The Belize City Council Traffic Department is temporarily closed down after one of its personnel tested positive for Covid-19. The Belize City resident began experiencing a fever about ten days ago and has been on sick leave since then. Love News spoke with the City Manager, Stephanie Lindo-Garbutt who gave us a timeline of events.
Stephanie Lindo-Garbutt, City Manager: “On the seventh of August our employee reported to us that he wasn’t feeling well and he did not report for duty on the eight of August as he was scheduled to and since then he has remained off duty. He continued to experience symptoms that were COVID-19 related and he was given a test sometime in the later part of last week, he received his result last night and he informed the council that his results came back positive. We were able to confirm with the Ministry of Health late this morning that indeed his result was positive and as a result of that we have since closed down the Traffic department temporarily to have the offices sanitized fully. In addition to that from the day before we have put those employees who have had direct contact with him on- we’ve asked them to go into quarantine so they have been off duty and we have also asked our staff from the Traffic department to essentially do the same and just exercise caution, monitor their health if they start to exhibit any symptoms to notify the health officials immediately and to also notify us as well. To my knowledge he was mostly feeling a high fever and I don’t know that he was exhibiting any other symptoms aside from the high fever that is the one that was reported to me. I believe he has been communicating with the Ministry of Health to maybe tracing where he may have been infected. It seems to be a personal contact and definitely not one through his duties.”
According to Lindo-Garbutt, there is no set date for the reopening of the offices on the Youth for the Future Drive. She says, however, that alternative measures are being taken to continue offering the services.
Stephanie Lindo-Garbutt, City Manager: “At this time we’re not able to say, our priority is to find the right company and get the offices fully sanitized and ready to be able to serve the community again. We have been offering online services, you can conduct business with the council through the banks if you’re not able to pay online but we have also opened a cashier at City Hall specific for traffic services so we are trying our very best to ensure the services continue to the residence even though the traffic office is closed. If residents required any more information on how they can conduct any business with the Traffic department they can find us on Facebook where that information is available.”
Love News understands that the employee is under quarantine at home and is recovering well.