On March 14, 2020, Jalisco’s health minister announced the state´s first two confirmed cases of Covid-19, pertaining to a housewife and a health worker from the metro area who carried the virus here from travels in Europe.
Two days later, on the way home from trying to scrounge up local news on the pandemic at Jocotepec’s Hospital Comunitario, I concluded it would be smart to modify my work habits. It was time to ditch a boots-on-the-ground approach to reporting and rely more on phone calls, social media and other stay-at-home methods of staying on top of current events.
A week later Jalisco’s first Covid death went on record and the disease was spiraling at an alarming rate. Remember the scandal of the wealthy tapatios who picked up the virus at a Colorado ski resort, bringing it home as a horrid souvenir?