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Significant pandemic milestones:

  • February 21st: Likely transfer of coronavirus from a teacher (who had traveled to Europe)  to Panama's first coronavirus death victim (Norato González); Click Here
  • March 3rd: Resolution passed raising national alert level regarding coronavirus epidemic; Click Here
  • March 8th: First confirmed coronavirus death (Norato González) in Panama; Click Here
  • March 9th: First confirmed case of coronavirus in Panama; not the date of case arrival in Panama, but the date the coroniavirus link was confirmed; Click Here
  • March 12th: President Cortizo declares a a national state of emergency; Click Here
  • March 15th: Certain business hours regulated, elective surgeries and routine medical consults suspended; Click Here
  • March 15th: Several provinces invoke a "dry law" (banning sales of alcoholic beverages) and implementing curfews; Chiriqui Province included; Click Here
  • March 15th: Foreigners banned from entering Panama; Click Here
  • March 17th: Countrywide curfew (9:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 22nd: All commercial flights into and out of Panama suspended; Click Here
  • March 23rd: Countrywide curfew (5:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 25th: Countrywide quarantine with restricted mobility mandated; sales of alcoholic beverages banned; Click Here
  • May 11th: Effective date of lifting the ban on the sales of alcoholic beverages; Click Here
  • May 13th: The gradual reopening of certain categories of business; Click Here
  • May 18th: People are authorized to leave their homes to exercise outdoors, but on a short lease; Click Here
  • June 1st: Quarantine lifted, but a 7:00PM to 5:00AM curfew is in effect; Click Here
  • June 3rd: Hardware stores reopen with limited hours; Click Here
  • June 6th and June 8th: Curfew/mobility restrictions elevated for Panama, Panama Oeste, and Veragaus regions; Click Here and Click Here
  • July 25th: Full weekend quarantine (lockdown) re-implemented for Panama; Click Here
  • July 27th: More restrictive mobility constraints including gender restrictions re-implemented, including Chiriqui Province; Click Here and Click Here
  • August 14th: Tocumen International Airport begins to open up to limited flights; Click Here
  • August 17th: Some "Block 3" businesses will be permitted to start operations; Click Here
  • September 14th: Relaxation of mobility constraints for all but three provinces; Chiriqui, Colon, and Bocas del Toro constraints continue; Click Here

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As of late Monday, July 6th, 2020 - 38,149 cases, 747 deaths, 17,986 recoveries. 144,918 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen and Arraijan are jockeying for the dubious status of being the "hotspot" in Panama. The numbers keep going up daily.

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Alto Boquete now reporting 18 confirmed cases. It is not clear about the numbers for Bajo Boquete and Los Naranjos areas because those statistics simply are not made available to us via the Minsa website. It appears that there is a threshold of 15 cases before it displays a case load.

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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, reporting 236 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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Get used to the weekend lockdowns.  My contact told me before Easter that Panama would be locking down the weekends. THEN, the notices from the US Embassy said, if you go back and read them, satu

That is recklessly false.  Right now there are two cruise ships where all passengers are quarantined.  Given how rotovirus spreads in a cruise ship environment, those ships are not a good place to be,

All of these efforts might slow the spread of the virus, but I don't see how it's going to stop it.  You can definitely have the virus and not be showing any symptoms.  Screening at airports or other

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Contract Suspension: Another Extension in Panama

In this scenario of economic crisis, the Ministry of Labor has extended for the fourth time and for 30 more days, the provision that allows companies in the country to suspend the contracts of their employees.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Executive Decree No. 100 of July 1, 2020 authorized a further extension of the temporary suspension of the effects of employment contracts, which will apply automatically for a period of 30 calendar days in companies whose operations have not been reactivated according to the plans for a gradual return to economic activity, reported the Labor Ministry.

Check out the "System for monitoring markets and economic situation in Central American countries", developed by CentralAmericaData.

Extensions to the temporary suspension of the effects of employment contracts, corresponding to companies not included in Article 1 of this Executive Decree, will be processed in accordance with Article 2 of Executive Decree No. 95 of April 21, 2020.

The official communication dated July 3, 2020 states that "... The aforementioned Decree also states that as of Monday, July 13, 2020, requests for extensions will be processed through the Panama Digital platform. (www.panamadigital.gob.pa).

This system is also enabled to deal with extension requests that have not been properly processed through the technological mechanisms established prior to the entry into force of this Executive Decree.
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See full publication in the Official Gazette (in Spanish).

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Contract_Suspension_Another_Extension_in_Panama

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COVID -19  1,166 new cases, 27 deaths

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With 1,166 new cases of COVID-19, the cumulative total in Panama reached 38,149, on Sunday, July 5 and 27 deaths brought the total to 747 since the virus first struck on Mach 9. 

The Health Ministry reported 18,420 people in isolation, 17,759 at home, and 661 in hotels. Hospitalizations reached  996 with  153 in ICU. A search is underway to recruit additional nurses including 50 intensivists.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/covid-19-1166-new-cases27-deaths-1

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Maritime Chamber  calls for airport reopening

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Posted 06/07/2020

The Panama Maritime Chamber (CMP) has called for the July reopening of Tocumen International Airport "without fail",  following the protocols of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) and international organizations.

The Chamber brings together more than 200 companies from the marine, logistics and port sectors of the country.

"International commercial flights are vital to revive tourism and crew change service and represent for most CMP companies 30 to 50 percent of their monthly turnover, income that is affecting the industry, with the restrictions of airport operations since the start of COVID-19 in Panama, ”said  Nicolás Vukelja the group’s president.

"Auxiliary maritime companies provide added value to our maritime route with support services for ships that transit the Panama Canal,”

According to the union, the crew change services represent a “strong income” of $3 million dollars a month to the country's economy, involving the unionized auxiliary maritime companies, with services that are activated from the crew's arrival at the airport, until boarding their boat in our waters and vice versa with the departure of the sailors from the country.

The crew change service represents the movement of more than 3,000 seafarers a month and involves a conglomerate of services such as agencies, shipping companies, private land transport, hotels, restaurants, boat services, migration services

 "The reopening of the Tocumen International is a vital and important start for the revival of tourism and the arrival of investors in our country," says the union.

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the airport only handles humanitarian and cargo flights.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/maritime-chamber-calls-for-airport-reopening

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Moderator comment: This article is being posted as an exception to CL policy. The implications of a much more serious plague on top of the coronavirus pandemic is mind-staggering. Hopefully this one known case can be isolated and neutralized.

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Chinese authorities confirm case of bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/06/asia/china-mongolia-bubonic-plague-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html

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"The press reports indicate that this is the case in Inner Mongolia now, suggesting that there is no risk to public health."

I have heard this before have you?

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the three most endemic countries -- meaning plague exists there permanently -- are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, and Peru.

 I was not aware that bubonic plague was endemic anywhere. Now I know.....

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I believe it is reasonable to expect more posts of this kind. The degree of malnutrition of the Panamanian population has been massively increased due to the shutdown of the economy. Confinement has reduced vitamin D production, and wearing of masks negatively affected the blood saturation levels of oxygen and CO2. Widespread stress in addition to those physiological damages. All of which weaken the individual and collective immune systems. Measles, mumps, scarlet fever, even smallpox are some of the words that may return to the daily vocabulary.

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Jim.....I agree.   Besides following protection protocols to prevent COVID infection, I firmly believe the BEST move each one of us can make right now is focusing on the  improvement of our personal health in every regard:  diet, exercise, reduce or stop drinking/smoking, some vitamin supplementation.  It's a win-win all the way around.  Bottom line?...it can't hurt

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Alto Boquete now has eight new cases, Bajo Boquete has three active cases, plus a fatality. Los Naranjos has five active cases, one requiring hospitalization.

Active cases in David are now 369. Puerto Armuelles is up to 90. The MINSA website added over 1000 cases on Sunday and the number of active cases nationwide is approaching 20,000.

I would show the screen grabs but I don't have the time today.

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Don't let down your guard.   It's easy to slip...REAL easy.  I see my unmasked husband talking within 3 ft of the unmasked yard guys and I go ballistic.  It's tough...but we all have to help each other remain careful.   ( he hates it as we women are such nags...but he always thanks me...sorta) 

 

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Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panamay City, Panama (July 7, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (July 7, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights 

  

The Embassy has identified 10 upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  The flights are operated by Copa Airlines (flight numbers CM4963, CM4974, CM4957, CM4955, and CM4982), United Airlines (both flights are number UA2417), and Spirit Airlines (all flights are number NK6511).  The flights are scheduled for July 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, and 20.  Copa Airlines cancelled their July 8 flight to Dulles, VA.  There are no additional confirmed flights with available seats at this time, so if you desire to return to the United States, it is important to book immediately.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States who wishes to depart Panama is eligible to purchase a ticketTravelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options in Dulles, Houston, and Ft. Lauderdale may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

  

The Embassy is aware that the Government of Panama has approved in-bound flights from the United States to Panama to provide Panamanian citizens and other qualified travelers the opportunity to travel to Panama.  Questions about qualifications necessary and approval for passengers on these flights should be directed to the Embassy of Panama, in Washington, D.C.  Airlines operating these flights, such as Copa Airlines, may occasionally be able to offer seats on the out-bound flights to some passengers.  Please contact the airline offering these seats for sale directly about those flights.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama will continue announcing all flights approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as humanitarian flights to the United States. 

  

NOTE – We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you are able to return to the United States.  U.S. citizens who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely and shelter in place.    

  

The currently authorized, upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

  • July 9 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL. 
  • July 9 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 8:30 p.m. for New York, NY. 
  • July 10 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 a.m. for Miami, FL. 
  • July 10 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX. 
  • July 10 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 6:00 p.m. for New York, NY. 
  • July 10 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 6:10 p.m. for Miami, FL. 
  • July 14 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL. 
  • July 15 Copa Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. for Dulles, VA. 
  • July 17 United Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. for Houston, TX. 
  • July 20 Spirit Airlines, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. for Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

  

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations please contact the airlines directly.  These tickets will be available soon, if not already, and the Embassy encourages you to check Copa’s, Spirit’s, and United’s websites regularly for updates. 

  

Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings. 

  

There are no guarantees for these flights or the space available. 

  

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and LPRs to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes. 

  

The Embassy will continue its efforts to identify and seek approval for future humanitarian flights to the United States as long citizens indicate the desire to evacuate.  

  

Messages to U.S. citizens with updates on repatriation flights are sent daily to citizens living in Panama while the Embassy is assisting with approved flights from Panama to the United States.  Messages providing updated COVID-19 case numbers and information about the measures taken to combat COVID-19 in Panama will now be sent once per week, unless there are significant changes requiring immediate updates. 

  

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 

 

Assistance:    

  

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama  

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue  

Clayton, Panama  

+507 317-5000  

Panama-ACS@state.gov   

https://pa.usembassy.gov/   

  

State Department – Consular Affairs  

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444   

  

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Alto Boquete now has eight new cases, Bajo Boquete has three active cases, plus a fatality. Los Naranjos has five active cases, one requiring hospitalization.

Active cases in David are now 369. Puerto Armuelles is up to 90. The MINSA website added over 1000 cases on Sunday and the number of active cases nationwide is approaching 20,000.

I would show the screen grabs but I don't have the time today.

Hi Bob, 

do you have the link for that info?

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None of the countrywide overview statistics have been updated. Skipping that part of our routine daily posting for today.

Alto Boquete now jumping with five new cases and reporting 23 confirmed cases. It is not clear about the numbers for Bajo Boquete and Los Naranjos areas because those statistics simply are not made available to us via the Minsa website.

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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, also has not been updated. Skipping this portion as well.

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Minsa cierra locales en Chiriquí por incumplir medidas sanitarias

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El Ministerio de Salud de Chiriquí anunció que ante la detección de locales comerciales que incumplen las medidas sanitarias impuestas en medio de la pandemia del coronavirus con la venta de productos no autorizados se procedió a cerrarlos y a colocarles una multa.

 

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Minsa closes premises in Chiriquí for failing to comply with sanitary measures

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Astrid Carreño • Jul 7, 2020 - 01:17 PM

The Chiriqui Ministry of Health announced that, due to the detection of commercial premises that fail to comply with the sanitary measures imposed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic with the sale of unauthorized products, they were closed and fined.

 

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/07/07/minsa-cierra-locales-en-chiriqui-por-incumplir-medidas-sanitarias/3023140.html

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Cedeño: El virus se está comportando diferente a lo que se esperó y es más agresivo

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COVID-19 está siendo más agresivo y mucho más contagioso. Minsa

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El director de la Región Metropolitana de Salud, Israel Cedeño, dio a conocer este miércoles que el nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19) ha demostrado ser más contagioso y agresivo de lo que se había previsto, ante lo cual le corresponde al sistema de salud ser muy dinámicos para atacarlo.

“La CDC (Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades) y la OMS (Organización Mundial de la Salud) están informando que el mismo virus en sí hizo una mutación en sus aminoácidos, en su estructura genómica y por consiguiente ahora se ha vuelto más infeccioso, se contagia con más facilidad. También informaron que se contagia más fácilmente pero que no necesariamente su letalidad aumentó”, detalló Cedeño.

Por otro lado explicó que la evaluación para la habilitación de centros de convenciones y otras instalaciones para la atención de pacientes con COVID-19, forma parte de una reingeniería ante este comportamiento del virus.

“Todas las estrategias de salud públicas son dinámicas, en marzo teníamos la plena seguridad de que teníamos un sistema de salud que iba a poder responder, sin embargo se ha demostrado que el virus se está comportando diferente a como todo el mundo lo esperó, está siendo mucho más agresivo, entonces en ese momento con la capacidad que teníamos instalada en nuestros hospitales era suficiente, eso no quiere decir que porque yo en marzo dije que tengo capacidad me voy a quedar con los brazos cruzado, no, yo en este momento me di cuenta que incluso ya se demostró que ha mutado y por consecuente es mucho más contagioso, yo tengo que reinventarme como sistema de salud, tengo que hacer reingeniería, tengo que adecuarlo y por consiguiente lo que antes yo podía decir que no era viable yo busco la manera de viabilizarlo”, indicó Cedeño.

Esto al referirse a la decisión del Gobierno Nacional de no aceptar en el mes de marzo una propuesta de "donación" de la empresa China Construcción América (CCA), para convertir temporalmente el Centro de Convenciones de Amador en un hospital de nivel 1 (observación) para pacientes con COVID-19.

Agregó que además de los centros de convenciones han estado evaluando otros lugares tanto para albergues como para hacer hospitales carpas, y otras áreas que se han ido habilitando poco a poco de acuerdo a la necesidad.

 

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Nimay González • Jul 8, 2020 - 07:59 AM

The director of the Metropolitan Health Region, Israel Cedeño, announced on Wednesday that the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has proven to be more contagious and aggressive than had been anticipated, before which it is up to the health system to be very dynamic to attack it.

"The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the WHO (World Health Organization) are reporting that the same virus itself made a mutation in its amino acids, in its genomic structure and therefore has now become more infectious, it is spread more easily. They also reported that it is more easily spread but that its lethality did not necessarily increase, "Cedeño explained.

On the other hand, he explained that the evaluation for the authorization of convention centers and other facilities for the care of patients with COVID-19, is part of a reengineering for this behavior of the virus.

"All public health strategies are dynamic, in March we had the complete assurance that we had a health system that was going to be able to respond, however it has been shown that the virus is behaving differently than everyone expected, it is being much more aggressive, so at that time with the capacity that we had installed in our hospitals it was enough, that does not mean that because I said in March that I have capacity I am going to stay with my arms crossed, no, at this moment I am I realized that even it has already been shown that it has mutated and consequently it is much more contagious, I have to reinvent myself as a health system, I have to reengineer, I have to adapt it and therefore what before I could say was not viable I seek the way to make it viable, ”said Cedeño.

This when referring to the decision of the National Government in March not to accept a proposal of "donation" from the company China Construction America (CCA), to temporarily convert the Amador Convention Center into a level 1 hospital (observation ) for patients with COVID-19.

He added that in addition to the convention centers they have been evaluating other places both for shelters and for making tents, and other areas that have been gradually enabled according to need.

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/07/08/cedeno-virus-comportando-diferente-espero/3025536.html

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I consider wearing my mask to be mostly a non-optional fashion statement.

We exhale saturated vapor (100% relative humidity) and there are millions of small (sub-micron) condensate drops in every breath. If you are infected, those drops carry huge numbers of virons, enough to infect another person. None of these particles is filtered in either direction by anything less than an N95 mask.

 

The US CDC publishes a journal titled “Emerging Infectious Diseases” and the May, 2020 issue carries an article stating that in 14 randomized controlled trials covering four influenza pandemics, the evidence is that face masks had no substantial effect on transmission.

 

Here’s a link to the article:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article

 

Here’s the Abstract:

 

There were 3 influenza pandemics in the 20th century, and there has been 1 so far in the 21st century. Local, national, and international health authorities regularly update their plans for mitigating the next influenza pandemic in light of the latest available evidence on the effectiveness of various control measures in reducing transmission. Here, we review the evidence base on the effectiveness of nonpharmaceutical personal protective measures and environmental hygiene measures in nonhealthcare settings and discuss their potential inclusion in pandemic plans. Although mechanistic studies support the potential effect of hand hygiene or face masks, evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza. We similarly found limited evidence on the effectiveness of improved hygiene and environmental cleaning. We identified several major knowledge gaps requiring further research, most fundamentally an improved characterization of the modes of person-to-person transmission.

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Data looks like it was compiled mid April. ( possibly gathered before that?)  That was early in this current pandemic in that COVID data was gathered at the time of initial global outbreak.  More information has been gleaned since then.   To me  when I looked at the tables in the original article I was struck that it leaned toward all modes of protection in a positive way yet the Abstract seems to discount effectiveness to a degree.  There is beyond a doubt value in : 1.  Time, 2. distance and 3. shielding.  How long are you exposed?,  how close are you to the source ?,  and how well are you protected?.  

Personally I use N95 filtration that is well applied around my nose and mouth.  I also try to be constantly mindful of distance from others.  Lastly hand hygiene is a no brainer. 

New medical  data is leaning toward viral research that reveals current mutations are making the virus more transmissible. ( easier to catch)   Bottom line...it's early and we are learning.  We have a long way to go in Panama.  We reside in a country full of very vulnerable folks. 

Alison, nurse

 

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None of the countrywide overview statistics have been updated. Skipping that part of our routine daily posting for today.

Alto Boquete now jumping with five new cases and reporting 23 confirmed cases. It is not clear about the numbers for Bajo Boquete and Los Naranjos areas because those statistics simply are not made available to us via the Minsa website.

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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, also has not been updated. Skipping this portion as well.

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Active Cases Boquete District as of July 7th

 

 

 

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Again there are numerous problems with the Minsa website. I reluctantly post some of the information, but question its validity. We are also aware that Minsa Chiriqui epidemiological data do not agree with the national level Minsa numbers.

As of late Wednesday, July 9th, 2020 - 41,251 cases, 819 deaths, 19,469 recoveries. 153,148 Covid-19 tests administered to date.

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Tocumen and Arraijan are jockeying for the dubious status of being the "hotspot" in Panama. The numbers keep going up daily, rather substantially. Note that the entries are duplicated for both Arraijan and Tocumen, and they are NOT the same numbers for each region.

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Alto Boquete now reporting 23 cases. It is not clear about the numbers for Bajo Boquete and Los Naranjos areas because those statistics simply are not made available to us via the Minsa website. It appears that there is a threshold of 15 cases before it displays a case load. Note that the entries are duplicated for Alto Boquete, but at least the numbers are the same.

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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, reporting 236 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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Covid death total at 799 and 20,766 active cases

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Posted 08/07/2020

The death of 29 people on  Tuesday, July 27 brought the total of COVID-19 victims to 799 while 957new cases raised the total of infections since March to 40,291.

There are 20,766 active cases  of which , 1,022 are hospitalized,- 862 in wards and 160 in intensive care (ICU)

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/covid-death-total-at-799-and-20766-active-cases

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Covid-stricken specialist opts for public hospital care

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Lourdes Moreno

Posted 08/07/2020

Dr. Lourdes Moreno, head of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health who regularly appeared at press conferences to give updates on the fight of coronavirus is undergoing treatment for the disease at the Santo Tomás Hospital.

When the news was released on Tuesday, President Cortizo offered to arrange her transfer to a private hospital,  but she declined  as she has previously used   and trusts the public health system.

Israel Cedeño, director of the Metropolitan Health Region confirmed on Wednesday morning that Dr Moreno is in isolation but is  doing well.

"We have a very good public health system, one of the best in the region, and just like Dr. Lourdes. the day that I have to attend without any problem, I go to Santo Tomás or Social Security" , said  Cedeño.

“It is very good but  It must be taken into account that on many occasions the emergency rooms are occupied by people who do not necessarily have an emergency, "Cedeño explained on the morning newscast of Telemetro Reporta.

At the moment with the issue of the coronavirus, due to the number of cases, it is becoming congested and unfortunately, the service portfolio is not sufficiently expanded to meet demand.

Currently, not only are cases of covid-19 are arriving, but cases of heart attacks, strokes, influenza, complicated diabetes, but it always seeks to improve every day and do what is necessary to attend to the vast majority, said Cedeño.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/covid-stricken-specialist-opts-for-public-hospital-care

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Minsa ordena el retiro inmediato del gel alcoholado Green Frog

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Linda Aparicio

El Ministerio de Salud de Panamá (Minsa), ordenó la suspensión inmediata de la venta y el uso de gel alcoholado de la marca Green Frog en Panamá. Esto, luego de que el Instituto Especializado de Análisis de la Universidad de Panamá, determinara que este producto contiene el tóxico metanol.

 

Moderator comment: Below is an unedited automated translation of the above news article.

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Minsa orders immediate removal of Green Frog alcoholic gel

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Linda Aparicio • Jul 8, 2020 - 06:30 PM

The Ministry of Health of Panama (Minsa), ordered the immediate suspension of the sale and use of Green Frog brand alcoholic gel in Panama. This, after the Specialized Institute of Analysis of the University of Panama, determined that this product contains the toxic methanol.

 

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/07/08/minsa-ordena-el-retiro-inmediato-del-gel-alcoholado-green-frog/3027771.html

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Again there are numerous problems with the Minsa website. I am reluctantly posting some of the information, but question its validity.

As of late Wednesday, July 9th, 2020 - 41,251 cases, 819 deaths, 19,469 recoveries. 144,918 Covid-19 tests administered to date. There is no graphic for the overall national level statistics due to website issues.

Tocumen and Arraijan are jockeying for the dubious status of being the "hotspot" in Panama. The numbers keep going up daily.

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Alto Boquete now reporting 18 confirmed cases. It is not clear about the numbers for Bajo Boquete and Los Naranjos areas because those statistics simply are not made available to us via the Minsa website. It appears that there is a threshold of 15 cases before it displays a case load.

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The "Chiriqui hotspot" of Nuevo Méjico/Divalá, which is just west of David, reporting 236 cases. Click Here for more information about Nuevo Méjico and Divalá.

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https://geosocial.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/2c6e932c690d467b85375af52b614472

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City concerning humanitarian flights.

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To:
Sent: 7/9/2020 9:05:37 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (July 9, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (July 9, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama 

  

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights 

 

The Embassy has identified six upcoming humanitarian flights with seats available.  Any traveler with the appropriate passport/visa to permit entry into the United States is eligible to purchase a ticketTravelers should carefully plan their onward travel as hotel options may be limited.  Once in the United States, all domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

The upcoming humanitarian flights are: 

  • July 10 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m.  
  • July 10 Copa Airlines flight CM4974 to Miami, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 1:00 p.m. 
  • July 14 Spirit Airlines flight NK6511 to Fort Lauderdale, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. 
  • July 15 Copa Airlines flight CM4982 to Dulles, VA, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 9:00 a.m. 
  • July 17 United Airlines flight UA2417 to Houston, TX, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 12:30 p.m. 
  • July 20 Spirit Airlines flight NK6511 to Fort Lauderdale, FL, departing Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport at 2:00 p.m. 

NOTE: Copa cancelled the previously announced flights on July 9 to New York, NY, July 10 to New York, NY, and the 6:10 PM flight on July 10 to Miami, FL. 

 

For additional information about these flights and to make reservations, visit the respective websites of the airlines, Spirit, Copa, and United.  Flights that appear to be sold out may have openings due to cancellations.  Continue checking directly with the airlines for any openings.  

    

The Embassy encourages interested U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase early and forward your purchase confirmation email to the Embassy immediately at PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.govso that we can assist you with the issuance of salvoconducto passes.  You may also email this address if you are unable to make the currently scheduled flights but would like to be informed about the next humanitarian flight.  Please be aware that future flights are not guaranteed, and those who choose not to depart on these flights should prepare to remain in Panama indefinitely. 

  

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 

 

Assistance:    

  

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama  

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue  

Clayton, Panama  

+507 317-5000  

Panama-ACS@state.gov   

https://pa.usembassy.gov/   

  

State Department – Consular Affairs  

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444   

  

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.   

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