They declare a state of emergency in Santa Isabel due to COVID-19

The mayor of Santa Isabel, Enrique Questell Alvarado, announced that he decreed a state of emergency and established a partial closure of municipal operations from December 7 to December 20, 2020, through Municipal Executive Order No. 11 series 2020 -2021.

As he said, the decision was made since according to the report of the Municipal System for Investigation of Cases and Tracking of Contacts the workplace is the area with the highest frequency of contagion with 30.4% and also Santa Isabel is in the municipalities with a positivity greater than 10% which means a red risk level.

“Since the pandemic began, we have made decisions to safeguard the health and safety of our employees and the people of Santa Isabel. Recognizing the number of positive cases and the risk of spread, we follow the recommendation of the Mathematical Modeling Team of the Puerto Rico Public Health Trust of a partial closure of at least 14 days to flatten the contagion curve, “explained Questell Alvarado.

According to the report of the Trace, Assistance and Orientation Program on COVID-19, 139 cases confirmed by molecular testing were identified as of November 30, of which 41 are still active, 96 closed, 1 death and 1 person hospitalized.

They also identified 11 active cases confirmed by antigen testing and in terms of probable cases, until that date, they identified 346 cases of which 27 are still active, 318 closed and 1 death.

In total, since the start of the pandemic Santa Isabel has had 154 accumulated confirmed cases.

The report indicates that the incidence of new cases in the municipality is 7 people per 1,000 inhabitants, but if the total accumulated cases between molecular, antigens and serological are evaluated, the rate increases to 22 people per 1,000 inhabitants.

“We are going to continue pending the cases that arise during this time and if we have to make the decision to extend the partial closure order, we will do so for the safety of our employees, their families and all Santaisabelinos. In addition, I instructed the Director of Finance to identify and reschedule the resources necessary to cover operations of the Tracking, Assistance and Orientation Program until January 31, 2021, unless additional allocations are received from the state government for these purposes ” , the Mayor mentioned.

The funds allocated by the State Government to pay the operating expenses of the Monitoring System under the CARES Act Program cover until December 31, 2020.

Questell Alvarado also mentioned that the different guidelines for municipal employees were established in the municipal executive order and the directors of the departments were instructed to impart them.

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