Belize has registered the first woman to die after being tested positive for Covid-19. This case is that of an elderly woman from the south. 72-year-old Iris Barillas of Hope Creek Village, Stann Creek District reportedly first sought medical attention for heart complications at the Belmopan Medical Centre on August 5. Barillas was equipped with a heart tracker but she began showing other symptoms including stomach upsets, exhaustion, and a lack of appetite. She was taken again to the medical center and was subsequently tested for Covid-19. Her test not only came back positive but they also found that she had developed pneumonia. Her medical condition deteriorated significantly which caused her to be transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. It was later found that Barillas had mucus on the lungs and was in and out of a coma. She had been intubated for almost one week prior to her passing. Barillas is relative to the Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero who explained to Love News that more Covid-19 related deaths can be expected in the coming weeks.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Once you start having it affect certain more at risk groups you can anticipate that you’re going to have more people that die as a result. I was aware yesterday we had three people intubated and another confirmed case of COVID-19. This person that passed away earlier today is actually married into my mom’s family, I just found out this morning that she died, she’s the first person that became intubated in this second cycle so she had been at Karl Heusner for a week now. It is going to happen and that’s the sad situation I mean I think we need to understand that. Sometimes it doesn’t seem that we can appreciate that I think sometimes we feel it as a detached kind of situation until it kinda comes closer to home but yeah we can anticipate more deaths as a result of COVID-19 — that’s for sure.”
According to Dr Manzanero the Ministry of Health has projections that they have calculated but he emphasized that with Covid-19 the situation is fluid.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Heal Services: “There are projections that we have but the thing is your projects can be like what has happened in Mexico where you project it, we had anticipated that by Friday of last week with what has happened in San Pedro it would have kind of started to come down it hasn’t, yesterday wasn’t the highest number of cases in a given day I think we go back one week we had eighty cases in one single day. I mean we have little projection that we can put but when you samples start to come out those projections are blown out if you will. For example neighboring Chetumal I don’t think has peaked they had said 24th of August as the new projected date I have to go back and review it I haven’t reviewed it over the last seven to ten days but it keeps changing with what you find.”
Love News understands that Barillas has other relatives who have also tested positive for Covid-19 while some remain in self isolation.