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Apr 27, 2020

Another COVID-19 Patient Recovers; Only Ten Active Cases Remain

There is a gradual re-opening of business since according to the information from the Ministry of Health, there is containment of the corona virus and only ten cases are active. There were another round of tests conducted over the weekend on those persons who had contracted the novel coronavirus and the results show that a sixth person has recovered from the initial eighteen that had been identified since March. Two persons, Hubert Pipersburgh and Conrad Everett, lost the fight against the disease, leaving sixteen active cases in the system. It’s been two weeks since there have not been any additional confirmed cases and since last week the number of recovered persons went from two to five and now six. Up to April twenty-sixth, there had been nine hundred and thirty-six tests done with thirty-four under investigation. Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero speaks about the retesting in the days ahead.

 

Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“Today marks two weeks since we made that announcement, so that means this weekend that just went by would have been the two weeks that we last swabbed those identified cases. So the contacts of those cases that were last identified now have gone two weeks and so we will need to go back and swab them, the ones that were negative, and the ones that were positive later in the week. But the ones that were negative to in point of fact determine that they still remain negative. So that’s the tricky situation because you would note that most of our cases have been asymptomatic cases. This week, we start looking out for those that were initially negative to see whether in point of fact they are negative. That’s one. Two, all healthcare workers that were exposed, most of them have been swabbed, all of them negative. The ones that are remaining from patient number ten; those are going to be completed this week. Last week when we were discussing this with the epidemiology team, we were looking at who else do you go and take a sample from. We have done that with people who have influenza like illnesses, we have done it with people who have SARS, which is severe respiratory illness—we have swabbed all of them. We have swabbed all those healthcare workers who are ill. So one of the considerations we are thinking is doing frontline personnel like immigration officers, maybe tour guides and do a random sampling cause you wouldn’t be able to test all. Test people who perhaps have gastrointestinal infections and are showing up in the health system. You know some patients outside of Belize have shown up with gastrointestinal symptoms: diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or even people who just leave or do it at random. So that’s where we want to move this week.”


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