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Puerto Rico discovers protective supply cache amid COVID-19

Virus Outbreak Puerto Rico
Posted at 8:44 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 20:44:03-04

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The suspected mismanagement of essential supplies during Hurricane Maria has turned out to be a boon for Puerto Rico as it fights a rise in coronavirus cases.

Health Secretary Lorenzo González said Saturday that officials discovered a cache of urgently needed personal protective equipment at a hospital in the nearby island of Vieques that remains closed since the Category 4 storm hit in September 2017.

He said the equipment includes face masks, gloves, gowns and face shields that were in good condition.

Puerto Rico has reported 18 deaths, including that of a nurse, and more than 450 confirmed cases, including police officers who have demanded more personal protective equipment.