Dominican Republic Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia pushed back on reports of a pattern of suspicious deaths of American citizens Friday, as the U.S. State Department hiked the official number of Americans who have died there in the a year ago to 10.
Officials in both the US and Dominican Republic have not said any of the deaths are connected.
Although these deaths are rather recent, the Ministry of Tourism in the Dominican Republic as well state department officials told press this week that there has not been an "uptick" in mysterious deaths.
At least eight Americans have died in the popular vacation destination this year.
"People die all over the world", he said.
Cox's son, William, coordinated with Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton, where Cox worked in the radiology department, the United States Embassy and the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic in order to draw a blood sample from her mother and have it shipped to the United States.
The bodies of Day and Edward Holmes, a couple from Maryland, were found on May 30 by an employee of the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana who went to their room after they failed to check out, according to reports. It says alcoholic beverages will still be available around the clock.
The Punta Cana hotel is also working to create a US -based health care facility to guarantee that the on-site clinic is "complying with all worldwide and USA standards of care" in case visitors need medical care.
Garcia said the Dominican Republic wasn't the only place things like this happen.
Customer care assistance manager Penelope Polanco told NPR the decisions are unrelated to the series of reported deaths, but are an effort to ensure the "tranquility" of their guests. "Science also exists here in the Dominican Republic", García said. "If this is something that'll help them to feel more comfortable then we'll do it".
Espaillat made the announcement on Wednesday, saying he plans to speak to tourism and government officials to learn the latest details on the headline-making deaths--many of which came after travelers reportedly fell suddenly ill.