We have one positive COVID case and suspicious symptoms among 50% of the Hope House residents. The Hope House has been a safe haven for close to 100 people throughout the pandemic and now as we stare this beast of a virus straight in the face we feel the seriousness of the situation.
The number of COVID cases are climbing across the country of Peru. The news reports that there are only 102 available ICU beds in the entire country and they only have half as many doctors as needed to care for the people who are occupying all those beds. The President has ordered another strict quarantine to try to flatten the curve. This means that people can only leave their home for one hour a day. There is a nightly curfew of 6 pm. Transportation is limited. A similar lockdown last spring led to a lot of instability and violence across Lima.
Despite the odds, we are committed to doing everything we can to help the ones who are sick to recover and to keep everyone safe as we ride out this pandemic.
It is going to cost us an additional $8,000 this month to provide good healthcare and buy enough supplies to get us through the strict lockdown measures.
With $8,000 we can buy:
- Enough ibuprofen and tylenol for everyone who needs it
- Alcohol and bleach to continue round the clock disinfecting of bathrooms, common spaces and individual rooms
- Extra jugs of water -- water costs $8 and with the lockdown measures and a need to increase fluids for those that are sick, we want to stockpile some extra jugs
- Vitamins C, D and zinc along with time-tested local Peruvian remedies for fighting a virus
- A couple pulse oximeters to have on hand for measuring oxygen levels