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Coronavirus in Leon, Nicaragua

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Sep 30, 2020 Update

We Asked: What is currently happening with regard to the Coronavirus outbreak in your area? Please provide as much detail as possible. The member replied...

Community uses masks about 25% in public. Buses, grocery shopping, church gatherings.

How People are Coping

We Asked: How are people handling the situation in your area? The member replied...

My husband and I continue to wear masks, keep distance when visiting, in public places and in taxi. Majority of others do not.

Government Response

We Asked: Describe how the government of the country about which you are reporting is handling this situation. The member replied...

Schools, offices, restaurants and stores were never closed. Reports of cases and deaths are not accurate. Health care workers have little support. Government denies pandemic is a problem.

Supplies and Shortages

We Asked: Is there a shortage of supplies in your location? The member replied...

No shortages.

Travel Restrictions and Related COVID-19 Testing

We Asked: Are non-citizens allowed to travel to your country? Describe travel restrictions, COVID-19 testing requirements and any details about traveling into your country. The member replied...

Airlines cancelled all flights due to government criteria for entering. Borders are closed to land travel.

Health Insurance Requirements

We Asked: Is health insurance required when traveling into the country? Is it required when applying for residency? Is this a new requirement since COVID-19? Describe the health insurance requirement. The member replied...

No

COVID-19 Testing

We Asked: How easy or difficult is it to get a COVID-19 test locally? Where can you get tested? Do you need to have symptoms or a prescription from a doctor? Describe the process. The member replied...

Not available in Leon. ONLY in capital city, Managua and ONLY in government clinics in order to control case data.

Public Healthcare & Public Hospitals

We Asked: Are you enrolled in the public healthcare system where you live? Do you feel that the public hospitals are handling or preparing for the Coronavirus outbreak effectively? The member replied...

No

Private Health Insurance & Private Hospitals

We Asked: Do you have private health insurance? If you have private insurance, does this give you access to private hospitals? Are private hospitals or clinics better prepared, less prepared, or the same? Please explain. The member replied...

No insurance in Nicaragua. Have Medicare in states.

Hospital of Choice for Coronavirus Treatment

We Asked: Would you choose a public or private hospital if you needed treatment for Coronavirus? Why? If there is a specific hospital that you would go to in the event of severe illness? Which hospital and why? The member replied...

I would ONLY use private if needed. First choice is return to states for treatment.

Residency & Visa

We Asked: Are new residency applications being processed? Have there been any changes or extensions made in terms of residency and other visa renewals? The member replied...

I don't know.

Future Outlook

We Asked: Are you considering returning to your home country due to the Coronavirus? Would this be a temporary move or a permanent repatriation? Please explain. The member replied...

I feel safer here than in the states. I do not leave my farm very often. See few people. Cases are still growing in states.

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