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Sep 15, 2020

48 New Cases of COVID-19 in 2 Days

The Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero said on Monday that the number of COVID cases is on the decline.  Tonight, there are forty-eight new COVID-19 cases confirmed in two batches of samples.  Between September fourteenth and fifteenth, a total of five hundred and three samples were processed and the new cases identified.  A breakdown shows that eighteen were recorded in Belize District; thirteen of those are in Caye Caulker and five in the city. Seven were identified in the west; five in San Ignacio and two in Belmopan. There were also thirteen in Corozal and Orange Walk went up by ten. One hundred and seventy-one patients have recovered cases. According to the Ministry of Health’s report, this means that fifty-five point four percent or eight hundred and forty-six cases remain active in Belize. All in all, there are one thousand five hundred and twenty-eight positive cases. We have confirmed that only one person remains intubated at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, which is the national centre identified to care for critical COVID-19 patients. Director of Nursing Services, Sharlene Banks spoke today about how the hospital has been dealing so far with the pandemic and the experience of the frontline healthcare workers at the national referral hospital.

 

Sharlene Banks, Director of Nursing Services, K.H.M.H.

“The nurses at K.H.M.H. have been very dedicated and supportive over this COVID-19 pandemic. We had to use staff that we already had, we had to find a way to educate the staff over the time. We had to find a way to get the staff much involved and knowledgeable about COVID-19. And because it is a novel coronavirus, it made teaching ourselves as well as the staff to be able to approach and to provide the care that is necessary for them to be able to give the patients the best possible care with what we had available. We tried our best to train all level of nurses. We try to make sure that they are equipped because we don’t want to overburden or pressure any one set of nurses so the training was across the board. And we rotate them—all staff not only the nurses—but those persons who go in there, we test them at the end of their rotation period before they are allowed to go back into the general population. Of course, we have those nurses and personnel who have rose to the challenge and are willing to go back into the department to provide the care for the patient because we do so by providing them the necessary P.P.E.s and we make sure that we do the necessary steps to ensure their safety at all times.”


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