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Oct 7, 2020

COVID-19 Airport Process, Not Without Glitches, but Moving Smoothly

Marvin Manzanero

A total of seven hundred and seventy-six persons touched down at the P.G.I.A. between October first and fifth. Of those persons, majority of whom were returning Belizeans, one person tested positive via rapid test for COVID-19; that person is in mandatory quarantine at the Ramada Belize City Princess. Doctor Marvin Manzanero spoke about the processing of persons at the international airport.

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“The majority of these persons returning are actually Belizeans coming back home and I think we need to stress that because there is the balance and situation of what was going to happen if tourists start arriving. Out of the seven hundred and seventy-six persons, three hundred and seventy-two of those were screened at the airport with the SD BIOSENSOR Test and some of those persons were also randomly tested via PCR platform. The rest of the persons that were not swabbed, and that was determined also by the quarantine officer at the airport, is because they brought in a PCR test result that could be validated. And that’s why for some persons it’s an easier process to go through that airport situation. I can tell you that the flow process, I personally thought it was going to be a much more delayed process than it was. It went much smoother than we had anticipated; at least from my vantage point that it was going to be. Understand that there are some glitches that still need to be fixed and the team is, as we speak, doing further training with the Central Health Region to try to address all those situations as we move along.”


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