Public health and Covid-19 in Puerto Rico

Healthcare in Puerto Rico

The effectiveness of the health care system in Puerto Rico is well above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Puerto Rico is 76.7 years for men and 83.6 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 7.4 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Puerto Rico

Current incidence in the week ending 10/07/2022: 122.3 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until October 7th, 2022, a total of 147,820 infected people and 2,585 deaths have been reported in Puerto Rico.

The total of 147,820 infected people currently represents 5.2% of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding October 7th, 2022, was 3,499, for a 7-day incidence of 122.3 cases per 100,000 population. In the same week, 16 people died from (or with) Covid-19. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 1.7 percent in Puerto Rico.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 7.59 million vaccine doses have been administered as of September 16th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 3.11 million people have received at least one vaccination (108.6%). The booster vaccination was received by 1.67 million people (58.2%).

2.71 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Puerto Rico (= 94.7%).
This makes Puerto Rico one of the best-supplied countries in the world. The vaccination rate is higher in 7 countries.

The data (apart from arithmetical rounding) are taken unchanged from WHO publications. Vaccination rates of over 100% are an indication that people were also counted who had been vaccinated in Puerto Rico but came from another country. Especially in times of vaccine shortage, many people have been vaccinated in other countries.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Covid19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

Body height179 cm163 cm
Weight90.7 kg76.0 kg


Puerto RicoØ worldwide
Diabetes *13.70%8.81%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in Puerto RicoThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Puerto Rico is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 3.3 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 5,710 physicians in Puerto Rico, there are about 1.75 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Supply with drinking water

As one of the few countries, Puerto Rico offers almost its entire population (99.86 percent) access to an immediately available, running drinking water connection. The percentage of population reached by additional supply from springs and wells or delivered drinking water is 100%. In a global comparison, only about 74% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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