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Media Advisory: Press Conference to Update Response Efforts in Puerto Rico

Release date: 
October 19, 2017

***Please NOTE starting time is 7:45 a.m.***


Puerto Rico Secretary of State Luis G. Rivera
Puerto Rico Secretary of Health Rafael Rodríguez
Puerto Rico President of the Environmental Quality Board Tania Vázquez
Puerto Rico Epidemiologist of the State Carmen Deseda
Dept. of Health & Human Services, Deputy Federal Health Coordinating Official, Mick Cote
Dept. of Defense Joint Forces Land Component Command, Command Surgeon, Col. Jose Garcia
Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Incident Response Coordination Team, Capt. Miguel Cruz
Health and Human Services IRCT Public Health Lead Capt. Miguel Cruz

WHEN:FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017, 7:45 a.m. EDT
100 Convention Blvd, San Juan, PR, 00907-4900

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Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 11:59