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Apr 14, 2020

Out of Eighteen Cases – Two in Hospital – Fourteen in Home Isolation

Marvin Manzanero

This afternoon, Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero provided an update on the positive cases of COVID-19. Speaking on Ask the Experts,  Doctor Manzanero says that so far, there are two clusters each involving the two casualties, Everett as well as Hubert Pipersburgh, who died a week ago. In the case of Everett, the ground zero is believed to be a party on March fourteenth at which time, a state of emergency was not in place, but persons were told not to participate in mass gatherings.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“As you would all know, we have eighteen confirmed cases; nine males and nine females. We had mentioned in our last release that we are particularly following two clusters; clusters simply referring to a group around a particular case that we have identified. So, for Belize City, it’s one that identified a total of five cases and there is one in San Ignacio that we have managed to link two initial cases that have given us a total of also five cases. So, those are the two clusters that we are actively following and I say actively because we are anticipating that we can potentially have more persons that could turn out positive from those two particular clusters. You will note also that we had suggested that based on evidence that is evolving that quarantine should go from an initial; we had said fourteen days to twenty-one days now.  If you notice the last press release, we are tying this particular last cluster to a social activity that involves, preliminary data suggests up to one hundred people. And even though that happened up to a month ago, we are still going to be looking for symptomatic patients and the reason why we are saying that we are think that is where the potential ground zero may have been for that particular cluster, because when we identified this particular case was on March 27th which was on the Friday when the patient became ill at least ill to warrant being hospitalized in the private sector. So, when you trace back the previous fourteen days then you go to an activity on the fourteenth of March that had people who had come in from the US, New York, we are now told and that is where the potential outbreak may have happened. Understand that you may have had asymptomatic individuals who could have gotten the patient infected and not everyone 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.  Out of these eighteen cases, I can say that two are in the hospital. As you know we have had two deaths associated and fourteen are being taken care of at home. Most of these patients are virtually asymptomatic and these patients were simply captured because we were doing screening in the asymptomatic close contacts. The two patients who are hospitalized have progresses fairly well and the one at KHMH is being considered for moving out of the ICU sometime this week. The patient from Corozal has progressed significantly and no longer requiring IV fluids, so we may actually be considering if this patient can be taken care of at home since he no longer requires hospitalization.

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