Coronavirus #1

Personal Update

We are doing fine. As seniors (65+) we are not allowed to leave our home for any reason. We’re figuring out how to exercise, work remotely, stay connected with family and friends, even thrive in this situation. God is good and we have younger people to help us.

Ecuador Update

The first known case was a 71-year-old Ecuadorian who flew from Spain to Ecuador February 14. She had no symptoms at that time, but became sick, was diagnosed February 29 and died March 12 or 13.

Below is a timeline of the coronavirus in Ecuador. This, of course, will be outdated tomorrow since things are changing so fast. For the latest numbers visit this web page.

(If this web page doesn’t automatically translate to English, scroll down to “Las Cifras del Covid-19 en Ecuador.” You’ll see four numbers which are continually updated. “Cerco epidemiológico” I think includes both confirmed cases and their known contacts who are in isolation and being monitored. “Casos confirmados” is confirmed cases. “Personas recuperadas” is recovered patients. And “”Personas fallecidas” is deaths.)

(Another useful site is here. Its first paragraph will have the total number of tests administered and the number of confirmed cases. It will further break down the number of patients as to whether they are at home, in the hospital, recovered, or dead.)

The list below has the date, the number of total cases diagnosed (in parenthesis), and any government action that happened that day. All actions are by the national government unless it says otherwise.

  • 29 February (1)
  • 2 March (6) – Incoming airline passengers screened for fever or other symptoms
  • 3 March (7)
  • 4 March (10)
  • 5 March (13)
  • 6 March (14)
  • 8 March (15)
  • 10 March (17)
  • 11 March (17) – Declaration of national health emergency, no gatherings over 1,000 people
  • 12 March (19)
  • 13 March (23) – Classes suspended for students of all levels, no gatherings over 250 people
  • 14 March (28) – Borders closed , no gatherings over 30 people
  • 15 March (37) – Movement within Ecuador restricted beginning 17 March, along with closing of restaurants except for take-out and delivery
  • 16 March (58) – Work suspended except for essential services
  • 17 March (111) – Quito imposes additional restrictions (no city or intercity buses, no being outside except to buy essential supplies or get medical attention, curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.)
  • 18 March (168) – Quito restricts all seniors (65+) to their homes
  • 19 March (260) – Three patients have recovered who were diagnosed March 2, 2020
  • 20 March (426) – National curfew extended to 7 p.m. – 5 a.m. beginning 21 March

Violating curfews or quarantine carries a $6,000 fine and a threat of jail. It’s unreal how quiet the city is, although right at this moment our bored downstairs neighbor is blasting country western music (in English) as he works in his yard!

Ecuador has many people who live from day to day. Please pray for provision for those who need it. And that we Christians would somehow be a light and encouragement in a dark time.

About scottandjody

Scott and Jody have been married for 42 years and have six adult children and four grandchildren. Scott worked as a CPA for over 32 years and Jody was a homeschooling mom. They are now serving as missionaries in Quito, Ecuador with Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global).
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4 Responses to Coronavirus #1

  1. pdille52 says:

    Stay well and sane! 🤗

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

  2. BRUCE & YOLI MONROE says:

    Hi, Scott & Jodi– Hang in there; we are praying for you. Stay strong in the Lord and trust in Him, because He is in control. Blessings,Bruce

  3. Darrell and Sondra Holden says:

    Jody, Thank you for all of this information. It is very useful. We’re doing ok too. Spent the day outdoors cleaning up the yard for our landlord and doing electric work (Darrell). Glad you guys are staying at home; Darrell saw Scott at the office the other day. We are not going ANYWHERE, even if we could. So grateful we have a big backyard and a two terraces on the roof.

    * Darrell and/or Sondra Holden *

    *Missionaries of Ripe for Harvest *

    *serving in Ecuador,S.America *

    *www.ReachBeyondTheMountains.com *

    On Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 12:59 PM Adventures in Middle Earth wrote:

    > scottandjody posted: “Personal Update We are doing fine. As seniors (65+) > we are not allowed to leave our home for any reason. We’re figuring out how > to exercise, work remotely, stay connected with family and friends, even > thrive in this situation. God is good and we have you” >

  4. Pingback: March 2020 Newsletter | Adventures in Middle Earth

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