Passengers arrive in Puerto Rico from areas of greatest contagion by coronavirus in the US

The spike in COVID-19 cases in regions with the highest concentration of Puerto Ricans living in the United States, added to the historic volume of traffic of passengers arriving from those places through the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport could represent an open route for the transmission of the virus. In Puerto Rico, epidemiology, public health, and infectious disease experts interviewed by the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, in Spanish) agreed. Upon reviewing data of the areas of greater COVID-19 infection in the United States, it appears that New York, New Jersey, and Florida are among the first 10 places in the spread of the virus. According to 2018 Census data, these three states are where the most Puerto Ricans live. Most of the flights that arrived at the airport between Mar.

Pasajeros llegan a Puerto Rico desde las zonas de mayor contagio por coronavirus en Estados Unidos

El aumento de casos de COVID-19 en las zonas donde viven más puertorriqueños en Estados Unidos sumado al histórico tránsito de personas que llegan desde estos lugares a través del Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín (AILMM) podrían ser una vía franca para el contagio del virus en Puerto Rico, coincidieron expertos en epidemiología, salud pública e infecciones entrevistados por el Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI). Al examinar los datos en las áreas de mayor contagio de COVID-19 en Estados Unidos, surge que Nueva York, New Jersey y Florida están en los primeros 10 lugares de propagación del virus. En esos tres estados es donde más puertorriqueños residen, según datos de 2018 del Censo. La mayoría de los vuelos que llegaron por el aeropuerto entre 8 y 17 de marzo vinieron desde estos estados, indican los datos analizados por el CPI. “A medida que aumentaron los casos allá [en Nueva York, New Jersey Florida] y siguieran los vuelos a Puerto Rico, acá también iban a aumentar los casos.

I Tested Negative for Coronavirus

It’s past 8 on Friday night and my immediate future is at the mercy of three Q-tips and two vials of blood heading to a laboratory. The Q-tips carry a sample that was taken from my nose and another from my throat to test if I have influenza or coronavirus. Four days ago, when I received an email from the organizers of the conference where I spent four days in New Orleans, I hand sanitized two friends with whom I was having dinner. I was told that one of the conference attendees had tested positive for the coronavirus. For the first time I don’t feel the freezing cold of hospitals.

Former HUD Deputy Secretary Works at Firm Commissioned for Puerto Rico’s Recovery Efforts

Pamela H. Patenaude helped lock down a record amount of recovery funds for the Island. After her resignation from the U.S. Department of Housing, she went to work with the firm IEM, which obtained a multi-million-dollar contract with the first allocation of the money she secured. When Pamela H. Patenaude announced her departure as undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Dec. 17, 2018, former Secretary of the Puerto Rico Housing Department, Fernando Gil-Enseñat, and several local officials publicly lamented it. Patenaude, who was second in command after Secretary Ben Carson, was an important ally of the Island after Hurricanes Irma and María in September 2017.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allowed multimillion-dollar fraud in Puerto Rico’s power grid repair contracts

The audit of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) published Sept. 30, 2019 details how two of its districts — Hunstville and Jacksonville — failed to supervise and review the contracts, invoices and work performed by companies Fluor Enterprises and PowerSecure in Puerto Rico. These failures led to the U.S. Corps of Engineers paying $20.9 million to Fluor Enterprises and $29.2 million to PowerSecure.

El Cuerpo de Ingenieros de EE UU permitió un desfalco multimillonario en la recuperación de la red eléctrica en Puerto Rico

La auditoría al Cuerpo de Ingenieros, publicada el pasado 30 de septiembre, detalla cómo dos de sus distritos — Hunstville y Jacksonville — fallaron en supervisar y revisar los contratos, facturas y trabajos realizados por las empresas Fluor Enterprises y PowerSecure en Puerto Rico.