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City waits to extend curfew; Covid cases in local nursing homes; Tram accident on Av. España; Some health services move; Retention pond bust

Jueves, 9/7/2020

Hola, Todos –

Actividades –
De la pagina cultural –

“Cosmos” – The Club de Astronomía Cruz del Sur and the Planetario de Cuenca will show a new episode of Cosmos tomorrow titled, “La gracia fugaz de la zona habitable” (The fleeting grace of the habitable zone). The episode deals with changes in the universe and the vision of the future of humanity once Earth is no longer habitable. <Which may be sooner than we think – depending on our news source.> After the show, there will be a virtual Zoom forum to discuss the documentary. If you are interested in joining, go to

Otras cosas –

Titular – Choferes, parados y con deudas (Drivers, unemployed and with debts) – See Thursday’s CHL article for the story.

Public transport drivers are waiting for the okay to resume their routes. (El Mercurio)

Covid-19 en asilos de ancianos (Covid-19 is in old age homes) – The Ministerio de Inclusión Económica y Social (MIES) received alerts about cases of COVID-19 in nursing homes, and the COE is analyzing what measures to take. MIES and the MSP are verifying the cases in the hogar Miguel León and other Cuenca nursing homes. The arrival of coronavirus in the nursing homes in another sign of the advance of the virus in Cuenca which is seeing an average of 35 new patients a day. The health coordinator for Zone 6 reported that all 41 public hospital ICU beds in Cuenca were full at the beginning of the week, and it is waiting for the ventilators the US is donating. The MSP is strengthening attention in health centers where intermediate care facilities are being prepared to care for patients in cantonal hospitals.

As of miércoles, Mayor Pedro Palacios has not received a response from the national COE to change the curfew start time from 23:00 back to 19:00 or prohibit social or business meetings of up to 25 people. The Municipio gave 3,000 rapid tests to the Zonal Health Coordinator for testing the vulnerable population so that people possibly infected can be isolated.

Hospital consulting moves to health center – Medical specialties at the Vicente Corral Moscoso hospital are moving this week to the Centro de Salud 1 on Huayna Cápac in the Pumapungo sector. To get an appointment for gynecology, pediatric surgery, traumatology, gerontology, oncology, psychology, psychiatry, adult infectology, internal medicine, adult nephrology, and gastroenterology, go to admissions window 3 at the hospital between 7-15:00. Clinical laboratory services, dentistry, qualification of disabilities, and vaccinations can be done at the Centro de Salud starting a las 8:00. Medical attention is provided after 13:00.

Tranvía accident – The latest accident with the Tranvía involved a private pick up that made a giro indebido (improper turn – your phrase for the day) on av. España y calle Sevilla. The accident was captured on the Tranvía camera system. <If you get into an accident with a tram train, I doubt you’ll be able to talk your way out of it. It’s not like the tram drifted into your lane.> At the 6 redondeles that are on the train route, when the stop lights are yellow, it means proceed with caution. When they are red, it means stop to let the tram through. Since the tram begin operation, there have been four accidents, all cleared from the track within 20 minutes.

Saving Coca Coco-Sinclair – The infrastructure of the Coca-Codo-Sinclair hydroelectric plant is being threatened by the hundimiento (subsidence) of the río Coca. Last 3/2, the San Rafael waterfall disappeared, on 7/4 pipelines passing the site were damaged causing the closure of the vía Chaco-Lago Agria, and now the erosion is slowly getting closer to the $3 billion plant which is the country’s largest, producing 1,500 kilowatts. An additional problem is this rainy season, the normal flow of 400 m3/second has increased to a previously unseen 2,000 m3/s. This flow has produced erosion in the rió Coca’s tributaries as well, with landslides adding to the sediment accumulating below the waterfall. Construction will start el 15/7 on rock walls and widening the river channel to dissipate the energy of the water. Other studies are starting for mitigation projects. <I don’t understand why the water is subsiding if the flow is increasing.>

Mining retention pond collapses, sending 3,000 cubic m3 of chemicals into the río Tenguel – A relavera (holding pond) at the Armijos milling plant belonging to Austrogold C Ltda collapsed, dumping about 3,000 cubic meters of chemical and gold material into the río Tenguel and its tributaries in the Ponce Enríquez canton in Azuay. This has caused problems with the potable and irrigation water supply to several communities. The mining company has to present a plan to mitigate the damage and compensate those damaged. The holding pond has been shut since it had reached the end of its useful life and was not well constructed to begin with. The pond lining was broken causing constant leaks which caused the collapse. <And this is why indigenous communities don’t want mining anywhere near them.>

And that´s all for today so Hasta ? –


8 thoughts on “City waits to extend curfew; Covid cases in local nursing homes; Tram accident on Av. España; Some health services move; Retention pond bust

  1. Mayor Pedro Palacios is going to destroy Cuenca and it”s economy as sure as the sun comes up.His decisions have no concern for the people jobs or the businesses that support the city.His common sense has been lost to fear decisions.Wake up Mr Mayor you are destroying the city you were elected to protect and serve.The virus is here to stay for along time. Let the city and its people live,Those who are afraid like you can hide under their beds while the rest can go about their lives using precautions but living not hiding.

    1. It’s more than obvious that this country isn’t going to sacrifice lives for the economy, that’s the reality. We all need to do our part to ensure the light stays yellow and green. If they roll back the curfew it will be devastating to the economy. It’s easy for us to wear masks and keep socially distanced while we go out to our favourite establishments. It’s impossible to eat or drink while wearing a mask but whenever it is possible, we should support our community by participating in the only way we can.

        1. Smashing whole families destroys economies too, and I’m not advocating for closing the economy, I’m advocating, doing it as safely as we possibly can. I’m opposed to dropping all the easily implemented and ongoing protocols and throwing fate to the wind, like what they are doing in the southern states, cases are skyrocketing… that isn’t necessary and if you follow what the well managed countries have implemented, Scandinavian, German, Canada. You can see that it is possible to open up, responsibly, and safely. Don’t press your fear of economic doom is imminent line. They have closed it down and have begun to open it up, follow the protocol and help to keep cases low and manageable to do your part in this. Don’t be a fear monger.
          Are you aware the EU refuses to allow US citizens.
          Canada is refusing to open the US Canada border, despite multiple requests to start the procedure by the US state department… it’s probably not a good model to use when they are being blocked by the world.

  2. Jeanne,
    Thanks once again for a great summary. I would like to add a suggestion, if possible. I assume you are taking these summaries from the on-line version of the stories in Spanish. Would it be OK to add a link to the original account at the beginning or end of each summary? Sometimes I would like to go look at the original, but finding it on-line is not always easy.

    1. Maybe as a retirement hobby, for every story she reports, you find the corresponding link at their website, if possible, and post the links as a comment. I think many people would appreciate that.

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