Health chief: Too soon for final recommendations on new executive order

By The Star Staff

Island Health Secretary Lorenzo González Feliciano said Tuesday that it is premature to offer recommendations regarding the new executive order on pandemic restrictions that would come into force on Oct. 4.

“Today [Tuesday] we resume the meeting process to devise the recommendations that will be presented to Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced, in view of the next executive order that begins on October 4,” González Feliciano said in a written statement. “The group of scientists met today and the preliminary data on each of the components related to the behavior of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico were shared; however, it is premature to advance the final recommendations, given that the complete analysis of the data is in the initial stage.”

“In the coming days, the meetings with the different sectors will continue to, finally, make recommendations to the first executive, who will make the final decision on what the next executive order will include,” the Health secretary added.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported at press time was 23,801, of which 12,767 are women and 11,034 are men. The total was adjusted after adding two cases with a sampling date of Aug. 20. The reported cases are those that have a positive PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, with a sample collection date range of Sept. 14-26.

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