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  1. RIP Eduardo Arias (2007 Whistleblower) Eduardo Arias passed away on August 1st, 2020. While his name probably means nothing to you, he is proof that one man can make a difference. A Kuna native from the San Blas islands off the Caribbean coast of Panama, Arias bought a tube of toothpaste from the Vendela Discount Store in Panama City on May 5, 2007. He decided the toothpaste didn't taste right and reported it to authorities. After testing, it was determined the toothpaste contained toxic levels of diethylene glycol (DEG) that had recently caused deaths as an ingredient in cough syrup. On May 10th, Dr. Camilo Alleyne, the top Panamanian health official, announced the findings, which caused a national uproar that launched an investigation, the results of which determined that the People's Republic of China (PRC) manufacturers were systematically using DEG as a thickening agent in toothpaste in place of the commonly-used glycerin which was more expensive. The levels of DEG far exceeded the levels deemed safe. Despite the PRC's claims that consumers in their own country had not suffered any ill effects (and, frankly, why would a communist government listen to their own consumers?), the Chinese government relented and removed DEG from their exports. Arias' discovery led to product recalls and warnings around the globe. His name was revealed in an article by the New York Times on October 1, 2007. He was also featured in Time Magazine's Person Of the Year section under "People Who Mattered". Arias' passing was from cancer at age 64. Wikipedia
  2. For those seeking MINSA numbers, here's the URL: MINSA site Note the map of Panama with plentiful orange dots that looks like the measles. Click and drag the map so Chiriqui is in the center then click "+" to enlarge. Locate the dot closest to your town of interest and click it. A pop-up box will give you the data for that town. If it doesn't, it will tell you this represents multiple towns. Click the link inside the box that says "Browse Features" and it will show you the data for the individual towns. It will break down cases among Recuperado (recovered), Fallecido (fatality), UCI (in intensive care) Hospitalizado (hospitalized) and Aislamiento Domicilia (home quarantined). Add together the last three categories to get the number of active cases. The recent updates have added a scary and stupid ".00" after the number as if there might be people that are, say, half-infected. Simply ignore it. If the total says "7.00", that means seven cases, not 700. Bajo Boquete appears to have four active cases as of Midnight Tuesday the 14th. Los Naranjos has 6 active cases. Jaramillo shows one active case. Alto Boquete has swelled to 18 active cases. Volcan has 16 active cases and Dolega has 30. Las Lomas has 64 active cases while David now has 431 (oddly, none in ICU). In Puerto Armuellas, there are 119. These are government numbers and I cannot vouch for their accuracy. Whatever your beliefs about the crisis, it's clear that the virus is in practically every community in Chiriqui and we should all take appropriate precautions in public, including wearing masks (it's the law), maintaining social distancing whenever possible and stay at home as much as possible. Get some sun (vitamin D) and eat citrus fruits (vitamin C) to help your immune system. Also, be civil to those around you. There's no need to panic. Anxiety and stress reduce your body's ability to fight disease.
  3. 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.
  4. Official numbers of interest from the MINSA website as of Sunday evening, July 5th, at 6 p.m.: Bajo Boquete has added two new cases since my last post and Los Naranjos has added one. Alto Boquete is unchanged. Volcan appears to have added some new cases while David is now past 300 active cases and heading toward 350. Our friends in Puerto Armuelles seem to be in another growing hotspot with 76 active cases.
  5. We in the Boquete area have been very fortunate during the COVID crisis but a wave of new cases appears to have begun. Per the MINSA site as/of Midnight, Friday July 3rd: Bajo Boquete has one new case. Los Naranjos has added two more to make a total of three. Alto Boquete has added a new case. Planning on traveling to David? Take precaution as they have almost 300 active cases.
  6. Not really. However, I access the info by going to the same map of Panama at the MINSA site with the orange dots (like a country with the measles) and then clicking on the individual dots. This gives me the detail you want. If you go by the page that lists all the infected towns/cities, you get the raw number which includes recuperados which we should no longer be counting.
  7. The MINSA site has, for about a week, listed an active case in Los Naranjos that is a domicile quarantine. That is just northwest of Bajo Boquete.
  8. I noticed a few days ago that roughly 4000 cases in Panama were reclassified from "activo" to "recuperado". However, the Chiriqui numbers reflected no major change. This morning, the number of active cases in Chiriqui dropped from the 70s to the 30s and there are NO active cases in the Chiriqui mountains - 0 in Bajo Boquete, 0 in Alto Boquete. While God certainly performs miracles, I am inclined to ascribe this to bureaucrats catching up to the numbers. I would not be surprised if an arbitrary date was drawn by which all non-fatal cases before that date were reclassified as "recovered". However, be wary of a large spike in the Comarca. There are also still active cases down below the mountains. Overall, this is very good news but don't throw away those masks yet. The government is going to take its good time getting us back to normal. I don't have screen shots but you can visit the online map: http://minsa.gob.pa/coronavirus-covid19 and click on the orange dots for this area to see what I am referring to.
  9. I hadn't even thought about that. If you don't have your own washing machine, have you been forced to wear dirty clothes since the quarantining began? That wouldn't be healthy.
  10. Yes, I'm talking about the official MINSA map. I monitor Chiriqui daily. For the longest time, Alto Boquete had two cases, one home quarantined and one hospitalized. That went on for over two weeks. A few days ago, the numbers changed to four cases (three home quarantined and one recovered). Last night, I looked and there were now 13 home quarantined and one recovered. http://minsa.gob.pa/coronavirus-covid19 I'm just asking if any knows further details. Thanks for asking and for providing info. I can't do a screen grab but this what it says in the pop-up window when you click the red dot on the map for Alto Boquete: Showing 1 Corregimientos: ALTO BOQUETE Total de casos: 14 Recuperados: 1 Fallecidos: 0 Hospitalizados: 0 Aislamiento domiciliario: 13 UCI:0
  11. The official count of cases in Alto Boquete jumped from 4 to 14 yesterday (one recovered). Does anyone have any details (who/when/where/how)? For those of us living up here, it might be good to know what to avoid if there is a source location. Thanks.
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