COVID-19 pandemic in the Dominican Republic

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COVID-19 pandemic in the Dominican Republic
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Confirmed cases by province (as of 24 May 2020)
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Confirmed cases per 100 thousand inhabitants (as of 24 May 2020)
Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
LocationDominican Republic
First outbreak Wuhan, Hubei, China
Index case Bayahibe
Arrival date1 March 2020
(1 year, 8 months and 3 weeks)
Confirmed cases180,644 (as of 10 January 2021) [1]
Recovered137,098 [1]
Deaths
2,424 [1]
Government website
digepisalud.gob.do

The COVID-19 pandemic in the Dominican Republic is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was confirmed to have reached the Dominican Republic on 1 March 2020.

Contents

Background

On 31 December 2019, the Health Commission of Wuhan, Hubei, China, informed the WHO about a cluster of acute pneumonia cases with unknown origin in its province. On 9 January 2020, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) reported the identification of a novel coronavirus (later identified as the SARS-CoV-2) as the cause. [2] The disease in China affected over 80,000 people, causing over 3,200 deaths (as of March 25, 2020) and has now spread to over 210 countries and territories across the world. [3]

Timeline

COVID-19 cases in the Dominican Republic  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
MarMarAprAprMayMayJunJunJulJulAugAugSepSepOctOctNovNovDecDec
Last 15 daysLast 15 days
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-011(n.a.)
1(=)
2020-03-062(+100%)
2020-03-072(=)
2020-03-08
5(+150%)
5(=)
2020-03-13
11(+120%)
11(=)
2020-03-16
21(+91%)1(n.a.)
2020-03-17
34(+62%)2(+100%)
34(=)2(=)
2020-03-20
112(+229%)3(+50%)
2020-03-21
202(+80%)3(=)
2020-03-22
245(+21%)3(=)
2020-03-23
312(+27%)6(+100%)
2020-03-24
392(+26%)10(+67%)
2020-03-25
488(+24%)10(=)
2020-03-26
581(+19%)20(+100%)
2020-03-27
719(+24%)28(+40%)
2020-03-28
859(+19%)39(+39%)
2020-03-29
901(+4.9%)42(+7.7%)
2020-03-30
1,109(+23%)51(+21%)
2020-03-31
1,284(+16%)57(+12%)
2020-04-01
1,380(+7.5%)60(+5.3%)
2020-04-02
1,488(+7.8%)68(+13%)
2020-04-03
1,578(+6%)77(+13%)
2020-04-04
1,745(+11%)82(+6.5%)
2020-04-05
1,828(+4.8%)86(+4.9%)
2020-04-06
1,956(+7%)98(+14%)
2020-04-07
2,111(+7.9%)108(+10%)
2020-04-08
2,349(+11%)118(+9.3%)
2020-04-09
2,620(+12%)126(+6.8%)
2020-04-10
2,759(+5.3%)135(+7.1%)
2020-04-11
2,967(+7.5%)173(+28%)
2020-04-12
3,167(+6.7%)177(+2.3%)
2020-04-13
3,286(+3.8%)183(+3.4%)
2020-04-14
3,614(+10%)189(+3.3%)
2020-04-15
3,755(+3.9%)196(+3.7%)
2020-04-16
4,126(+9.9%)200(+2%)
2020-04-17
4,335(+5.1%)217(+8.5%)
2020-04-18
4,680(+8%)226(+4.1%)
2020-04-19
4,964(+6.1%)235(+4%)
2020-04-20
5,044(+1.6%)245(+4.3%)
2020-04-21
5,300(+5.1%)260(+6.1%)
2020-04-22
5,543(+4.6%)265(+1.9%)
2020-04-23
5,749(+3.7%)267(+0.75%)
2020-04-24
5,926(+3.1%)273(+2.2%)
2020-04-25
6,135(+3.5%)278(+1.8%)
2020-04-26
6,293(+2.6%)282(+1.4%)
2020-04-27
6,416(+2%)286(+1.4%)
2020-04-28
6,652(+3.7%)293(+2.4%)
2020-04-29
6,972(+4.8%)301(+2.7%)
2020-04-30
7,288(+4.5%)313(+4%)
2020-05-01
7,578(+4%)326(+4.2%)
2020-05-02
7,954(+5%)333(+2.1%)
2020-05-03
8,235(+3.5%)346(+3.9%)
2020-05-04
8,480(+3%)354(+2.3%)
2020-05-05
8,807(+3.9%)362(+2.3%)
2020-05-06
9,095(+3.3%)373(+3%)
2020-05-07
9,376(+3.1%)380(+1.9%)
2020-05-08
9,882(+5.4%)385(+1.3%)
2020-05-09
10,347(+4.7%)388(+0.78%)
2020-05-10
10,634(+2.8%)393(+1.3%)
2020-05-11
10,900(+2.5%)402(+2.3%)
2020-05-12
11,196(+2.7%)409(+1.7%)
2020-05-13
11,320(+1.1%)422(+3.2%)
2020-05-14
11,739(+3.7%)424(+0.47%)
2020-05-15
12,110(+3.2%)428(+0.94%)
2020-05-16
12,314(+1.7%)428(=)
2020-05-17
12,725(+3.3%)434(+1.4%)
2020-05-18
13,223(+3.9%)441(+1.6%)
2020-05-19
13,477(+1.9%)446(+1.1%)
2020-05-20
13,657(+1.3%)448(+0.45%)
2020-05-21
13,989(+2.4%)456(+1.8%)
2020-05-22
14,422(+3.1%)458(+0.44%)
2020-05-23
14,801(+2.6%)458(=)
2020-05-24
15,073(+1.8%)460(+0.44%)
2020-05-25
15,264(+1.3%)468(+1.7%)
2020-05-26
15,723(+3%)474(+1.3%)
2020-05-27
16,068(+2.2%)485(+2.3%)
2020-05-28
16,531(+2.9%)488(+0.62%)
2020-05-29
16,908(+2.3%)498(+2%)
2020-05-30
17,285(+2.2%)502(+0.8%)
2020-05-31
17,572(+1.7%)502(=)
2020-06-01
17,752(+1%)515(+2.6%)
2020-06-02
18,040(+1.6%)516(+0.19%)
2020-06-03
18,319(+1.5%)520(+0.78%)
2020-06-04
18,708(+2.1%)525(+0.96%)
2020-06-05
19,195(+2.6%)536(+2.1%)
2020-06-06
19,600(+2.1%)538(+0.37%)
2020-06-07
20,126(+2.7%)539(+0.19%)
2020-06-08
20,415(+1.4%)544(+0.93%)
2020-06-09
20,808(+1.9%)550(+1.1%)
2020-06-10
21,437(+3%)561(+2%)
2020-06-11
22,008(+2.7%)568(+1.2%)
2020-06-12
22,572(+2.6%)577(+1.6%)
2020-06-13
22,962(+1.7%)592(+2.6%)
2020-06-14
23,271(+1.3%)605(+2.2%)
2020-06-15
23,686(+1.8%)615(+1.7%)
2020-06-16
24,105(+1.8%)633(+2.9%)
2020-06-17
24,645(+2.2%)635(+0.32%)
2020-06-18
25,068(+1.7%)647(+1.9%)
2020-06-19
25,778(+2.8%)655(+1.2%)
2020-06-20
26,677(+3.5%)662(+1.1%)
2020-06-21
27,370(+2.6%)669(+1.1%)
2020-06-22
27,936(+2.1%)675(+0.9%)
2020-06-23
28,631(+2.5%)691(+2.4%)
2020-06-24
29,141(+1.8%)698(+1%)
2020-06-25
29,764(+2.1%)712(+2%)
2020-06-26
30,619(+2.9%)718(+0.84%)
2020-06-27
31,373(+2.5%)726(+1.1%)
2020-06-28
31,816(+1.4%)733(+0.96%)
2020-06-29
32,568(+2.4%)747(+1.9%)
2020-06-30
33,387(+2.5%)754(+0.94%)
2020-07-01
34,197(+2.4%)765(+1.5%)
2020-07-02
35,148(+2.8%)775(+1.3%)
2020-07-03
36,184(+2.9%)786(+1.4%)
2020-07-04
37,425(+3.4%)794(+1%)
2020-07-05
38,128(+1.9%)804(+1.3%)
2020-07-06
38,430(+0.79%)821(+2.1%)
2020-07-07
39,588(+3%)829(+0.97%)
2020-07-08
40,790(+3%)842(+1.6%)
2020-07-09
41,915(+2.8%)864(+2.6%)
2020-07-10
43,114(+2.9%)880(+1.9%)
2020-07-11
44,532(+3.3%)897(+1.9%)
2020-07-12
45,506(+2.2%)903(+0.67%)
2020-07-13
46,305(+1.8%)910(+0.78%)
2020-07-14
47,671(+3%)929(+2.1%)
2020-07-15
48,743(+2.2%)941(+1.3%)
2020-07-16
50,113(+2.8%)942(+0.11%)
2020-07-17
51,519(+2.8%)971(+3.1%)
2020-07-18
52,855(+2.6%)981(+1%)
2020-07-19
53,956(+2.1%)993(+1.2%)
2020-07-20
54,797(+1.6%)999(+0.6%)
2020-07-21
56,043(+2.3%)1,005(+0.6%)
2020-07-22
57,615(+2.8%)1,006(+0.1%)
2020-07-23
59,077(+2.5%)1,036(+3%)
2020-07-24
60,896(+3.1%)1,055(+1.8%)
2020-07-25
62,908(+3.3%)1,063(+0.76%)
2020-07-26
64,156(+2%)1,083(+1.9%)
2020-07-27
64,690(+0.83%)1,101(+1.7%)
2020-07-28
66,182(+2.3%)1,123(+2%)
2020-07-29
67,915(+2.6%)1,146(+2%)
2020-07-30
69,649(+2.6%)1,160(+1.2%)
2020-07-31
71,415(+2.5%)1,170(+0.86%)
2020-08-01
72,243(+1.2%)1,178(+0.68%)
2020-08-02
73,117(+1.2%)1,183(+0.42%)
2020-08-03
74,295(+1.6%)1,213(+2.5%)
2020-08-04
75,660(+1.8%)1,222(+0.74%)
2020-08-05
76,536(+1.2%)1,246(+2%)
2020-08-06
77,709(+1.5%)1,259(+1%)
2020-08-07
78,778(+1.4%)1,289(+2.4%)
2020-08-08
79,732(+1.2%)1,309(+1.6%)
2020-08-09
80,499(+0.96%)1,328(+1.5%)
2020-08-10
81,094(+0.74%)1,346(+1.4%)
2020-08-11
82,224(+1.4%)1,371(+1.9%)
2020-08-12
83,134(+1.1%)1,393(+1.6%)
2020-08-13
84,488(+1.6%)1,409(+1.1%)
2020-08-14
85,545(+1.3%)1,438(+2.1%)
2020-08-15
86,309(+0.89%)1,453(+1%)
2020-08-16
86,737(+0.5%)1,481(+1.9%)
2020-08-17
87,123(+0.45%)1,489(+0.54%)
2020-08-18
88,127(+1.2%)1,501(+0.81%)
2020-08-19
89,010(+1%)1,505(+0.27%)
2020-08-20
89,867(+0.96%)1,533(+1.9%)
2020-08-21
90,561(+0.77%)1,554(+1.4%)
2020-08-22
91,161(+0.66%)1,567(+0.84%)
2020-08-23
91,608(+0.49%)1,573(+0.38%)
2020-08-24
92,217(+0.66%)1,585(+0.76%)
2020-08-25
92,557(+0.37%)1,613(+1.8%)
2020-08-26
92,964(+0.44%)1,630(+1.1%)
2020-08-27
93,390(+0.46%)1,648(+1.1%)
2020-08-28
93,732(+0.37%)1,673(+1.5%)
2020-08-29
94,241(+0.54%)1,681(+0.48%)
2020-08-30
94,715(+0.5%)1,710(+1.7%)
2020-08-31
94,979(+0.28%)1,738(+1.6%)
2020-09-01
95,627(+0.68%)1,765(+1.6%)
2020-09-02
96,629(+1%)1,801(+2%)
2020-09-03
97,902(+1.3%)1,821(+1.1%)
2020-09-04
98,776(+0.89%)1,840(+1%)
2020-09-05
99,333(+0.56%)1,845(+0.27%)
2020-09-06
99,898(+0.57%)1,864(+1%)
2020-09-07
100,131(+0.23%)1,889(+1.3%)
2020-09-08
100,937(+0.8%)1,914(+1.3%)
2020-09-09
101,716(+0.77%)1,926(+0.63%)
2020-09-10
102,232(+0.51%)1,941(+0.78%)
2020-09-11
103,092(+0.84%)1,953(+0.62%)
2020-09-12
103,660(+0.55%)1,968(+0.77%)
2020-09-13
104,110(+0.43%)1,984(+0.81%)
2020-09-14
104,803(+0.67%)1,998(+0.71%)
2020-09-15
105,521(+0.69%)2,009(+0.55%)
2020-09-16
106,136(+0.58%)2,022(+0.65%)
2020-09-17
106,732(+0.56%)2,034(+0.59%)
2020-09-18
107,700(+0.91%)2,044(+0.49%)
2020-09-19
108,289(+0.55%)2,047(+0.15%)
2020-09-20
108,783(+0.46%)2,054(+0.34%)
2020-09-21
109,269(+0.45%)2,064(+0.49%)
2020-09-22
109,737(+0.43%)2,074(+0.48%)
2020-09-23
110,122(+0.35%)2,076(+0.1%)
2020-09-24
110,597(+0.43%)2,087(+0.53%)
2020-09-25
110,957(+0.33%)2,093(+0.29%)
2020-09-26
111,386(+0.39%)2,095(+0.1%)
2020-09-27
111,666(+0.25%)2,098(+0.14%)
2020-09-28
111,900(+0.21%)2,101(+0.14%)
2020-09-29
112,209(+0.28%)2,105(+0.19%)
2020-09-30
112,728(+0.46%)2,108(+0.14%)
2020-10-01
113,350(+0.55%)2,117(+0.43%)
2020-10-02
113,926(+0.51%)2,128(+0.52%)
2020-10-03
114,480(+0.49%)2,134(+0.28%)
2020-10-04
115,054(+0.5%)2,144(+0.47%)
2020-10-05
115,371(+0.28%)2,149(+0.23%)
2020-10-06
116,148(+0.67%)2,159(+0.47%)
2020-10-07
116,872(+0.62%)2,163(+0.19%)
2020-10-08
117,457(+0.5%)2,165(+0.09%)
2020-10-09
118,014(+0.47%)2,167(+0.09%)
2020-10-10
118,477(+0.39%)2,173(+0.28%)
2020-10-11
118,843(+0.31%)2,179(+0.28%)
2020-10-12
119,008(+0.14%)2,183(+0.18%)
2020-10-13
119,662(+0.55%)2,186(+0.14%)
2020-10-14
120,066(+0.34%)2,189(+0.14%)
2020-10-15
120,450(+0.32%)2,192(+0.14%)
2020-10-16
120,925(+0.39%)2,195(+0.14%)
2020-10-17
121,347(+0.35%)2,199(+0.18%)
2020-10-18
121,667(+0.26%)2,203(+0.18%)
2020-10-19
121,973(+0.25%)2,204(+0.05%)
2020-10-20
122,398(+0.35%)2,206(+0.09%)
2020-10-21
122,873(+0.39%)2,212(+0.27%)
2020-10-22
123,384(+0.42%)2,214(+0.09%)
2020-10-23
124,018(+0.51%)2,220(+0.27%)
2020-10-24
124,527(+0.41%)2,223(+0.14%)
2020-10-25
124,843(+0.25%)2,225(+0.09%)
2020-10-26
125,008(+0.13%)2,226(+0.04%)
2020-10-27
125,570(+0.45%)2,232(+0.27%)
2020-10-28
125,913(+0.27%)2,234(+0.09%)
2020-10-29
126,332(+0.33%)2,236(+0.09%)
2020-10-30
127,018(+0.54%)2,245(+0.4%)
2020-10-31
127,332(+0.25%)2,249(+0.18%)
2020-11-01
127,591(+0.2%)2,250(+0.04%)
2020-11-02
127,848(+0.2%)2,252(+0.09%)
2020-11-03
128,278(+0.34%)2,257(+0.22%)
2020-11-04
128,824(+0.43%)2,260(+0.13%)
2020-11-05
129,300(+0.37%)2,261(+0.04%)
2020-11-06
129,645(+0.27%)2,263(+0.09%)
2020-11-07
130,182(+0.41%)2,265(+0.09%)
2020-11-08
130,603(+0.32%)2,267(+0.09%)
2020-11-09
131,131(+0.4%)2,269(+0.09%)
2020-11-10
131,265(+0.1%)2,272(+0.13%)
2020-11-11
131,636(+0.28%)2,274(+0.09%)
2020-11-12
132,554(+0.7%)2,280(+0.26%)
2020-11-13
133,225(+0.51%)2,282(+0.09%)
2020-11-14
133,724(+0.37%)2,285(+0.13%)
2020-11-15
134,203(+0.36%)2,286(+0.04%)
2020-11-16
134,697(+0.37%)2,290(+0.17%)
2020-11-17
135,157(+0.34%)2,293(+0.13%)
2020-11-18
136,183(+0.76%)2,301(+0.35%)
2020-11-19
136,784(+0.44%)2,306(+0.22%)
2020-11-20
137,770(+0.72%)2,308(+0.09%)
2020-11-21
138,410(+0.46%)2,310(+0.09%)
2020-11-22
138,829(+0.3%)2,311(+0.04%)
2020-11-23
139,111(+0.2%)2,313(+0.09%)
2020-11-24
139,664(+0.4%)2,315(+0.09%)
2020-11-25
140,922(+0.9%)2,317(+0.09%)
2020-11-26
141,777(+0.61%)2,324(+0.3%)
2020-11-27
142,653(+0.62%)2,328(+0.17%)
2020-11-28
143,473(+0.57%)2,330(+0.09%)
2020-11-29
143,988(+0.36%)2,331(+0.04%)
2020-11-30
144,302(+0.22%)2,333(+0.09%)
2020-12-01
145,197(+0.62%)2,334(+0.04%)
2020-12-02
146,009(+0.56%)2,335(+0.04%)
2020-12-03
146,680(+0.46%)2,343(+0.34%)
2020-12-04
147,655(+0.66%)2,345(+0.09%)
2020-12-05
148,453(+0.54%)2,345(=)
2020-12-06
149,138(+0.46%)2,346(+0.04%)
2020-12-07
149,630(+0.33%)2,347(+0.04%)
2020-12-08
150,161(+0.35%)2,350(+0.13%)
2020-12-09
151,721(+1%)2,358(+0.34%)
2020-12-10
152,452(+0.48%)2,359(+0.04%)
2020-12-11
153,585(+0.74%)2,360(+0.04%)
Sources: up to 16 March 2020: various news sources, from 17 March 2020 onwards:

First confirmed cases

On 1 March, the first case in the country and the Caribbean was confirmed. A 62-year-old man from Italy entered the country on 22 February and fell ill on 24 February, when he was transferred to Ramón Lara military hospital from the beach resort of Bayahibe. [4] On 6 March, the second case in the country was confirmed as a Canadian tourist (also vacationing in Bayahibe) was detected. [5] On 8 March, three more cases were confirmed from Dominican tourists that came from a trip to Italy. [6] On 14 March, the Minister of Public Health, Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas, confirmed six new cases. All of the individuals had been outside of the country within the past 14 days. [7]

Local transmission

The first documented case of local transmission seems to have originated from a 56-year old Dominican woman from the town of Villa Riva on Duarte Province [8] who had traveled from Italy to the Dominican Republic on 26 February 2020. [9] The woman refused to be sent to Santo Domingo to be in isolation after receiving her COVID-19 positive diagnosis, returning to her home instead. [10] She seems to have passed on the virus to her neighbour. [11] Two weeks later, Duarte Province confirmed number of cases are only surpassed by the two larger urban centers (Distrito Nacional/Santo Domingo and Santiago) in the number of cases (29) and leads in the number of casualties (4). This cluster of cases seems to have originated around those in close contact with Mrs. Herrera Díaz. [12]

San Pedro Cluster

On the week of 16 March, a number of COVID-19 cases in San Pedro de Macorís Province (including its Senator José Hazim Frappier) and the Armed Forces Colonel Kalil Haché seem to have contracted the virus during a fundraising dinner on Club 2 de Julio in the city of San Pedro de Macorís. [13] [14]

Punta Cana wedding

On 14 March, a high-profile wedding in Cap Cana seemed to be the COVID-19 infection source for a number of its attendees, which included many foreign residents. The wedding received a lot of public criticism for having had a "crazy hour" theme mocking the coronavirus concerns. [15] The chancellor of the Dominican Republic, Miguel Vargas Maldonado would have contracted the virus from his son, who attended the said wedding and also contracted COVID-19. [16]

Costa Favolosa cruise ship

Twenty Dominican doctors were exposed to the virus while celebrating their 30-year medical school graduation anniversary on board the Costa Favolosa cruise ship around the Caribbean. They started the journey on March 2, and before landing on 9 March, at least five in the Dominican party presented COVID-19 symptoms, and later tested as positive for the virus. [17]

First death and notorious casualties

The first COVID-19-related death was announced by health authorities on 16 March 2020, of a 47-year old Dominican woman who had recently traveled from Spain [11] On 24 March 2020, renowned designer Jenny Polanco, who tested positive on 15 March, died too. [18] [19] On 27 March, Armed Forces Colonel Kalil Haché died at the Ramón de Lara Hospital; [20] the next day his widow died too. [21] Haché was elevated posthumously to the rank of Brigadier General. On 31 March 2020 writer René Rodríguez Soriano died.[ citation needed ]

Recoveries

On 23 March, the Minister of Public Health reported two recoveries, a 12-year-old child and a 26-year-old woman. [22]

Management

First measures

A number of schools and universities suspended classes due to COVID-19 concerns on March 16 and 17, with many switching to virtual learning platforms. [23]

National measures

On 17 March, President Danilo Medina gave an address to the nation and declared a state of emergency, announcing a series of measures to try and stop the spread of the virus. [24] He ordered all land, sea, and air borders be closed for the next 15 days, taking effect as of 19 March. Additionally, all commercial business activity will be suspended, with the exception of supermarkets, convenience stores, gas stations, and pharmacies. Schools will remain closed through 13 April, and public employees who are 60 years of age or over, or those with a pre-existing health condition, must stay confined to their residences.[ citation needed ]

On 20 March 2020, the government decreed a mandatory night curfew from 8pm to 6am until 3 April. Only doctors and health workers, journalists, and guardsmen were exempt. [25] However, many residents in the Greater Santo Domingo area resisted the measure; on the first night, 1,714 were arrested during the curfew. [26] On the second night, 2,102 were arrested during the curfew. [27]

On 26 March 2020, the government extended the night curfew schedule to 13 hours: from 5pm to 6am. [28]

March 31, 2020, President Danilo Medina appointed (Decree 140-20) Doctor Amado Alejandro Baez as his senior advisor for Public Health and Chief Executive Officer for the Presidential COVID-19 Committee. [29] The Presidential COVID-19 Committee was tasked with creating public-private partnerships as well as developing public policy, strategies and operations to combat COVID-19 at a national level. The committee presented on April 5 a comprehensive technology utilization, hospital capacity augmentation and Test-Trace- Treat strategy with a focus on strengthening local government capacities via public-private partnerships. The centerpiece of the strategy was "Public Value in Crisis Model" piloted on April 12, 2020 at San Francisco de Macoris (SFM) Duarte province. #PlanDuarte [30] targeted SFM as the highest case and mortality city at that time. Within two weeks of implementing #PlanDuarte the province started showing evidence of a positive impact in reported positivity, critical care use and mortality [31] [32] in early May the focused and targeted approach to Duarte Province resulted in a statistically significant impact on Case Fatality Ratio for the whole country. [33] The Public Value in Crisis model was reproduced successfully in multiple other provinces and more recently became the hallmark on the National District strategy under the leadership of Mayor Carolina Mejia. On April 22, 2020, The first Dominican Epidemiology Intelligence Center was developed by the Presidential COVID-19 Committee under the leadership of Minister of Defense Lt General Paulino Sem, Counter Admiral Lee Balester and Doctor Amado Alejandro Baez. The Epi Intel Center was housed out of the Ministry of Defense C5i Center [34] and tasked with creating inter-agency "Intelligence Fusion" efforts that guided country-wide strategies and COVID-19 operations. [35] After the successful implementation of the C5i Epidemiology Intelligence Fusion Center, the Dominican Ministry of Public Health viewed this model as very important and effective and proceeded reproduced this effort four months later in August 2020, creating the MOH "Center for Public Health Intelligence" [36] After the epidemiological impact of COVID-19 post the July 5th 2020 presidential elections, the DR experienced a peak in positivity on July 23, after which a continuous deceleration was noticed up to late September, this prompted a formal public congratulations by the World health Organization to the Dominican Government on Sept 24th 2020 [37] the drastic improvements were noted on positivity rates, case fatality ratios and hospital capacity utilization, clearly this being evidence of all collective efforts of prior and current (August 16) authorities. Similarly on Sept 25th 2020, Dominican media reported the country as having one of the lowest mortality rates in the region (CFR ~1.9%) [38]

Local measures

A number of provinces have decided to limit access to their territories to avoid contagion from COVID-19, such as San José de Ocoa, [39] and El Seibo, which remained case-free (as of 26 March). [40] Other provinces in case-free areas are asking their authorities for similar measures. [41] The National District of Santo Domingo under the leadership of Mayor Carolina Mejia, developed in conjunction with the Santo Domingo Health Cluster (www.clustersaludsd.org) the "Municipal COVID-19 Manual". [42] This manual was operationalized starting on August 18, 2020 and later launched to be reproduced comprehensively throughout all "mancomunity" municipalities [43]

Alternative Measures

As options and new treatments emerged to combat the COVID-19 virus, there was talk of the possibility that convalescent plasma or hyperimune [44] was a viable option to treat. Since May 2020, multiple health institutions within an investigative protocol framework, regulated by CONABIOS, began its use.

The practical results [45] of its use, and those recovered in situ, increased the demand for this blood product.

From this growing demand, platforms and resolutions for the centralization of this blood product are born, such as donantes.com.do [46] and initiative No. 04749-2020-2024-CD carried out by the Permanent Commission on Health. [47]

International aid

On 3 April 2020, the World Bank released US$150 million to support the Dominican Republic's efforts to contain COVID-19. [48]

Statistics

Graphs

Daily New Confirmed Cases

Daily New Deaths

Cases per province

Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 08/27/2020. Confirmed cases per province as of 28-03-2020.png
Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 08/27/2020.


COVID-19 growth from 03/18/2020 through 08/27/2020. Source: Minister of Public Health COVID-19 growth from 03-18-2020 to 03-28-2020.gif
COVID-19 growth from 03/18/2020 through 08/27/2020. Source: Minister of Public Health
As of 27 of August
ProvinceCasesDeathsRecoveries
Azua 1,630191,147
Baoruco 3963176
Barahona 1,36816881
Dajabón 1645108
Distrito Nacional 26,49230619,436
Duarte 2,2111041,412
El Seibo 3252199
Elías Piña 2092136
Espaillat 1,49849935
Hato Mayor 159764
Hermanas Mirabal 43122321
Independencia 1955129
La Altagracia 3,292232,436
La Romana 2,009311,496
La Vega 3,293762,298
María Trinidad Sánchez 1,0578570
Monseñor Nouel 98017683
Monte Cristi 2628133
Monte Plata 20913149
Pedernales 4313357
Peravia 97731568
Puerto Plata 1,663851,032
Sánchez Ramírez 1,32515844
Samaná 2613146
San Cristóbal 3,527892,729
San José de Ocoa 36111222
San Juan 1,35419826
San Pedro de Macorís 1,34524877
Santiago Rodríguez 3777283
Santiago 9,9572166,110
Santo Domingo 19,97638716,213
Valverde 42124315
Not specified4,76901,113
Total92,9641,63064,347
Source: http://digepisalud.gob.do

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