Patient Ten is a 63-year-old Belize City man who lost his life due to COVID-19 on Good Friday. His diagnosis was coupled with some underlying conditions including a recent stroke. The mapping exercise carried out by the health officials has led to the screening of several persons who were at a party on March 14 at the Plaza Diner upstairs the Downtown Plaza. The Ministry of Health made an appeal over the weekend for persons who are exhibiting symptoms who were at that party to reach out to the Ministry of Health.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Only those who may have been in direct contact it doesn’t mean that – I think it’s a three story building, it doesn’t mean that everybody in the building is at risk. The risk is going to be contingent on your level of contact. So the mapping exercise will determine who were the closest contacts and those are classified as high risk and then if you go along peeling your response then you find medium and low risk. If you’re just a casual contact you’re not going to be considered a high risk person and if you notice our press release did ask for people to call particularly if they’re symptomatic, if you have any sign or symptom those are the people that we’re going to be particularly interested in because it’s been four weeks since that social event happened.”
Having been diagnosed late, Patient Ten infected several others including his wife and daughter. Both are employees at establishments downtown Belize City where a sanitization process is underway. These two persons were identified during one of the mapping processes. Dr. Manzanero explained how this process worked.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “The mapping exercise is going to back and review when you started to become ill and we are going to be particularly interested in the previous fourteen days. So we have asked what is the estimated cost of a mapping exercise or how many people are actually involved. In previous discussions we have had we had said that there’s two notes that dictate how long a mapping exercise is going to be and how much it’s going to cost. One of the issues there is going to be how long it took us before we made that diagnosis because the longer the time period before we detect you the more difficult a mapping exercise is going to be. So if it took fourteen days before we made a diagnosis or before anybody flagged as a potential case then your mapping exercise extends over a fourteen day period, that’s one. Two, is also the amount of people you could have been in contact with prior to us making a diagnosis from when you became symptomatic so some exercise are much quicker, are easier, less expensive than others. In the particular case if you notice the last press release we had highlighted we’re tying this particular last cluster to a social activity that involved preliminary data suggest up to a hundred people and even though that happened a month ago we’re still looking for symptomatic patients and the reason why we’re saying that we think that’s where the potential ground zero may have been for that particular cluster is because when we identified this particular case was on March 27th which was a Friday when the patient became ill or at least ill toward being hospitalized in a private sector. So when you trace back the previous fourteen days then you go to an activity on the 14th of March that had people who had come in from the US, New York we’re now told and that’s where the potential outbreak may have happened. Understand that you may have asymptomatic individuals who could have gotten the patient infected and not everybody progresses in the same way shape or form and the immediate contacts of that particular patient are the ones who have now turned out to be positive and that gives us a total number of five in that particular case so that’s the particular active cluster that we are finding. In the results that we did yesterday, I don’t have the full numbers of how many tests were ran yesterday but I do know that we didn’t get any positive results yesterday. So that’s important that we highlight when they’re starting to come about.”
As we noted, Patient Ten had attended a party at the Plaza Diner on March 14 where two of his relatives from New York were also in attendance.