The Secretary of Health, Lorenzo González Feliciano, indicated that —for the moment— there are no changes in the agency's position regarding the new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on when to test for detection of Covid-19.
“At this moment there is no change of position. We discuss everything that is presented through the CDC with the scientists of our country, to then determine how we amend or how we vary our position, "he said at a press conference by Zoom on the new tracking system in Canóvanas.
The owner explained that he has not had the opportunity to meet with the Health epidemiology group to determine how to respond to the new CDC guidelines, questioned by scientists.
According to the CDC, now the tests are not necessary for those who have been in close contact with infected people, if they show no symptoms. Previous policy recommended that health departments order testing of people who have been within 6 feet of a person with the virus for more than 15 minutes.
Since New York and California have stated that they will not follow the new guidelines, while experts have warned that these could cause more deaths.
After the criticism, the CDC tried on Tuesday to clarify the new position. Director Robert Redfield said that those who come in contact with a positive "could" get tested, even if they show no symptoms.
"Anyone who needs a test for Covid-19 can get tested," he said. “Anyone who wants proof doesn't necessarily need proof; The key is to involve the public health community in the decision, with the appropriate follow-up action.
On the other hand, the Secretary of Health announced that the agency monitors Puerto Rico's capacity to perform molecular tests and specified that they will begin to report this data on a daily basis, “to redirect the population to where tests can be carried out.”
“The thing that cannot happen is that the person in their individual character without the direction of their doctor or epidemiologist makes decisions in regarding how to use the resources of Puerto Rico, "said the Minister of Health.
González Feliciano, who is in quarantine due to contact with a positive case of Covid-19, announced that the test has already been carried out. Regardless of the outcome, he indicated that he will remain in quarantine, as recommended by epidemiologists.