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Sep 7, 2020

More Employees at O.W.T.C. Test Positive for COVID-19

The Orange Walk District is reporting the highest number of COVID cases. In the most recent samples, as many as seven employees of the Orange Walk Town Council was tested, that is more than ninety-five percent of the employees in the department. The first case was identified last week; this was followed by six additional staff members who tested positive. The situation has prompted Mayor Kevin Bernard to close down the Traffic Department for the next two weeks to disinfect the entire building. But services will continue and Mayor Bernard says that residents will be able to conduct traffic transactions online for the duration of the closure.


Kevin Bernard, Mayor, Orange Walk Town

Kevin Bernard

“Yesterday evening when I spoke, I got the call we found out that all the other staff are also positive. This brings up to a total of seven of the traffic department staff. There is only one staff within the office that has not been swabbed but was swabbed today and has no signs or no symptoms but we want to again make sure that he was not infected either. Seeing that most of them, in fact ninety five percent of the staff, including the cleaner, who work at the traffic department downstairs were positive we assume that this individual also positive. It has basically forced us to close the traffic department for the next two weeks.

So today we closed the entire council for two things, we wanted to continue to do a full sanitization of the entire building both the administrative office and the traffic office. Because of the nature of the council we have people that have to go down and work along with traffic, reconcile on a daily basis. We have also asked those individuals to be swabbed and they did their swabbing today. We will await their results. In the interim they will be at home waiting for their results to come back.”


COVID 19 has also led to the closure of the Courts. Beginning today and for the next two weeks until September eighteenth, the Supreme Court and Registry in Belize City will be closed since two staff members tested positive for the virus. Twenty other staff members will also be swabbed in the contact tracing exercise. A release gives assurances that staff at the Supreme Court and Registry had little contact with the general public since protocols were in place for the lodging of documents. When the situation required interaction, social distancing was maintained and masks were worn.


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