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Jul 10, 2020

3 More Cases of COVID-19; Orange Walk Becomes Hotspot

Three more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Thursday night and it is expected that four more cases will be confirmed later tonight. All these cases are being recorded in the Orange Walk District, making it the country’s hotspot for the novel coronavirus which remained free of the virus for months. As it is right now, the Orange Walk District has seven out of the eleven active cases. The recent three new cases are border jumpers – all minors and members of a family who had been across the border in Mexico illegally.  They managed to return to this side of the border and made their way home to Blue Creek Village before they were detected by authorities. They stayed there with their family for some time before being placed in the mandatory quarantine facility in Orange Walk Town. An additional four members of the same family were also quarantined and expected to test positive for the virus. Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero today expressed alarm regarding border jumpers, saying they may cause the country to experience a second wave of COVID-19 before the international airport opens.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“They were all persons who were reported to be crossing the border illegally. I guess they are classified as border jumper which is the term we have been using. They are three of at least seven family members that are currently in the quarantine facility in Orange Walk. The other family members had not been swabbed. That process was done yesterday and those samples should be process, should come out today. If you ask me right now, we are anticipating that we will have more positive cases today.”


Hipolito Novelo

“These border jumpers that were recently caught; they were caught at a family’s home?”


Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“They were caught in their community, as I understand it, in Blue Creek.”


Hipolito Novelo

“What assurances you have that they did not travel way into the town or other surrounding communities.”


Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“None, because I haven’t seen the report. The contact tracing happened today. The way it happens everybody is going to be interviewed individually, see if the stories add up. This is like detective work and then you have to go to the community to find that verify the story, look for any potential cases, look for any potential symptomatic cases as well given that it is a potential community situation. As this evolves through the weekend where we will, work with happen in the weekend we will have to come up with specific recommendation on this weekend as to what happens with that community. I am very much concerned about what’s happening in Orange Walk. I am very much concerned about the border jumpers. We may very well have a real wave now way before august fifteenth. The seven cases in Orange Walk, five illegal, two through the repatriation process all we liked to Mexico. SO Orange Walk District from having zero cases a couple weeks ago now at seven. They have seven out of eleven active cases right now with potential more to come up later on today. That is the hotspot. I don’t know what else we can say.”

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