Top Local News Headlines

These are the top local news stories from News is my Business for Monday, March 30, 2020.

Total Petroleum Puerto Rico to donate $30K in gas cards to hospital staff

Published 30 March 2020, 12:25 pm
With this initiative, Total in Puerto Rico joins its parent company in France as well as affiliate operations in other countries to help hospitals and health centers, it said.   Read More →

Vázquez signs off on $500M to prop Puerto Rico’s economy amid COVID-19

Published 30 March 2020, 5:03 am
The first $500 million in assistance from the Emergency Measure Support Package will go to frontline workers, educators and students, and small businesses. Read More →

U.S. Census Bureau pushes off start of door-to-door surveys to April 15th

Published 30 March 2020, 5:02 am
For Puerto Rico, that decision means putting on hold the work of some 18,000 people the U.S. Census hired to go door-to-door gathering information from island residents. Read More →

FirstBank offers automatic moratoriums; Oriental unveils online help

Published 30 March 2020, 5:01 am
Two of Puerto Rico’s main banks unveiled different measures over the weekend to help customers whose finances have been affected by the lockdown and mandatory curfew. Read More →

Harvard joins Puerto Rico’s COVID-19 Surveillance System

Published 30 March 2020, 5:00 am
The COVID-19 Surveillance System is an online syndromic monitoring platform. Read More →

[AUDIO REPORT] Puerto Rico COVID-19 Task Force status update

Published 28 March 2020, 5:09 pm
The group has received proposals from the private sector to add new machines for molecular testing of the virus. Read More →

Game Changer virtual entrepreneurship platform launched for teachers, students

Published 27 March 2020, 3:44 pm
The initiative is part of the Education Department’s “From the school to an enterprise" program. Read More →

Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID application period

Published 27 March 2020, 2:14 pm
States across the country, including Puerto Rico are temporarily closing or restricting access to motor vehicle department agencies, which will prevent people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. Read More →

Puerto Rico’s self-employed may request $500 incentive starting Mar. 30

Published 27 March 2020, 1:31 pm
To claim the incentive, the vendor must access their SURI account. Read More →

Gov. Vázquez extends Puerto Rico’s lockdown to April 12

Published 27 March 2020, 5:05 am
Grocery stores will be closed on Sundays as the extension of the lockdown comes into effect. Read More →

Estudios Técnicos predicts Puerto Rico will see $5.8B in economic losses in rest of ’20

Published 27 March 2020, 5:04 am
The numbers were estimated before Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced that the lockdown and curfew that was to end Mar. 30 has been extended to April 12, an additional two weeks. Read More →

Poll shows 80% of Puerto Rico residents are ‘very worried’ about COVID-19

Published 27 March 2020, 5:03 am
In their responses, 76% of participants said they were mostly concerned about personal or family contagion. Read More →

AT&T gets additional spectrum to serve Puerto Rico/USVI during pandemic

Published 27 March 2020, 5:02 am
The Federal Communications Commission has granted AT&T special temporary authority for expanded network use. Read More →

SuperMax, Ralph’s supermarkets install acrylic panes at registers

Published 27 March 2020, 5:01 am
Puerto Rico grocers are looking for ways to protect employees and customers. Read More →

Puerto Rico bank Oriental will offer in-person branch services by appointment only

Published 27 March 2020, 5:00 am
Oriental will offer essential services at its 41 branches that remain open. Read More →

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