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Aug 4, 2020

Is There Community Spread of COVID-19 on La Isla Bonita?

Russell Manzanero

So, health officials say there is widespread concern. But is there a case of community spread on that island?  The Ministry of Health is not ready to call it that just yet; they’ll await further results from that island to make a determination. What we do know is that the ministry has sent two additional medical officers to the polyclinic on that island for COVID-19 support. But today as the Ministry pointed out, San Pedro is not the only place they are carrying out heightened surveillance. Here’s more from the Ministry’s experts.


Dr. Russell Manzanero, Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health

“We are not looking at only one specific case, even though this is a confirmed case. We do have other suspected cases on San Pedro and other areas in the country, as well. So, this is part of the ongoing surveillance that we do with individuals on the ground. There are other individuals who are coming out of San Pedro who have been saying that they have flu-like symptoms. These individuals are being screened as well but probably not linked to this specific case; others might be linked somehow.”



“Is it your feeling that there may be incipient stages of community spread on San Pedro?”


Dr. Russell Manzanero

“To talk of a community spread or local transmission, we would need to see that from this one specific case we can identify others after this infection has happened. We do look at the incubation period for her, so we do know that it is up to fourteen days. Anybody who might be in contact with this individual after fourteen days and still turns up with symptoms and we can establish and confirm that it is a positive case and that person has had no other link, then we can start looking and mentioning that there may be a local transmission there. You are asking if there has been or do we consider if it is already a local transmission, we cannot establish that yet.”

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