In recent years Puerto Rico has faced a series of unfavorable events including financial turmoil, massive population loss, earthquakes, and droughts. These events had significantly impacted its resources and capacity to confront a major public health crisis. As such, Puerto Rico was expected to poorly manage the ongoing pandemic. Despite this, nearly all data surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in Puerto Rico has indicated the contrary. The purpose of this study was to explore and understand the COVID-19 response in Puerto Rico. The Conservation of Resources theory guided the analysis of resource consumption and management of the Puerto Rican government and community level during the year of 2021 which is when most of the disbursement of the COVID-19 vaccines occurred. A Discourse Analysis was used to investigate various national news organizations and wire feeds to acquire information surrounding the reasonings of Puerto Rico's success. The analysis conducted resulted in four themes that explain the reasoning behind the success of Puerto Rico throughout the pandemic; the themes included Distrust in Government, Government Involvement, Depoliticization and Community Involvement. The results indicated that individual and community involvement of the people, their efficient usage of the resources gained by the federal government and nonprofit organizations, as well as their own resources of resilience and social networks, created the success that Puerto Rico has seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
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Colon, Richard, "Exploring the Response to COVID-19 in Puerto Rico" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1185.