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 75.9 years for men and 84.5 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 8.8 years lower (men: 68.9 / women: 73.9 years).

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Spread of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico

Current incidence in the week ending 06/08/2023: 113.4 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until June 8th, 2023, a total of 1,252,713 infected people and 5,938 deaths have been reported in Puerto Rico.

The total of 1,252,713 infected people currently represents 43.79 percent of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding June 8th, 2023, was 3,244, for a 7-day incidence of 113.4 cases per 100,000 population. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 0.5 percent in Puerto Rico.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 7.85 million vaccine doses have been administered as of June 2nd, 2023. There are 2.91 million people who have received at least one vaccination (101.6 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 1.81 million people (63.2 percent).

2.69 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Puerto Rico (= 94.0 percent).
This makes Puerto Rico one of the best-supplied countries in the world. The vaccination rate is higher in 8 countries.

The data (apart from arithmetical rounding) are taken unchanged from WHO publications. Vaccination rates of over 100 percent 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.

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 1,000 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 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.

Drinking water supply

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 percent. In a global comparison, only about 74 percent of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98 percent. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10 percent.


The above data correspond to the information from 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 COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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