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Retired professor from the Mayagüez Campus of the UPR receives appointment to NOAA

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Professor Aurelio Mercado Irizarry, retired from the Department of Marine Sciences of the Mayagüez University Campus (RUM), of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), received an appointment as a member of the Tsunami Science and Technology Advisor Panel of the National Oceanic Administration and Atmospheric (NOAA), with the main mission of advising on scientific issues and the use of technology related to tsunamis.

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Researcher at the UPR Cayey studies the effectiveness of COVID-19 prevention measures through mathematical models

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With the purpose of developing mathematical models that study the effectiveness of interventions such as physical distancing, effective treatment and / or social distancing in the prevention, mitigation or eradication of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Mayteé Cruz Aponte of the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey (UPR-Cayey), is developing an investigation to evaluate the existing mitigation measures in order to design additional methods for the eradication of the current pandemic.

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“Salud Pública al Mediodía”, a new virtual show about COVID-19 and public health

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The Puerto Rico Public Health Trust (PRPHT), a program of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT), launches “Salud Pública al Mediodía” (Public Health at Noon), the new digital transmission of live segments whose host will be the executive director of the PRPHT, Dr. José F. Rodríguez Orengo. The show will air via Facebook Live two to three times a week at noon; and will bring COVID-19 updates and various public health topics starting Monday, August 10.

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Alert on the Increase of COVID-19 Cases in Puerto Rico after surpassing 225 thousand molecular tests

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After accomplishing more than 225,000 thousand molecular tests by private reference laboratories on the Island; The Puerto Rico Public Health Trust (PRPHT), a program of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT) along with the Department of Health of Puerto Rico, warn of the reflected increase in positive cases of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

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Innovación para acelerar el acceso a pruebas moleculares

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En el laboratorio de Engine-4 Coworking Space en Bayamón se adelanta el diseño y la impresión tridimensional de hisopos de resina para realizar las pruebas moleculares del COVID-19, con miras a que Puerto Rico no dependa de recibir desde el exterior estos componentes esenciales en la lucha por contener la pandemia.

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Puerto Rico reference laboratories have reached 100,000 molecular tests

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The COVID-19 Clinical Laboratory Working Group led by the Puerto Rico Public Health Trust (PRPHT), a program of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust; Ciencia Puerto Rico, and the reference laboratories of Puerto Rico announce that 100,000 molecular tests for SARS-CoV-2 have already been completed since March 26 in collaborative efforts to fight the novel virus on the Island. The group also indicates that more than 3,000 daily tests are already being completed in these laboratories.

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From zero to over a thousand molecular tests a day

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Recognizing the scarcity of molecular testing on the Island and with the concern that the number of tests needs to be increased to lessen the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust and its Puerto Rico Public Health Trust (PRPHT) program have joined forces in a collaboration with CienciaPR, Yale, and a group of academic scientists under the COVID-19 Clinical Laboratory Working Group.  This effort seeks solutions to existing barriers to conducting molecular testing for SARS-CoV-2 with an initial goal of exceeding 1,000 tests p

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Global Index Gives Low Marks to Access to Information in Puerto Rico

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After an analysis of the new Access to Information and Open Data Laws, the Global Right to Information Rating (RTI) would place Puerto Rico in 87th place out of 128 countries

New aid for researchers is added to respond to COVID-19

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The Puerto Rico Public Health Trust will grant up to $10,000 for research and specific solutions in public health in the communities, as well as projects that advance telehealth on the Island.

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