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Thu Apr 2, 2020, 07:59 PM

Puerto Rico acknowledges missteps as virus peak looms

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s newest health secretary on Wednesday acknowledged a series of mistakes the government has committed as the U.S. territory prepares for a peak in coronavirus cases.

Lorenzo González, who is the third health secretary to serve in the span of two weeks, said the missteps include a lack of contact tracing and improper tracking of those who have tested positive.

“The process was deficient,” he said. “Nobody along those lines of command did what was prudent.”

González also said two hospitals, including one previously designated to receive coronavirus patients, will be investigated and fined for recently refusing to accept a patient presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Puerto Rico has reported 11 deaths and more than 280 confirmed cases.

Read more: https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/coronavirus/puerto-rico-acknowledges-missteps-as-virus-peak-looms/article_305b70f7-d343-5dc8-b641-aed6e6d9a667.html

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Thu Apr 2, 2020, 08:35 PM

1. This is tragic.

Puerto Rico seems particularly hard hit by natural disasters since Trump was elected: Hurricane Maria, the earthquakes, and now this. They've borne the brunt of living under this "no responsibility for natural disasters" response from Trump & Co. since 2017, three long years. If our lives feel so horrible right now, theirs must be so much worse.

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