Last Updated: 07/27/2021
Average cases in Colombia have been decreasing for the past 3 weeks, with the country now reporting 17,900 cases per day as of July 19. This is down from 27,000 in early June. Also as of July 19, Colombia has fully inoculated over 23% of its 9.1 million people, up from 11% reported on June 7. COVID restrictions are being phased out. The country is hoping to reopen schools in person near the end of July and is allowing fairly normal operations in stores and restaurants. As a reason for this early change, government leaders have cited increased poverty related to the pandemic and six weeks of deadly protests.
A few Compassion centers have reopened for small groups to gather while practicing COVID-19 safety measures, but the majority remain closed. Staff members have created online curriculum lessons and devotionals. Partner churches continue to monitor home situations for child protection and monitor families that are quarantined or have tested positive for COVID-19. Since April 2020, they have distributed almost 895,000 food packs and over 373,000 hygiene kits to families and have facilitated medical support for nearly 21,000 individuals.