As we noted earlier in this newcast, several police officers attached to Ambergris Caye have been confirmed with Covid-19. One of those officers is 28-year-old Javier Noble. Police Constable Javier Noble began displaying symptoms of the virus on Saturday, August 1, and had gotten tested at the San Pedro Polyclinic. He received his results yesterday and has indicated to our newsroom that he may have gotten infected on the job. Noble stated that he had no contact with any of the three clusters. We were able to speak to Noble who walked us through the entire procedure and the effects it has had on him.
Javier Noble, Police Constable: “Last week Saturday and Sunday I got up and I had flu and cough and a little bit of fever. So I had this on Saturday, Sunday I went to work but I wasn’t feeling well so I told my supervisor that I need to go and do a test, the test to check out if I have COVID-19 so he gave me the receipt so I went and I did my exam- that was last week Monday a week away. I still had pain in my bones, I couldn’t smell anything, I had a little bit of a headache and a little bit of fever but fever on the inside. I went to the San Pedro polyclinic but they didn’t want to tend to me because they said it had to be emergency only. So I went to a private doctor and he told me that since its flu like symptoms it was best for me to go to the flu clinic here. So I made my way there and I waited along with approximately forty persons. I was number nine so I went in and I got swabbed. I’m a front line worker I’m a police officer and I’m always at the station and people come in and come out from the police station so I can never know who has it just be seeing them. You could look healthy and you could have it. Like right now I am feeling fine, perfect, feeling good you’d never know that I have the virus.”
Noble stated that there is a high possibility that he might have infected others, as his wife is also displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
Reporter: Do you think you might have infected anyone ?
Javier Noble, Police Constable:“Probably because I went to work like two days afterwards. I went to work two times after work they sent us home so probably that’s a possibility. Symptoms were headache, cough, pain in the bones, flu, diarrhea and fever. Well I just drank some Tylenol just for the headache and so they didn’t give us any prescription or anything and just get rest and drink a lot of water. The Ministry of Health has done a great job. They have been giving me calls and checking up on me to see how I’m doing and so forth. It’s very nice to see that they’re following up. So far I’m doing well, my commanders they are looking after me making sure I have the essential things here because I’m locked up they don’t want me out. They’re looking after me that I have something to eat and water and so forth.”
Like Noble, several other front line workers have been infected with COVID-19 such as doctors, nurses,other Police officers and a pharmacist.