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Sep 18, 2020

Elderly Woman is Believed to Have Died of COVID-19 in Orange Walk

Marvin Manzanero

An elderly woman from Orange Walk District is also believed to have died from complications related to COVID-19.  Notwithstanding an offer for the octogenarian to get tested, her family reportedly declined the suggestion.  In the wake of her death, a Gene Expert test has been done and health officials are awaiting the results.  Earlier this week, the rate of infections also went up into double digits.  According to DHS Manzanero, the curve has not been flattened.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“We are waiting for a similar result for a female in the Orange Walk District.  This female was in her eighties that also died at home with respiratory symptoms.  We had initially gotten a note that the female had not been offered a test, but now the region is saying that the family had been offered a test but they had refused to take the test.  Now the test has been taken, of course, after she has died.  So now we have two pending Gene Expert results in two females with sudden death, perhaps not sudden but with respiratory symptoms that were not treated within a hospital setting and so we’ll see what those results will be.  If you go back to what has happened earlier in the week, we have a seemingly lower number, the percentage of positive cases or rates, of course yesterday we found a little bit of a higher number than what people had been receiving, so the immediate reaction that we got was, “Oh, people are letting their guard down, you know it hasn’t really gone away and I don’t know that we have said it has really gone away.  When you do overall rates there seems to be a slight decrease over the last, when you compare it to previous weeks, but I think last night’s numbers are about thirteen percent positivity rate from the samples taken so that puts us in the double digit.  I think we had been four days being in single digit percentages in terms of positivity rates.  So that underscores that fact that we are not really in the clear.  We can’t say that we have flattened any curve.  We just have to be on the lookout for any potential samples.  Of course, most of the samples that were processed yesterday were from Orange Walk where we had eighteen new cases and so Orange Walk continues to be the district that has the most significant amount, if you will.”

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