Caguas mayor in isolation after potential exposure to virus

By John McPhaul

Caguas Mayor William Miranda Torres announced Sunday that he will remain in isolation after discovering that a person who participated in a work meeting in which preventive measures were taken tested positive for COVID-19.

“Last Friday I participated in a work meeting where the appropriate measures of social distancing and the use of masks were complied with. However, on Saturday I learned of the positive result for the virus of a person who participated in the meeting,” Miranda Torres said. “I will be in isolation as dictated by the measures in a case like this and next Wednesday I will be doing the molecular test.”

He added that “I will remain isolated until I meet the established term of quarantine for this virus and after the test is carried out I will wait for the result and we will let you know.”

“I urge anyone who is in a similar situation to isolate themselves and do the proper tests,” Miranda Torres said.

Likewise, he said that people who have symptoms should not leave their homes if it is not necessary and they should not participate in work activities or activities of any other nature that put the health of other people at risk. People must be very aware of symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, among others, he said, so that they seek medical assistance and avoid coming into contact with other people.

Miranda Torres noted the confidential telephone line of the Center for the Tracking and Control of COVID-19 Infection under Caguas’ Positive Support Project (Proyecto Apoyo Positivo Criollo): 787-296-9292.

The services available under the municipality’s Positive Support Project include a case investigation and contact tracing system, educational intervention and delivery of protective materials in the community, psychological services, nutrition, delivery of supplies to prevent people from leaving their home, referrals to telemedicine, referrals to COVID-19 tests, health education with the collaboration of the SANOS Corp., and counseling services that include grief counseling for families that lose a member to the coronavirus. The phone line is available Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. at 8 p.m. The email address is also available.

The requirements for obtaining services from the Positive Support Project are: being a resident of Caguas, having been at risk of contracting COVID-19 infection and having evidence of a clinical diagnosis of COVID-19 for the food delivery service.

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