SAN JUAN – The secretary of Puerto Rico’s Department of Health, Lorenzo González Feliciano, announced Wednesday that he tested positive for Covid-19. One of his recent contacts, Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced, has canceled her in-person meetings for the week despite reportedly testing negative.
Secretary González said in a statement that he was tested after having been traveling for the past few days — reportedly in New York and visiting his daughters elsewhere — that he will go into “isolation for the recommended time, according to the Department of Health’s Office of Epidemiology. “
The health official assured that he provided “information about the people” with whom he spent time over “the past few days, so that the corresponding contact tracing can begin” and those around him can get tested and isolate, while their respective information is collected as well.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, Gov. Vázquez announced that she had tested negative for the novel disease after a trip to Orlando and New York.
“Responsibly, before traveling to the United States and now when I arrived in the island, I took the molecular test for COVID-19, and both tests were negative,” said the governor.
Her office said the the staff who traveled with her tested negative as well but she would repeat the test in five days, which she reportedly did so four days later, Tuesday, and tested negative.
The governor will likely be administered Covid-19 tests daily for the next few days out of an abundance of caution, as it may take as many as five days for the coronavirus to replicate enough to be detected.
“Although I will keep working remotely from home, as long as my health allows it, I will [not participate in] any public activity, ”the secretary said, asking“ everyone for room to handle this health situation, with the commitment to rejoin ”his work team and public life in person“ as soon as possible. ”
While in New York, the governor met with, among others, the special representative for Puerto Rico’s disaster recovery at the White House, Rear Adm. Peter Brown; Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) staff; and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 2 Administrator Tom Von Essen.