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Aug 4, 2020

Status of the Latest COVID-19 Patients in O.W.

Marvin Manzanero

Moving from Corozal to Orange Walk, two males from that district were among those who tested positive over the weekend. One is a person who entered the country illegally; the other patient is an elderly man from a northern village. It was also noted that the patient had participated at a meeting at the Santa Martha Government School on July twenty-first.  The attendees at that event included teachers, SIF personnel and an environmental group.  The level of risk will determine which of these contacts will be tested. Here’s what Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero knows about this patient.

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“The other case is that of a person in his sixties who was hospitalized for minor signs and symptoms during the week. He was swabbed and that results came to be positive on Saturday.   So, the contact tracing was started for this gentleman. He is a farmer. He had mentioned that he had started to present symptoms on July twenty-eight. The initial symptom was fever and then he came to the hospital on the thirtieth of July complaining of shortness of breath, fever, cough and he was admitted July thirtieth which was last week Thursday. His sample was processed Saturday and that is when the diagnosis was made. He was being taken care of by his relatives and children prior to being admitted at the hospital. He denied any international travel or having contact with any confirmed COVID-19 case. They did indicate, however, in the further interviews conducted on Sunday that the wife revealed that her husband had in fact been procuring contraband goods from a neighbor in Santa Martha Village in Orange Walk. The family also indicated that they had been selling fruits and vegetables at a stall at the market and that is what I believe triggered the closure of the market as of yesterday.”

 

Meanwhile, the market in Orange Walk has now reopened.  The town council says it has been sanitized and is now open for business. The council also issued a stern warning against contraband goods.


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