Governor extends public health emergency to April 1

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The governorwill continue to monitor the response to the island's gradual reopening, so that further adjustments can be made immediately as needed. (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has signed an executive order extending the public health emergency to April 1.

In signing Executive Order 2021-05, the governor said that while the community has made significant advances in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by availing of opportunities for free testing and vaccinations and by practicing mitigating measures, COVID-19 remains a significant threat to public health.

In addition, the emergence of more contagious variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 in several countries, including the United States, necessitates continued public health precautions even though hospitalizations and positivity rates have decreased and remained low for several weeks.

“As our community works to recover from the physical, emotional, and financial strain caused by this global pandemic, it is important for us to recognize that the emergency has not yet ended and that we are now, and will continue to be for some time, necessarily engaged in emergency response,” Leon Guerrero stated.

The governor added that she will continue to monitor the response to the island’s gradual reopening, so that further adjustments can be made immediately as needed.

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