May 12, 2021

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Villages under alert for COVID-19 outbreak risk

Given the danger that the outbreaks of COVID-19 will continue to multiply just at the beginning of summer, when more visitors are received on the island, the Municipality of Yauco issued, this week, a traveler alert in which they ask the people of Yucatan, if they have had a history of travel in the last 30 days, to be tested for this virus.

Meanwhile, until yesterday, San Germán had identified 126 contacts from a case that turned positive several days ago . This is a woman who, in a few days, shared with other people at a birthday party and in other spaces of the community in which she resides.

In Guayanilla there was yesterday 26 people under follow-up and in isolation 11 of whom tested positive for the molecular test of COVID-19 after the initial case of people who recently arrived from the United States.

And, in Canóvanas five positive cases as a result of a primary infection of a person who came from the United States were kept under surveillance yesterday . The identified cases have been of residents of the San Isidro neighborhood, where the municipality understands there is a "hot spot" of the virus.

Meanwhile, after announcing on Tuesday that the new executive order would force the test to detect COVID-19 at airports, Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced assured yesterday that it was not that he changed his mind, but that his "opinion" would be consulted.

"Sure, I will wait for the resolution and recommendations made by the 'task medical force and economic task force, but my request is that these people, before coming to Puerto Rico, can have a negative COVID test, "he said.

At the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport , in Carolina, the National Guard runs the screening station for people who come to the island, including the possibility of free, but voluntary, serological and diagnostic tests.

"We have to open the filter and turn onthe satellite with the travelers, because this is where the cases are going to enter us, "said Andrés Juliá, an epidemiologist from Yauco.

He added that, beyond the test that can be done at the airport, his recommendation to the Yaucanos that returning from a trip is to be in isolation and, within five to seven days of arrival, undergo the molecular test, since this could help detect people who got infected on the plane or at the airport. In addition, this week, Yaucanos who have traveled in the last 30 days were asked to be tested for the virus.

“The beaches are very attractive and the tickets are cheap. The travelers are going to arrive, that is where July is coming and what people want is to see the family and go to the beach, "he said.

He assured that it would be advisable that they call him daily from the airport to tell him how many Yauco travelers they came to follow up on them. Until yesterday, Yauco's case tracking system had 19 accumulated cases, but only five active, none hospitalized.

José Bernardo Negrón, epidemiologist from San Germán, reported, for his part, that the person who tested positive for the virus last week, 126 contacts have been identified, including 13 family nuclei. Of 78 tests carried out, he said, 40 have already shown negative. He said that efforts are being made so that Health will soon carry out the 31 tests that are still to be done.

“The person (index case) is asymptomatic, but they asked for the test to return to work. I thanked her for calling willingly and being able to track cases properly. If she remained silent and there was an outbreak, we did not find out, "she said.

Negrón recommended that a massive education campaign be carried out on the risks of contagion, so that travelers who cannot spend 14 days in preventive quarantine do not travel in this moment and that all municipalities develop a system to track virus cases.

"The outbreak is under control, but we have direct communication with Health to see what measures with the force of law can be taken," he said, meanwhile, Yaritza Martoral, an epidemiologist from Guayanilla, about an outbreak that arose from a family that had returned from a trip abroad.

In Orocovis, until yesterday they had only identified ten cases, six recovered. Epidemiologist Eva Gordián stressed that, being a municipality with many tourist attractions, they remained "alert". He added that family members who come to visit the town have been communicating with the municipality so that they can take the test, which they do for free, even without a medical plan.

"Although they have opened everything, it is not that the coronavirus is over. Life goes on, but there are still many vulnerable patients, "said Dr. Carlos Mellado, medical director of Canóvanas.

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