13 March 2020 – Public Health laboratory certified to perform COVID-19 tests

Type of Intervention: Other Announcement
Sectors Involved: Health
Level of Jurisdiction: PR
Lead People/Agency: Puerto Rico Department of Health

Overview: The Department of Health, in accordance with the demands that Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced was making to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). English) in order for the reagents to be delivered and for the tests of the coronavirus COVID-19 to be carried out in Puerto Rico, it announces that they were received yesterday and the validation process began.
Full details here: https://www.fortaleza.pr.gov/content/gobernadora-v-zquez-garced-informa-que-el-laboratorio-de-salud-p-blica-del-departamento-de

Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat