Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced defended on Tuesday that her government has the capacity to adequately handle the crisis due to COVID-19. (David Villafañe Ramos)
Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced defended on Tuesday that her government has the capacity to adequately handle the crisis due to COVID-19 on the island during the coming months, while at the same time ascribing the level of mistrust reflected to a concern on the part of the citizens in The Survey of El Nuevo Día .
“I am sure that the concern that exists is that there is an increase in community contagion, not that the government does not have the capacity to meet the potential need of our people,” said the first executive in statements to this medium.
“In Puerto Rico, we have been handling the crisis caused by COVID-19 for 6 months better than any other jurisdiction in the Nation and this has been recognized. We will continue to be vigilant and always prioritize the health and life of all, ” said Vázquez Garced.
Regarding the level of confidence regarding the handling of the situation in the coming months, 39% of those surveyed said they feel “little confidence” in the ability of the state government to deal effectively with the crisis, and another 22% said they do not have ” no confidence ”, which means that 61% of those consulted feel less or no confidence in the governmental apparatus for the future to deal with the emergency caused by the pandemic.
“The level of trust reflected in the publication of the information has to be translated into personal levels of caution and care regarding the way in which citizens conduct their daily lives,” the governor stated about the results of the Survey. time that he reiterated his call to citizens to practice the necessary measures to prevent the virus.
“I can understand that there is concern about the potential increase in cases as a result of community contagion,” said Vázquez Garced, assigning the results of the survey to citizen concern. “I reiterate that it is everyone's duty to maintain the precautions established by the CDC and the Department of Health, which have worked in most cases,” he said.
The results of the Survey and the response of the governor come three days after the entry into force of the new executive order of the government to direct efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico.
“I can say that the increase in cases to 23,801, to date, represents that, based on the tests that have been carried out, we have a level of positives that puts us on alert, but that does not put us in a position to return to a total closure. I reiterate that control has to be in the hands of each family unit, ”the governor said in her statements to this medium.
Precisely today, the Secretary of Health Lorenzo González Feliciano met with a group of experts to discuss possible recommendations to the first executive regarding measures for the new order to control infections on the island.
Vázquez Garced praised the work of his administration during the past months in the face of the effects of the pandemic on the island. He stated that the level of infections “was contained in time with being the first jurisdiction in the states and territories to establish a 'lockdown' 24/7, saving thousands of lives and protecting health.”
It also argued that Puerto Rico was the first jurisdiction to establish cruise entry control, air traffic control through the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, to carry out screening at the airport with the National Guard, to impose the use of the mandatory mask to avoid contagion, to establish a medical group of experts to manage the pandemic, among other measures.
“These measures demonstrate a government aware of the seriousness and proactive to protect its citizens always,” he said.