We want to share what March has looked like for us at the CORM Children's Village.
COVID has breached the borders of the CORM Children's Village. We aren't sure how it entered, but Johnbull and I were both sick with body aches, headaches, and fevers at the beginning of March. These are the same symptoms as malaria, so that's what we thought we had, but when I lost my ability to taste and smell, we knew it was time to get tested. We were tested on March 10th, and on March 15th, we found out we were both positive. Just as Johnbull and I felt terrible and thought it was malaria, we had children and staff on campus with the same symptoms and testing negative for malaria.
On Tuesday the 16th, we started to quarantine the kids with symptoms to our volunteer house and quarantining their roommates, without symptoms, to their rooms. We are hoping to stop the spread and keep those with underlining conditions safe from getting COVID.
On Wednesday the 17th, the District Public Health Director came out to the CORM Children's Village with a team of nurses to test all of us who had been exposed. We are expecting to get our test results back on Monday the 22nd. We were advised not to close down the school but to continue taking daily temps, wearing our masks, hand washing, and social distancing as much as possible.
We are praising God that all of the cases or possible cases at CORM have been mild. Our people experience fevers, body aches, headaches, congestion, and loss of taste and smell. We are grateful that no one has experienced any respiratory issues.
Please keep us in your prayers as we navigate COVID for the first time as a community.