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Aug 4, 2020

COVID-19 Patients in Corozal

The Ministry of Health also spoke on the cases in Corozal. The three latest cases in the north are from two persons of one family, who entered the country through the repatriation process.  They were swabbed and placed under quarantine upon entry, but since that positive case, they have since separated the family to avoid exposure to those who are not ill. The third case is that of a police officer. At this time, the Ministry of Health says that the cop doesn’t have a travel history nor can she recall having contact with anyone who has travelled overseas or who has tested positive for COVID-19. The officer is hospitalized with pneumonia, but for the past twenty-four hours she has been stable and progressing well.


Russell Manzanero

Dr. Russell Manzanero, Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health

“In the case of Corozal, this is being presented in a law enforcement officer. She is twenty-eight years old, resides in Ranchito. When we look at the dates and symptoms being presented, it is quite classic about what we expect – the shortness of breath, fever, joint pain and loss of appetite. She basically started with that on July twenty-second. She started to feel ill and consulted over the weekend, the twenty-fifth at the hospital. She was seen primarily there to get swabbed from there on Monday twenty-fifth she was admitted and isolated immediately in the isolated area with suspicion of COVID. The diagnosis came afterwards that she tested positive for that.”


Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“That person has been in the hospital for more than a week now, progressing rather slowly but she is still having minor respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms. She is being treated for those and for added infections. The report we got this morning is that she is now twenty-four hours without fever and without supplementary oxygen. She still may require it as you move along and you make efforts. When you read the literature it speaks to people having respiratory distress up to months after they have recovered because there seems to be pulmonary damage that can be for a prolonged phase.”


Dr. Russell Manzanero

“We do know that the contact tracing has started with her immediate co-workers. We have not been able to establish any kind of travel outside or contact with anyone that has crossed the border or anybody dealing with contraband goods. This here does merit an intense investigation. The individuals working with her have been isolated and that investigation is ongoing with them. Her family members who are six in the household have been isolated and swabbed, as well. We do know that of interest is that she did visit San Pedro from July fifteenth to the seventeenth for a court hearing. Her symptom started on the twenty-second and we do know that she attended a church service in Ranchito on the twenty-fifth and from there she had her first contact with the health facility and after that she was hospitalized and is stable at the moment.”

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