Today (June 3) our province moves from “red” to “yellow” in Ecuador’s traffic light system related to Covid-19. This cautious re-opening of the province means:
- later curfew (8:00 p.m. instead of 2:00 p.m.)
- more driving of personal vehicles (three days per week rather than one)
- some workers returning to the office (but not us since we are seniors)
- some restaurants opening (with restricted seating)
- extended hours for supermarkets
- some malls opening
- some buses running (with restricted ridership)
- some parks reopening for limited use
We stopped posting the weekly Covid-19 statistics because Ecuador’s statistics have been kind of crazy. The health authorities have more than once changed the way cases and deaths are counted, with the result that our “curve” looks a bit odd:
Ecuador’s June 1 Covid-19 numbers were 40,414 confirmed cases and 3,438 deaths yesterday. Our province has 4,087 cases. We are twelfth in the world in per capita deaths (201.24 deaths per million). For reference, the U.S. is ninth with 324.08 deaths per million.
Personally we are healthy and doing fine. We’re working from home, exercising regularly (in the apartment), and connecting with family and friends via the internet. The younger missionaries who were getting our groceries are now in the U.S., but we are well stocked and will only go to the supermarket every three weeks or so. We can buy fresh produce at a small market three blocks away.
Almost everyone wears face masks outside their home and there’s a substantial fine for not wearing one.
Thanks for your prayers for us and Ecuador. We are thankful for many blessings.