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Sep 4, 2020

A San Pedro Resident Dies from COVID-19

Cecilia Tzib

A resident of San Pedro is the latest victim to have succumbed to COVID-19.  Earlier today, Cecilia Tzib lost her battle with coronavirus after being intubated at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for the past week.  News Five understands that the woman, the mother of a nanny employed by a prominent developer in San Pedro, was also diabetic.  Her death comes on the heels of a previous incident earlier this week during which a resident of Biscayne Village died shortly after arriving at the K.H.M.H. with symptoms that are consistent with the illness.  According to Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero, the patient did not display any signs of respiratory distress; he only complained of weakness.

 

Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“We have had two deaths in the last twenty-four hours.  One is in a female who had been intubated for a week at Karl Heusner.  That patient had been referred one week ago from San Pedro to Karl Heusner and had been intubated through the weekend because of respiratory failure.  That patient passed away earlier today after being there for one week.  The other case is that in a male from rural Belize District, he died shortly after arrival at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, September first.  The person didn’t seem to have or wasn’t reported that he had any respiratory symptoms.  The primary reason why he was being taken to the hospital was general weakness and malaise, fatigue with loss of appetite.  He died shortly after arriving at Karl Heusner.  The protocol is that we would have tested him with a Gene Expert sample which is what we use for cases that may have a highly suspect and are in the containment area or the transition area at Karl Heusner to determine quickly if they are a potential COVID-19 case.  The initial Gene Expert test had been negative but the protocol, again, calls that once it’s negative we do a PCR test on that person and that result has come back positive for SARS COVID-2.”

 

Doctor Manzanero also explained that more men have succumbed to COVID-19 than women. So far nine men have died and so have six women.  The prevalent cause in the local deaths is obesity, but heart conditions and pre-existing conditions are also contributing causes of deaths.


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