As of today, every passenger arriving at the island's airports on a flight from the United States or any international destination is considered a person with reasonable suspicion of having been exposed to the coronavirus (Covid-19).
Therefore, passengers must arrive on the Island with a negative Covid-19 result from a molecular test carried out within 72 hours before arrival, or else they must remain in quarantine for a period of 14 days or for the length of their stay in Puerto Rico, whichever is shorter.
However, many passengers who arrived today at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, in Carolina, were unaware that they had to bring a negative result of a molecular test, although they were confident that they would be tested in the vicinity of the airport.
Upon arrival on the Island, Wilky Massa, a man on a flight from Philadelphia, said that He was not informed that he had to fill out a traveler's declaration and that he did not know about the portals in which his information could enter. He added that he was also not oriented on the plane.
When asked if he would be in quarantine for 14 days, he replied: "I was not told anything like that." Massa acknowledged, however, that he knew that the test could be performed at the airport, because he heard it on the plane.
Likewise, Giovanni de Jesús, another passenger who arrived at the airport, stressed that he did not have the result of the molecular test. "I have to be tested. I am willing to do the test, "said De Jesús, who recognized that this initiative to do the tests at the airport is very good.
At 10:00 am, the Health Secretary, Lorenzo González Feliciano, did not have the data on how many passengers had entered the airport at the moment, how many had brought the negative molecular test result, and how many had gone to quarantine.
“We are processing the information. We should have it sometime during the day. When the day ends we can (have) more evidence of how the first 24 hours of the effort developed, "he said.
González Feliciano said that these passengers who arrived without the test have two options:" They have the test or you are going to quarantine . So you go to quarantine, it is at your own cost to be tested in Puerto Rico. We know that in Puerto Rico, as in the 50 states, the reagent capacity is limited. There are questions as to why the Department did not make the arrangements, the arrangements have been made every day. ”
When asked by a journalist about how effective the tracking of the passenger arriving in Puerto Rico will be, the official replied:“ It is a representative sample of the total number of visitors, which will be rationally monitored. You cannot monitor 100% of the people who are going to arrive, but we are going to make a representative sample of the population that arrives in Puerto Rico, which is going to be monitored through the Sara Alert process. ”
Before these expressions, a journalist asked if all passengers arriving on the Island were not supposed to be tested for the Covid-19, to which he replied: “Do you know how many resources you need to monitor 10,000 people? Is that being done in New York? Hawaii, Alaska, who submitted the model they were supposedly wearing, have they started it? Do you know what Alaska was going to do? establish quarantine. They don't have a monitoring of that group. ”
“ Hawaii doesn't have any monitoring. So we are doing what no one in the United States is doing. Very well done by scientists from Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is the example to follow in the United States of America. Simple like that, "he stressed.