On Friday, March 20, they confirmed the first two cases of Covid19 in Haiti. That same day, the President announced schools, businesses and Churches would be closed until further notice. There were to be no gatherings over ten people, and after 8 pm, there would be a curfew.
At our mission, we are following the restrictions that the country has placed upon all. The Mother Angela Mobile Clinic is still working. Everyday the clinic is educating the people on how to protect themselves from the virus in the midst of unsanitary conditions. We have provided a bucket with water and Clorox so that patients would wash their hands before seeing the doctors. One of the priests has asked us not to come to his parish chapel for now.
We are in the process of preparing face masks for our clinic workers and personnel; and, hopefully, we will have more for others who ask for them. It is impossible to purchase them here in Jacmel. We also ordered more buckets with filters for clean water and buckets with valves. We will be buying Clorox and soap for our people.
Everyday our children come to eat. We wash their hands, measure their temperatures, and only accept small groups at a time. We are following the restrictions of ten people at a time in the mission. We are blessed to still have Mass in our convent chapel and to receive Eucharist daily. We are praying for you and for healing of the world many times during the day. Please keep us in your prayers, too.
We hear news everyday that the virus is spreading very quickly in the Dominican Republic, which is on the island we share. Haiti does not have the medical help as in other countries. The people are in fear, and we feel we are here first to bring them hope and to proclaim Jesus Christ and His Good News. We try to help them believe that God will make all things new in a different way than we imagine.