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[AUDIO REPORT] Puerto Rico COVID-19 Task Force status update

Dr. Juan Salgado, a member of the Task Force attending the COVID-19 pandemic on the island, provided several updates on current case numbers, and anticipated that the group has received proposals from the private sector to add new machines for molecular testing of the virus that have been recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in addition to the 200,000 rapid tests it is acquiring from a manufacturer in China.

The government may also consider a proposal from a private provider that can lease ventilators, of which there is a shortage throughout Puerto Rico’s hospitals. At present, there are 880 units, of which 500 can be used to address the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Puerto Rico, he said.

If the disease spreads as predicted, the island would need between 15,800 and 20,250 ventilators, according to an investigation by the Center for Investigative Journalism. Salgado said neither of those numbers would be possible to attain.

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Business reporter with 25 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other areas of the economy.

Comments (2)

  1. Hi, thank you so much for your English coverage of Puerto Rico! A lot of good information in this interview! I was hoping you would’ve touched on how they are protecting the islands of Vieques and Culebra, since both sister islands do not have hospitals and are very vulnerable. Also interested in whether or not the FAA is going to approve the governors request to restrict incoming flights. This is critical in helping us stay protected. Thank you again for your efforts.

    • Hi. Thanks for reaching out to us. We will continue to do our very best to keep you and all of our readers informed. As soon as we learn more, we will publish it. Be safe and #STAYHOME.

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