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Oct 16, 2020

Frontline Workers are Severely Affected by COVID-19

The number of COVID-19 cases among employees at the frontline in the fight against the pandemic is alarming.  Earlier this week, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams discussed the effects of the disease on the rank and file of the Belize Police Department.  And as you heard it has also taken root within the Belize Defense Force, the coast guard, as well as hospital facilities across the country.  This morning, Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero shared those figures with the media.


Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“Just so you know, because it’s also issues of people being affected everywhere, we have up to date thirteen healthcare workers in the private sector that have tested positive since the beginning of our epidemic, forty-six healthcare workers within the public sector and we have to close two facilities.  There are facilities closed in Belize City as of, I believe, yesterday because we had two or three of their staff positive and one section of a hospital in Belize City has been closed as well because we are following a potential outbreak in that facility.  These are all private sector facilities.  We also note that two staff members from Karl Heusner tested positive yesterday.  It doesn’t seem that in both cases they were infected at work or at least not at Karl Heusner.  It’s a situation that we are following that just came through yesterday.  We also make note that to date we have had seven coast guards that have tested positive, sixty-two police officers and sixty-seven soldiers.  Out of these soldiers you would know that we had an outbreak about two weeks ago in Orange Walk.  We now have detected cases at Fairweather Camp in PG and we have a team going to Central Farm or they should be there by now because we’ve identified seventeen cases Belizario Camp, so we’re doing a complete sweep today.  Out of these seventeen, thirteen are being quarantined in Belmopan and four went home for home isolation.”

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