SARASOTA-  U.S. State Department officials confirm the death of another U.S citizen in April 2019 in the Dominican Republic. That brings the total number of Americans found dead this year at the tropical tourist hot spot up top four.

With the stunning news of Dominican-born American baseball legend David Ortiz being shot Sunday at a club in the nations’ capital, Santo Domingo, many may be reconsidering their travel plans to the Caribbean island.

Exercise caution is what the U.S. Government suggests before traveling to the Dominican Republic. AAA’s Sue Fitzgerald breaks down safety tips before you board for the dream island vacation.

“Level one is just proceed with normal caution. Dominican Republic did move from a level one to a level two recently. Make sure that family and friends know where you’re going. If you’re going to a country that maybe is a little less protected or has a little more strife going on, then you might want to register with the U.S. Government to make sure that they know that you’re there as well," says Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald suggests enrolling in the smart traveler enrollment program. STEP allows Americans traveling abroad to register their itinerary with the nearest U.S. Embassy Consulate.

U.S. authorities have not established any links between the four deaths which took place in luxury resorts located in Punta Cana, La Romana and San Pedro de Macoris.

Despite recent spike in alarming incidents, Dominican government officials insist the country is safe.