Health chief stresses expanded testing & notification process at airport

By The Star Staff

Health Secretary Lorenzo González Feliciano, along with Canóvanas Mayor Lornna Soto, emphasized on Monday the COVID-19 testing process at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

“Another station has been added in the JetBlue terminal area. It is voluntary. Serological and molecular tests are being done.The Aguadilla airport is being added, the Ponce airport is being added and then what is going to be used is the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] platform, the SARA Alert [monitoring system], a communication platform,” González Feliciano said at a press conference. “We who receive our [family members from off the island] recognize that one of the requests that the population of Puerto Rico must make for visitors is, if you come to my house, bring your proof from the airport with you and guarantee that it is a negative. We are talking about social and medical awareness.”

Soto spoke about the outbreak of COVID-19 that occurred in the San Isidro sector of Canóvanas, where one person came from the United States to attend a family activity and five people ended up testing positive for COVID-19 even though there is testing at the airport.

The mayor also announced that she will hire an epidemiologist for Canóvanas.

“Canóvanas’ situation is under con- trol,” she said. “… There is no outbreak. There has not been an outbreak since we started.”

“It is an outbreak [only] in reference to a group of people, it is an outbreak in a particular community, five or six cases related to the same positive, and what we are going to guarantee is that these people continue to be tested and that there is not another overexposure of people,” Soto added.

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