The pattern of forced isolation between police officers continued to increase, despite the reopening of several barracks around the island.
The Police Bureau, as stated in the daily government report, keeps 539 officers in preventive quarantine, and eight barracks or divisions are closed
At the moment, the Moca, San Germán and Yauco barracks are closed; as well as the Arms Licensing Bureau; the rescue personnel of the Rapid Action Unit Forces (FURA), the San Juan Air Unit, belonging to FURA; and the Mayagüez and San Juan motorized units.
Between yesterday and today, no barracks have been reopened, although the Caimito, Aguas Buenas and Rincón stations had previously started operating again.
Contrary to the beginning of the week, the Police is not breaking down how many officers are affected in each barracks or division.
Yesterday, when the total number of isolated agents totaled 517, 50 officers were reported to have tested negative for Covid-19. Between yesterday and today it has not been reported how many agents have tested positive.
On Wednesday, Police Commissioner Henry Escalera said 450 state agents who were assigned to work in federal ‘task forces’ have returned to their regular posts to support the casualties.
In addition, the Department of Public Safety (DSP) reported eight arrests and 48 additional complaints of curfew violations.
The data reported between yesterday and today brings the number of arrests to 69 and the number of complaints to 343 under the executive order that entered into force on March 31, which includes 141 interventions for traveling on days not corresponding to the last number of the vehicle license plate.
The DSP clarified yesterday that, although the restriction based on the tablet will not be observed on Sundays, citizens can only leave their homes for the exceptions determined in the executive order.
Today supermarkets must remain closed, gas stations are only authorized to dispense fuel and pharmacies can only sell medicines and hygiene items.
For its part, the Forensic Sciences Bureau reported that it is still awaiting the results of the coronavirus tests carried out yesterday on three men who died in their respective homes.
According to the agency, it is a 69-year-old man who died in Bayamón and two others, aged 47 and 64, who died in San Juan.
They receive donations
The Emergency Management and Disaster Administration Bureau also reported that the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Puerto Rico made a donation of personal protective equipment for health personnel, as well as other cleaning and sanitation items. According to the breakdown, donations include disinfectant (200 boxes); two million gloves; disinfectant in ‘spray’ (50 boxes); 10,000 toilet paper masks (100 boxes); hand soap (200 boxes); bottled water (30 boxes); cutlery (30 boxes); dishes (20 boxes); food containers (20 boxes); and garbage bags (10 boxes).
This week the Health Department has been in the public eye after it was revealed that expired medical supplies have been found that had been donated after Hurricane Maria. Among the wasted supplies is an inventory stored in the old Vieques Diagnostic and Treatment Center and another in a private warehouse that the government has declined to disclose, but whose value has been estimated at $ 4 million.