The Secretary of the Department of Health, Lorenzo González, admitted that the medical and economic ‘task forces’ will not disappear in their entirety, although Governor Wanda Vázquez left them out of the battle against Covid-19 at a time when there is an increase of cases by community transmission.
“When the governor opts for an executive order provision to eliminate the ‘task force’ it is in the context of a mandate and to give it power,” he said.
He pointed out that Health would use them – independently – to make decisions related to the pandemic.
“They are eliminated in the context of executive order. They do not disappear because they are necessary entities for the Department of Health to generate public policy proposals,” he said.
He explained that the medical task force and the economic task force “are essential in this effort.”
“Everyone is going to participate in the different meetings that are held in the Department of Health, not by executive order provision but by willingness to collaborate with the government of Puerto Rico and for a better Puerto Rico,” he said.
The official also reiterated that face-to-face classes in the public system would not begin until further notice and denied that the new executive order has deferred with the recommendations made by the doctors.
Their expressions emerged this morning at a press conference in conjunction with the municipality of Caguas about the tracking system in that municipality.