Hard Rock Hotel and Casino decided last week to remove alcohol packages and hope to "provide more peace for guests," said Erica Lopez.
But officials in the Dominican Republic and the United States have not said that death is linked. An official US State Department official said on Friday that there had been no unusual jump in reported deaths from the Dominican Republic, and the State Department had not issued a country-specific travel alert specific to these deaths. [1
"It's not true that American tourists are dying in our country, and it's not true that we have mysterious deaths," Minister Francisco Javier Garcia told reporters.
Two fatalities at the Hard Rock hotel
Two of the deaths occurred at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana.
David Harrison, 45, Brandywine, Maryland, dies at the hotel in July 2018, according to his widow, Dawn McCoy. They celebrated the anniversary, and she said her husband had returned with a snorkel trip a day earlier and said he was not feeling well.
Early the next morning, was sweating and could not stand up before he died. Local authorities have named the cause of death as heart attack and pulmonary edema
Three other deaths of tourists have occurred in the Grand Bahia Principe resort in La Romana. Samples taken from at least one minibar were tested by the FBI as part of the Agency's cooperation with authorities in the Dominican Republic, Health Ministry spokesman Carlos Suero said last week.
Suero added that the extensive collection of samples was taken by Dominican authorities when someone dies in a hotel room. Minibuses have been tested for bacteria and the water from the showers and sinks has been examined, he says.
And some 6.5 million tourists visited the Dominican Republic last year, more than any other Caribbean nation, according to the Caribbean Tourist Organization. The United States accounts for 2.2 million of these tourists – more than any other country in the region