May 14, 2021

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Secretary of Health believes that schools will not be able to open due to COVID-19 figures

The Secretary of the Department of Health, Lorenzo González Feliciano accepted today that with the number of cases of COVID-19 recorded by Puerto Rico, the opening of school facilities will not It is possible.

According to the plan of the Department of Education in the face of the pandemic, it is assumed that teachers and students will return to schools in person on September 17 . [19659006] “Today, with the numbers we have, we cannot open the schools. So all of that is under evaluation on a daily basis. This week we once again met with the scientists to see the data ”, stated the official in a radio interview ( WKAQ – 580 AM ).

He indicated that the rate of positivity among the Molecular coronavirus tests carried out on the island are over 5%. Asked why this number is not accurate, he said that since the Island is conducting fewer daily molecular tests than those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English) to have an accurate positivity rate, the number "does not have the same strength ".

According to González Feliciano, currently on the island there are 3,000 to 3,500 daily molecular tests, contrary in the middle of the emergency that number was around 4,500.

“The CDC says 150 tests per 100,000 inhabitants for that absolute number to have value. We have 3.2 million, that would be around 4,800 per 100,000 inhabitants ”, he stressed.

Puerto Rico today has 9,319 confirmed positive cases, 13,502 probable positive cases and 279 deaths from COVID-19. [19659006]

People who are anxious about the coronavirus can call the Assmca PAS Line at 1-800-981-0023. Those with symptoms can contact the Department of Health at 787-999-6202.

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