Among those persons who have tested positive for Covid-19 is the Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner. The municipal leader got tested on Tuesday, July 27 after experiencing a persistent cough. His bout with the virus comes on the heels of his return last Thursday after vacationing with his family in the United States. Our newsroom spoke with him over the phone this afternoon on his present condition.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “I was pretty fine when I entered the country but Monday I began experiencing some sort of discomfort in terms of I woke up with a cough actually and so thereafter during the course of the day it wasn’t getting any better it’s just the little cough and I said I would have to go and do a test because I was supposed to report to work on Wednesday and I didn’t want to put any staff members at risk and so I took the test Tuesday and I tested positive for COVID. My family on the other hand, my entire family tested negative along with my personal aid from the City Hall because he’s always with me he also tested negative, my driver tested negative so that’s where we sit as we speak today.”
Reporter: When you look back on the time spent on vacation were you able to perhaps trace that window of vulnerability ?
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “I don’t think it was in the US because in the last couple of days which would be probably last week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, we were pretty much in house just getting ready to return back to Belize and so that window would have been closed by then if I began demonstrating symptoms of Monday. So you could clearly see it could have been somewhere between Friday, Saturday, Sunday and that is the window I look at where the possibility would have been for me to contract the virus.”
Mayor Bernard Wagner has only received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and is due to get his second shot in a few weeks. He says his only symptom is the persistent cough. He told Love News that his case is a classic example that Covid-19 is real and we need to continue being cautious and alert.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “It shows that we’re never out of the woods with COVID. Like I was speaking to a friend and he was telling me ‘But mayor you went through all this thing and at what point would this occur?’ I told him that is how it is, COVID never lets up. Our residents and the people in the entire country have to recognize that it never lets up. As you think you reach a milestone reinvents itself again and it comes at you with this continuous wave coming at you as a human being. So I always say thank God that we took the initiative to get vaccinated. Important that all Belizeans get vaccinated because you never know, I don’t know how it would impact me if I didn’t get the first shot. I have been doing well but I’m certain that many people are facing this COVID in their own way but I am pretty upbeat, I just want to leave the message to the residents that it’s important that we all get vaccinated and recognize that COVID is not letting up so we can’t let up.”