Near the end of July, Mexico was experiencing the third wave of infections in most of the country. Unfortunately, for both the state of Nayarit and Jalisco, the number of infections, severe cases and deaths were increasing every day. At this point, the rate of infection was greater and the statistics surpassed all records of the previous year.
Despite the rapid progress of the mass vaccination days, the Covid-19 Delta variant quickly made its way to all the residents of Punta de Mita. The Campeones classes were no exception, with multiple cases during the last week of classes, including entire families, their two teachers and PEACE Punta de Mita staff. In view of the facts, in collaboration with Punta Mita Hospital, Covid-19 Screening Days was initiated again, during which the residents of the three communities are offered antigen tests at an affordable cost. In this way, the community covers 10 %, PEACE Punta de Mita covers another 10 %, and Punta Mita Hospital, through the PMH Foundation, covers 80 % of the total cost of the test.
To have access to this benefit, residents must present their identification, proof of address, and reside in the community. PEACE then filters and authorizes by means of a signed voucher who meets the requirements and who can obtain the test at a reduced price. PMH comes to the community center to take the test samples, and, complying with all protocols, the documents are received, the test is performed, and the positive cases are referred to the hospital to receive the medical help they require if necessary.
Additionally, we have actively and constantly disseminated and supported the massive vaccination campaigns offered by the state, providing timely information on the schedule and locations to obtain the vaccine, as well as a great boost in raising awareness in the community to obtain the vaccine. In keeping with our commitment to help the communities, we hope to stop the spread of the disease by making it possible for anyone to receive an accurate diagnosis of infection and thus begin the quarantine process, as well as receive timely treatment. Having the certainty of the diagnosis allows for the necessary measures for the care of the infected person, his or her family, neighbors and work groups. Receiving both treatment and adequate follow-up at the onset of the disease can prevent serious complications and even death.
We hope to continue to be attentive to all the support we can provide to stop the spread of the disease, and to all the actions we can take to ensure that last year's situation, where the closure of tourist services affected our community so strongly, is not repeated.