December 22. Two months ago, Puerto Rico led all states and U.S. territories in Covid-19 prevention and vaccination rates among adults and children.
In large part, high vaccination rates have prevented Puerto Rico’s already fragile health care system from collapsing during the coronavirus pandemic so far. But it remains unclear if that will also better position the island’s 3.2 million residents to combat the omicron variant.
Since Puerto Rico’s first case of the omicron variant was confirmed Monday, the U.S. territory has experienced a spike in overall Covid cases. Puerto Rico reached a positivity rate of nearly 16.5 percent on Wednesday, a rate seven times higher than it was two weeks ago, according to the local health department.
At least 926 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, adding to more than 162,000 confirmed cases that have been reported since the start of the pandemic.
But hospitalizations have remained low in Puerto Rico at a time when hospitals in almost half the states in the mainland are, on average, experiencing high stress levels, according to an NBC News analysis of data from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Source: NBC News