The Health Department released the weekly report on COVID-19 transmission from the community in Puerto Rico tonight, revealing that 38 municipalities have a high transmission, so they will not be able to open schools in person.
This number represents an increase of more than double compared to last week, when only 14 municipalities were in the red contamination level. The school restriction applies to public and private schools.
The municipalities where the schools belong to Kindergarten through twelfth (12) grade must be in virtual instruction mode son:
Aguada, Aguadilla, Cabo Rojo, Camuy, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Ciales, Coamo, Comerío, Corozal, Dorado, Guayanilla, Hatillo, Hormigueros, Jayuya, Juncos, Lares, Las Marías, Loíza, Luquillo, Moca, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Quebradillas, Rincón, Río Grande, Sabana Grande, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Utuado and Vega Alta.
On the other hand, there is 12 municipalities with substantial transmissionThat is, they must guarantee COVID testing twice a week for teachers, teachers and staff working in those schools.
These are: Adjuntas, Añasco, Barceloneta, Bayamón, Caguas, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Humacao, Las Piedras, San Sebastián, Vega Baja and Yauco.
In moderate transfer there are 22 municipalities, where measures should also be taken such as testing teaching staff and at least 10% of the student population receiving hybrid classes.
These are: Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barranquitas, Cidra, Florida, Guayama, Guánica, Isabela, Juana Díaz, Lajas, Manatí, Maunabo, Mayagüez, Peñuelas, Ponce, Salinas, Santa Isabel, Vieques, Villalba and Yabucoa.
And last but not least, with low transmission there are six municipalities and they will be able to support themselves with classes. These are: Ceiba, Culebra, Fajardo, Maricao, Patillas and San Germán.
The president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Víctor Ramos he warned in an interview with Subway last Sunday that the scenario of school closure would be due to the increase in infections. Regardless of the recommendations of the tracking system (which would close the schools until April 19), the same protocol of the schools establishes that if one of the levels (indicators) is red (critical), it is necessary to check all the schools, so in the end would it happen anyway, ”said Ramos.
Currently, there are 115.54 active cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants on the island, representing a position growth of more than 10%.
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