Up to news time, ten new covid-19 cases were identified in Belize, two of whom are a part of the medical staff in Belize. On Today’s Ask the Experts, Dr Marvin Manzanero broke down the location of these cases.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Out of these ten samples eight are from Orange Walk and two are from Corozal. Out of those ten, eight of those would have a link to previously established cases and two would not seem to have any link to any case as far as we have been able to ascertain with today’s data. The other note we have in terms of which is a little bit of a concern and I think it’s going to be a growing concern as we move along is in terms of healthcare workers. Yesterday we had one nurse and one other person from Karl Heusner who has turned out to be positive so that’s a total now of sixteen persons that are positive; eight of those within private sector two of those are from Karl Heusner and six of those are from private sector. For now one of those persons seems to have had a direct link to flu cases within the public setting. The other persons would not have necessarily been working in a flu clinic which is the high exposure area but that’s preliminary investigations that are still ongoing s to how that potential infection process went.”
Dr Manzanero also detailed those patients that are currently hospitalized. He mentioned as well that the Ministry of Health is following up on a patient with respiratory failure in San Pedro.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “I can tell you we have hospitalized patients: one in Corozal Community Hospital, one at the Northern Regional Hospital and one at the Southern Regional Hospital. All of these persons have confirmed COVID-19 test. We also have three patients now at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in intensive care, three patients that are intubated one of them has a confirmed positive result and that’s the person that had been transferred from the Western Regional to Karl Huesner and we have two persons that are highly suspect for COVID-19 but they don’t have a result as yet because these patients showed up earlier today and they were already in respiratory distress so those persons were placed in intensive care under ventilation. Karl Heusner by the end of today would have had a set up of twelve ventilators but three of those would have already been occupied.”
Last night, sixty new cases were identified. Dr Manzanero broke these down as well.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Sixty positives out of a hundred and seventy two. One case in Independence, we had already highlighted the issue in Independence is five of those cases had been in personnel who had been working on a tug boat in the transfer of cargo between here and Honduras so those five persons were reactive and the other case was in a child whose mom had been previously diagnosed as positive. We had one case in Caye Caulker. I know there was a little bit of a concern as to Cayo and Belmopan I made the distinction maybe of the Cayo district outside of Belmopan it’s not that we’re getting our geography wrong we know very well where Belmopan is located in the middle of the Cayo district. We have three cases in Belmopan these are from previously contact tracing notes. Remember we said we normally classify them based on where you are swabbed. Four cases had been swabbed in the San Ignacio Community Hospital but none of those are actually in the twin towns; two are from Succotz and one is in Duck Run I as we all know it. Twelve cases in Corozal yesterday. Sixteen cases in Belize City, we are being told now that these cases are not necessarily linked to San Pedro cases we’re starting to find that some cases in Belize City don’t have any established link. Twenty three cases in Orange Walk and they’re in the villages that had previously identified cases such as San Felipe, San Jose, Guinea Grass and San Pablo.”
As for the staff members at KHMH, none are in isolation, but thirty four are in quarantine.