The Department of Health will carry out massive tests today to detect positive cases of coronavirus and to be able to control infections in the municipality of Vieques. They will also be vaccinating all adult residents in a joint effort with the soldiers of the Puerto Rico National Guard.
The Secretary of the Department of Health (DS), Carlos Mellado López, and the adjutant general of the National Guard, José Reyes, will travel with their work teams for the day’s operations.
Testing will take place between 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Corefy Center and vaccination will take place at the community school, both free of charge.
“We go with the entire health team with the intention of testing as many people as possible. The idea is to detect positive cases early and treat them. We will be evaluating the cases with symptoms and those with the highest risk will be offered monoclonal treatment. This treatment is very effective and is being used very little on the island. We want to the extent possible that hospitalizations decrease and above all that our people do not die, “said Mellado.
As he explained, they will be conducting massive tests throughout Puerto Rico responding to the governor’s call to address the pandemic. Antigen tests detect the coronavirus, and can be performed on anyone older than two years. The results are ready in 15 minutes and are sent by email or text message. Positive cases are cared for by an epidemiologist and are monitored by the surveillance system of the Department of Health.
Dr. Mellado’s recommendation for those who test positive is to isolate themselves. As far as possible they should stay in a separate room from the family, use a dedicated bathroom and disinfect surfaces constantly.
Health personnel will carry out massive tests tomorrow at the Luis “Wito” Santiago Convention Center in Coamo. On Saturday, January 16 at the Antonio Barceló Coliseum in Toa Baja and on Tuesday, January 19 at the Ovidio de Jesús Stadium in Rio Grande. All events will take place between 9:00 to 3:00 pm.