A man in his 70s passed away last night despite showing improvements in his health. He had been diagnosed with Covid-19 and was intubated. Last week he was taken off the ventilator and signs of recovery were promising. Unfortunately, the Corozal resident, Eliseo Magana, passed away. Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero updated our newsroom on this latest case and another death that is being investigated.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “This was a male from Corozal. I don’t have – well he had been intubated for two weeks, this was one of the persons that was extubated and we had made a note of it on Saturday after being more than two weeks we had successful extubation and so he had been on supplementary oxygen. The note I had gotten on Monday was that he was doing fairly good. I haven’t seen what the death certificate will outline because you know COVID-19 can be like that we have had people you know people have sudden deaths so I’m not sure what exactly transpired after he had been extubated but he was one of two persons that was extubated and he is from the north. So once we have those particulars we should be able to say what exactly happened to the person and we are following also another note of somebody who was a confirmed case and had died at the Western Regional Hospital but I don’t have also the particulars of that.
Reporter: That from the Western Regional would have occurred when ?
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: I believe it happened toward the end of last week. Again because you know you may not necessarily die of COVID-19 but it might be a COVID associated death that doesn’t immediately get flagged as an immediate situation there and that’s why once you do your compilation of data, look at death certificates then you can ascertain what persons would have died of.'”
For weeks now our newsroom has been reporting of new Covid-19 cases in the double digits. Tonight, however, there are only four new registered cases to report. According to Dr. Manzanero, these four cases are in the Belize District.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “We have the preliminary data. I don’t know if that infographic is going to capture those two deaths. If we have all that data then it should capture those two both males actually. Five recovered cases so far in the preliminary data I have. Four new cases report and out of eighty one samples it would seem that’s the preliminary data that we have pending verification of course.”
Reporter: Those four new cases are from where ?
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “They all would be from the Belize District.”
Reporter: Those eight one samples were not all from the Belize district though right ?
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “No the lab has pretty much caught up with almost all samples that were pending to be processed so as we had said the ones who are in Belize City those are processed now almost on a daily basis because those samples get to the lab but if they’re from Corozal, Orange Walk, from other areas then it takes a little bit longer to get there but the lab has pretty much caught up with the samples. If you look at the infographic from yesterday once those results were released I believe they only had fifteen samples pending to be processed and they routinely do two or three runs in one given date. The run usually would produce between eighty to ninety samples and that’s why you routinely see results saying between a hundred a seventy when you have two runs up to two hundred and forty when you have three runs and more than three hundred then that’s usually four runs that have been done.”
In addition to the four new cases there are also five registered cases now dubbed as recovered.