Seven employees of the Orange Walk Town Council Traffic Department have tested positive for COVID-19. This was confirmed yesterday by the council via a press release notifying the public that the office will be closed for sanitization. The release further notifies that the Traffic Department will be closed for two weeks while the Administration offices will be closed for today only. Traffic services at the Orange Walk Town Hall will now be accessible through online transactions only. Love News spoke with the Mayor of Orange Walk Town, Kevin Bernard, who told us how the situation came to this.
Kevin Bernard, Orange Walk Mayor: “It started with one employee who reported on the 27th of August that he was not feeling well, was displaying flu like symptoms and she was asked to go home and made arrangements to be swabbed. It was after a couple of days that we were able to get a result from here which yielded a positive result. Immediately after when I got that information I informed the traffic manager and the records clerk to go and do their test as well because they had close contact with her and as such their results ended up after coming out positive as well. They were displaying symptoms but before even they event started displaying symptoms we had asked them to go home and isolate because they had immediate constant and so they were sent home. Because of the fact that they were asked to swab we decided lets everybody get swabbed that is working inside the traffic department in order to take necessary precaution. It was until late yesterday evening that I was made aware of the other staff members which includes the cleaner, the other records clerk officer, the inspection officer, the assistant manager, the cashier and the other officer – so those other persons ended up also testing positive.”
According to Mayor Bernard the persons have been recovering well with some being asymptomatic and others having minor symptoms.
Kevin Bernard, Orange Walk Mayor: “As it relates to their conditions I must say that most of them don’t have any symptoms they are asymptomatic. We did have one of the records clerk that was complaining of sore throat she said ,because I checked in with them over the phone, and said that she is feeling well all she had was mainly a sore throat and some cough. The initial person yes she had more body aches, fever, sore throat and then one of the other records clerk when I spoke to her yesterday she said that all she had was a minor sore throat. The other weren’t displaying any symptoms but because most of them are positive- we have one officer who works within the office downstairs that having shown no signs but we had requested that that individual be swabbed so I believe he has scheduled his swabbing today. The Ministry has arranged for all of our, even the traffic wardens who do not have direct contact with the office since March we put in a policy in place that residents be tended to from outside and you only came in the building if you needed to take a new picture or so, to do tests for a first application
Mayor Bernard told Love News that while he is putting in the necessary measures to curb the spread, he felt the urge to make an appeal to the public.
According to our records, as of September 6 the Orange Walk district had registered 470 confirmed cases of Covid-19.