PR National Guard receives 4-month extension for COVID-19 response
By John McPhaul
The Puerto Rico National Guard (PRNG) continues to support multiple missions and response efforts of the commonwealth government to combat the effects of COVID-19 on the island, PRNG Adj. Gen. José J. Reyes said Wednesday.
“We have received the federal extension for the activation of the Puerto Rico National Guard until December, to continue supporting the government in its efforts to combat COVID-19,” Reyes said. “This gives continuity to all the efforts that we have carried out since the beginning of the pandemic in March and reiterates our obligation to the well being of the Puerto Rican people.”
Reyes noted that PRNG personnel continue to lead monitoring efforts at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to detect passengers who may have symptoms of COVID-19. More than 557,019 people have undergone medical screening, of which 2,573 have had to undergo the molecular test.
At José Aponte de la Torre Airport and at the Maritime Transport Authority boat terminal in Ceiba, PRNG teams are conducting temperature monitoring activities. In this effort, more than 84,820 passengers and port personnel at the boat terminal and 13,237 passengers at the airport have undergone medical screening.
“The Joint Task Force-Puerto Rico continues with its efforts to reach all homes for the elderly,” said Brig. Gen. Miguel A. Méndez, the commander in charge of PRNG operations. “Our commitment remains firm with this population and we will support the Department of Health and the government of Puerto Rico as long as it is necessary.”
The PRNG has supported visits to nearly 300 homes for the elderly and has conducted 19,464 COVID-19 tests on residents, employees and administrators to monitor the virus in this community. In the coming days, PRNG teams will be visiting 19 homes for the elderly in the municipalities of Aguadilla, Bayamón, Corozal, Isabela, Juana Díaz, Lajas, Las Marías, Mayagüez, Peñuelas, Ponce, San Lorenzo and Trujillo Alto to reach 298 employees and 366 residents.
In the COVID-19 Test Centers established by the PRNG to carry out the molecular test on first responders on the island, the organization’s medical personnel have administered more than 81,760 tests. PRNG staff are actively communicating the results of these tests to first responders at the corresponding centers.