The Orange Walk District is seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases. Over the weekend alone over one hundred positive cases were registered with most of it being in the north. According to the Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero the figures reflect San Felipe Village having up to twenty-six cases in one day. Love News asked him, Dr Manzanero if closing off the Orange Walk District is something that the authorities are considering.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “I do know at the NOC this morning I don’t know if the topic of shutting down came about but we were asked about the numbers because I think, I can’t recall an exact figure I think it’s 114 cases in the last week from the last report I had given to the NOC and I can’t recall exact percentage but I did mention that there’s a team there that went from headquarters and Central Health Region to look at what particular is going on in Orange Walk and once an assessment is completed from headquarters then further notes can be given. Not that assessments are not being done but you know you always have to go back every week and review what’s happening. I’m sure that we can relate all those clusters to active and ongoing cases so that’s what’s happening. I know in San Felipe we had twenty six cases in one single day.”
Reporter: So shutting down on a serious note Orange Walk district shutting down is not really an option being considered at this point by the NOC?
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Well I would not know. I mean we normally just give notes to the NOC and they make the determination. For example from the samples that were processed through the week the majority of them would have been from for example Orange Walk more than in any other facility Orange Walk is giving us that. For example in the samples given yesterday fifty of those alone were from Orange Walk and ten of those were from Orange Walk Town and twenty six in San Felipe so out of the total samples we got yesterday more than half were from Orange Walk Town and San Felipe alone so when you have thirty six samples out of sixty seven being from Orange Walk and San Felipe that’s the area you have to go back and reassess and see what’s going on there.”
Health officials have recorded the 16th Covid-19 related death in Belize. The patient is an elderly man from Orange Walk as explained by Dr Manzanero.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “It’s a male in his late 70’s. My understanding is that he has a primary diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had been diagnosed with SARS COV 2. The preliminary notes we got is that he was being referred to Karl Heusner because he had been having respiratory distress and apparently there was some hesitation from family members to bring him. Normally when that happens it’s because you can choose to do that, you would have to sign some kind of note to say you don’t want to follow the usual referral mechanism and he passed away between nine and ten o’clock this morning at the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk.”
The Covid-19 data for today shows that two hundred and sixty-two samples were processed with forty-six testing positive. The good news is that there have also been thirty recovered cases as explained by Dr Manzanero.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “46 cases out of 262 samples. The notes I got this morning from the lab is that they had pretty much completed all the cycles so that there would not be a backlog like we had been having. I mean I think that once that Hurricane Nana went through they went back to the lab and they have really been working 24/7 for the last five days to catch up on all the samples. Out of the 262 there were 13 recovered cases, one death in a male as I had mentioned so that brings a total of 16. 7 new cases in Corozal, 1 case in San Pedro, 11 for the remainder of the Belize District, 20 in the Cayo district, none in Stann Creek and 1 case in the Toledo District which is in Punta Gorda Town, that’s the preliminary data. Of course Cayo being a flag because they had 20 cases not I mean that’s something that we have to go back and review. We know that there’s one person intubated it’s a male in his 30’s he was intubated on Saturday morning as I understand it.”