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  1. Why are Panamanian Authorities recommending the use of face masks? https://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/Coronavirus-en-Panama-Autoridades-cambian-recomendacion-mascarillas-pandemia_0_5548695124.html Por Jorge E. Quirós 04/04/2020 - 7:36 PM PRIVATE COURTESY TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH FOR NEWS BOQUETE Health Ministry (Ministerio de Salud – MINSA) authorities changed their statements concerning the use of face masks in view of the pandemic generated by COVID-19, on Saturday April 4, based on scientific evidence. Dr. Javier Nieto started by saying that “medicine is not an exact science and decisions are based on evidence and facts” and that these have recently shown that up to 25% of those infected with COVID-19 could be asymptomatic. “This means that these people could unknowingly transmit the disease to others” he said. He cited Iceland in Europe, with approximately 360 thousand residents, as an example. Approximately 18 thousand tests have been taken there – representing approximately 5% of the population-- to be able to determine disease by coronavirus. Less than 1% of the tests taken in Iceland were positive, but most noteworthy was that 50% of the 1% tested were asymptomatic individuals who were unaware that they could transmit the disease. In view of this Nieto said that a scientific justification exists to recommend the use of masks as a priority for people with respiratory symptoms as well as those caring for a confirmed COVID-19 patient. Health workers and security forces should also prioritize its use, especially those that must be in contact with people at less than a meter´s distance. Thirdly, people who must go to the supermarket or use public transit where social distancing from other people of more than a meter and a half is not possible, should wear masks. The wearing of a mask should be complemented by hand washing or using gel alcohol hand sanitizer pointed Dr. Nieto. Health Vice-Minister Javier Sucre highlighted that N95 masks must be worn exclusively in areas where protocol-established procedures will be performed. Translator’s Note: Please note that the message is that the use of face masks is recommended --not ordered-- and further recommends when its use should be a priority. ¿Por qué las autoridades en Panamá están recomendando el uso de las mascarillas? https://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/Coronavirus-en-Panama-Autoridades-cambian-recomendacion-mascarillas-pandemia_0_5548695124.html Por Jorge E. Quirós 04/04/2020 - 7:36 PM Las autoridades del Ministerio de Salud (Minsa), han dado un giro a las afirmaciones sobre el uso de las mascarillas ante la pandemia generada por el COVID-19, este sábado 4 de abril, basados en evidencia científica. El doctor Javier Nieto, partió por decir que “ la medicina no es una ciencia exacta y que las decisiones se basan en evidencias y en hechos” y en ese sentido, han surgido algunas recientemente que demuestra que hasta un 25% de las personas que padecen COVID-19 podrían ser asintomáticos. “ Lo anterior quiere decir que esas personas pueden transmitir la enfermedad a otras personas sin saberlo”, expresó. Usó como ejemplo el caso de Islandia en Europa, donde habitan cerca de 360 mil personas. Allí se han hecho cerca de 18 mil pruebas para poder determinar enfermedad por coronavirus, lo que podría representar un 5% de la población. Menos del 1% de las pruebas que se han hecho en Islandia han salido positivas, pero lo que más llama la atención allá, es que el 50% de ese 1% al que se le hizo la prueba, eran individuos asintomáticos que podían transmitir la enfermedad sin que lo supieran. Con ello, según Nieto, hay una justificación científica para recomendar el uso de la mascarilla y las personas con síntomas respiratorios deben priorizar su uso o aquellas que están al cuidado de un paciente confirmado con COVID-19. El trabajador de la salud y estamentos de seguridad también deben priorizar su uso, sobre todo aquellos que deben estar en contacto con personas a menos de un metro de distancia. En tercer lugar, las personas que deben ir al supermercado o tomar transporte público y no se puede garantizar un distanciamiento social de más de un metro y medio con otras personas, se debe usar la mascarilla. El uso de la mascarilla se debe complementar con el lavado de manos o el uso de gel alcoholado, puntualizó el doctor Nieto. El viceministro de Salud Javier Sucre, resaltó que el uso de las mascarillas N95 deben ser utilizadas exclusivamente en áreas que vayan a realizar algún tipo de procedimiento que esté establecido en los protocolos.
  2. “Abril es un mes durísimo, es un mes que todavía vamos a peor”, fueron las palabras finales del doctor Xavier Sáez-Llorens en la conferencia de prensa del Ministerio de Salud (Minsa), Caja del Seguro Social (CSS) y Ministerio de Seguridad (Minseg) sobre el coronavirus. " April will be a very hard month. I will will get worse. " Dr Xavier Saez-llorens , Infection Desease advisor to the Panama Dept of Health Stay home as much as you can. When out , be mindful and careful to distance, don't touch your face. Organize. The LESS we are out at all the better. Tuck in. We'll be OK. Alison
  3. Fox News continues to provide excellent, up-to-date global coverage which I've been following. Panama to prohibit movement during coronavirus outbreak based on gender https://www.foxnews.com/world/panama-prohibit-movement-coronavirus-gender
  4. Cancellation of April 4 and 5 Military Repatriation Flights The two anticipated U.S. military air flights scheduled for April 4 and 5 have been canceled. The Embassy is not aware of any additional flights currently. The Embassy is exploring other options for evacuation flights. If you want to be considered for future repatriation flights from Panama City, it is imperative you contact PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov immediately to register your interest. There is no guarantee that there will be further opportunities for repatriation to the United States. If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to shelter in place where you are. Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/ 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. -- Denese A. Rodgers +507 6456-8539
  5. Cancellation of April 4 and 5 Military Repatriation Flights The two anticipated U.S. military air flights scheduled for April 4 and 5 have been cancelled. The Embassy is not aware of any additional flights currently. The Embassy is exploring other options for evacuation flights. If you want to be considered for future repatriation flights from Panama City, it is imperative you contact PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov immediately to register your interest. There is no guarantee that there will be further opportunities for repatriation to the United States. If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to shelter in place where you are. Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/ 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.
  6. Virus fight restricts taxis to three-day week Starting on Friday, April 3 the fight against coronavirus will ensure scores of taxis will disappear from Panama streets as the Transport Authority (ATTT) regulates their work days based on the last digit of the vehicle’s license plate number Taxis with license plates ending in even numbers may circulate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm For odd plate taxis, the circulation days will be Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday There will be no taxis on Sundays. Taxis that are providing services to medical and emergency personnel and that are duly authorized by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) are exempted from the measure
  7. I know, that got your attention, because it sure got mine !!!. https://www.sciencealert.com/virus Here is a little excerpt to wet your whistle .. .( not a politically correct expression these daze): A virus is genetic material contained within an organic particle that invades living cells and uses their host's metabolic processes to produce a new generation of viral particles. Are viruses alive? This is a question scientists continue to discuss as definitions of life and ecology change. Current thinking suggests viruses should be considered part of a complex living system, one that extends between all organisms. 'Virions' are the inactive particles that move through the environment, which we don't tend to think of as alive. Only once they're part of a cell do viruses take on living characteristics of their own, borrowing the host's biochemistry to reproduce. As such, it's more accurate to think of viruses as part of the continuum between chemistry and biology, one that isn't clearly divided into living and non-living.
  8. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE WITHOUT HAND WASHING...be mindful of habits OK so the wind is blowing, my hair is in my eyes and I have allergies and my nose is running. ( I am in my own back yard) I realize how MANY times I have touched my face...nose, eyes. LOTS. I have a habit. I rub my nose. I can not stop even though I try. Now at this point of the COVID infection , we must just cover the face. Pick: fancy mask, bandana... put something over your face. The masks move and are a potential for self infection if loose , mis-fitting or manipulated. TEE SHIRT STRIPS. This works real well and for short term use works fine according to what I had read in medical literature. Take a tee. cut the body across in 6-8 inch strips. Cut one end. So now you have a long 8 inch wide strip. Take that and place over nose and mouth and tie behind the head,. You can double the layer. Experiment. Keeps the hair outta the eyes and hand off your face. It is much better than a mask that is half on or manipulated ( I see that an awful lot) I saw a show yesterday . It was an interview with an ER doc in N.Y. That was the exact message he gave. "Chances are slim you will get this, IF you don't touch your face, frequent hand washing....stop smoking "( hand to mouth) Say it again: AVOID HAND TO FACE CONTACT WHEN OUT SHOPPING This is war.....we will win and have one helluvah party ! ALISON PLEASE PLEASE help others to learn how to handle this. IF you see something say something. I gave the "don't touch your face" speech more times than I can count to a man servicing the cash register at a busy store. Interesting because we were talking about the value of a mask. I told him what I just told you. In that time, he tweaked his nose with his finger at least 5 times. Each time Bill and I said in UNISION ......"Dont touch your face" ( he was NOT aware he was doing it..its a habit HE has an he's not aware he is doing it..like me) Next week we saw him using a mask. Alcohol and hand sanitizer is hard to find now. Put a wash cloth soaked in Clorox solution.inside ziplocks (.I doubt you need 100%...just a solution) Use that for your hands a/o surfaces. Pack a few...off ya go ! When you get home...take care of the hands...hand creme.
  9. Merchants, if you own or operate a store or restaurant and need to install a temporary plywood glass protective covering while Panamanian edicts require you close up shop temporarily, call Taller de Wolff at 6955.0013 or 6520.7860 for a quote. tallerdewolff@gmail.com
  10. Due to the current financial situation caused by the slowdown in the economy, the Government has decided to implement a scheme to put workers of 50 years of age and above on early, mandatory retirement, thus creating jobs and reducing unemployment. This scheme will be known as RAPE (Retire Aged People Early). Persons selected to be RAPED can apply to the Government to be considered for the SHAFT program (Special Help After Forced Termination). Persons who have been RAPED and SHAFTED will be reviewed under the SCREW program (System Covering Retired-Early Workers). A person may be RAPED once, SHAFTED twice and SCREWED as many times as the Government deems appropriate. Persons who have been RAPED could get AIDS (Additional Income for Dependents & Spouse) or HERPES (Half Earnings for Retired Personnel Early Severance). Obviously persons who have AIDS or HERPES will not be SHAFTED or SCREWED any further by the Government. Persons who are not RAPED and are staying on will receive as much **** (Special High Intensity Training) as possible. The Government has always prided its self on the amount of **** it gives our citizens. Should you feel that you do not receive enough ****, please bring this to the attention of your Local Representative, who has been trained to give you all the **** you can handle. Sincerely, The Senate committee on Economic Value of Individual Lives (E.V.I.L.)
  11. We are in a position of being unable to ignore the fact and the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus. But it need not be the all-consuming central focus of our lives. The subject is difficult to avoid on television, but I am able to go out to my workshop and spend quiet time straightening things and sorting nuts, bolts, screws and other hardware. Our dog is unaware of the virus problem and is still excited about hunting and retrieving his toys. There are meals to prepare and dishes to wash. Life goes on, but with fewer places to go. Though we don't need to constantly think about the virus problem, we remain aware of the need to take extra precautions, wash hands regularly and well and, when going out, to be aware of the need to wear gloves or sanitize doorknobs and various handles, such as handles of shopping carts. If we do these things well and limit or stop visits in our homes, we should be able to maintain a good defense against infection from the virus. However, as we all know, perfection is very difficult to achieve. What if you don't remember to remove your gloves before touching your own doorknob? What if you need to ride in a taxi or to give someone a ride in your car? What if someone you're sure is "clean" visits in your home but later realizes that he or she has been exposed? Sanitizing will become the order of the day. See the information below. Ozone gas has been proven to kill the SARS coronavirus, and since the structure of the new COVID-19 coronavirus is almost identical to that of the SARS coronavirus, it is relatively safe to say that it will also work on the new coronavirus, though it must be noted that there are no studies to date except one that is currently ongoing in China at the Institute of Virology in Hubei with regard to this. Progress of that study has shown that it works, and the study should be concluded by the end of this week and officially published in the journal Virology. There are more than 17 scientific studies that show Ozone gas is able to destroy the SARS coronavirus. Ozone is a naturally occurring gas created from oxygen atoms. The oxygen molecule is made up of 2 oxygen atoms. These oxygen molecules are broken into atoms by the corona discharge during lightning storms or by UV light from the Sun. Single oxygen atoms cannot exist alone without regrouping back into di-atomic oxygen molecules. During this recombination stage some atoms will regroup into loosely bonded tri-atomic oxygen. This new molecule is called Ozone or O3. Ozone generators are able to make ozone from normal air and are commonly used as room disinfectants. The antipathogenic effects of ozone have been substantiated for several decades. It can spread to contact everything in a house. Its killing action upon bacteria, viruses, fungi, and for many species of protozoa, serves as the basis for its increasing use in disinfecting municipal water supplies in cities worldwide. Typically, viruses are small, independent particles, built of crystals and macromolecules. Unlike bacteria, they multiply only within the host cell. Ozone destroys viruses by diffusing through the protein coat into the nucleic acid core, resulting in damage of the viral RNA. At higher concentrations, ozone destroys the capsid or exterior protein shell by oxidation. Numerous families of viruses including poliovirus I and 2, human rotavruses, Norwalk virus, Parvoviruses, and Hepatitis A, B and non-A non-B are among many others that are susceptible to the virucidal actions of ozone. Most research efforts on ozone's virucidal effects have centered upon ozone's propensity to break apart lipid molecules at sites of multiple bond configuration. Indeed, once the lipid envelope of the virus is fragmented, its DNA or RNA core cannot survive. Non-enveloped viruses (Adenoviridae, Picornaviridae, namely poliovirus, Coxsachie, Echovirus, Rhinovirus, Hepatitis A and E, and Reoviridae (Rotavirus), have also begun to be studied. Viruses that do not have an envelope are called "naked viruses." They are constituted of a nucleic acid core (made of DNA or RNA) and a nucleic acid coat, or capsid, made of protein. Ozone, however, aside from its well-recognized action upon unsaturated lipids, can also interact with certain proteins and their constituents, namely amino acids. Indeed, when ozone comes in contact with capsid proteins, protein hydroxides and and protein hydroperoxides are formed. Viruses have no protections against oxidative stress. The enveloped viruses are usually more sensitive to physico-chemical challenges than are naked virions. Although ozone's effects upon unsaturated lipids is one of its best-documented biochemical actions, ozone is known to interact with proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. The new coronavirus is an enveloped virus. If you have an air freshening ozone machine such as an Alpine brand or similar brand, I suggest that you keep it operating in your home a lot of the time while limiting open windows. Just now, we are all properly taking serious precautions, and there seem to be few people in our area who are infected. That may or may not change. If you should know or have a strong reason to believe that an infected person has been inside your home (or car), and you want to sanitize with ozone, give me a call at 6745-2828 or send a WhatsApp message. The house would need to have all windows and doors closed, with no people, pets or house plants inside for four to six hours, depending on the size of the house. Incidentally, at the same time, the ozone would kill any mold and mold odors that may be in the house. Please understand that this is not crass commercialism or a big sales pitch. I provide scientific information, and you decide what to do. I have a high-output ozone machine usually used for controlling mold, mold odors, smoke odors and other odors. It happens that it is also effective against viruses, and I would not want to withhold that information or the machine's availability from anyone who should need it. The same is true of the use of colloidal silver to keep the immune system strong or to treat an infection. It is known that colloidal silver can kill more than 650 different bacteria, viruses and fungi. It is known to kill the SARS Coronavirus. If you would like more information by email, send a message to usn11958@gmail.com with the subject El Matador.
  12. This morning (Thursday) our Panamanian gardener appeared at our gate on time for work Bud told him no work now. Poor soul thought he had been fired! Bud spent several minutes explaining coronavirus and how Panama is in total quarantine. Bud paid him his full salary then asked him to return to work when quarantine is over. Our great gardener left with a better understanding of the current environment.
  13. Planned Military Repatriation Flights The Embassy is working on two evacuation options via military flights for those U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) accompanying U.S. citizen family members wishing to depart Panama. There are no guarantees of these flights or the space available. There are two U.S. military air flights scheduled for April 2 and 4 with a limited number of seats available; we are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about these flights. · April 2, departing Panama Pacifico at 9:05 p.m. and arriving Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, FL, to arrive 1:15 a.m. April 3. · April 4, departing Panama Pacifico at 4:53 p.m. and arriving Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, TX, to arrive 8:43 p.m. Requirements, restrictions, and helpful information: · The flights are restricted to U.S. citizens and LPRs accompanying U.S. citizen family members. All passengers must be in possession of a valid U.S. passport or I-551 (green card) in order to qualify for a flight. · Availability will be based upon first-come first-served basis and will require a financial commitment in the form of a repatriation loan for the State Department calculated one-way fare to the destination of the aircraft, which is NOT negotiable. · Please note these flights will arrive at U.S. military installations and you will be responsible for coordinating your onward travel, including transit from the base to a commercial airport. The closest major airport near Fort Walton Beach, FL is New Orleans, LA; and the nearest to San Angelo, TX is San Antonio, TX. · If you are ill, you will not be permitted to fly. Prior to departure from Panama and upon arrival to the United States you will undergo a temperature screening. · All passengers must sign a promissory note to ensure payment of the required fare. · Baggage is restricted to two bags that cannot exceed 70lbs. total. · Service animals MAY be authorized on the April 2 flight. Please be sure to share your needs as appropriate. · You may bring limited liquids and snacks. Additional Department of Defense flights are projected through April 9, with limited seating. The embassy will continue researching additional military and civilian commercial options. Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov. Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/ 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. Denese A. Rodgers +507 6456-8539
  14. The Embassy is working on two evacuation options via military flights for those U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) accompanying U.S. citizen family members wishing to depart Panama. There are no guarantees of these flights or the space available. There are two U.S. military air flights scheduled for April 2 and 4 with a limited number of seats available; we are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about these flights. · April 2, departing Panama Pacifico at 9:05 p.m. and arriving Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, FL, to arrive 1:15 a.m. April 3. · April 4, departing Panama Pacifico at 4:53 p.m. and arriving Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, TX, to arrive 8:43 p.m. Requirements, restrictions, and helpful information: · The flights are restricted to U.S. citizens and LPRs accompanying U.S. citizen family members. All passengers must be in possession of a valid U.S. passport or I-551 (green card) in order to qualify for a flight. · Availability will be based upon first-come first-served basis and will require a financial commitment in the form of a repatriation loan for the State Department calculated one-way fare to the destination of the aircraft, which is NOT negotiable. · Please note these flights will arrive at U.S. military installations and you will be responsible for coordinating your onward travel, including transit from the base to a commercial airport. The closest major airport near Fort Walton Beach, FL is New Orleans, LA; and the nearest to San Angelo, TX is San Antonio, TX. · If you are ill, you will not be permitted to fly. Prior to departure from Panama and upon arrival to the United States you will undergo a temperature screening. · All passengers must sign a promissory note to ensure payment of the required fare. · Baggage is restricted to two bags that cannot exceed 70lbs. total. · Service animals MAY be authorized on the April 2 flight. Please be sure to share your needs as appropriate. · You may bring limited liquids and snacks. Additional Department of Defense flights are projected through April 9, with limited seating. The embassy will continue researching additional military and civilian commercial options. Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov. Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/ 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.
  15. Both Global Bank and MultiBank have announced their new hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1 - 7 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 7-1 As of right now, Banco General and the Panamanian Banks (Banco Nacional and Caja de Ahorros) are operating on their normal schedules.
  16. Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 26, 2020) Nationwide Suspension of Domestic Commercial and Charter Flights On March 26, Panama announced the nationwide suspension of commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, in addition to the March 22 ban on international commercial passenger flights. There are exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines. The Embassy is working on evacuation options via commercial humanitarian and military flights for those U.S. Citizens wishing to depart Panama. Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing: PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov. Availability will be based upon first-come first-served basis and will require a financial commitment in the form of a repatriation loan from the State Department calculated on one-way fare to the destination of the aircraft, which is NOT negotiable. On March 25, Panama enacted nationwide movement restrictions, also being referred to as quarantine. The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to conduct essential activities, such as grocery shopping, getting gas and medicines, or dealing with a medical emergency, based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula.  For U.S. Citizens in Panama without a cedula, they should carry their passports at all times. The two-hour windows are as follows: · Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am · Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30am · Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am · Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am  · Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm  · Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm  · Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30pm  · Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm  · Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm  · Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30pm  There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.  Even with these time allowances, during the nationwide movement restrictions the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly.  Take the opportunity to stock up on any medicines and food supplies you may need to shelter in place in your homes for an extended period of time. Actions to Take:  Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations. Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19for information on conditions in Panama. Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States. 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.
  17. It with sadness and total shock that we learn of the death of Pat Carter from corona virus while she was in the U.S. Pat was a resident of Jaramillo Centro and lived near her son Scott and daughter in law Holly. Pat was a great friend of the homeless dogs and also a member of the Boquete Chicas club. RIP in Pat Carter. This is a photo of her toasting one of her adopted street dogs.
  18. What To Do During the Quarantine If You Are a Photographer A community member has sent information about availability of online training courses by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) organization. PPA is making their 1,100 plus online courses available to the public for free for two weeks. Click Here for more information. Not attesting to the quality of these courses, but what else can a photographer do while sitting at home?
  19. Possible Repatriation Flights    The Embassy is working to find evacuation options via commercial humanitarian and military flights for those U.S. Citizens wishing to depart Panama. There are no guarantees of these flights or the space available.    There is a U.S. military air flight scheduled for March 30 with a very limited number of seats available; we are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about this flight. Additional Department of Defense flights are projected through April 9, with limited seating.  Availability will be based upon first-come first-served basis and will require a financial commitment in the form of a repatriation loan for the State Department calculated one-way fare to the destination of the aircraft, which is NOT negotiable.    Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.  Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/  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.  Denese A. Rodgers +507 6456-8539
  20. Possible Repatriation Flights    The Embassy is working to find evacuation options via commercial humanitarian and military flights for those U.S. Citizens wishing to depart Panama. There are no guarantees of these flights or the space available.    There is a U.S. military air flight scheduled for March 30 with a very limited number of seats available; we are in the process of notifying individuals who have already expressed interest in being evacuated from Panama about this flight. Additional Department of Defense flights are projected through April 9, with limited seating.  Availability will be based upon first-come first-served basis and will require a financial commitment in the form of a repatriation loan for the State Department calculated one-way fare to the destination of the aircraft, which is NOT negotiable.    Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.  Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/  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. 
  21. Event: Nationwide Movement Restrictions Beginning March 25, 2020 Panama has enacted nationwide movement restrictions, also being referred to as quarantine, beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:01 am. The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to grocery shop, get medicines, or deal with medical emergencies based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula. U.S. Citizens in Panama without a cedula should carry their passports at all times. The windows available for completing shopping for groceries and medicines, or treating medical emergencies, are as follows: Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am Last number is 8 - 7:30 – 9:30am Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm Last number is 3 - 2:30 – 4:30pm Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30pm There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Even with these time allowances, during the nationwide movement restrictions the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly. Take the opportunity to stock up on any medicines and food supplies you may need to shelter in place in your homes for an extended period of time. Denese A. Rodgers +507 6456-8539
  22. Event: Nationwide Movement Restrictions Beginning March 25, 2020 Panama has enacted nationwide movement restrictions, also being referred to as quarantine, beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:01 am. The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to grocery shop, get medicines, or deal with medical emergencies based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula. U.S. Citizens in Panama without a cedula should carry their passports at all times. The windows available for completing shopping for groceries and medicines, or treating medical emergencies, are as follows: Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am Last number is 8 - 7:30 – 9:30am Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm Last number is 3 - 2:30 – 4:30pm Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30pm There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Even with these time allowances, during the nationwide movement restrictions the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly. Take the opportunity to stock up on any medicines and food supplies you may need to shelter in place in your homes for an extended period of time.
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