Peñasco mayor urges Federal and State Health Institutions for auxiliary medical supplies to combat COVID-19
Press Release 0449. XXIII H. AYUNTAMIENTO DE PUERTO PEÑASCO. March 17, 2020.
Given the World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, Mayor Kiko Munro has called on Federal and State Public Health Institutions to be prepared with auxiliary medical supplies for treatments at Hospitals and Health Centers to address any possible confirmed cases in the municipality of Puerto Peñasco.
In letters sent to Dr. Jorge Alcocer Varela, Federal Ministry of Health, as well as Adolfo Anerique Claussen Iberri, Sonora Secretary of Health, Mayor Munro expressed this request stems from his concern for the health of the city’s residents.
Another strategy to recommend, after the recent evaluation by Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich and State Health Authorities, is that of strongly urging the community to stay home and take preventive steps, along with all necessary hygiene measures.
“The best manner to prevent contagion of this virus is to be preventative,” stated the Mayor, as well as remain at home with the family and avoid non-essential activities such as going to the movies, gym, or large events of any kind, just as the State government has recommended.
The mayor emphasized the community should not succumb to panic buying, nor follow false reports on the virus. Rather, he urged everyone to remain informed through official sources.
Concerning possible beach closures, Mayor Kiko Munro stated they are awaiting a formal written health contingency declaration from the State Government, as well as instructions from the Federal Government to temporarily close beaches and waterparks throughout Mexico, as appropriate, as an estimated 80,000 people are expected to visit over coming weeks. The mayor explained once these conditions are met, “we would hope to be supported with a strength of force to be able to comply with such an instruction.”
The mayor made assurances his administration is following the extraordinary Federal and State prevention strategies, as well as those of the World Health Organization, and have intensified manners of providing and disseminating information through the campaign “Prevent the CoronaVirus, Follow the Right Path.”
**NOTE– Mexican health authorities request if anyone believes they have suspicious symptoms, DO NOT GO TO HOSPITALS OR EMERGENCY ROOMS. Isolate yourself at home and call 800 0044800, of the Epidemiology Intelligence Unit (UIES) so they can go to you and take a sample.
Additional preventive measures against COVID-19 include that of suspending large public government events of a civic, social, or cultural nature as of Friday, March 13th, along with activities of municipal athletic leagues. Furthermore, the community is urged to heed the recommendations made by the Secretary of Health and the Secretary of Education (SEC), concerning school closures.