Last Updated: 06/24/2020
Ecuador has confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in all 24 provinces. The majority of confirmed cases have been in Guayaquil, though Quito faced a surge in May, with the city’s government stating on May 14 that more than 80% of the 164 intensive care beds in Quito’s public hospitals were occupied. Beginning May 12, restrictions began to be eased in Ecuador, with workforces beginning a phased reopening and some travel restrictions being lifted. Curfews are still in place, and masks and social distancing are encouraged. Testing remains extremely limited, however, and death tolls indicate that the number of positive cases is higher than reported.
All Compassion frontline church partners and Compassion centers are closed to group activities. Church staff members continue to provide emotional and spiritual support by making regular phone calls to families. They have been able to deliver 109,257 food packs and 9,887 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to 1,628 individuals since the pandemic began, including helping families access telehealth services. Some partner churches have been able to hold online worship services and prayer meetings.