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Puerto Rico Governor Announces 9/20 Committee for Hurricane-Related Deaths

The committee will consist of public health and officials from the administration of governor Ricardo Rosselló.

  • Nov 2, 2018
  • 2:04 pm

Day Before Trump Tweets About Death Count, Puerto Rican Govt Officials Met With White House to Discuss Hurricane María Messaging

PRFAA, the official Washington office for the governor of Puerto Rico, has declined to comment about whether or not the meeting took place.

  • Sep 13, 2018
  • 2:09 pm

After Government of Puerto Rico Confirms Much Higher Hurricane María Death Count Estimate, Says GW Study Will Be Made Public Last Week of August

“The official number will be updated once the GW study is out,” Pedro Cerame, a spokesperson for the Puerto Rico’s Federal Affairs Administration, said.

  • Aug 9, 2018
  • 10:07 am

Researchers Estimate 1,139 Hurricane María Excess Deaths in Puerto Rico Through December 2017

“Based on death records following Hurricane Maria, the estimated hurricane-related mortality burden of 1,139 excess deaths through December 2017 was higher than the official death toll of 64.”

  • Aug 2, 2018
  • 8:52 pm

Government of Puerto Rico Says It Expects GW Hurricane Death Count Study With Estimates in 2–3 Weeks

“We don’t have anything of the actual study in our hands. The government doesn’t have anything right now,” a spokesperson said.

  • Jul 26, 2018
  • 6:05 pm

Rosselló Says He Would Support Congressional Commission on Hurricane María Death Toll

“Anything that would give more clarity to the situation, of course we support it,” the governor of Puerto Rico told Latino Rebels.

  • Jun 28, 2018
  • 5:43 pm

Judge Orders Puerto Rican Government to Release Hurricane María Death Information to CPI and CNN

“This Court concludes that, with exception to Social Security numbers, the information contained in the death certificates and any additional information is not privileged.”

  • Jun 5, 2018
  • 11:17 am

There Were 1,244 More Deaths in Puerto Rico the Two Months After Hurricanes Irma and María Than Same Period in 2016: And That Number Could Be Growing

It is important to note, as the Department of Health’s own chart says, that the data for 2017 is still preliminary, since the final numbers are going through the quality control process and validation.

  • Jun 2, 2018
  • 9:38 am

New Harvard Study: Puerto Rico Hurricane María Death Toll 70 Times Greater Than Official Number of 64

“This rate yielded a total of 4645 excess deaths during this period.”

  • May 29, 2018
  • 10:33 am

Angelo Falcón Was a True Latino Rebel

We will miss you.

  • May 25, 2018
  • 1:08 pm

GW’s Puerto Rico Hurricane María Death Count Study Won’t Be Available Until Summer

“The research process so far, including the paperwork related to contractual and data-use agreements, has taken longer than expected,” a spokesperson told Latino Rebels.

  • May 21, 2018
  • 3:56 pm

Data From Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics Confirms Excess Deaths After Hurricane María

“The total number of deaths above average in September, October and November was 1,230, according to Alexis Santos, a demographer at Pennsylvania State University.”

  • Feb 28, 2018
  • 5:40 pm

BuzzFeed News Report: Aide to Puerto Rico Governor Tried to Stop Questions About Death Count

“As BuzzFeed News asked the questions, Rosselló’s spokesperson tried to conclude the interview.”

  • Feb 15, 2018
  • 3:49 pm

Puerto Rico’s Department of Health Says It Is Not Authorized to Provide Updated 2017 Death Statistics

“Therefore, until this investigation is completed, and by recommendation of the CDC itself, we are not authorized to provide new mortality data for the year 2017.”

  • Feb 12, 2018
  • 4:47 pm

LULAC Censures Organization President for Writing Trump Immigration Letter

“We apologize to all the advocates and the members who have been working so hard to address the issue of the DREAMers.”

  • Feb 8, 2018
  • 5:56 pm

Puerto Rican Journalists Sue Demographic Registry Over Hurricane María Death Statistics

The CPI said that government agencies have the “the obligation to share requested information.”

  • Feb 8, 2018
  • 9:28 am

Puerto Rico’s Government Won’t Update Post-Hurricane Death Data Until Formal Report Is Completed

“Once the report is prepared, all details will be shared.”

  • Feb 1, 2018
  • 2:29 pm

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Plans to Present Statehood Commission to Congress

A Tuesday media release from the government of Puerto Rico said that the island’s resident commissioner —a non-voting delegate of Congress— plans to present the seven members of a Puerto Rican statehood commission to the House of Representatives.

  • Jan 9, 2018
  • 5:08 pm

As Deaths From September and October Continue to Increase, Puerto Rico Governor Announces Details on Death Toll Working Group

As of this posting, there have now been a total of 537 more deaths in September 2017 when compared with September 2016, and 657 more deaths in October 2017 when compared to October 2017.

  • Jan 4, 2018
  • 4:24 pm

After Reports of Higher Hurricane María Deaths, Puerto Rico Governor Calls for Formal Investigation and Review

“We always expected that the number of hurricane-related deaths would increase as we received more factual information —not hearsay— and this review will ensure we are correctly counting everybody.”

  • Dec 18, 2017
  • 10:13 am

Government of Puerto Rico Responds to Hurricane María Death Count Story

“With this, I suggest that the number of total deaths in Puerto Rico is not a fixed one.”

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • 11:04 am