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Mar 20, 2020

Central Health Region Plans for COVID-19

Melinda Guerra

In respect of the Central Health Region, several institutions have been identified and will be equipped and converted for various levels of care that will be needed in the event of a large number of COVID-19 cases.


Melinda Guerra, Manager, Central Health Region

“What we are going to be doing is to support Karl Heusner, given the limited amount of space that they have there. We are going to be using the Cleopatra White Center as a back up to Karl Heusner. So what we are doing is making sure we have all the supplies there because now, anytime, Karl Heusner has patients that are between the mild and moderate. That probably only need IV therapy, oxygen therapy, and hydration we are going to be managing those persons there on a 24-hour basis. So we will have our staff there who will be attending to these persons. Of course you know we have forwarded a budget to the Ministry of Health for additional resources. So you will now take the phased approach when we reach the point where we have people that will require some sort of hospitalization or care at the hospital. Those cases will go to the Cleopatra White, and then the very ever cases will remain at the K.H.M.H.  Yes, so now we are going to be managing these cases there. The first cases we are going to take it on ourselves to isolate them. Where are we going to isolate them? It will be at The HUB on Chetumal Blvd. So we have been working with NEMO, and they have given us that place so we can work with them to do a plan as to how we can have our patients there.”


Marleni Cuellar

“So that’s for the positive isolated cases. Is that for people who can’t self isolate at home?”


Melinda Guerra

“Well, in the initial phase, we are going to isolate all the first cases.

Now, the contacts of those possible cases we are going to take to the Mexican Sports Complex.”


Marleni Cuellar

“What are the contacts?”


Melinda Guerra

“Contacts are those persons who have come in touch with a positive case. We also have a floor plan of how we will be moving persons within that complex because the person can get re-infected. They may not be infected and get infected. Yes. So we have to have a plan of how we are going to be moving those persons.”

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