Officials combining 'probable' cases of COVID-19 with confirmed cases
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the U.S., officials reported they're being asked to combine "probable" cases with "confirmed" cases. As One America's Pearson Sharp reports, this will likely lead to a significantly inflated number of cases.
The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is rolling back business openings, as COVID-19 cases spiked in recent weeks.
Residents of Old San Juan were given free COVID-19 tests as cases climbed in the capital city and beyond.
There have been an average of 440 cases per day in late July, up 77% from the average of two weeks ago. The island of 3.2 million people has reported more than 15,000 cases and just over 200 deaths.
Puerto Rico planned to start welcoming tourists again in mid-July, but that has been pushed back by a month. "We acknowledge that there is emerging evidence in this field, as in all other fields regarding the COVID-19 virus," said Benedetta Allegranzi, before emphasizing the importance of optimal ventilation and avoiding crowded situations. The steroid dexamethasone "seems to be effective in the sickest patients," says Toronto respirologist Dr. Samir Gupta, but doctors are still waiting to see details of the study of severely ill patients hospitalized for COVID-19.
»» The province announced five new cases of the coronavirus over the weekend. The new cluster of cases is linked to a man who travelled to Nova Scotia and back before the new Atlantic bubble came into effect.