Two more suspected cases of CV-19 being tested in Joco
Stay at home order announced in Chapala by Chief of Police on Friday.
Miguel Cerna. – Rafael Gómez Rodríguez, Director of the Municipal Medical Services in Jocotepec reported today that two new suspected cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and are now being investigated in Jocotepec. The two individuals are now in isolation awaiting the results of their tests for the virus, said Rodríguez.
Until this week a total of seven possible cases have been tested in the municipality, five of them reported negative, plus the two that are awaiting test results. Since the Jalisco Health Secretariat has not obtained the results of these two individuals’ tests, there are currently no confirmed cases of the virus in Jocotepec, although that could change with the results of these tests. As of April 2, Health Region IV, which includes Jocotepec, had recorded zero cases of coronavirus.
Rodríguez asked people to stay home or, if that is not possible, reduce their outside activity by 50% because of the danger of infections.
«A person is capable, in a month of infecting 406 people,” he said, “what does that mean? If 10 people are infected there will be 4 thousand new cases by the end of the month. But if four out of 10 stay at home, only one person in a month will be infected and will only infect 15 people.” He stressed that, “ if we stay at 75 percent, one person will infect two and so on, in a meeting with restaurateurs.
According to Rodríguez’s calculations, if people respond well the emergency order could be lifted in no more than two months. It is almost certain, he said, that after April 30 the quarantine is set to move to Phase 2, extending it until May 29.
The neighboring municipalities of Tizapán, Tuxcueca and Chapala are imposing similar restrictions and the police chief in Chapala posted a video on Friday telling everyone to stay home. The municipal leaders are reacting to the 104 confirmed cases and four deaths now registered in Jalisco, although Ramiro Gil Pérez, director of Health Region IV to which 13 municipalities belong, reported that cases and deaths in Jocotepec were still at zero.
(translated by Patrick O’Heffernan)
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