CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Puerto Rico Has Declared State of Emergency

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By Matt Blair

March 12, 2020

The Governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez declared a state of emergency today, due to the imminent arrival of the Coronavirus to the island. The decision was made as a preventive measure to protect citizens, even though no cases have been confirmed yet.

While Vázquez specified that there are no positive cases yet, she took prevention a step forward by activating the National Guard. Their job will be “to evaluate every person that arrives at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.”

The Governor also advised citizens to use their best judgment and avoid public gathering scheduled in the upcoming days and asked Government officials and employees to not go to work, if they have any symptoms.

She also encouraged government agencies and private companies to implement a “work from home” policy for their employees.

Considering the economic implications of Coronavirus on Puerto Rican families, Vázquez also approved the delay of the April 15th tax deadline. The extension will allow citizens to file their taxes no later than May 15th. In Puerto Rico, many people still have no access to file their taxes online.

And The Quarantined Patients?

Twelve more suspected cases have been reported, which brings the total of suspicious patients in Puerto Rico to 17. But health authorities on the Island are still waiting for the results of the first five cases, those passengers who arrived on Sunday, on board of a cruise ship

The Governor of Puerto Rico at the press conference in San Juan this afternoon.

At the press conference, Vazquez did not hide her concern because of the delay in receiving the results from the CDC. However, she assured that her latest conversation with the CDC officials in charge, she was promised to have the pending results ready within the next 48 hours.

“It is unacceptable that at this point, we still don’t have the results of the first tests we sent”, she added.

You can read more about the domino effect the unpreparedness of the federal government has on Puerto Rico here.

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