the weather conditions created by Tropical Storm Isaias.

Haiti reports 7,476 confirmed cases and 165 deaths, as of 2 August 2020.

In the Americas, the Dominican Republic is now ranked 11th in confirmed cases after the United States, Brazil, Peru, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Bolivia.

See the Ministry of Public Health epidemiological

John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

University of Washington Health Data

University of Oxford Covid Tracker



3 August 2020