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Sep 9, 2020

Is Swabbing Being Done Out in the Open?

Concerns have been raised of swabbing exercises that are being conducted by health officials out in the open. Earlier today, a picture of persons being swabbed, presumably in Louisiana, Orange Walk District, began circulating, prompting the Director of Health Services to find out from personnel in the field whether they are doing so outdoors. Along with the swabbing exercise, says the D.H.S., comes the stigma from nosey neighbors.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“Sometimes when a case has been identified or a family has been identified, or a neighbourhood has been identified, the team would go with their PPEs to these persons’ home if they need to be swabbed or you’re swabbing other members of the family when they can’t come to the health facility.  I got one photo earlier today, very blurry, that suggests that in Louisiana they were doing some testing.  I only said close to the school, I can’t really picture what’s happening, I mean if it’s part of contact tracing or what exactly has happened.  I asked the person who sent the photo if they could provide further details and it seems that they have been doing testing in this particular space for the last couple of days.  So I have sent it on to the team because I don’t know that we have set up in a public place, you know, just to be swabbing people at random.  I would assume that I do know that we go to specific homes and even that is causing a little bit of a situation because people say, well people show up at my home dressed up like this and then the neighbors all become alert and they want to come and see and, you know, there’s still levels of stigmatization happening.”

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