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.

“The hospital is not ready”

Juan frets about how doctors and nurses are too exposed to the virus. After all, what are we left with if we lose those who heal us? He is concerned that those arriving in the emergency room with symptoms are not being isolated, that the protocols are not being followed, that the hospital administration is not doing its job right and the crisis is just beginning. This is the third time I talk to Juan. He works at the Ramón Ruiz Arnau University Hospital, better known as the Bayamón Regional Hospital or HURRA.