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Oct 7, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Go Up by 67

Marvin Manzanero

The preliminary data for today from the Ministry of Health is that the number of confirmed cases is up by sixty-seven. Three hundred and six samples were processed of which sixty-seven returned positive, taking up the total number of cases for the country to two thousand three hundred and ten. While the distribution of these new cases has not been disclosed as yet, it is known that eight cases are at the K.H.M.H.; two patients are intubated and one of those persons is unstable and the prognosis isn’t good. DHS Manzanero says that the northern districts are still concerning.

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“We have been revisiting what has been happening and what’s going on in Orange Walk. When we look at the data that we have, there are multiple reasons why the situation in Orange Walk doesn’t seem to go down. We have situations that are in rural communities and situations in urban Orange Walk and they are all different reasons. You have many social factors as to why people don’t seek attention promptly. Some of it is driven also by fear. Some people are fearful of finding out that they have COVID-19. Some people have been very straightforward and saying that I don’t think I have COVID-19, I don’t know anybody and people, even though they are symptomatic, are not coming into the health facility. We have been making diagnosis in persons who five six days later, are still coming back to tell us that that they don’t believe they have COVID-19; they believe they have something else and so they are not accepting the diagnosis.   There’s level of stigmatization still happening so people feel that they are going to be stigmatized or are being stigmatized because of what they have—either from their neighbours, their peers, their workplace or their own family. So that is part of the fact that is driving people having late access to the health services.”

 

Thirty-seven patients have also recovered from the virus.


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