Gov. Wanda Vázquez: ‘We have to learn to live with COVID’
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Gove. Wanda Vázquez Garced said Friday that citizens have to learn to live with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and assured that the virus in Puerto Rico is under control.
“To our citizens, this is serious. We have to continue with safety measures. To the extent that we comply with the safety measures—masks, gloves and social distancing—and those who want to take the test…are distributed in different centers; they are accessible. We want a healthy people, that is the priority. I know there is a lot of fear. Once the stores and jobs open, it depends on each one of you. We have to learn to live with COVID. For now, we have it under control,” the governor said at a press conference.
“There are scientists who assure that in December there will be another outbreak; we are going to learn to live with it (COVID-19),” she added.
Asked about what makes her think the virus is under control in Puerto Rico, the governor replied that “there are going to be positive cases; there [inevitably] will be because people are opening up. If we are going to open jobs and businesses, there must be protection.”
She urged people who go out should wear gloves and masks.
The governor made her remarks in the municipality of Guaynabo, where she observed the COVID-19 testing procedure for employees of the municipality together with Mayor Ángel Pérez.
Regarding the executive order for businesses such as beauty salons and barbershops, no final determination has yet been made regarding their opening.
“We are going to follow the executive order as it is. If you have not seen an amended order, the order that is in force is the one that ends on the 25th,” Vázquez Garced said.
The governor said she does not foresee any amendments for now.