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Aug 4, 2020

The Worrying Case of San Pedro’s COVID-19 Patient

Up to news time, Belize has recorded a total of fifty-seven COVID-19 cases. Of those cases, twenty-four are active.  As you know, nine cases were confirmed over the weekend, with eight of them identified on Saturday making it the highest number of cases reported in a single day for the country.  Four of these cases were from repatriation flights and are in quarantine. The other five cases are from Orange Walk and Corozal – which we’ll tell you about shortly – and the last case identified is a patient from San Pedro. At this time, there are heightened concerns about these cases, particularly the one in San Pedro.  The patient is said to have moved across Belize, including the south and north.  As a result, she has had contact with more than fifty people and at this time, health authorities are not able to say if she is the index case on the island.  What we know so far is that there are some highly suspicious cases, but those test results are to be released by Wednesday. So today, the Ministry of Health called a virtual press conference to provide an update on this thirty-one-year-old patient.

 

Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“The ninth case that we identified was on Sunday and that is a female on the island of San Pedro. She was symptomatic and that is the reason why she was swabbed. She had the classic signs and symptoms. The person is no longer symptomatic and never really hospitalized. She was seen in a couple of private entities before showing up in public health facility for swabbing and that person is recovering at home.”

 

Russell Manzanero

Dr. Russell Manzanero, Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health

“It is a thirty-one year old female. She started with her symptoms from the sixteenth of July with the classic symptoms of COVID as well, sore-throat, fever, cough, chest pain. Two days later she started with chills and then she lost her sense of taste and smell. She referred to feeling fatigued and by the twenty-ninth she was seen again at the health facility and was swabbed for COVID. We got those results in over the weekend on Sunday.  What we have been able to establish with this case is that her immediate family members have all been ill in the past and her common-law has been ill before her. So, that scenario started around the thirteenth and hers started around the sixteenth. So more than likely we need to look at that case scenario and see if there might have been contact there with someone who was initially ill and not her. Both her children as well are being looked at and they are presenting with flu-like symptoms. In this scenario, there has been a lot of movement around. We do need to highlight that she has been moving around in different parts of the country. So, the kind of work that needs to get done with the healthcare workers and public health inspectors is very extensive.”


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