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Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 01/29/20 11:15 AM

Keep Calm, No Coronavirus in Belize

There was a Coronavirus scare on Caye Caulker last night which gained social media momentum early this morning. 

But tonight we can tell you that the particularly dangerous strain of the Coronavirus that's all over the world news has not been detected in Belize. 

What happened in Caye Caulker last night was hype and confusion surrounding a Chinese tourist who had been screened upon leaving China, and again when entering the U.S.A at LAX before being cleared for travel to Belize, where he has been treated very badly. 

In an effort to allay public fears, the Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero spoke to PLUS TV today in Belmopan where he outlined the facts of what is being done to protect Belizeans from the virus:

Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services.
"We had our first online meeting with other Caribbean countries last week Wednesday. And that is as a result of what potential implications this has for the region. We had another meeting on Friday which was already scheduled where we discussed briefly about the coronavirus and influenza which is the broader topic. And this morning we had an internal meeting to find out what the surveillances plans are and how they are coming along for each of the four regions in the country. And that is in preparation for the other activities we are having this week. As we speak there should be a meeting happening at the airport. With Civil Aviation Authorities and the central health region Karl Huesner to lay out and ensure that the plan is rolling the way it is supposed to be rolling whenever there is an alert of a new potential virus. One of the key issues is people will start to flag and I think it is has been overwhelming on social media and you can't defend everything that is there. The issue of travel bans or that maybe we should not be allowing anybody from China to get here. That is not what is international health regulation. So when you go to the WHO website it clearly articulates and outlines what needs to happen. What does that mean? For people that are arriving from a potential area where there are active infections happening, you would have to go through a screening process which means determine whether they are carrying any signs or symptoms. Determine whether they are potential carriers. Tell them if they get ill where they need to go, in terms of a health facility in the country, determine where they have been, where they will be and make sure that you are keeping track of them. Understand that when people get to Belize, as we know now, coming out of China, they are pre-screened before they are allowed to board the plane. When they are getting into US airports they are screened again. So, there are already two layers of screening that happen before they get to Belize."

"The meeting at the airport is to ensure that the public health inspectors that are there are able to further screen any person that has China as their originating point of departure wherever they are coming through. So that, there will be another screening process that happens once they arrive in Belize. If they are asymptomatic, if they are visiting they need to be monitored and we need to be able to follow these persons for the time they are going to be here assuming that they don't live here. What will happen is that whenever there is any potential case, is that there will be a team that is sent out to investigate what is happening. I understand that the patient that was evaluated yesterday, well the person because it isn't a patient, is asymptomatic. And that was done again today. But I don't have the full report. I have the preliminary report to say that he has no signs and no symptoms, he is not coming from a region where there is active transmission because that is a part of your epidemiological investigation, basic public health. So, he is a low risk. He was screened before he left China, he was screened at the airport in L. A. moved on to Dallas and then on to Belize. No symptoms, no sign. So he has been told we need to map out where you are going to Belize and you need to be aware of what you need to be in case you start feeling ill. We will make a determination by the end of the day whether we will start swabbing even though he is not ill. Ideally we should not be swabbing everybody just because they are coming from China. It also goes against basic public health measures."

"It seems to be human to human, but it doesn't seem to be in a sustained kind of fashion. It does seem to have a higher transmission rate than SARS did because we had already 5,000 cases when we last checked and that doesn't count all those asymptomatic cases. The mortality rate doesn't seem to be as high, it seems to be around 2% up to now. Mortality seems to be associated in patients who already have other chronic conditions which would mimic what other flew viruses have. I mean, if you are diabetic, if you have HIV, if you are dialysis, you are more likely to have a complication as a result of the flue. It is the same thing that seems to be happening with this virus. It may very well just go back to being like any other corona viruses that have been circulating since 2005 or thereabouts. So, we will see as it evolves. But for now, it is basic prevention measures. As with any other flu virus. l think we have been criticized for saying wash your hands, don't touch your face, but it starts with that. That's the basics. That is 90% of any infection that you get. It is going to be because we don't wash our hands properly, and we usually go on to pass the transmission from our hands to our face."

The Ministry of Health urges proper hygiene in the washing of hands and refraining from touching the face. 

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 01/30/20 11:25 AM

Ministry of Health says Airport is screening for Coronavirus

The National Surveillance Team of the Ministry of Health continues to monitor all epidemiological information and surveillance activities in relation to the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The Ministry has met with airport authorities and relevant stakeholders to review the screening methods and processes to be implemented in the event of any suspected case. To date, this region, including Belize, has no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV. This week, the Ministry has been engaged in ongoing discussions with the Caribbean Public Health Agency as well as the regional and country offices of the Pan American Health Organization to keep everyone abreast of the regional response.

The Ministry of Health reiterates that the best way to reduce spreading viruses (including 2019-nCoV) and minimizing infection is by practicing proper handwashing hygiene, cleaning hands with soap and clean running water, covering nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or inside elbows, and avoiding contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 02/01/20 11:11 AM

Update No. 2 – Novel CoronavirusTravel Advisory

The Ministry of Health continues to closely monitor the evolving novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak, particularly with the changing dynamics of the infection. The public is thus reminded that information in reference to this can change and any such change for the Belize context would be communicated through the official channels of communication of the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health is aware that the World Health Organization has declared this as a public health event of international concern, and therefore, the Ministry has scaled up its surveillance efforts at the principal ports of entry. The Ministry is also aware that the mortality rate remains at around 2% for now but this can change and the public will be informed if anything changes in this regard.

The Ministry is aware of some travel restrictions being placed in other jurisdictions and wishes to inform the public of the following:

• For those who were/are planning to travel to China from Belize, it is recommended that those plans be postponed until we are further aware of the extent of this 2019-nCov;

• Persons arriving in Belize from China will be subjected to quarantine protocols as the case may be and this will be based on epidemiological data; and

• Therefore, non-essential travel to/from China is not recommended at this time.

The Ministry is not currently recommending that Belizeans living in China travel to Belize to avoid 2019-nCov, but that rather, advise adequate precautionary measures are taken to avoid infection.

The more common symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties - those similar to any other flu viruses.

Universal precautions to avoid further spread of any respiratory infection is at this time of paramount importance.

If further information is required, kindly contact the Office of the Director of Health Services at 822-0809 or [email protected]
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 02/05/20 12:06 PM

Ministry of Health Update No. 3 – Novel Coronavirus (2019 – nCoV)

The Ministry of Health today, February 4th, had a national surveillance meeting with all the regional surveillance teams to provide an update on the global and regional situations of the Novel Coronavirus (2019 - nCoV). This information has evolved and is being adapted to guide the response in Belize.

Several presentations were done including Preparedness Measures, Screening at Ports of Entry, Lab Screening, and Risk Communication. Regional teams had an opportunity to discuss challenges and gaps in their response plans as well as to establish specific actions and communication channels approved by the National Surveillance Team.

Several stakeholders were invited to the meeting including persons from the National Emergency Management Organization, Ministry of Tourism, Belize Tourism Board, PAHO Belize office and Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority. The Ministry and its partners continue to foster the collaboration in the mutual exchange of information and support as this is considered a national public health priority.

The Ministry of Health is also actively following up on all rumored cases including the two recent cases that were negative for the Novel Coronavirus. To date, the region including Belize has no case of the 2019 – nCoV.

The Ministry reiterates that the best way to reduce the spread of viruses (including 2019-nCoV) and minimizing infection is by practicing proper handwashing hygiene, covering the nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

The public will continue to be updated as necessary through press releases from the Government Press Office and updates on the Facebook pages for the Ministry of Health and Director of Health Services.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 02/07/20 07:42 PM

Ministry of Health Clarifies Misleading Statements of a Suspected Coronavirus Case at the Northern Border

The Ministry of Health continues its active surveillance activities across the country and has had the active involvement of multiple partners at all levels. It is this surveillance that has allowed the Ministry to have a timely interaction and follow-up of cases of epidemiological interest as it relates to the current novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. It is in light of this that the Ministry clarifies a situation that has unfortunately become a social media post and news item with misleading and untruthful statements of a situation at the northern border last night.

Our surveillance team had been alerted days ago of a Belizean student returning from China; surveillance and screening measures had been set up for his arrival at that border. It should be noted that the student went through four border entrances where he was cleared at all points prior to his arrival in Belize. That student is asymptomatic and was never ill. The student departed China for reasons not related to any illness but rather as a result of the current social situations in China. The student was interviewed and cleared by health officials.

Our focus at this time is on the wellbeing of the individual and his family. Prior to his arrival, the student’s family had been prepared in terms of mechanisms to be implemented for isolation as a precautionary measure. The student will remain in isolation and has no positive epidemiological link to any coronavirus case.

The Ministry regrets this unfortunate situation that the individual and his family endured last night and continues to endure even today, and urges all to be respectful of the importance of the privacy of persons involved, and by extension, the family and the health professionals throughout these surveillance processes. Furthermore, this situation gives the Ministry an opportunity to review and strengthen its procedures and processes for frontline workers at border entries.

As a final reminder, the Ministry of Health reminds the public of the need to ensure that information shared is adequately sourced and validated as the spread of panic does not help any systems in place.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 02/13/20 08:04 PM

Video: Ministry of Health Response Plan for the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 02/20/20 09:12 PM

Belize now able to test for COVID-19

As a follow up to the training that two officers received in Mexico City, an in-house training is currently ongoing at our Central Medical Laboratory.

Parallel to this, we can confirm that we now have the capacity to do initial screening for COVID-19 as we now have primers and probes to test in country.

The tests will be carried out on potential/suspect cases following specific screening purposes.

Office of Director of Health Services

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/04/20 11:08 AM

Video: Update on Belize's Response Plan to COVID-19



Also, The University of Belize and Ministry of Health hosted a Public Health Forum on COVID-19 & the Flu Wednesday at UB's Jaguar Auditorium, Belmopan at 2:00 p.m.



COVID 19 UPDATE by the Office of Director of Health Services

We can confirm that we currently don't have ANY suspect COVID-19 cases in Belize.

We also have to underscore that we are following the development of 4 confirmed cases of measles in Mexico City in patients that were apparently not vaccinated.

This is key for the following reasons:
- Mexico City had not reported a case in over two decades.
- There is a vaccine for it.
- Measles is one of the most contagious diseases and much more than COVID-19.

As this is a breaking story, we will continue to follow this epidemiologically from the official sources.

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The Ministry of Health is aware of a rumor message circulating on five suspected Coronavirus cases in the San Ignacio area. There are no suspected Coronavirus case being investigated at this time in San Ignacio.

The rumor message also mentions a Chinese male as a suspect case. We can say, however; that we are closely following up on a Chinese male who is under self quarantine from that area. He is in regular communication with us, cooperating and following all our advice to date without incident. The person is at home and we anticipate his completion of the 14 days shortly. We continue to follow up on that case of interest after that time if the situation changes.

We ask once again for respect for the privacy of persons who are working with us. The Ministry wishes to express as well its disappointment that the rumor may have originated from a member of the health profession. Please do not spread rumors, any and all official information will be shared on the Director of Health Services Facebook page or as a release from the Government Press Office.

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SPEAKING WITH PHARMACIST MISS SELENY VILLANUEVA-POTT ON WAYS TO HELP PREVENT THE COVID-19 CORONA VIRUS

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/11/20 12:58 PM

In support of the Ministry of Health, your Ambergris Caye NEMO team has been hard at work producing laminated signs for MANDATORY display at businesses as your first step to preparedness for COVID-19. Each business will receive an 8.5” x 11” laminated flyer plus two smaller laminated flyers for bathrooms. Should you need additional signs, you can print and laminate the attached flyer.

A NEMO team member will begin delivering these signs to restaurants/bars/coffee shops, hoteliers, gyms and grocery stores on the island starting this week.

Please post immediately and train ALL staff in proper hand washing hygiene. Additionally, ensure that routine and frequent disinfection of all high touch surfaces is done.

Don’t be the first to transmit. First is worst.

Printing courtesy of San Pedro Town Council.

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The Ministry of Health emphasizes the importance of prevention! Be sure to practice these preventative actions everyday to protect yourself from viruses like COVID-19.





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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/12/20 11:35 AM

Ministry of Health Advisory No. 8 - Update on COVID-19

To date, Belize has no confirmed case of COVID-19 but given the growing public health concern, the national surveillance committee of the Ministry of Health is hereby advising on the following measures for travelers with immediate effect coming to Belize:

a) All nationals coming from an area with ongoing transmission who land in Belize and appear with cold or flu-like symptoms will be placed under self-isolation upon arrival and all cost related to that will be the responsibility of the traveler.

b) It is highly recommended that all travelers coming to Belize purchase travel or health insurance before coming to Belize for the length of their stay while in Belize.

Belizeans traveling to areas where there is active spread of COVID-19 must also take the necessary personal precautions. It is highly recommended that travelers purchase travel or health insurance before departing Belize. For Belizeans returning from areas of active spread, your travel plan may include a 14-day self-quarantine.

The Ministry strongly advises persons to avoid non-essential travel to any country that has local spread of COVID-19. For now, these countries include China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Singapore, and South Korea. These new recommendations have been implemented as a part of an immediate prevention measure based on our most recent development on the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, the Ministry of Health has suspended all duty leave travel for its staff. Cabinet has agreed to do the same across all ministries.

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Question and answer segment regarding COVID-19. Health officials confirmed that there are NO cases in Belize.



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Tune in for a Live Stream on the Government Press Office Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GOBPressOffice), today March 12, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. as the Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Ministry of Health host a press conference on the COVID-19.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/13/20 11:26 AM

Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Ministry of Health held a press conference on COVID-19 yesterday.



PM Barrow addresses the nation in regard to COVID-19 Pandemic

On Wednesday, March 11th, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19, a pandemic due to the disease’s rapid spread across multiple countries around the world. Over 100,000 confirmed cases have been registered, with almost 5,000 deaths in 114 countries. Belize remains free of the deadly disease, which first appeared in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. However, the global impact is already beginning to affect the country’s main industry-tourism. The situation is being treated very seriously on a global scale, prompting Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow to address the nation on Thursday, March 12th in Belize City.

Prime Minister Barrow began his address to the nation by making it clear that there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Belize. He announced the formation of a COVID-19 National Task Force and a National Oversight Committee to contain the deadly disease. The National Oversight Committee is headed by Barrow, the Leader of the Opposition Honourable John Briceño, along with social partners and members of the business community. This committee will look at everything: it will especially zero in on the economic aspects of the crisis. Barrow said that on Monday, March 16th, he will meet with the Governor of the Central Bank, the Financial Secretary, and Chief Executive Office of the Ministry of Economic Development. The Social Security Board will also come on board and help the committee map out the necessary response to deal with the impacts of the crisis on employees, employers and all sectors of the Belizean economy. Barrow added that they will be looking at emergency aid to workers, including a possible tax payment extension, a supplementary allocation for Corona-related outlays, duty-free importation of essential supplies, a moratorium on loan repayments at banks and credit unions, and a post-Corona stimulus by even more accelerated capital spending, salary advances among other things.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

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Government forms coronavirus task force, oversight committee

Opposition Leader accepts Prime Minister’s invitation to co-chair working group pertaining to COVID-19

Corona Crackdown? Not Yet.

Belize continues to remain free of the Coronavirus tonight - while it has been confirmed in 127 countries, Belize is one of about 68 nations that have no positive tests.

That's the same situation with our Central American neighbours, El Salvador and Guatemala: no positive tests: but they have both enacted stringent restrictions on travel into the country - putting up a travel ban on countries and continents where the virus has appeared.

So, what will Belize do - and what will nit not do yet? Well it won't put up a blanket ban. The Prime Minister announced the plan and the precautions at a press conference this afternoon at the Biltmore.

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister
"Decisions have to be taken on the following: Whether or not to allow cruise ships to enter; Whether or not to disallow large gatherings; Whether or not to close schools; Whether or not to ban air travel; Whether or not to restrict freedom of entry at our land borders; These are not easy decisions to make given the obvious and astronomical impact they would have on us and the economy, especially tourism. But nothing is more important than preserving the health of our people; nothing is more important than saving Belizean lives. I did not want to announce any such decision today without putting our country, as well as those that visit and service Belize, on notice. But I advise now that immediately after this press conference I will be meeting with the health team and speaking to the Leader of the Opposition. I will, of course, also be talking to tourism and business stakeholders. Shortly thereafter I would expect to announce when, not if, any or all of the cited measures will go into effect. Meantime, we want immediately to discourage all non-essential travel and prescribe the start of social distancing. In times such as now, it is together, therefore, that we face this crisis; it is together that we will address this crisis; and it is together that we will overcome this crisis."

Health Experts Agree: Borders Stay Open

The Director of Health Services further explained that the decision to not introduce an across - the - board travel ban at this time is based on considered advice of regional public health experts:..

Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services
"We keep getting asked do the virtual lockdown like El Salvador has done and we have asked our colleagues our counterparts even, what was your opinion on the matter. People were positive and dealing with the day to day issues now and I haven't found any single entity that has come back to us from the public health standpoint that says that is the way you are supposed to be dealing with COVID 19. I think El Salvador might be the only country that has actually done a virtual isolation quarantine without having any positive case but that's a sovereign decision which I'm assured they have a reason for doing so I can't criticize that."

El Salvador announced yesterday that it will ban entry to all foreigners for a period of 21 days to curb the spread of the coronavirus. so, that is a ban on, quote, "any foreigner who is not a resident or diplomat in Salvadoran territory."

Salvadorans returning home from countries where coronavirus has been declared would have to be quarantined for 30 days.

The president also announced the suspension of school and university classes for 21 days, as well as the prohibition of gatherings of more than 500 people.

Under Pressure, PM Elaborates

Again, Belize is not taking that drastic step at this time based on advice from regional health experts. But, the Prime Minister said he is under pressure even at home to enact a lock down - but conceded that there are too many dependent variables to do so:

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister
"The time has not yet come for us to order any kind of mass shutdown. I know that there are some even in my own home who are trying to quarrel with me to say that everything should be shut down today. Well I beg to disagree, I don't think that's practical in any case, we need to approach that possibility carefully. There are practical reasons for that, forget for a moment the effect on tourism, which effect we're already experiencing, people are... if this things continue as the kind of pandemic that it is, we won't have to worry about shutting down the country, nobody will come. Already the tourism sector is screaming bloody murder and that's why I talked about the oversight committee getting together on Monday to explore possibilities of assistance in that regard but coming back to the practical aspect of things, there are people abroad, Belizeans abroad right now, if we had come here today and say we're banning all flights from coming in, what's going to happen to those people? Two of them I might mention are ministers of government, which might call some people to say ban the flights because we don't want them back but... On a serious note, there is no way we would have been prepared to come here today and to say bam, door slammed shut, this is the way we're going to go. So I am not trying to shelve responsibility, I repeat that ultimately it is a political decision. The good doctors can advise us as to the signs, as to the commonly agreed method of approaching this crisis and we clearly will want to be guided as much as possible by that. I repeat that in the final analysis, we would have to make the kind of decision that would see us actually officially impose a ban on mass gatherings, impose the travel restrictions. Again, we start talking about locking down, I have yet to find out what is the position in terms of our current store if you will, of vital necessities - food stuff. Do we have a 30 supply of medicine, a lot of our medicine as I understand it come from El Salvador, when they lock down I'm not sure if they are only talking about air travel. If they are sealing their borders completely, what happens to the medicine we normally get from them?"

MoH Taking on Testing

Of course, there's no right time to make a very difficult decision, but when the first positive test appears, then the options will be far fewer. But at this point, tonight, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected in Belize. So far, 300- persons have been singled out for screening. Manzanero provided details:

Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services
"I think it's more than 300 people we have been up to date and it keeps evolving. We can confirm there is no case confirmed of COVID 19. There are two samples that may be processed later on today but it doesn't seem they would follow a clinical pattern to make them a candidate for COVID 19. As we speak here, numbers are just popping up everywhere, Trinidad and Tobago just announced their first confirmed case and what we're tracking for in the region is all imported cases. Most of them are from European importation if you will."

Why No Active Surveillance at Points of Entry

But many have complained that the screening at points of entry is far from optimal. Basically, those arriving at the airport are asked their travel history and scanned for symptoms. If they present no symptoms and have no flags in their travel history, they are sent on their way. But, why not take the temperature of everyone arrive to see if they have a fever and might be sick with the flu? Manzanero said it is not resource effective:


Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services
"Why is it that we don't have permanent health staff at all the entry points? Again, we are guided by what international regulations and recommendations are and the medical term that's used in that, is what we call a low yield strategy, which means you can invest a lot of money in terms of your human resources, in terms of your financial resources and it's not really going to turn up anything and with the resources we have, it's a low yield, it's not really going to give you anything. If you follow what all the American countries have had, south of the US of course, all of them are imported and none of the them have really been picked up at any entry point, so they have come in through their airports, asymptomatic, whenever they show up at the health facility and the healthcare worker is able to track the epidemiological link that you can find those cases. So it's the active case finding, it is the acting surveillance that is being scaled up and I think that's where the field officers are on a day to day basis. We have the ability to test in country, we have gotten the assurance, I think the second bath of test strips are arriving this afternoon and we have been told we are getting 3 set of test kits for next week and that's through PAHO, those collaboration we're having, we are one of the few countries in the region that are able to do in country testing more than a month ago now."

A Task Force and a Committee. Belize's Pandemic Response

Now, all these activities will be overseen by a COVID-19 Task Force and a COVID-19 National Oversight Committee. The Prime Minister said this will be co-chaired with the leader of the opposition:

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister
"I have asked the Leader of the Opposition, and he has accepted, to co-chair with me the National Oversight Committee. Apart from Government and Opposition, the Committee will be made up of representatives from the Belize Council of Churches, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Belize National Network of NGOs and the Belize Social Security Board. The NTUCB has also been invited to name a representative but has not yet responded. The purpose of this Committee is to provide ultimate overall supervision of Belize's efforts to deal with COVID-19. It will especially zero in on the economic aspects of the crisis. Thus, at our first meeting scheduled for this coming Monday, we will hear from the Governor of the Central Bank, the Financial Secretary, and the CEO of the Ministry of Economic Development. They, together with SSB, will help the committee map out the necessary response to deal with the impacts of the crisis on employees, employers and all sectors of the Belize economy. Matters we will be looking at include: emergency aid to workers; a possible tax payment extension; a supplementary allocation for Corona-related outlays; duty free importation of essential supplies; a moratorium on loan repayments at banks and credit unions; and post-Corona stimulus by even more accelerated capital spending, salary advances etc."

While the task force will deal with those overarching issues - the day to day public health response will be dealt with by the Ministry of Health and the COVID-19 Task Force, chaired by Dr. Marvin Manzanero. They are also seeking expert assistance for the committee, including from Cuba and Taiwan.

Cruise Ships Keep Coming

Looking more closely any the situation with cruise ships - Belize continues to receive them, and three were in port today. It's the decision by the government to keep them coming at this time. Today the Prime Minster explained that the cruise lines do their own screening on board:

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister
"I read out earlier as you would have heard all the measures that in place with respect to screening passengers before they can even get on to a cruise ship. It is in those circumstances that as I said, recognizing the impact of just suddenly cutting off all cruise lines, the impact that would have on jobs and on the livelihoods of people like yourselves, that we have adopted for the moment a kind of wait and see attitude if you will. Things are perhaps never as good as they sound but certainly in terms of that W-H-O advisory bulletin as to all that is being done and the kind of assurance that the BTB derives from that. It does offer comfort, it does place us in a position where we can decide not to cut off cruise ships just yet and feel that decision is a rational one, that we're not playing fast and loose with you and with the citizens of this country. As of now, the decision is not to stop the cruise ships but if there are particular cruise ships that went elsewhere and were turned back - unless they were turn back for reasons of a blanket shutdown such as is happening in El Salvador. If there were particular reasons for suspicion that cause the cruise ship to return from other ports, very clearly we would turn them away from our port as well. There's also a protocol, I know the manifest are sent to us before hand and health personnel board those cruise ships before there is any kind of disembarkation, so that people could be tendered to Belize City or elsewhere and while I'm sure they can't examine every single person. Again, it is expected that as a matter of responsibility, the captain will inform of any cases that exhibit any sort of apparent symptoms."

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On Coronavirus for our Yucatec Maya people in Belize. Stay safe. Kanantabaa

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/14/20 12:14 PM

Corona Is Coming, How to Prepare

This morning, the Ministry of Health held a media breakfast.  It's part of a continued engagement with the press in the effort to bring reliable, timely and accurate information to the public.  Because, let's face it, rumours are running WILD right about now.  The session lasted two and a half hours and covered key areas such as how the first confirmed case will be announced, preventative measures for the disease, and whether your should visit elderly loved ones at this time.  

Public Information Officer for the Ministry Claudette Norales shared a how  - to survival guide for COVID-19:..

Claudette Dakers Noralez- Information Officer Ministry of Health
"For the Belize Context, COVID19 is a part of a line of flues. We have had situations in the past with zika, which chikungunya, we still have the situation with dengue, as we speak we still have cases for now. It is basically for persons to please heed the advice from the Ministry of Health. We can curb the transmission of the sickness when it enters this country because it is not a matter of if, it's when. We ask you to continue to regularly wash your hands with soap, with running water; you can use a hand sanitizers, 70% alcohol base. There is also ways of making your own sanitizer. As well, practice good cough sneeze etiquette, social distancing. It is basically to keep stressing on the preventative measures, so that when COVID19 comes to Belize there is mitigation in the spread of the infection. The Ministry, myself, I've already drafted the first announcement press release and this is based on practices that have been done within the Caribbean, we work closely with CARPHA. The press release will announce the first case as soon as we have lab confirmation. The way we see the announcement coming out, the head of the lab will share the information with the Director of Health Services, the information will then be shared with the Minister of Health and the Office of the Prime Minister. Ideally, depending on the time of this announcement, we will do a live broadcast through the assistance of the Government Press office to have either the Minister, the Prime Minister or the Director of Health Services to publicly announce that we have confirmed our first case. Immediately following that live announcement a press release will be sent out and as well, our international partners who need to know of this first case will also be notified as soon as possible. This is a virus, there is no treatment for viruses. The normal course would be to have plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, continue eating vegetables and fruits, have a healthy diet, if you have underlying conditions that may cause complications with the infection then we ask you to keep taking your medications prescribed by your doctor, to keep getting a follow up on it. Basically, it is a flu, it is virus, there is no treatment for it- rest, plenty of water, social distancing."

Kathleen Azueta Cho - Technical Advisor, Ministry of Health
"We are pretty much strengthening our forces, going into the schools, all the education materials have been shared among all these organizations and line ministries. The idea is to keep the prevention messages going. Every day precautions, washing your hands, avoid touching your faces, especially around the young students, young children. You asked about mass gatherings, we are discouraging having these large crowds, especially for the older folks, the individual 60 plus, you know just stay home, avoid being in contact with places or crowds where you will come across people who are showing symptoms of the flu or the cold. So, we are just being vigilant, being extra cautious until the Ministry of Health decides to bring in or enforce these measures to heighten or scale up these measures then we will probably look at shutting down schools or postponing or cancelling any of these mass gatherings. Until we get that official information out then we could proceed in that direction."

Reporter
"Are you guys working with the private sector in terms of employee security? Also the fact that if someone gets ill that person will need to be sent home and all those different precautions."

Kathleen Azueta Cho
"In terms of the education component, we are doing some of these sensitization sessions with the business community. We have our district officers in all these district meetings with Bowen and Bowen, Social Security, DFC, with the Magistrate's Court, again just to get them informed and more knowledgeable about what to do. Then based on that information these organizations will then decide on their own plan of action. When it comes to being at home now, individuals will want to know, well, what can I do for my loved one. Again, prevention measures, hand washing, use of sanitizers, avoid touching your face. You want to start thinking about stocking up on supplies. Be knowledgeable and understand the medication that maybe your loved on is taking, you know, if they are diabetic, if they are hypertensive, if they have some underlying condition such as respiratory disease or chronic kidney disease, you want to look at that plan, stock up on those medications. If you have people with wounds or diabetics, you want to look at what can we do, what can we start stocking up and having that as a plan."

The Ministry of Health has created an information card for the dissemination of information at the district level. The flip side of that card as seen here has cell number contacts for surveillance teams that are located in each district there is also a wider number 0-800-MOH-CARE.

GOB Will Make More Money Available

We also asked the Prime Minister about funds for responding to the Coronavirus.  Initially government had earmarked $900,000 at the request of the Ministry of Health.  But, the budget for response will soar well above that.  The PM said yesterday thatchy will have to find the money:..

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister
"We are perfectly prepared to make supplementary allocations to try to cover all corona related needs. The original ask from the Ministry was for slightly less than a million dollars. We understand that is, as it were, the first tranche. Whatever it takes, within obvious limits, government will find the resources. We have already explored the possibility of funding assistance from external sources and there is a component within a particular project funded by the World Bank, the climate resilient infrastructure project. We can trigger that immediately for a million US dollars. There is also a facility that the World Bank has generally chartered. You don't access that until you have your first case and even then the concentration is on the poorest of the poor countries, not countries that have graduated beyond a certain point. But while we clearly are going to take all the help we can possibly get while we are actively going to seek out that help, I am here to reiterate that locally, government will find the resources needed to properly equip the Ministry of Health team and to do whatever is necessary."

And, finally tonight, we urge you only to listen to reliable information on the COVID-19 pandemic from trusted sources.  The panic spreading and rumour mongering has really multiplied, and even the police department has something to say about it.  

They sent out a release this evening saying that it is an offence to spread false rumours.  A release says, quote, "Some people are using the social media platform to spread such rumours; therefore, creating a sense of fear and panic in our citizenry.  It is with this, that we are asking all to refrain from the spreading of such rumour, until or unless the Ministry of Health has confirmed the presence of any such case in Belize. To do otherwise is an offence. A person who, quote, "maliciously fabricated or knowingly spreads abroad or publishes, whether by writing or by word of mouth or otherwise, any false news or false report tending to create or foster public alarm or to produce public detriment;"
Is guilty of a misdemeanour. And for a second or subsequent offence - fine not exceeding 600 or imprisonment not exceeding one year." End quote.

So, please don't spread rumours.  When a case does appear - and it will - the Ministry of Health will issue a public notice, and we will as well.

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Ministry of Health Advisory No. 9 – Update on COVID-19

The Ministry of Health has completed another review of the COVID-19 plan with the different regional management teams and the Chief Executive Officer of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority. This is all part of the final preparations to strengthen and improve the Ministry’s COVID-19 response. This activity has become more important since COVID-19 has been confirmed in three surrounding neighbors - Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico - bringing it closer to home.

The Ministry is also following persons who are now in self-isolation given their recent travel history. However, as of today, Belize has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the Ministry continues to monitor any potential case, especially those that are coming from countries where there is ongoing community spread.

Given the fast-changing situation with imported cases in neighboring countries, the Ministry of Health will now require, with immediate effect, that all foreigners arriving from the following countries be placed under quarantine at their own expense: China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Spain. Any national returning from these countries, and from cities in the United States that have documented community spread, will be placed under quarantine.

The Ministry continues to recommend the following:
1. Avoid non-essential travel;
2. Be prepared and listen only to official sources of information (i.e. Facebook pages of the Ministry of Health Belize, the Office of the Director of Health Services and the Government Press Office). There are many rumors circulating that can contribute to panic and poor decision-making; and
3. Exercise personal precaution measures such as regular handwashing, covering cough and sneeze, and regularly cleaning common contact surfaces within homes, workplaces, and community settings.

The Ministry of Health will continue to provide updates on the COVID-19, including recommendations related to upcoming social events of mass gathering that may be cancelled abruptly based on available information.

For more information on COVID-19, please continue to visit our Facebook pages or call 0-800-MOH-CARE.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/15/20 11:09 AM

Ministry of Health Advisory No. 10 – Ministry of Health Warns on Products that Claim to Treat or Cure COVID-19

The Ministry of Health has received several reports on products that claim to specifically treat or cure COVID-19. These products range from hand sanitizers to herbal medicines and are mainly being advertised through social media. The Ministry reiterates that, at this time, there is no specific treatment or cure for COVID-19.

These products are unauthorized and pose a significant risk to patient health and wellness. The claims being advertised for these products may prevent patients from seeking medical treatment which can lead to life-threatening harm.

The Ministry has issued a warning letter for unauthorized products that are being advertised to treat or cure COVID-19.

The Ministry encourages the public to report any suspicious product claiming to treat or cure COVID-19 at [email protected] or 828-4489 or 828-4445. The Ministry will ensure that the incoming complaints are addressed and will continue to monitor the market on these unauthorized products.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/15/20 11:10 AM

Ministry of Health Advisory No. 11 - Update on COVID-19

To date, Belize has no confirmed case of COVID-19; however, the Government of Belize is taking all necessary preventative measures to protect the population of Belize.

Given the growing global public health concern and the imminent threat to Belize, the Government of Belize announces the following updated travel restrictions effective today, March 15, 2020:

1. Nationals and persons who have traveled within the last 30 days from China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Europe will be prohibited entry into Belize. This restricted travel list of countries will be continuously monitored and updated as necessary.

2. All Belizean nationals and residents returning to Belize through any point of entry from any of the restricted countries or an area where community infection and spread is present will be placed under self-isolation upon arrival and expected to follow the protocols of the Ministry of Health.

3. Belizean nationals or residents returning to Belize who have been abroad and believe that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to contact their local healthcare provider.

4. Non-essential travel by Belizean nationals and residents to other countries is highly discouraged.

These measures are being taken to protect the health and well-being of the population of Belize in an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/17/20 11:32 AM

THE PRIME MINISTER'S SECOND COVID-19 PRESS CONFERENCE

Belize Announces New Measures in Response to COVID-19

In a joint press conference held today, March 16th, with the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño a range of new measures were announced as part of response to the imminent threat of COVID-19. These decisions were taken at the first meeting of the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee which is co-chaired by the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.

While Belize still has no confirmed case of the virus, the bi-partisan committee took very important decisions to further protect the health and well-being of Belizeans and reduce the threat of the virus spreading to Belize. The Government is fully cognizant that the situation can change rapidly and, therefore, continue to prepare for different scenarios.

In an effort to keep Belize in front of this threat, the following measures will go into effect:

Effective Friday, March 20th, all schools will be closed for 14 days which will lead right into the Easter break. This is being done with a view to make up the school days within the current school year depending on how the situation evolves. It is stressed that this is not a vacation and parents and students alike must continue to follow the Government’s advisories for social distancing and vigilance with hand-washing and good hygiene.

Effective immediately, social gatherings will be limited to 100 people. These include indoor and outdoor gatherings. Again, these numbers can be adjusted based on new developments.

Belize is taking stricter measures at the borders. At present, Belize is prohibiting entry into Belize by nationals of the following countries and persons who have traveled within the last 30 days from China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Europe, including the United Kingdom. This restricted travel list of countries will be continuously monitored and updated as necessary.

Today, it was agreed to close all ports of entry in Belize for passengers and only leave the Santa Elena Border (northern border) and the Philip Goldson International Airport open. So, all other ports of entries – the western, southern and any other small border points will be closed. This does not apply to cargo vessels.

Final preparations were underway to begin the collection of data as part of the national census but it has been decided to postpone the census until next year and use some of the resources already allocated to collect data associated with COVID-19.

Economic Response

The tourism industry is already taking a serious financial hit resulting from this global crisis. The bi-partisan committee, in an effort to mitigate the effects, announced some early actions being taken in response to the economic impact.

1. At the next sitting of the House of Representatives to debate the budget, the Appropriations Bill will be passed and will include an additional BZ$25M loan to be used as relief for employees affected by this crisis, especially those in the tourism industry. Two percent of the recurrent budget will be allocated to assist with repayment of the BZ$25M and is expected to be recovered through cost savings measures across all ministries.

2. A committee will be formed comprising relevant agencies such as the tourism sector to look at tax relief measures. The Government and the Opposition will each appoint a representative to serve on the committee which will also work out the mechanism for how relief funds will be disbursed.

3. Belize will be finalizing discussions with the international financial institutions to receive US$20M in emergency relief funding.

4. The Central Bank of Belize is prepared to utilize all available macro-prudential instruments in its toolkit to strengthen the resilience of the financial system against any emerging threat. Alongside coordinated monetary policy measures, sector-specific interventions will also be employed where areas of vulnerability emerge.

a. Extend the time period to classify targeted non-performing loans in affected sectors, such as the accommodation sector from three months to six months;

b. Encourage domestic banks and credit unions to provide grace periods for servicing interest and/or principal components of commercial loans and mortgages as needed;

c. Encourage financial institutions to refinance loans in affected sectors, including downstream service-oriented businesses like restaurants as well as transportation and distribution firms;

d. Reduce risk-weights for tourism-based loans from 100% to 50%;

e. Review financial institutions’ business continuity plans to ensure that adequate level of financial services will be available to the public; and

f. Cut the interest rate at which the Central Bank grants loans to domestic banks down from 11.5%.

While these actions are being taken to safeguard the Belizean population, the public is strongly advised to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of transmission. The Government continues to encourage the washing of hands regularly with soap and running water. When coughing or sneezing, cover the mouth in the inside of elbows or inside a tissue that is to be disposed immediately. Avoid close contact with persons who have flu-like symptoms. Avoid sharing personal items and disinfect common surfaces. Persons who have travelled to areas where COVID-19 is circulating and are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

The Government of Belize advises the public to be guided by facts. Stay informed and updated on the evolving COVID-19 situation, follow the Facebook pages of the Ministry of Health, the Office of the Director of Health Services, and the Government Press Office. The dedicated hotline is 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-2273).


Barrow and Briceno Buddy Up for COVID-19
Tonight, there is still no confirmed presence of COVID 19 in Belize - but preparations for the virus have stepped up sharply.   This morning the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee co-chaired by the Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Leader of the Opposition John Briceno met at the Laing building in Belize city. At 3:00 pm at the Biltmore, both leaders held a press conference, their first joint press conference ever - and this, on the most critical national issue.   Briceno started by outlining the decisions made regarding Health And Social life in Belize: Hon. Johnny Briceno - Leader of the Opposition  "Number 1 the postponement on the SIB census until next year, and use some of the sources already allocated for the census to collect data associated with COVID-19,

2. all schools will be closed effective Friday march 20th for fourteen days which will lead right into the Easter break, this is being done with a view to make up for the school days within the current school year depending on how the situation evolves. A. It is stressed that this is not a vacation. B. Parents and students alike must follow the government's advisories for social distancing and good hygiene practices.

3. It was agreed to limit all social gatherings to no more than 100 people, these include indoor and outdoor gatherings and events.

4. At present Belize is prohibiting entry into Belize by nationals of the following countries and persons who have traveled within the last 30 days from China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Europe including the United Kingdom. This restricted travel list of countries will be considerably monitored and updated as necessary.

5. Today it was agreed to close all borders of entry in Belize for passengers and only leave the northern border and the PGIA open so all other points of entry the western, southern and any other small border points will be closed. This does not apply to cargo vessels." 

GOB Finds 75 Million For Covid-19 Response
And while Briceno outlined the major directive for health and social life, the Prime Minister outlined the fiscal and economic measures.  Basically that government will come up with 75 million dollars for a COVID response, starting by going to the house for 25 million:

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister 

"The actual budget debate scheduled for Thursday and Friday is up in the air. We talked about the possibility of not doing the debate at all, but there is a need to pass a general appropriations bill and so while we could postpone that for three months, I think it is. It would limit our spending. The better course of action is to pass the general appropriations bill and to add to that by way of an additional allocation that we would propose when we reach the committee stage of another 25 million dollars that would be earmarked especially and exclusively for the underpinning of our economic response to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, that will be used principally as a relief for employees affected by the crisis especially those in the tourism industry. Now that's going to be borrowed money the Central Bank is in a position, in fact, to provide on a loan basis those additional funds to the government. It will increase the national debt but so what at a time like this we can't be at all shrinking violets. We can't be reluctant. We must come up with a robust response that is seen to be muscular in order to assure our people that we are absolutely going to provide relief. Each of us will appoint an economic Czar. We have already decided that our Czar will be the good Dr. Carla Barnett who you would think already has enough on her plate with all the labor matters but as you know she has a tremendous amount of experience with the international agencies. The leader is saying that Mr. Chris Coye who is a financial and legal wizard actually, I give him that, will be the opposition's economic Czar. They will draw on other resources as the need arises but they will be working in the first instance particularly with the Belize tourism board. We are ready now that C.A.B.E. has granted each of the member countries, remember C.A.B.E. is the Central American bank for economic integration, so that should be in government's coffers. So on top of the twenty-five million, that's a million US dollars in grant funding. There is another million dollars, Mrs. Hyde, Mrs. Charmane Hyde who is the C.E.O. of the Ministry of economic development is leading the efforts to interface with international financial institutions. There are another million US dollars that will come from an ongoing program we have with the World Bank."

"The climate-resilient infrastructure project. Unfortunately, the acronym is CRIP not CRIPS, CRIP. There are a million dollars that we can trigger from that fund US dollars as well so between that and the earlier million from C.A.B.E. that's another four million Belize so already we're at 29 million Belize dollars. There are some small grants from CDB so we're looking at another million more or less so we're above 30, 31 million and then Mrs. Hyde has agreed with the World Bank that out of that same fund from which the release of the million US can immediately be triggered there is the possibility of diverting. It's a 90 or 20 million fund of which we've only spent 3 0r 4 million. There is the possibility of diverting as much as 13, 12, 13, 12 million US dollars so add that to the 31 or 32 Belize that we already have and you'll see that we're going to be north of 50 million Belize dollars. We also are in touch with the IDB there is a 10 million dollar contingent line of credit that we have with them for natural disasters no they're telling us that they don't see COVID-19 as a natural disaster but they conceded that our representation that in fact that 10 million dollar line US 10 million dollar line ought to be diverted if they want to use that term in our view just re-classify it because it is a disaster. They've agreed that that is something they will, in fact, have under active consideration, so there is a possibility that we may be able to make use of the 10 million US more. Leader of the opposition I think has totted up where we are we're at like 55 million that would take us to, to what 75 million dollars. I hope that the total picture is such that it convinces you that we together are making absolutely sure, damn sure if the reverend lady will forgive me that as I said the response of our country to the economic decimation that this COVID-19 is causing is the best that it could possibly be. "

Commercial Banks Will Ease Loan Payments
And apart from doing its part with government spending, the Central Bank will also take measures with commercial banks - giving some ease on bank payments to those whose businesses are at risk of going underwater: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister  "The time period to classify targeted non- performing loans in affected sectors particularly the accommodations sector will initially be extended from three months to six months. The domestic banks and the credit unions are to provide grace periods for the servicing and or principal components of commercial loans and mortgages as needed. The financial institutions are being encouraged by the bank to refinance loans in affected sectors including downstream service-oriented businesses such as restaurants and of course transportation and distribution firms. As I understand it what we mean to do is not just to have moratoriums on interest and principal repayments but we are actually prepared to advance struggling businesses who will get the reprieve in terms of paying their loans new monies for them to re-capitalize as they go forward once the greatest danger is behind us."

Airport Remains Open, Arrivals Trickle
And while the Prime Minister did not specify whether those are personal or company loans - the focus right now is primarily on the hardest hit tourism sector.  Bookings have disappeared, and thousands of jobs are on the line.  Additionally, airlines are cutting back on flights.   And that is why government has not closed the airport.   Here's how the Prime Minister explained it: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister "In terms of leaving the PGIA open, the tourism sector is suggesting that already the bookings have plummeted to such an extent that there is very little coming in and if we were to lock down PGIA that would stop completely. We do hear reports and it takes me back to what I had said at the last press conference that we ought not to be in too much of a rush to close down because we will be closed down involuntarily. I said that about the cruise and by the next day Trump said no more cruises. We are not able to confirm that some of the airlines where I think the phrase was going dark on Belize at the end of the month. Mrs. Bevans attempted to confirm that and that has been denied but the point is that that's not even necessarily a health decision it's an economic decision. People are not flying as they used to and the airlines have to look at the bottom line if they're going to be keeping planes in the skies. For good or for bad we the national oversight committee did not feel that the time is now to close down the Philip Goldson International Airport."

No Revenue. No Taxes For Tourism?
Indeed as flights, and arrivals are cut back to the bare minimum - government is prepared to suspend collection of hotel and other taxes, but with the bottom line going to zero, that may not amount to much:

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister 

"We're already agreed, I think leader correct me if I'm wrong that the 9% tax would not be collected by the BTB or that only half of it would be collected which causes some to say but half of nothing is nothing. The way arrivals are plummeting there will soon be no hotel tax to collect but in the meantime certainly to the extent that the hoteliers are still, still have some degree of occupancy and collect the tax they will either be able to keep half or if Ms. Bevans, it will right back to the government she has marketing contract that she has to service but it may well be that the agreement is that they not pay the tax at all not even a portion to the BTB for the foreseeable future until we can start recovering." Hon. Johnny Briceno - Leader of the Opposition    "For instance the airlines, local airlines as it is when I spoke to both of the companies yesterday they have already lost about 50% of the business and so they are also crying out from the riders fee, what do you call it, the riders fee and all the other taxes that are expected from them. To see what kind of relief we can give them while this whole thing is stabilized and hopefully we get out of it as quickly as we possibly can." 

Who Gets Relief Money
So, the money for tourism, where will it go?  Property owners and tour operators are losing money, while industry workers face losing their jobs, and their livelihoods.  So who will be eligible for birdie financing to get them across the COVID 19 crisis?  Here's what both leaders said:

Hon. Johnny Briceno - Leader of the Opposition   

"Jointly they will be able to work to ensure that the people that need the money most would be able to get the money starting from the Ministry of health and to the tour guides and hair braiders and all of these people that are going to be needing the necessary assistance." 

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister 

"Well, I said that an immediate priority would be the people who have lost jobs in consequence of the pause of the cessation for now of the cruise industry. I believe that BTB has a record. I believe that most of these people are registered with the BTB but in any event, the two Czar's and whoever they use as assistants will have to work with the BTB."

COVID Kits Coming to Belize
Tomorrow, we'll let you know what they decided on the protest.  But, a lot of the social tension that's been building would decrease if the general public was confident that at - risk persons are being actively tested, and that there are enough tests available.  Today, the Prime Minister gave an update on the the efforts to acquire more testing kits: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- Prime Minister
"I would say that what we don't have we are about to receive. We have already ordered extra testing kits from a company called Roche, a German company, not necessarily operating in Germany. We are getting additional kits from PAHO, we are getting kits from several sources. We have put in a request to the Cubans. I saw where they sent a number of personnel to Jamaica to assist Jamaica. We have already put in a long list. Apart from what we are prepared to pay for out of our own resources, and remember Mrs. Grant can make this $20 million available early o clock, as soon as we can pass the additional allocation to the budget and the million US from CABEI will be in our coffers by Friday. So, the immediate needs, in terms of scaling up, with respect to equipment and to protective gear and that sort of thing we are able to take care of." 

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/18/20 11:14 AM

PAHO/WHO Donates Personal Protective Equipment To Belize Ministry Of Health

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On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) donated personal protective equipment (PPEs) as part of the continuous support to the Ministry of Health in responding to the declared COVID-19 pandemic.

PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. Noreen Jack, met with the Minister of Health, Honorable Pablo Marin, and Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero to handover the PPEs. This comes as an ongoing effort from PAHO/WHO to support Belize and healthcare personnel in the preparation and response to COVID-19.

The donated Personal Protective Equipment included:
*Three (3) COVID-19 E-gene Test Kits
*One (1) COVID-19 RdRP-gene Test Kit
*1000 units of N95 Respirators
*6000 units of Surgical Masks
*2500 units of Gowns
*9000 units of Gloves (medium)
*31,500 units of Gloves (large)
*12 units of COVID-19 Banners and Stands

Along with the donation of PPEs, PAHO/WHO Belize continues to support the Ministry of Health through providing technical guidance and advice, participating in surveillance meetings, purchasing of additional PPEs, training and guidance for healthcare personnel and the public and assisting in enhancing risk communication and community strategies as part of COVID-19 preparedness and prevention efforts.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/18/20 12:00 PM

ASK THE EXPERTS! Question and answer segment in respect to COVID-19

Top try and counter some of the false rumour reporting, the Ministry of Health today had its second webcast dubbed "Ask the Experts"

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/19/20 05:37 PM

BTIA Supporting Tourism Stakeholders as a Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The BTIA Board of Directors held a meeting on March 19, 2020, to discuss the current situation that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and how best to continue serving our membership during this time of crisis.

Representatives of the Social Security Board (SSB) including Mrs. Debbie Ruiz, Acting CEO, and Mrs. Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, General Manager - Corporate Customer Relations Services, met with the BTIA Board to share information and precautionary measures pertaining to COVID-19. The following key points were shared by the SSB representatives:

* SSB will cover working incapacity due to isolation/ quarantine related to COVID-19 only. A registered medical practitioner must sign the Sickness Benefit Claim form in order to be submitted to SSB.

* The employee has to be in insurable employment (be employed at the time of sickness); has to have a total of 50 paid contributions; have 5 contributions paid out 13 weeks immediately before the first day of incapacity. Any employee who works 8 hours or more for a week, is entitled to an SSB contribution.

* If an employee is laid off and then becomes ill due to COVID-19 they are not eligible to claim any benefit.

The BTIA Board encourages all stakeholders to make the necessary preparations and to implement adequate measures to assist and support staff. The BTIA Secretariat has internally implemented measures in support of its staff to continue working for our members over the next few months.

We will continue to share accurate information and official updates from the Ministry of Health and the Government of Belize through our email and social media platforms.

BTIA is part of the COVID-19 Planning Committee lead by CEO Yashin Dujon of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation with the main objective to support the Economic Impact Monitoring related to the COVID-19 and to develop recommendations for relief and recovery of tourism stakeholders and the industry.

A survey to assess the economic impact on tourism stakeholders and the entire tourism industry will be conducted. We encourage all members and non-members to respond to the survey.

We will be making the necessary preparations to market and promote Belize as soon as the global crisis subsides. We will be reaching out to our members at the appropriate time to support our marketing and promotion efforts.

The BTIA will maintain communication open with all members and we encourage all members to keep direct contact with our office via email. We are all in this together and please know we are here for you. The hospitality & travel industry is renowned for its collaborative spirit and is always the first industry to recover from adversity. We will led this way to recovery and we look forward to continue serving our membership. We also encourage all stakeholders and the public at large to exercise good hygiene and social distancing as requested by the Ministry of Health.

For updates, please ensure to follow these pages:

Ministry of Health: https://www.facebook.com/Belizehealth/

World Health Organization: https://www.facebook.com/WHO/

Social Security: https://www.facebook.com/ssbbelize/

Contact:
Executive Director
National Secretariat
Belize Tourism Industry Association
Email: [email protected] ; [email protected] ; [email protected]
Tel: 227-1144; 621-4999
www.btia.org
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/20/20 11:10 AM

Testing Stepped Up In Belize

The Ministry of Health's top experts gave the latest update on the state of testing, readiness and response to COVID-19.

It was their regular briefing on all things Coronavirus, called "Ask the Experts". The Director of Health Services pointed to the fact that since El Salvador and Nicaragua last night confirmed their first cases - Belize stands alone in Central America, and on the American mainland as having no positive tests for COVID-19.

He says they have stepped up testing:

Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services
"Given what has transpired in the last 36 hours, we have scaled up our testing procedures, over the last 24 hours we tested 13 more people, including highly suspected cases, which means that anybody who has any contact with anybody who has a travel history and is coming down with symptoms, we are testing. This morning hospitals across the country have severe acute repertory illnesses will be asked to swap their patience and send in the sample because we are still looking for any potential cases that we may not be able to detect. How may test of COVID19 have been done, a total now of 31 and where, from all cross the country. I think we have people in Cayo, Belize, Corozal, Placencia, the islands. I think we're doing a payment this morning for 1 thousand more test kits and we have gotten an offer, just being told from UNDP and IDB to do procurement of anything we may need, 3 thousand to 4 thousand more tests, so that is something we're looking at and once we have those test, then you can start doing more routine expanded screening. As it is, I mentioned you, we did 13 tests, which means we doubled the amount of test in 24 hours and we're trying to expand and really go out on the lookout for any potential case."

Channel 7
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/21/20 11:29 AM

New Measures Announced to Protect Against COVID-19

The COVID-19 National Oversight Committee held its second meeting today, March 20th, and agreed to take additional measures to further protect the health of Belizeans and reduce the threat of transmission of COVID-19 in Belize.

As of today, March 20th, Belize does not have any confirmed case of COVID-19. The developments on the international and regional fronts, however, have informed the Committee’s decisions.

Effective 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 21st, the Northern Border of Belize, which includes the Corozal Free Zone, will be closed for traveling but will remain open for cargo transportation. This means that only Belizean nationals, residents, and diplomats residing in Belize will be allowed entry into Belize subject to inspection and possible quarantine for 14 days. Similarly, the Northern Border will be closed for nationals and residents wishing to travel outside of Belize except for emergencies.

The Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport will be closed effective Monday, March 23rd, after the last scheduled flight departs.

Again, these measures only apply to the movement of people and do not apply to cargo trucks or cargo planes.

Social gatherings will now be limited to 25 people. This includes wakes, funerals, weddings, and other social events. This limit does not apply to places of employment that should have business protocols for social distancing and business continuity plans in place.

Preventing the virus from entering Belize and practicing self-isolation are the two most important steps that can be taken to avoid community outbreak. The Government stresses the importance of respecting and abiding by the self-isolation instructions issued by the Ministry of Health.

These restrictions will all be reviewed after 30 days.

The public is reminded to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of transmission. The Government continues to encourage the washing of hands regularly with soap and running water for 20 seconds. When coughing or sneezing, cover the mouth in the inside of elbows or inside a tissue to be disposed immediately. Avoid close contact with persons who have flu-like symptoms. Avoid sharing personal items and disinfect common surfaces. If you have travelled to areas where COVID-19 is circulating and you are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

The Government advises the public to be guided by facts. To stay informed and updated on the evolving COVID-19 situation, follow the Facebook pages of the Ministry of Health, the Office of the Director of Health Services, and the Government Press Office. Updates can also be viewed at www.pressoffice.gov.bz. The dedicated hotline is 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-2273). Queries can also be emailed to [email protected]

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What you need to do under self isolation

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/21/20 05:49 PM

AREA REPRESENTATIVE HONOURABLE MANUEL HEREDIA ADDRESSING COVID19



Let's salute our medical officials at KHMH

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Anyone who returned to the country in the last couple of days SELF QUARANTINE IMMEDIATELY. If you were not told to do so at the airport here is your directive.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Office of Director of Health Services

A further 4 samples have been processed at the Central Medical Laboratory, all negative, so there are NO CONFIRMED cases in Belize, these samples were processed through the night.

Our staff continues to monitor the situation across the country but we NEED the cooperation of ALL in this if we are to continue to have a successful intervention.

Despite our calls and explanations to all those returning from abroad to self isolate, to not be out in public and minimize exposure to others - this is still not happening!

Please all, we have a collective responsibility and while we may think that this is a trivial matter, the very same persons closer to us may very well be the first ones affected.

It is a learning and difficult process for all but we all have a stake in this!

Finally, let's be appreciative and supportive of ALL health care workers that are going beyond their call of duty in this.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/22/20 11:27 AM

American National Tests Positive for COVID-19 One Week After Departing Belize

The Ministry of Health was today notified of an American national who was in Belize and tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. after departing Belize one week ago.

The Ministry is, therefore, tracing all persons that were in close contact with the American. All of those found so far are without any symptoms but all have nevertheless been placed in isolation for 14 days. Nevertheless, the mapping exercise to identify other potential contacts continues.

This case highlights the importance of adhering to the public health measures implemented by the Ministry and the Government of Belize. More importantly, it reiterates the critical importance of self-isolation. Therefore, any national or foreigner arriving in Belize has to be viewed as a potential case. ALL such persons, without exception, are therefore required to go into a 14-day self-isolation upon arrival.

If you have been in an area where there is ongoing transmission within the last 14 days, and are having any flu-like symptoms, please call 0-800-MOH-CARE. If you know of anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in Belize, please call us.

The Ministry of Health has implemented a heightened surveillance system across the country, and the staff continues to be engaged in multiple investigations in connection with the COVID-19 threat.

Ministry of Labour Calls for Compliance with Social Distancing Directives

The public is reminded of the Government of Belize’s directive on social distancing as a primary precautionary method to mitigate the potential spread and transmission of COVID-19. The public is also expected to continue these practices if a confirmed case is detected in Belize.

Please be reminded to limit gatherings in public spaces and business environments to a maximum of 25 persons at any given time. This directive is applicable to RESTAURANTS, LOUNGES, CLUBS, BARS, MARKETS, SUPERMARKETS and all other public spaces. While the advisory does not call for the closure of establishments, protocols have been put in place to ensure that groups of people are limited to the maximum number of 25.

Business owners, managers, and staff of all these entities, and the public, are urged to comply with this directive to support Belize’s national efforts. The country’s ability to mitigate and manage the potential spread of COVID-19 lies in efforts by all Belizeans to heed and cooperate with public directives, advisories, and guidance notices.

All are strongly advised to comply with these advisories to help to reduce the spread of this highly contagious virus.

Notice from Atlantic Bank

At Atlantic Bank Ltd. the health and safety of customers, staff and the communities we serve are of utmost importance. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken proactive steps based on recommendations provided by the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization and the Ministry of Health to continue ensuring your health and safety at all of our branches.

This includes:

• The constant cleaning and sanitizing of our ATMs and banking halls.
• Encouraging social distance.
• Installation of additional hand sanitizing dispensers for your use.

In the days to come we will continue to devote all necessary resources to ensure your personal safety, while maintaining our banking services. We are also encouraging you to use our digital products and services to do your banking transactions without leaving home. Contact us via www.atlabank.com to find out how we can make your banking experience an easy and pleasurable one.

The current advisory will be updated as the situation evolves.

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Coronavirus swab. Yes this is where the swab goes. So unless you'd like this done to you...stay home and wash your hands!!! Please.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/22/20 04:49 PM

Office of Director of Health Services COVID-19 update

This is a snapshot of the Barbados' plan for COVID-19.

This is exactly like the one we presented at a press conference 10 days ago and mirrors what all countries in the region have in terms of planning.

You will note that despite not having a confirmed case, we have moved as a country to implement actions from stages 1-3 and this will be scaled up as we move along so please remain alert and attentive to any further information in this regard. For now, if you are ill, please stay at home. We encourage all to continue to practice safe hygienic practices to/from work, at work and at home.

Our teams continue to be on the ground doing investigative work, including the follow-up of the tourist who tested positive in the US. For now, it is uncertain whether the person became infected upon return to the US but we are following up with all the potential contacts on an individual basis.

We will be providing relevant and timely updates as our investigations continue.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/22/20 11:25 PM

Government of Belize Clarifies Municipal Curfew and Entry Ban Notice

It has come to the attention of the Attorney General’s Ministry that there is a public notice circulating which states that Belizeans will not be allowed entry to the island of Caye Caulker and Sarteneja Village in the Corozal District.

The public is advised that only the Government of Belize can restrict the movement of Belizeans within Belize. Unless such restriction is enacted by the Government, municipal bodies should refrain from doing so. Any entity found guilty of doing such will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. Also note that it is not within the purview of any municipality to institute a mandatory curfew. This can only be done by the Government of Belize.

The Government continues to encourage social distancing as one of the best practices in avoiding the spread of COVID-19. Persons are encouraged to stay at home and avoid unnecessary social interactions.

Alert Regarding Border Closures

As of Monday, March 23, all Belizean Borders will be closed.

The Government of Belize reminds the public that Belize’s borders are closed for entry. Belizeans are being strongly advised against leaving the country, unless it is a case of bona fide emergency. This is being advised for the safety of all.

What do border closures mean? Belizeans, please stay in Belize.

Kindly take note of the border closures below:

• Western Border – Closed.

Travellers:

Belizeans, diplomats residing in Belize, and foreigners with legal residency in Belize are allowed to enter. Please be aware that those seeking entry to Belize may be subject to a period of 14 days in quarantine to prevent the possible transmission of COVID-19. Guatemalan nationals can depart from Belize to return to their home country.

Cargo:

No restrictions have been placed on incoming or outgoing freight and cargo.

• Northern Border - Closed.

Travellers:

Belizean nationals, diplomats residing in Belize, and foreigners with legal residency may enter Belize. Please be aware that those seeking entry to Belize may be subject to a period of 14 days in quarantine to prevent the possible transmission of COVID-19.

Cargo:

No restrictions have been placed on incoming or outgoing freight and cargo.

• Southern Border – Closed.

Travellers: Belizeans, diplomats residing in Belize, and foreigners with legal residency may enter Belize. Those allowed to return are asked to take seriously the instructions to isolate themselves for 14 days to prevent possible transmission of COVID-19.

• Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport. Belizeans are not allowed to leave Belize.

Travellers:

From Monday, 23rd March 2020, the airport will be closed for entry after the last scheduled flight departs.

Cargo:

No restrictions have been placed on incoming or outgoing freight and cargo.

• Belize Seaports

No restrictions have been placed on incoming or outgoing freight and cargo.

The Government emphasizes that Belizeans remain calm; fear is the most dangerous contagion. The most effective action each Belizean can take to secure the safety of themselves, their families and the country is to follow the hygiene rules. Washing hands with soap and water, using a sanitizer if necessary, covering a cough or sneeze, trying not to touch the eyes, nose or mouth, and immediately dispose of tissues if used to cover a cough or sneeze.

Remember to stay updated on official information concerning COVID-19. Visit the Government of Belize Press Office website at www.pressoffice.bz; or the Facebook pages for the Ministry of Health, the Director of Health Services, and the Government of Belize Press Office; or call the Ministry of Health’s hotline at 0-800-MOH-CARE.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/23/20 11:14 AM

A message to U. S. Citizens in Belize from the Chargé d' Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges at the U.S. Embassy Belize

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/23/20 11:30 PM

Belize Registers First Coronavirus Case: San Pedro Town Resident tests positive for COVID-19

At a press conference on Monday, March 23rd, Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow announced that a Belizean has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). According to the prime minister, the person is from San Pedro Town and frequently travels to the United States of America. The person in question reportedly returned to Belize on Thursday, March 19th and went into isolation a day after arriving in the country.

The positive patient is a 38-year-old female and according to Barrow, she seems to be experiencing the mild version of the disease and has not required hospitalization. According to his statement, she is recovering and appears that she had very minimal contact with others. The only person that reportedly came in close contact with her, was the physician that attended the patient, who was properly protected. “We are hoping that the incidents of transmission will pretty much be non-existent. Of course we cannot absolute be sure and that is why the tracing and mapping exercise is so important,” Barrow said. The prime minister asked Belizeans to take this issue seriously, but not to overreact or panic. He added that he will consult with health officials in order to decide if further measures would be taken to mitigate COVID-19. Some of those measures could be a quarantine needed for the island. In the case it is implemented, it is expected to be for 48 hours only.

This what the Experts Know so far about Patient Zero and San Pedro



State of emergency declared for Ambergris Caye

The Government of Belize has declared a state of emergency for Ambergris Caye with immediate effect for 72 hours. This will allow the Ministry of Health time to conduct the proper mapping and tracing of contacts following the announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye.

Residents of Ambergris Caye are being placed under mandatory quarantine. People will not be allowed to leave or return to the island over the next 72 hours. Leaving home is highly discouraged unless completely unavoidable. Unauthorized vessels will be banned from leaving or arriving to the island.

Additionally, with immediate effect, all bars, clubs, and casinos countrywide will be closed. Restaurants will be closed for dining-in effective Wednesday, March 25th at 11:59 p.m. Thereafter, only take-out services will be allowed.

TROPIC AIR TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS ALL CARGO OPERATIONS

Effectively immediately all cargo services are suspended. We hope to resume by midday Thursday March 26th, 2020. Please monitor our Facebook and Twitter social media accounts for further updates.

Prime Minister's Press Conference - March 23 2020

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/23/20 11:42 PM

LIVE: Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Area Representative Heredia
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/24/20 06:01 PM

Travel Alert — U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (24-MAR-2020)

Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City is now closed for conunercial transportation for a minimum of 30 days. U.S. Embassy Belmopan is compiling a list of persons seeking to leave Belize. If you are a U.S. citizen who is considering returning to the United States from Belize, please enroll in STEP at https://step.state.v,rov/ and provide your name and contact information to our email address: belmopanuscitizenAstate.gov so we can contact you as soon as we have any updates.

Your email message should include the following information:

• Your full name as spelled in your passport
• Information we can use to contact you now — a current phone number and email address.
• Your date of birth (MM/DDNYYY)
• Your passport number, and its date of issuance and expiration. If it is not a U.S. passport, please note the country that issued it. Please also note any non-U.S. citizen immediate family members traveling with you.
• Please note your current location (city and country) and any special needs you may have, such as medical issues.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/24/20 06:14 PM

Live LoveFM Covid 19 Update

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/24/20 06:28 PM

PROTECTED AREAS CLOSURE

Due to confirmation of the first case of COVID- 19 in Belize, the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO) is joining the national efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The travel restrictions and social distancing measures are impacting the day to day staff operations on sites. Consequently, APAMO is now tasked to responsibly protect the health and safety of its most valuable resource its staff and the general public.

In this regard, it has been decided that all protected areas co-managed by APAMO members will be closed to the general public as of March 24, 2020 and shall remain closed until further notice.

APAMO urges all Belizeans to keep vigilant and report any illegal activity within a protected area during this time of national concern. We also ask you consider not only your well-being but also those around you and to heed recommendations provided by the relevant authorities.

List of APAMO Members' Protected Areas:

• Blue Hole Natural Monument
• Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
• Rio Bravo Conservation and
• Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary Management Area
• Guanacaste National Park
• Spanish Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
• Half Moon Caye Natural Monument
• Rio Blanco National Park
• St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park
• Sarstoon-Temash National Park
• Victoria Peak Natural Monument
• Laughing Bird Caye National park
• Community Baboon Sanctuary
• Gladden Spit Silk Cayes Marine Reserve
• Fresh Water Creek Forest Reserve
• Billy Barquedier National Park
• Honey Camp National Park
• Paynes Creek National Park
• Shipstern Nature Reserve
• Port Honduras Marine Reserve
• Caye Caulker Marine Reserve
• Turneffe Attol Marine Reserve
• Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary
• Bladen Nature Reserve
• Mayflower Bocawina National Park
• Golden Stream Corridor Preserve
• Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/25/20 10:42 AM

Open Your Eyes: The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) - impact of COVID-19


The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) was our guests to talk about the impact of COVID-19. John Burgos, Executive Director of BTIA says that seasonal workers have already been laid off and that permanent workers will experience a pay cut. He talked with us about what they are doing to weather the crisis.

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Ministry of Health - Technical Advisor -COVID-19



Dr. Natalia Largaespda Beer, Technical Advisor with the Ministry of Health concluded the show with the latest medical information on COVID-19

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Belize's First COVID-19 Case Had Contact With 34 Persons

Tonight, Belize still has only one confirmed case of COVID-19. There have been 64 total tests done and one positive result. That's the case out in San Pedro, a 38 year old female, a Belizean national who returned from Los Angeles on Thursday and started exhibiting symptoms on Friday.

She's in self quarantine and she's already getting over the flu symptoms. But what about all those she came in contact with? From the international flight she arrived on at the airport, then on a domestic flight to San Pedro, and then on the island.

At today's "Ask the Experts" session in Belmopan, the Director of Health Services said the mapping of her contacts has amounted to 34 people:

Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services
"The first preliminary exercise in San Pedro in terms of the mapping has happened. I know that the immediate contacts of the person who the index cases are going to be swabbed and those samples will be brought today. Its 34 people that have been initially mapped, it doesn't mean that these 34 people were in direct contact or in close contact but that's part of the mapping exercise. You have to map out and we have all the names, addresses and so forth. Not everybody from that 34 will swabbed, you just have to interact with them as the level of interaction and determine your risk based on that, so that has been completed for today."

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Vital Statistics Unit Implements COVID-19 Measures

The Attorney General’s Ministry informs the public of the following conditions with respect to the delivery of services at the Vital Statistics Unit in Belize City effective immediately.

Services to the public will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The office will be closed to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On days of service to the public, the provision of all services continues under strict social distancing conditions, as guided by the Ministry of Health, in the wake of COVID-19. Accordingly, the following will apply:

1. The public is asked to refrain from accessing any services if they are ill and exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

2. The public is asked to refrain from accessing any services if either in isolation or quarantine.

3. Social distancing is not only encouraged but enforced.

4. No more than five persons are allowed in the building and are to keep no less than six feet away from each other.

5. The public is also asked to respect the four-feet rule that is presently in place when at the counter.

6. The public is asked to seek services only IF the matter is URGENT.

Notwithstanding the current state of affairs, the Ministry will do its best to continue service to the public. The support and cooperation of the public are appreciated.

Jorge M. Matus
Deputy Registrar (Ag.)
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/25/20 07:22 PM

Lord Michael Ashcroft To Contribute $10 Million To Help Belize Combat COVID-19

Press Release: "COVID-19 has impacted many countries around the world and on March 23, 2020, our very own Belize confirmed its first case. Having spent the last two weeks in the country and personally witnessing its impact on the overall economy of Belize and the lives of ordinary Belizeans, Lord Michael Ashcroft has agreed to contribute BZ$10 Million to the national effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This sum will be deposited with the Belize Bank, who will be the custodian of the funds to be disperse on behalf of Lord Ashcroft."

Also:

Live update today at 3pm by Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and leader of the Opposition Hon. John Briceno.

Tuni in for a Live Stream on the Government Press Office Facebook Page
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/25/20 09:05 PM

Live Update on COVID-19 Situation in Belize and Economic Relief Package by Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and leader of the Opposition Hon. John Briceno.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/26/20 10:56 PM

Government Of Belize Enacts Quarantine Order For Entire Country

The Government of Belize, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and in an effort to mitigate the negative impacts that could result from a potential community spread of the deadly virus enacted Statutory Instrument Number 38 of 2020 on March 25, 2020.

This Order made by the Quarantine Authority of Belize, in exercise of the powers conferred upon it by section 6 of the Quarantine Act, Chapter 41 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011, outlines a set of immediate measures to be implemented by the Government that are deemed as necessary to safeguard public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This Order shall apply to the country of Belize with the exception of Ambergris Caye, which is governed by the Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) (Ambergris Caye) Regulations, 2020, provided, however, that on the expiration of the period of emergency pursuant to the Proclamation declaring a state of public emergency in Ambergris Caye, this Order shall apply to the entire country of Belize.

These measures, referred to generally as the QUARANTINE (COVID 19 EMERGENCY MEASURES) ORDER, 2020 include the following:

1. Limitation of gatherings of ten persons or less

Subject to the provisions of this Order, no person shall gather in numbers of more than ten persons at a time, anywhere in Belize, whether in any public place, public space or on private property provided that a gathering of ten or more persons on private property is allowed where persons are residents of that property. Except for residents of private property, persons in a gathering of ten persons or less shall maintain a distance of no less than three feet between each person.

2. Social distancing

For the purposes of this Order, every person shall practice social distancing.

3. Transportation

• Notwithstanding the restriction and limitation on public gathering, the provision of public transportation by bus is limited to the seating capacity of the bus.

• Every bus operator arriving at a terminal in Belize shall park the bus, instruct the passengers to disembark and oversee the sanitization of the bus by personnel on site at the terminal.

• Prior to boarding any bus at a terminal, every passenger shall wash and sanitize his hands at the conveniences provided at the terminal.

4. Closure of businesses

The following establishments shall close until further notice–

• casinos and gaming establishments;

• spas, beauty salons and barber shops;

• gymnasiums (gyms), sporting complexes;

• discotheques, bars, rum shops and night clubs;

• restaurants, saloons, diners, and other similar establishments, provided that restaurants, saloons diners and other similar establishments may operate to offer take out services only;

• any other establishment or business designated by the Quarantine Authority by Notice published in the Gazette.

5. Social distancing protocols

Every business establishment allowed under this Order to operate shall¬:

• ensure that all customers and staff maintain physical distancing of no less than three feet (3ft.) in or outside their business;

• determine the number of persons that may be permitted in the establishment at any one time;

• within twenty-four hours of the commencement of this Order, place distance markers three feet apart, indicating where each customer must stand on a line at a check out point;

• within twenty-four hours of the commencement of this Order, place distance markers three feet apart on the outside of the establishment, indicating where customers must stand while waiting to enter the establishment.

6. Restriction on social activities

No person shall host nor attend–

• a private party which includes any person from outside of the immediate household of the house occupant;

• a recreational or competitive sporting event;

• a wedding which hosts ten or more persons other than the bride, bridegroom, official witnesses and the marriage officer;

• a banquet, ball or reception;

• any social event;

• any other ceremony of public worship in any facility or public place which involves the participation of any member of the general public or a congregation;

• a funeral, except ten members of the immediate family and at least one officiant and essential mortuary staff; or

• a meeting of a fraternal society, private or social club or civic association or organization.

7. Closure of markets and other public places

In the interest of public health and safety, the Quarantine Authority may by Notice published in the Gazette, declare the closure of any market or other public place.

8. Reporting of suspected COVID 19 to Ministry of Health

A person who develops flu-like symptoms and who reasonably suspects he may have had contact with someone who has travelled to a country affected by COVID 19 or is infected with COVID 19-

• shall immediately inform the Ministry with responsibility for health; and

• go into self-isolation in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry responsible for health.

• Every person, upon entry into Belize from any port of entry, shall (1) immediately inform the Ministry with responsibility for health of their entry into Belize; and (2) go into self-isolation in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry with responsibility for health.

9. Employers to grant permission

• An employer shall have a duty if satisfied that an employee is able to discharge the duties of that employee from the employee’s place of residence, to grant the employee permission to do so without imposing any adverse consequences to the employee in respect thereof.

• An employee whose assigned tasks can only be discharged at the place of employment is required to attend for work at that place unless otherwise permitted by the employer as a part of the employer’s measures to combat the risk of transmission of the COVID 19 at the place of employment. The grant of permission to an employee under this paragraph shall not count against the leave entitlements of that employee unless otherwise agreed between the employer and the employee.

10. Offence and Penalty

A person who contravenes or incites a person to contravene any provision of this Order, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for six months or to both fine and imprisonment.

11. Duration of order

The Order shall be valid until revoked by the Quarantine Authority.

Anyone having any questions regarding this Order, may contact the Ministry of Health in Belmopan at 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-2273), or visit www.covid19.bz for more information.

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"Miss I think I need help but I really don't have enough credits to call those cell numbers." - caller to our toll free hotline.

The public is reminded that you can call our toll free 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-2273) number anytime for any health related information or guidance even for mental health counseling. This is a FREE call you make to us. At any rotation, a mental health counselor is in the room to take your call and if someone with that background is not there, we take your information and have someone call you back. Don't be afraid to call and ask for help. We are all in this together and we will help you get through it one call at a time.

Ministry of Health Belize
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/27/20 12:24 PM

The Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte Explains the Safety Measures Enacted under the Quarantine Act signed March 25, 2020.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/30/20 07:06 PM

Update on the COVID-19 Situation in Belize will be live streamed on the Government of Belize Press Office Facebook page, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Stay tuned!

Co-Chairs of the National Oversight Committe, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Opposition Leader Hon. John Briceño schedule to host the press conference.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 03/31/20 05:32 PM

Press Conference LIVE with the Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño, as they give an update on the COVID-19 status in Belize and measurements.



10am Press conference from the PM of Belize today. Here are some notes:

There was a third COVID case diagnosed yesterday in Belize City.

National State of Emergency starting April 2nd at 12.01am. Thursday morning. This INCLUDES San Pedro which is currently in quarantine.

Curfew from 8pm to 5am. Everything closed. NO ONE on the streets except a few designated people.

At 5am, there can be movement from a few essential personnel - or people seeking medical care.

8am to 7pm: Allowed OPEN: Pharmacies, Convenience Stores, Supermarkets/Food Stores, Banks, Hardware Stores, Fuel Stations and Restaurants for Take-out.

You must be "moving with purpose" or you can be arrested, fined and confined.

Otherwise, NO MOVEMENT.

In terms of healthcare needs, we are very well funded and preparing for the worst-case scenario over the next 9 months. 103 COVID tests done/3 positive. 32 new ventilators, portable ultrasounds, portable X-rays.

There is a law enforcement plan in place working with the military and the coast guard.

People "trapped" on Ambergris Caye (as addressed by PM) -- vendors, construction and hotel workers without jobs -- we want to see them able to return to homes on the mainland. Government will arrange for an orderly transfer back to communities of origin after the 14-days is up on Ambergris Caye (need more details)

According to mayor immigration stamps are not necessary whilst we are in a state of emergency

San Pedro Scoop

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TODAY TUESDAY 31 MARCH -
UPDATES FROM OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE'S PRESS CONFERENCE

1. $42 million dollars (BZD) from the Climate Resilience Improvement Program will be diverted to the COVID-19 Relief fund

2. $24 million dollars (BZD) will be disbursed to Boost in about 3 weeks (via IDB)

3. $50 million dollars from Social Protection Program

4. $10 million dollars that was for Infrastructure is being negotiated to have it diverted to the Ministry of Human Development to expand the Food Pantry program into rural areas

STATE OF EMERGENCY

5. State of Emergency goes into effect THURSDAY at 12:00am

6. From 8pm - 5am, EVERYTHING will be closed, NO ONE can be on the streets

7. No loitering, wondering, assembling or moving at any public place or on any public roads

8. If you are found moving, police can stop and question you. If you lack a good justification (to be listed below), you can be arrested and charged

9. You can only move during the day (5am - 8pm) to purchase essential needs, to get medical attention, or if you are an essential worker (Security Guards, Agriculture or Factory Workers, for example)

10. Essential Workers who can work during curfew and daytime hours: Government workers,

medical, public utilities, social workers, sanitation workers, productive sectors (agriculture and potable water), Statutory Bodies, State-run bodies)

11. Businesses that can operate from 5am - 7pm: Public transportation, Fuel stations, bakeries and tortilla factories, milling factories, port operations, farm operations, restaurants (takeout only), meat shops,

12. Businesses that can operate from 8am - 7pm financial institutions, markets, wholesalers and retailers, hotels, mechanic shops, hardware stores, pharmacies. If you are not one of those businesses, you CANNOT OPEN AT ALL DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY

13. All Ports of Entries remain CLOSED

14. Any Belizean who enter Belize during this time will be placed at a Quarantine Center for the duration of their required quarantine (likely 14 days)

Ambergris Today
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/02/20 12:17 PM

Have a blessed evening my fellow Belizeans, informing you all that our Central Medical Laboratory performed 12 tests today and all came out negative to COVID-19, a total of 115 tests have been done and we remain with 3 COVID-19 positive cases.

As posted on our Ministry of Health Facebook Page, we have the PPEs and masks required for our staff and at the moment we are procuring more.

The National State of Emergency should help us contain COVID-19 but the cooperation of all Belizeans is needed. We need to abide by the law for the safety of everyone. May the Lord bless and protect all of us.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/03/20 04:09 PM

Belize confirms 4th case of COVID-19

Director of Health Services, Dr.Marvin Manzanero, confirmed that the 4th infected person is a 55 year old man of San Ignacio Town. The patient is currently in isolation at the Western Regional Hospital. Reports are that he began with a fever and had gone to 2 private clinics for care. He was referred to the WRH where he currently remains. Officials are conducting a mapping exercise to ascertain how the patient was infected. Love News understands that the man has not traveled recently nor has he had interactions with anyone who has. This may be the first indication of a community spread. The DHS urges everyone to adhere to the regulations under the State of Emergency which will prove essential in mitigating the spread of the virus
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/06/20 10:44 AM

Ministry of Health Confirms Fifth Case of COVID-19 in Belize

Today, at 03:19 a.m., the expanded testing protocol of the Ministry of Health identified a fifth case of COVID-19. The patient is a Belizean student who returned from Florida. The patient arrived in Belize on Friday, April 3rd, and is in self-isolation at a quarantine facility. He is without symptoms and stable.

In reference to patient #4, the mapping exercise of the Ministry of Health has allowed for the identification of close contacts of that patient in both San Ignacio and Belize City where swabs were taken on April 3rd and 4th.

A total of 102 samples were processed on April 4th and into the early hours of today. The samples processed included close contacts from both Belize City and San Ignacio and that of health care workers in the Cayo District who had been in contact with patient #4. In addition, with the heightened surveillance, swabbing was expanded to those in quarantine in Corozal, where patient #5 was identified.

The remaining 101 samples were all negative for COVID-19, and therefore, the Ministry is still unable to determine who the infected contact was for patient #4.

The Ministry of Health’s surveillance efforts are ongoing and remain in a heightened mode. For this reason, the Ministry emphasizes more than ever the importance of the Belizean community’s compliance with social distancing protocols and staying at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave the house. Ensure at all times proper hand hygiene and to follow the information as it becomes available.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/06/20 05:05 PM

Two More Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed

The Ministry of Health has continued to scale up testing for COVID-19 and a further 26 samples were tested on Sunday, April 5th. That scaled up testing has identified two further cases, both males residing in San Ignacio.

One of the males identified is a contact of patient #4. He developed minor signs and symptoms that included diarrhea and loss of sense of smell. This patient, the sixth case, has not required medication and is currently in self-isolation at home. Another male person, who is being treated as a pneumonia case, was also swabbed this weekend and is also positive for COVID-19. The patient is currently hospitalized at the Western Health Region and remains stable. Mapping exercises are currently underway for both cases.

The total number of confirmed cases is now seven out of a total of 268 tests done. Some of the samples tested included contacts for patient #4, so that through the weekend a total of 128 samples were tested. Further screening tests are anticipated contingent on mapping exercises and enhanced surveillance activities.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/06/20 11:41 PM

Live address from the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow on today's National Oversight Committee Meeting.



Prime Minister Announces Lockdown of Cayo District and Additional Nationwide Measures

This evening during a live address, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow announced additional measures including a 14-day lockdown and ramping up testing for the Cayo District in order to locate persons who may have COVID-19. Random testing will be done in the Cayo District. These measures will go into effect at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

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This is the Ministry of Health's infographic as of 3:00 p.m. today.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/08/20 05:04 PM

LIVE: INFORMATION REGARDING GUIDELINES OF THE STATUTORY INSTRUMENT



Kindly click the link below to access Statutory Instrument No. 52 of 2020 which took effect on April 7, 2020.
https://bit.ly/2XmiP5F

The public is hereby reminded that the following Government entities are closed to the public until further notice:
1. Office of the Prime Minister, including the Government Press Office
2. Attorney General’s Ministry, including the Vital Statistics Unit, Belize Intellectual Property Office (Belipo), and Companies and Corporate Registry
3. Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation
4. Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation CAYO OFFICE
5. Office of the Ombudsman
6. Ministry of Natural Resources (online services still available)
7. Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development (Labour Technical Officers remain available via mobile numbers)
8. Fisheries Department
9. Forestry Department
10. Department of the Environment
11. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (appointment only)
12. Ministry of Immigration (passport service available for emergency only)
13. Belize Defence Force Hospital
14. Belmopan City Council

Eighth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Corozal

A further 31 samples, which included primary contacts of patients #6 and #7, were tested on April 7th, for COVID-19. Out of those, the Ministry has confirmed another positive case.

The patient is a 50-year-old male who is currently in the isolation area of the Corozal Community Hospital. The patient was referred from the private sector and has been hospitalized since yesterday. A mapping exercise has started for this patient and further details will be provided later on in the day.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/10/20 11:50 AM

COVID 19 UPDATE: Our data up until 3 pm Thursday.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/10/20 05:52 PM

Tenth Case of COVID-19 is Confirmed, Passes Away

The Ministry of Health has confirmed a 10th positive case for COVID-19 in Belize. The confirmation test came out positive late last night (April 9th). This was from a set of 30 samples tested, some of which were from frontline workers as part of routine surveillance.

The case is that of a male currently hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. He was previously hospitalized at a private institution and was referred to KHMH for further care. The patient is intubated and is in intensive care.

The contact tracing for patient #10 started last night.

Belize Records Second Death of Person Infected with COVID-19

The Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health regret to inform of the death of the patient confirmed earlier as the 10th case of COVID-19.

The patient had been receiving treatment as of March 27th at a private medical facility in Belize City. While there, the patient was swabbed twice and the samples sent to the Central Medical Laboratory for testing for COVID-19; both tests proved inconclusive.

The patient was transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) on Tuesday, April 7th, from the private facility. He arrived intubated and was admitted into intensive care upon arrival and placed into a single, private room in the general adult Intensive Care Unit. He had been connected to a ventilator at the private hospital since March 31st with progressive deterioration and complications since then, one of those complications being a stroke. The patient was swabbed at the KHMH and that test produced a positive result for COVID-19.

As per infection control procedures, the staff members who attended to the patient in the ICU at the KHMH were wearing personal protective equipment.

The mapping exercise which includes immediate contacts and health care workers at both the private facility and KHMH is currently ongoing.


Posted By: Dasko

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/10/20 06:45 PM

I hope everything will finish soon with this virus situation. I wish everybody health and good luck
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/11/20 10:38 AM

COVID 19 UPDATE
This is our data up until 3 pm today. The 'under investigation' numbers are the amount of swabs we had received from the initial mapping exercises done today and random samples from across the country.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/11/20 05:35 PM

Mapping Detects Three New Cases of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health continues to intensify its surveillance and mapping activities in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. Three (3) additional cases of COVID-19 were identified after making an initial mapping in the City of Belize and as part of samples obtained from the case identified in Corozal District.

Two (2) of the new cases are found in Corozal District and one (1) in Belize City. All three cases are about primary contacts of previously identified patients. These patients were tested as part of the mapping, remain asymptomatic and found in isolation at home.

So far all front line staff exams at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and Belize Health Care Partners Limited have returned COVID-19. negative. However, some results are still expected.

The public is asked to continue practicing social distancing, to avoid visiting public areas unless absolutely necessary, and when they have to leave, implement good hygiene practices.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/12/20 11:14 AM

3 cases now confirm in our country, there will be an increase going forward, please do you part to avoid the spread of this deadly disease to our island. Stay home, wash hands frequently, wear mask and practice social distancing.

Testing data up to 3pm Saturday

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We have 13 confirmed cases so far and further samples are being processed now, some of these samples are as a result of the mapping exercise and some are samples from across the country from patients having influenza like symptoms and/or hospitalized with any respiratory condition.

In the earlier press release, we hadn't included but can state that the 4 personnel from BERT who were exposed were also negative for SARS-CoV2.

While indeed, one of the recommended approaches in addressing COVID-19 is to test - test - test; our current testing rate per population indicates a 3 time testing rate when compared to that ofJamaica; 14 times more than Guatemala, 5 times that of Honduras and 3.75 times that of Mexico (with data from www.worldmeters.info in reference to coronaviruses) - the expansion of testing certainly continues.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/13/20 10:34 AM

Testing and screening data as of Easter Sunday

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Fourteen case of COVID-19 is confirmed

A total of 26 exams for COVID-19 were conducted at the Central Medical Laboratory and 1 came back positive. This one is classified as the 14 confirmed case.

This test is from a close contact of a previously identified patient who started developing minor symptoms including nasal secretion, nasal congestion and loss of sense of taste. Patient remains in isolation at home with minor symptoms.

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If you need to leave your house, these are some of the protocols you must follow to remain safe. The most important one is to wear a thick home made mask or to use a disposable surgical mask. Sanitize or wash hands frequently, avoid touching face and mask and remember to keep your distance approximately 1m from others. If you need to go to the store only one member of the family. If you have no reason to be out, the safest place is home, stay home.

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IF YOU HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH A COVID-19 PATIENT, please isolate yourself immediately and call 0-800-MOH-CARE.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/13/20 10:14 PM

Four (4) COVID-19 cases were confirmed during the last twenty-four hours. Belize now has a total of 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Details about the last 4 cases:
• One (1) woman from San Ignacio; close contact with a patient previously detected in the same village
• Three (3) patients in Belize City; close contacts of a patient previously detected in the same city
After 15 days of confirming your case, patient ➜. 3 is still positive.

Due to the above, the Ministry of Health can confirm that there are two (2) active clusters being closely monitored. These are located in San Ignacio and Belize City. The cluster in Belize City indicates having emerged after a social activity carried out on March 14 The cluster in Belize City has resulted in five (5) positive cases, therefore, the Ministry asks everyone who attended the event at Plaza Diner in Belize City on March 14 2020 call 0-800-MOH-CARE or 613-0787 (Central Health Region). If you were at that event and have developed symptoms including fever, coughing, sneezing, nasal slip or difficulty breathing, please stay in isolation and call the numbers indicated.

As of this moment, the Ministry of Health has increased the quarantine period to 21 days. You will have to remain in home quarantine if you have had immediate contact with any of the known cases.

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Are you or someone in your family in a high risk group?

Behave like you have the virus and that everyone you come in contact does as well. Islanders, it is important not to let your guard down.

It’s up to each of us to be self disciplined and take responsibility to keep all of our vulnerable residents and the community safe.

Stay Home except for emergencies or if you are an ESSENTIAL worker. When in public master 6-feet physical distancing around yourself. At home practice physical distancing also where possible.

High risk groups for severe illness and death include people:
- aged 40 and older
- with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
- that smoke
- with chronic liver disease including hepatitis
- with chronic neurological conditions (Parkinson’s, MS, learning disability, cerebral palsy, etc.
- with Sickle Cell Disease
- with compromised immunity (HIV, AIDS, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer)
- on medicines such as steroids or chemotherapy
- with chronic respiratory disease (COPD, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis)
- with Cardiovascular Disease including high blood pressure
- with diabetes.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/15/20 10:17 AM

Our data Tuesday as of 3pm. Of note an additional 26 samples were processed from across the country, all negative for COVID-19.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/15/20 06:10 PM

The Ministry of Health is reposting 'What you need to know' during self isolation based on a request yesterday from the public sent during our 'Ask the Experts' session with Dr. Manzanero. Please follow our advice for self isolation or self quarantine for up to 21 days. Call us at 0-800-MOH-CARE for clarity on this and for any other COVID-19 or health related questions.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/16/20 11:17 AM

There are no new COVID-19 positive tests to report tonight. The most recent figures from the Minister of Health say that 629 tests have been performed, with 611 negative results. 60 Negative results in Corozal with four positive, 36 negative results and no positives in Orange Walk, in the Belize district, 279 negatives with 8 positives, in the Cayo District 182 negatives with 6 positives, in the Stann Creek District 24 negatives with no positives, in the Toledo District, 23 negatives an zero positives. 46 cases are currently under investigation.

Channel 7
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/17/20 10:37 AM

***NO NEW COVID-19 CASES***

This is our data up until 3 pm today.

The physical/social distancing and other elements such as hand washing and avoid being out in public are important elements that we need to continue to stress.

We need to continue to work as a community in addressing COVID-19 and the other elements associated to it.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/18/20 10:52 AM

Ministry of Health SARSCOV2 Lab Screening numbers as of 3pm.

No new reported COVID-9 cases in four consecutive days.

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This is our data up until 3 pm Friday.
Please, let us continue to practice/ensure social distancing - that is key in ensuring our numbers in terms of positive cases don’t go up.
We will be providing further updates through the weekend!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/19/20 12:01 PM

Fifth consecutive day with no new case of COVID-19 in Belize.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/20/20 10:08 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE
This is our data up until 3 pm.

We had waited until the laboratory results for today were out although those numbers are not reflected in this update as the cut off time for when the data is plugged into the infographic remains at 3 pm.

However, given a flagged concern of a possible case at KHMH, we can concern that that result is negative for SARS-CoV2. The understanding of this desk is that the reason why the patient was intubated and the his reason for admission at KHMH differs from what has been reported elsewhere. (The KHMH may be releasing a separate note on this matter)

We continue to make a call to ALL to please wait for the official sources of information as we cannot be caught up into providing the public with false, incomplete or misleading information.

We should note that a total of 159 tests have been done since we last identified a case (not including today's samples).

Our work continues!

LAB WEEK 2020

As we have been concentrating on the topic of COVID-19, we cannot forget and over emphasize the hard work place by ALL the laboratory staff in providing us information in real time.

Over the last 2 months and through the weekends, the staff has worked tirelessly and into the early hours of the morning to ensure we have timely results.

We therefore salute all of them as this week is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (April 19th-25th) and this constitutes an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in health care and patient advocacy!

Please join in celebrating them all this entire week!

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/21/20 10:49 AM

The latest figures coming out of the Ministry of Health have indicated that there are no new cases of COVID-19 detected in Belize. An updated infographic flyer was uploaded earlier this evening indicating that between 3 pm yesterday and today, ten additional tests were conducted bringing it to a total of seven hundred and seventy-two tests carried out. In addition, there are currently sixty-six persons under investigation. According to a release from the Ministry of Health, 169 tests have been carried out since the last detection of Patient eighteen. Over the weekend, however, reports had surfaced that a suspected case had been brought from the Corozal Regional Hospital to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and that front line workers were once again exposed. In response to this, the Director of Health Services issued a notice saying that the patient in question had tested negative for COVID-19. The report added that the patient was intubated but not for respiratory distress as was indicated on a local news page. The DHS appeals to everyone to await official reports to avoid spreading false news or reports without a clear understanding of the circumstances.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/22/20 10:37 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE: We can now report the recovery of two cases from COVID-19!

Gentle reminder that the prevention measures need to be enforced at all levels as we go about with new norms, this now needs to be done continuously. Kudos to all the laboratory staff for all their ongoing work.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/22/20 07:11 PM

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) & THE BELIZEAN CONTEXT

The severity with which COVID-19 affects any country depends on the socio-economic and health conditions of that country. The impact that this pandemic will have on Belize will be determined by all the below factors.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/23/20 10:20 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This our data up until 3 pm today.

We have 3 more patients officially recovered so that brings the total to 5, with 11 cases still considered as active. The 11 active cases are all recovering home as we don't have any patient hospitalized with COVID-19.

Note that when you add the positive + negative cases you will get 6 less than the total of 816, the reason for this is because we had 6 cases who remained positive when they were re-swabbed and they aren't counted twice.

Also note that we are modifying the presentation of the infographic to provide more information and this is based on the feedback we continue to receive.

We continue to encourage all to continue to practice physical distancing at all times and we have to start preparing for new norms and to always be on guard when out in public spaces.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/24/20 10:03 AM

COVID 19 UPDATE

Note that the change this time around is in the line item ' persons under investigation' and this is made up for now, exposed health care workers who are going to be tested after the 14 day exposure.

Exposed staff would routinely be re-swabbed at day 14 or if they become symptomatic prior to the 14 days, to date all exposed staff tested have been negative.

We also need to bear in mind that this weekend will represent the 14 day time period since the last identified cases so that we can anticipate a higher number of tests from Saturday through to Monday.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/24/20 11:14 AM

Chart: Coronavirus and the Belizean Labor Market

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/26/20 11:31 AM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data up until today.

As we go into the weekend actively searching for further contacts, we must continue to emphasize the elements of social distancing.

While there is no further lockdown on Sundays (for now at least), please, if you don’t have anything to do on the streets - please stay home!

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/27/20 10:22 AM

Ministry of Health Sunday indicated that 6 people have recovered from COVID-19 infection. There are also NO new cases.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/27/20 04:51 PM

Live: Special Sitting of the House of Representatives

Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/28/20 11:10 AM

14 days with no new covid-19 cases

Belize is at day-14 and counting since its last report of a confirmed case of Covid-19. The Government and public are now cautiously optimistic as restrictions have been relaxed effective yesterday and some stores and offices are now reopening its doors. Public transportation for essential workers only have resumed with conditions and testing has increased by the hundreds over the weekend. According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow any ease of restrictions or amendments to the regulations are based strictly on the advice of the National Task Force and the National Oversight Committee.

Rt.Hon Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “It means that indeed we should be considering a degree of relaxation and I’ve said in the scripted remarks that I gave, and of course today that that’s exactly what I contemplate happening. Remember though that I insist these decisions are not made by me alone not even by the Cabinet the Cabinet has in effect almost ceded jurisdiction as a defacto thing to the National Oversight Committee. So we will have a meeting of the National Oversight Committee on Wednesday by which time the recommendations that come to the National Oversight Committee from the National Task Force – National Task Force of course includes all the CEOs, all sorts of persons from the private sector especially medical personnel and Dr.Marvin and his team they will give us their recommendations so that we can consider them. The National Oversight Committee can consider them on Wednesday but I fully expect that they understand from us that they are to examine actually what it is that we can do to relax. So that’s their brief and in consequence I expect that it’s just a matter of detail now as to exactly what measures that currently obtain will be lifted.”

Minister of Health, Pablo Marin spoke to the media earlier today and spoke on the availability of testing kits and the situation next door in Quintana Roo, Mexico which Belize needs to keep an eye on.

Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health: “Just yesterday we did about seventy tests so far everything as you mentioned was negative, we have already six recovered. It seems that we’re having some more today we’re waiting for the last test. Remember the person has to have two negatives for them to be confirmed but yes we are happy of the outcome but we are still looking what is happening around the country. You have Mexico just today I think they had about another fifty new cases and this is constantly happening so the peak for Quintana Roo which is right in border to Belize it’s an alarming amount of cases we need to be very careful of what we do, asking the people in the north to please don’t go to the Mexican side crossing over. With the US you saw the amount of cases coming up so definitely we are going to continue to have the borders locked, the airport locked at the moment until when those cases start to come down and we can see a little bit more easy out of our country. You know what is happening over the world, every country is on their own everybody tries to hold what they can but the swabs we are lucky the swabs should be coming in on Wednesday they were not confiscated but just hold on the side. The enzymes came in yesterday so we are good to go we are good to continue our testing. The tests were only stopped for one day, the situation with the enzymes you know Amerijet comes in every Wednesday Amerijet did not come in on that day it went I think to Puerto Rico and came in until Saturday so that holds our enzymes not to come in at that time but yes we have the enzymes it was only one day but because of the re route of the airplane. I tried to talk to the people in Quintana Roo in particular with my counterparts but as you know they’re peak right now and everybody is holding whatever they have for their own but right now we have the amount that we need and we will continue. What I heard Julius was mentioning and I need to clear again he’s talking about rapid tests that rapid test cannot work there is a lot of false negative. PAHO WHO hasn’t confirmed of any lab or any test that we can say yes. I had a meeting last week with PAHO and Central America everybody is saying you know what just hold on on the rapid test let’s just hope that there is one of them that would be available soon but as it is we are only doing the normal test.”

The latest figures on testing for the last twenty four hours are yet to be released from the ministry. We can tell you, however, that up to 3pm on Sunday, April 26 there were nine hundred and thirty six patients tested and thirty four under investigation. The good news is that we have another recovered patient to add to the list. This puts Belize as having 18 positive tests including two deaths and six recovered patients.

LOVEFM

Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/28/20 04:14 PM

Live: Special Sitting of the Senate, National Assembly Belmopan

Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/29/20 10:22 AM

Latest: 9 Recovered, 7 Active Cases of COVID-19

The latest COVID 19 testing information was released just a short while ago. It shows that three more COVID patients have recovered, bringing the total number of active cases down to 7. 28 cases remain under investigation.

995 tests have been done, which is 59 more than was reported yesterday.

The greatest concentration of tests is in the Belize District with 471 tests.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 04/30/20 10:40 AM

We May Be Seeing The End of The First Wave of COVID

We note that two days ago, the health minister spoke not about 90 tests a day, but he said that they could do 200 seemingly for an indefinite period.

But, that aside, testing right now suggests that what Manzanero called the first of many waves could be at an end:

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, DHS
"Understand also that this is for the next 2 weeks; if you don't identify a case, as we had said for this outreach, this first wave would have considered to have been over, but don't confuse that message with the fact that we are saying we are over Covid-19. We can have potentially many more waves throughout the year. We don't even know if this is going to be an annual activity that happens, but when we have said this we are talking about this specific outbreak and that's why we wanted to have a Q & A to discuss that specific item. We cannot let our guard down. If we are thinking there is a potential case out there that's asymptomatic then we cannot let our guard down, because then you are going to have a second wave that can be much more intense and can spread much more quickly than what we have had so far."

Is Belize COVID Free?

But, as this so called first wave seems to be ending - can Belize currently say that it is COVID free? Manzanero says it does seem that way, but reminded the public that we are all one reckless trip across the border from having a case imported through the backdoor:

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"Any positive tests for 2 weeks and counting, can we conclude that Belize currently does not have Covid-19, assuming that the orders remains close."

"We would want to wait until May 11, because you would have done 2 cycles of the incubation period before we can say that we don't have any case. It doesn't seem to be right now and the number of acute respiratory failure cases has decreased significantly, so we have to be on the lookout and again if you are having people that are going to the northern border illegally, in the back of our minds that where I think the next wave can potentially from is with people who are going across the border, assuming we are able to lock down as a country you have nobody else coming outside and you are able to determine there is no more cases, eventually what is going to break can be a case of somebody who goes across the border and comes back."

Regardless of New Regs, New Normal Will Persist

So, tomorrow the old State of Emergency ends and a new one begins with new COVID 19 regulations. It will see government starting to re-open the economy and all the details will be announced at a virtual press conference which the Prime Minister will host tomorrow morning.

Manzanero says that whatever the new regs are - he reminds Belizeans that there is a new normal in effect - and we cannot act as we once did:

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, DHS
"The consideration that we should all be having is not how and when we are going to open short term medium term and long term, but it's what we are going to do to be able to go about our business in a safe way. I think that's the consideration that we have, because even as with everything is being open up we are recommending that everybody be physical distancing, not social distancing. That you need to be able to put with others needs to be there. We need to continue to emphasize the fact that anybody you meet on the street you have to assume it's a Covid-19 case. If you are able to understand that and we go about our business then I think we would have taken a step further. My headache right now to be honest is that my immediate perception is that I don't think we have learnt much from what has happened in phase 1, that's my personal perception. I think we are starting to go about doing our business as if nothing has really happened and that can't happen."

Channel 7

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/01/20 10:19 AM

Only three active cases remain as we have 4 more recovered cases.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/02/20 11:10 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from the Director of Health Services:

This is today’s data.

We have 3 patients pending recovery and we have started the process for random and expanded testing with samples having already been processed.

The Central Medical Laboratory worked today as a normal day so kudos for ALL health care workers who worked throughout the day and across the country.

By no means - NO MEANS - can we consider ourselves to be in the clear and we should continue preparing for the new norms in our lives.

Physical distancing in terms of COVID-19 is part of the new norm - at least for the next two years.

Please, let’s stay safe and at all times exercise hygienic measures.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/03/20 11:48 AM

COVID-19 Update: Infographics

As noted, last week, towards the end of the week we would be providing the data behind the infographic for Belize.

In the infographics attached, we have Belize's data up until today compared to some Caribbean countries and the first graph indicates how Belize compares to New Zealand, Iceland, Hong Kong and Singapore in terms of their 'curves'.
There is also a growth rate comparison with all other English speaking Caribbean countries. (first 3 graphs courtesy of UWI)

The final graphs highlight the tests done per district and the distribution of tests for Belize by age groups.

We remain at 18 confirmed cases with 3 pending recovery.

Our insistence for:

- Proper and consistent hand washing
- Proper respiratory etiquette
- Physical distancing
- Staying home as much as you can and when out in public, ensuring that you are taking necessary precautions

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/04/20 10:36 AM

#14 RECOVERED COVID-19 PATIENT
UPDATE
This is our data for Sunday, May 3rd, 2020.
We have one more recovered patient and we anticipate that the other two patients will recover later on this week.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/06/20 10:20 AM

Belize now has ZERO active cases. This is great news; however we must still be cautious and continue to follow the preventative measures: washing of hands, social distancing, good hygiene, staying at home, wearing of face mask and more.

We can now confirm that our last two active cases have recovered as their second test is now negative!
We however, need to continue to exercise the preventive measures across all sectors as the numbers with our neighbours continue to go up.

Neighbouring Guatemala up to yesterday has reported 730 cases with 46 cases being in the Eastern (includes Peten) part of Guatemala and the neigbhouring state of Quintana Roo is reporting 956 cases up until midday today with a total of 24 cases in the neighbouring municipality of Othon P. Blanco (Chetumal included in this data).

We need a community effort as we move along to prevent any more cases of COVID-19.

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Belize Not COVID-19 Free says Dr Manzanero
Belize is down to zero active COVID-19 cases. This is the good news that emerged from the Ministry of Health this afternoon and is widely welcomed by Belizeans. But according to Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero, we have not beaten the pandemic as yet. While the last two cases resulted in negative after two rounds of tests, there are fifteen persons still under investigation. Doctor Manzanero says that Belize is not, we repeat, not COVID-19 free. In the first wave of COVID-19, Belize registered eighteen positive cases, two of which resulted in deaths. One thousand, one hundred and twenty-eight tests were conducted. Officials are expecting a second wave, which according to Doctor Manzanero, can be more severe and deadly.

Neighbouring countries in the north and west, Mexico and Guatemala, are recording an increase of COVID-19 cases. With Belizeans illegally crossing the border, the possibility of a more lethal second wave is looking like a real possibility. Guatemala has recorded seven hundred and thirty cases with forty-six cases in the Peten region. In the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, twenty-three persons died due to COVID-19 within twenty-four hours. Mexico has recorded close to one thousand positive cases and one hundred and forty-four deaths. Doctor Marvin Manzanero says that officials here are monitoring the situations in bordering countries.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/08/20 10:35 AM

COVID-19 update from the Office of the Director of Health Services
This is our update for today.
Our expanded screening has started as we have moved away from tracing contacts.
Our work continues!
Continue to practice physical distancing, wash your hands and avoid touching your face.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/08/20 11:13 AM

Is 28 Days With No Positive Tests Possible?

There are no new cases of COVID 19 tonight, the 25th day without a positive test. And, the Ministry of Health reports that it has started expanding its screening. The latest figurers show that 31 tests were done yesterday, and all of them came back negative.

This includes persons who were randomly tested as part of expanded screening. The Ministry said this would focus on front-line personnel including customs and immigration.

The Ministry says it has new moved away from testing contacts since those lists have been exhausted. Thew latest data says there are currently 33 persons under investigation.

And if a few tests also come back negative tomorrow, we would be at day 26 without a positive sample for COVID 19 being taken.

28 days is an important benchmark, because according to public health professionals it would mean the end of an outbreak.  

But, what really does this signal, and what does it mean for all of us, living under curfew, or some type of quarantine?  

Yesterday, the director of health Services told Jules Vasquez it definitely does not mean that it's time to relax because there are new cases coming over the event horizon:

Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services
"I think one of the primary messages Jules beyond not having any other case would be hoping that we have learned something as a society, as a health system, as a government if you will because this should have allowed us ample time to have prepared adequately because you are right this might be one outbreak, a wave. This might be the first one of what we anticipate might be more cases for sure this year. We are not living in a bubble. We can anticipate that we are gonna have further waves throughout 2020."

Jules Vasquez
"Now we know that St. Lucia had reported, had reached a 0 case situation and then probably 5 days or a week later it reported the appearance of two cases which were related to other cases. Do you have any such fears in this case especially considering the fact that we are right now so far away from the last positive test, which was 25 days ago?"

Dr. Marvin Manzanero
"It can still happen that wouldn't surprise us. What would surprise me would be if we find a case that isn't linked to those other identified cases because then you'd really have to go back to the drawing board and do an entire mapping exercise. If you are able to link any potential case to those ones then, well you can establish a link understanding that people can be virus shredders for a period because you can have people that can still be shedding a virus after 21 days, 38 days, 37 days in some literature reviews so that will be a surprise if we identify community transmission that had previously not been identified.

Channel 7

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/10/20 11:57 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data up until today.

The 37 new samples processed today are not linked to any confirmed case and are not as a result of any mapping exercise, but rather as a result of random samples from across the country.
All were negative.

Our numbers can only remain like this if we continue to practice consistent prevention measures.

We are also monitoring very closely the cases in neighbouring Mexico and Guatemala as they are both to show increasing numbers.

Stay safe all.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/11/20 10:17 AM

This was how Belize looks compared to the status of other countries in Mesoamerica up to Saturday evening.

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Active Cases in Belize

Our graph of active cases.

This is relevant as we approach our 28 day period without an active case.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/14/20 12:00 PM

COVID-19 on a Regional Context per the Office of Director of Health Services

With soaring numbers, we cannot forget that all neighbouring countries as can be seen in the graphs are having increasing numbers.

The LAC map shows comparative numbers from May 4th & 11th and the other infographic how the last 6 countries (in terms of decreasing numbers of COVID-19) are comparing.

The data is as compiled by IDB from multiple sources.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/18/20 10:37 AM

COVID-19 update:

This is the regional update as numbers continue to rise in countries all around.

Costa Rica and Nicaragua are the two countries who don’t seem to have significant increases in their numbers as all aim to contain their epidemic curve.

We all remain vigilant under new norms.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/20/20 10:23 AM

Belize Now Only Nation on Mainland of Americas With (Much) More Than 1 Day COVID Free

And, Belize has a lot to protect. It is now the only nation on the mainland of the Americas which has gone more than 1 day without detecting a positive case of COVID 19.

This distinction comes after a positive case was detected in Suriname on Saturday. That tiny south American nation had been without a case for 44 days up to that point. But, on Saturday, a Brazilian two had slipped into their country illegally tested positive for COVID 19.

So - to repeat - Belize is now the only non island nation in the hemisphere which has gone more than 1 day without detecting a positive case. And, presently, this country has gone 36 days without a negative test!

The island nation of Dominica has gone 38 days while Saint Kitts and Nevis has gone 28 days. The island territories of St. Barth's and Anguilla have both almost gone 50 days.

Channel 7
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/22/20 10:35 AM

Over 1,400 tests done; Belize remain COVID-19 free

This is our data up until 3 pm today.

A further 72 samples were done today, all negative - the random sampling continues.
We note that neighbouring Othon P. Blanco municipality has a total of 46 total confirmed cases with 16 of these active and Guatemala now has a total of 2,265 cases and the two entities continue to report increasing numbers.

Physical distancing remains a vital element for prevention.

Let's all keep safe.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 05/28/20 11:46 AM

Scaling Down Random Testing for COVID-19 in Belize

The Ministry of Health is scaling down its random testing for the coronavirus now that it is in week-seven without any new cases. The ministry has been randomly swabbing and testing persons, specifically frontline workers from healthcare facilities, immigration and customs officers at entry points as well as police to check if there are any positive cases of COVID-19. So far, those tests have all returned negative and the recommendation is for the scaling down on the number of testing days. Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero speaks about the testing approach going forward.

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“It is still ongoing since the last cases that we have reported more than six weeks ago. We have duplicated the number of tests that have been done and almost all of that has been as a result of random sampling. But we are having what’s called a low yield, or no yield even, because we are not finding any cases. So we are going to scale down the number of testing days from three to two as of next week. We are still going to continue to actively look for people who may have any severe acute respiratory illness or any of those symptoms that have been described for COVID-19; those patients will be swabbed and samples checked. But in terms of the random sampling, since we are not finding any cases, we may have to scale that down. We have the ability now to do close to six thousand tests, if not more, with some reagents still pending to come in. But it doesn’t mean that you would just squander your six thousand. Remember you have to potentially scale up your testing once you identify any more cases. Some cases in the Central American region have expressed that they are running low or they don’t have supplies to be doing PCR testing. Same concern has been expressed by Caribbean counterparts so that routinely, they are not recommending that we do random sampling on people that are asymptomatic and that’s part of why we are scaling down our testing approach.”

Channel 5
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 06/06/20 12:42 PM

Ministry of Health Confirms 19th Case of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health informs the public that a 19th case of COVID-19 was confirmed earlier today. This comes after the last four cases reported 53 days ago.

The case is that of a 27-year-old male who arrived on Saturday, May 23rd, from a cruise ship as part of the established repatriation process for Belizeans. The male is asymptomatic for COVID-19 and was detected as part of the routine testing being done on all those placed under mandatory quarantine which is a requirement before their release. The contact tracing for this individual is starting now and the due process of informing the cruise ship and relevant counterparts has started.

The Ministry of Health continues with its enhanced surveillance across the country and urges all to continue to exercise the necessary prevention measures.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 06/07/20 10:57 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE.

As with all positive cases for SARS-CoV2, a detailed mapping exercise is conducted and decisions are taken based on those findings.

In the case of case #19, it is that of a young male, asymptomatic who came from the cruise ship that arrived on May 23rd and who upon arrival went into a mandatory quarantine at the Radisson.

We note that the10 persons that were swabbed from that first arriving group were being tested prior to their release as per the established protocol, this set of tests produced a reactive test with the other 9 being negative for SARS-CoV2.

From arrival up to today, the due protocols to minimize contact and exposure have been followed so this is being considered an isolated case which has been contained. The person remains asymptomatic and in isolation.

As we move along, we continue with our enhanced surveillance and the review of protocols in response to our national situation.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 06/10/20 10:39 AM

Ministry of Health Confirms 20th Case of COVID-19

As a result of a revised protocol that came into effect this week, persons entering Belize either legally or illegally are being swabbed and tested for COVID-19. That process identified a positive case for COVID-19 in a 22-year-old female who was caught entering Belize illegally on Sunday, June 7th.

The female was traveling with a one-year-old child and a 63-year-old female, who were all placed in the mandatory quarantine facility in Punta Gorda. The patient is asymptomatic.

The contact tracing process for this positive case is currently underway and once further relevant information is available, it will be shared through the routine information channels.

The Ministry of Health urges the public to adhere to its protocols and to continue to exercise the prevention measures at all times.

COVID - 19 UPDATE

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 06/13/20 10:26 AM

COVID-19 update

A record number of SARS-CoV2 tests were completed earlier today - a total of 120!

They were all negative and this batch included some repatriated Belizeans.

The Ministry of Health continues to work closely with the relevant agencies as the repatriation process of Belizeans continues.
Today a further 22 persona came into the country, 7 through the Northern border station and 15 arrived at the PGIA.

Our work continues.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 06/15/20 10:15 AM

We went ahead and ran samples for those who arrive on the flight on Friday and we have detected another case of COVID-19 - Case 21.

The person is a male, asymptomatic who was in the Houston area and went into the mandatory quarantine upon arrival on Friday.

The person is asymptomatic and will continue to remain in strict quarantine for the next 14 days when a new sample will be processed.

The identification of the new case follows the established protocol of testing those upon arrival.

Key elements in any ongoing Belizean success story will hinge around: Quick detection + rapid isolation so as to contain further spread of cases.

We will therefore continue to work diligently with the relevant departments in the ongoing repatriation process that has clearly articulated guidelines of how the process and the flow of arrivals would be.

We are confident that if this is followed the way the plan is structured, all Belizeans would be able to return without this contributing to any potential community spread.

We are concerned however, with the potential cases that are done through the illegal border entry points as this would surely escape any quick containment.

As we move along this process, we will be keeping all updated in real time as to how this is going and any changes that may need to be made in real time.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 06/17/20 10:49 AM

Ministry of Health Confirms 22nd Case of COVID-19

A further 45 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2 as part of our ongoing surveillance.

These tested samples have identified a further case of COVID-19, case #22. The case is that of a male caught entering the country illegally this past weekend and who was swabbed as part of the established protocol, in the Cayo District. Contact tracing for this particular case is currently underway and as soon as further details are known, they will be shared through the official sources of information.

The samples tested also have rendered a second negative result for case #19, he is now considered as a recovered case and is being released from quarantine.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 06/23/20 10:17 AM

23rd positive case confirmed: COVID-19 Update from the Ministry of Health

Another Case of Covid-19 has been detected among repatriates. Given that we had an arrival with 40+ persons this past Friday, samples were pooled and processed today, this is outside of our established testing days (Tuesdays and Fridays).

A further 45 samples were processed today and this has identified a further case of COVID-19.

The person is a young female who arrived on the flight on Friday, she is asymptomatic with no treatment required. She went into immediate quarantine upon arrival as part of the established protocol.

The Ministry of Health continues with its heightened surveillance.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 06/27/20 11:06 AM

COVID-19 Update **CASE #24**

A further 87 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2.
This has allowed us to identify a new case of COVID-19, case #24. This is in a Honduran national who had been caught in Belizean waters and is currently under mandatory quarantine in Dangriga. The person is asymptomatic.
We currently have another recovered case for a total of 3 active cases. These tests also include a second negative test foe those completing their 14 day quarantine and they are being released today.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/01/20 10:23 AM

Four More COVID Cases - All Returnees

An additional 4 cases confirmed, all asymptomatic and quarantined upon entry to the country.

Our active surveillance in terms of COVID-19 continues, particularly as we follow the established protocols in terms of the repatriation process.

Today, a further 95 samples were processed and that has allowed us to identify 4 more cases of COVID-19. The 4 persons identified came into the country last week, 2 through the Northern Border entry point and 2 on the flight on Friday, all as part of the repatriation process.

All 4 persons are asymptomatic and went into immediate mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/04/20 10:20 AM

Two More Covid-19 Cases bring Total of Belizean Cases to 30. (9 active : 8 Belizeans & 1 Honduran

A further 77 samples were processed today for SARS CoV2, this has allowed the identification of two further cases bringing Belize’s total to 30.

These last two cases are that of a male and female, Belizeans caught entering the border illegally via La Union. They are asymptomatic and have been in the mandatory quarantine area from when they were caught.

Belize has 9 active cases that have been and remain under quarantine, 8 Belizeans and one Honduran.

Active surveillance continues, particularly as we move into a weekend.

Now more than ever, we need to continue to stress the relevance of all the prevention measures and we continue to underscore the importance and relevance of working along with the authorities in the identification of those crossing the border illegally.

As we have stipulated in different fora, we run the risk of a second wave and community spread with all the illegal border crossings and we do require a community effort if we are to continue the containment of further cases.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/06/20 10:13 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

A quick recap of where our last 12 cases have come from as they are considered 'imported' cases and underscores why we need a collective and community response in COVID-19.

Countries of origin of foreign travel:

5 from USA
4 from Mexico
2 from Honduras
1 from Guatemala

10 of the 12 cases are in Belizeans and only 2 from foreigners caught illegally in Belize (1 from Honduras and 1 from Guatemala).

7 out of 12 cases are part of the repatriation process and 5 have been in border jumpers (2 foreigners and 3 Belizeans).

We need to continue to remain vigilant with the illegal crossings and from the Ministry of Health standpoint, we intend to enhance our surveillance further in these border communities but we need a community response if we are to successfully contain further cases of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health appeals for cooperation from the public in reporting illegal 'border jumpers'. Our borders remain close. Please call the police department in your community or call toll free 911and report anything related to this. We also reminds the public of our toll free 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-2273) hotline number. Call us anytime, even on weekends. Its a free call and we will respect your wishes to remain anonymous if that is a concern for you. Our district flu clinic numbers are also still active. You can also make a report by calling these numbers. Help us to keep our communities safe.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/10/20 10:34 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE: Three More Cases of Covid 19 Detected in Orange Walk

Given the increasing number of samples that require processing, another set was tested today.

That has allowed us to identify a further 3 cases, they are all minors and are members of a family who had been illegally across the border. The 3 new cases are in Orange Walk bringing their total to 7.

We had one case recovered so we have a total of 11 active cases.

While we acknowledge a general concern with the airport’s opening in August, we at health remain very much concerned with the ongoing illegals crossings at the Northern, Western and Southern entry points.

All border communities are therefore being asked to remain extra vigilant and to report any suspicious case as we are now anticipating clusters in these communities at the rate we are going.

Continue to remain safe!

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/11/20 10:40 AM

Border Jumpers Increase Belize’s COVID-19 Cases to 15

The villages of Blue Creek and San Felipe have been placed under a state of emergency given the increase of COVID 19 cases in that area. Officials fear a community spread.

Ministry of Health Releases Statement:

Our enhanced surveillance and now routine laboratory testing for SARS-CoV2 has identified another 4 cases as positive for SARS-CoV2.

These 4 cases are related to the previously identified 3 cases yesterday and all 7 members of this family remain at the quarantine center in Orange Walk. One person displayed minor signs and symptoms and was seen at the hospital yesterday but has not warranted in hospital treatment.

All 7 cases were identified as persons who had been crossing the border into Mexico illegally and the contact tracing/mapping exercise for all these cases is currently ongoing.

Today's initial exercise has identified further potential cases in the community of Blue Creek and that exercise will continue into this weekend given the identification of this particular cluster.

This identification of cases in persons who have been crossing the border illegally, underscores the importance and relevance of 'ALL OF COMMUNITY' approach in any successful COVID-19 intervention.

We therefore have a total of 37 cases with 15 active cases, 9 of them being in Orange Walk.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/14/20 10:34 AM

Rumors of COVID-19 on Ambergris Caye Debunked by NEMO Belize Rural South:

“In response to rumours circulating on social media and throughout our island community, take note that there are no new or suspected cases of COVID-19 on Ambergris Caye due to border jumpers, visitors to the island, etc.

The public is urged to disregard and avoid sharing unconfirmed, misleading and/or false information about COVID-19 cases. The Ministry of Health will continue to provide accurate information to the public in a timely fashion.

Be reminded that It is an offence to spread false information via social media in Belize.

The pandemic is NOT over. Good hygiene and social distancing practices remain important. The health of our people and our economy depends on each and every one of US to keep our residents and visitors safe.

DO wear a mask or appropriate face covering properly when you leave home.

DO practice social distancing whenever you leave home.

DO practice good hygiene including hand washing, disinfecting surfaces, cough etiquette.

DO stay home as much as you can.

DO report suspected cases of COVID-19 to medical authorities.

DO report suspected border jumpers to Police, Health or other relevant authorities.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/15/20 10:28 AM

COVID Case Appears in Cayo

There are two more cases of COVID 19 to report tonight - and one of them is concerning.

88 samples were tested today and two came back positive - one a repatriate who flew in last Friday, and, the other, a male in his 50's who showed up at the San Ignacio Community Hospital over the weekend with gastrointestinal symptoms and a loss of sense of taste.

The Director of Health services says this patient was discharged to self-isolate home. He has improved clinically and remains in isolation at home. The DHS says the contact tracing for this last case is currently ongoing. This exercise will try and find out where he got it from since he came in from the community - which is a cause for concern in Cayo.

The other case of the repatriate is not considered a concern, since he went straight into quarantine at a hotel where he remains.

And while there are those new cases, there is also good news with from this latest batch of testing. The 88 samples tested today included some of the contacts from the last 7 cases in the Orange Walk District. All these samples returned negative, but further mapping of these cases is ongoing.

Channel 7
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/16/20 11:27 AM

The latest coronavirus patient is a businessman whose livelihood is scrapping vehicles. His wife, who is also part of the contact tracing exercise, is a clothing vendor at the San Ignacio market. Both have informed the Ministry of Health that they have traveled across the country and have had contact with several other persons prior to the diagnosis. The Director of Health Services says that the mapping exercise will be broadened.

Channel 5
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/17/20 10:25 AM

One New COVID Case

The latest COVID-19 test results were released just a few minutes ago - and it shows one new case.

It's an elderly woman who came in through the repatriation process. She has underlying heart conditions, so she was allowed to quarantine at home due to her condition. Presently, she is now showing any symptoms.

The good news is that a further set of samples collected from contact tracing in Blue Creek all came back negativ
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/21/20 10:48 AM

COVID-19 CASES 41 AND 42 DETECTED

A further 66 samples were processed earlier today, most of these samples being from the flight that arrived on the flight of Friday, July 17th.

We have identified two further cases of COVID-19, both are males.

One person came in through the Western Border from Guatemala and has been quarantined since he arrived in the country and the second case is from the returning flight on Friday. Both cases are asymptomatic and remain under quarantine.

We currently have 18 active cases, the majority in Orange Walk but all cases are under quarantine.

Our enhanced surveillance continues.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/24/20 11:40 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

A further 83 samples were processed today.
In this list, we have 2 persons that have recovered and 3 persons that remain reactive beyond the 14 days of being in quarantine.

We have also identified a further cluster of 4 cases, this is a new cluster linked to another illegal crossing. The 4 cases are in one single family from a community in Orange Walk; the contact tracing and further mapping of these 4 new cases and their potential contacts has started. Once more information is available, that will be provided to all.

Orange Walk district remains the entity with the most active cases and in most instances tied to illegal crossings.

Our call is therefore for ongoing prevention measures to continue to be implemented at all levels.

We need to remain vigilant, practice physical distancing, wear a mask when in public or whenever physical distancing is not possible, avoid large gathering or unnecessary public outings and proper hand hygiene.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/25/20 11:58 AM

COVID-19 Update | July 24, 2020

A further 58 samples were processed today and this is our infographic.

In this we have recovered a case.
We have also identified a new case, this is another family member of the 4 cases identified yesterday so this makes a cluster of 5 total cases.

The initial contact tracing for these cases has concluded and while the family acknowledges that they had been across the border in the month of June due to a family emergency, the link that we are following is a family member that lives on the Mexican side and who had continued to visit the family over the last weeks.

This family has been in virtual isolation since they returned from Mexico and there is no evidence that they left the isolated farm from where they were picked up.

For now, there are no identified close contacts of them or any other family members that is considered as a highly suspect case. The community has also not provided any further notes of possible contacts.

These last 5 cases are therefore a cluster linked to illegal crossings along the Orange Walk District.

The Orange Walk District now registers the highest number of total and active cases.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/27/20 10:38 AM

COVID-19 Update
A little over 4 months since we first identified a case, this is how our cumulative data looks like up until today.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/28/20 10:29 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

In terms of the origin of the last 30 cases (after the initial 18) this is the breakdown:

- 19 from Mexico
- 7 from the USA
- 2 from Honduras
- 2 from Guatemala

27 of these cases are in Belizeans and only 13 out of the 30 are from the repatriation process; the remaining 17 are tied to illegal crossings.
Our active surveillance continues.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 07/28/20 03:16 PM

This is good information ... Thank you for posting.... smile From what I can find they are all asymptomatic ... ??
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/02/20 10:56 AM

8 New Cases of Covid-19 Detected

COVID-19 Update from Office of Director of Health Services

As we continue with our enhanced surveillance, we have to report a record number of positive cases in any single day as we have detected 8 new cases in the batch of samples completed today.

The breakdown of the 8 cases is as follows:

- 3 in the Central Health Region:

2 from the repatriation flight from the US and 1 from the repatriation flight from Honduras. These persons are asymptomatic and are in hotel quarantine.

- 5 cases in the Northern Health Region:

3 in Corozal Town:

2 came in through the Mexican border entry point as part of the repatriation process and are in hotel quarantine, they are also asymptomatic.

The third case has no travel history nor does she refer having been in contact with any known COVID-19 case; this person is a female with respiratory symptoms and is currently hospitalized. The contact tracing for this particular case has started.

2 cases in Orange Walk Town:

1 case in that of someone who crossed the border illegally, this person is asymptomatic and is being held at quarantine facility.

The second case has no travel history nor does he refer having been in contact with any known COVID-19 case; this person is hospitalized with symptoms. The contact tracing for this particular case has also started.

Out of the 8 cases today, the two cases that warrant in depth investigation are the ones hospitalized as they don't have any reported link outside of Belize so far. As soon as further information is available, that will be shared with all.

Please continue to stay safe all and do exercise all prevention measures at all times.

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Two new COVID cases of unknown origin include one police officer.

Reports reaching 7News indicate that a constable in Corozal has tested positive for COVID 19 and is hospitalized and recovering. As a result all the officers at this station (more than a dozen) have been placed on quarantine.

The Ministry of Health says this police officer is one of two hospitalized cases which will require extensive contact tracing as they don’t seem have any link outside of Belize so far.

Reports also suggest that police officers in Orange Walk who caught a border jumper on Friday may be tested for COVID since the jumper, a Belizean, has since tested positive.

Police Commissioner Chester Williams has urged officers to use PPE's, but our information suggests it has not been a consistent practice. For weeks, Police officers have been the first and frontline responders to intercept and detain border jumpers.

Channel 7
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/03/20 10:32 AM

Case 57 confirmed in San Pedro

COVID-19 update from Office of Director of Health Services

Given a highly suspect case we had in the island of San Pedro, a test was ran and we have confirmed case #57 on the island.

This case is that in a female who presented with fever and respiratory symptoms and is currently being managed on the island. This female denies any travel history and contact tracing for possible source of infection is currently underway. Once further information is known, we will be informing all.

In terms of the case in Orange Walk, we have been able to trace contacts involved in the contraband of goods so that investigation is ongoing.

In terms of the case in Corozal, no specific contact has been ascertained.

Both of these cases remain hospitalized and are currently stable.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/04/20 10:56 AM

Ministry of Health Updates on COVID-19 Cases in Belize

As part of the Ministry of Health’s enhanced surveillance, nine total COVID-19 cases were recorded over the weekend. A record number of eight cases were recorded on August 1, 2020. Another positive case was recorded on August 2, 2020. The breakdown of the cases is as follows.

Three cases are in the Central Health Region. Of these, two are from the repatriation flight from the United States and one is from the repatriation flight from Honduras. These persons are asymptomatic and are in hotel quarantine.

Five cases are in the Northern Health Region. Three of these cases are in Corozal Town. Two persons are asymptomatic and came in through the Mexican border as part of the repatriation process and are presently in hotel quarantine. The third case is a female with respiratory symptoms and is currently hospitalized; this person has no travel history and to the best of her knowledge has not been in contact with any known COVID-19 case. The contact tracing for this case is ongoing with close contacts identified and samples taken. There are two cases in Orange Walk Town. One of these persons entered the country illegally. This person is asymptomatic and is being held at a quarantine facility. The second case has no travel history, nor does he recall having been in contact with any known COVID-19 case. This person is hospitalized with symptoms and contact tracing for this case is ongoing. There is a possible link to the sale of goods from the Mexican side.

On August 2, 2020, a highly suspect sample was processed from Ambergris Caye and confirmed later that evening as positive case number 57. This case is a female who presented a fever and respiratory symptoms and is currently asymptomatic. This female has indicated no travel history and contact tracing for possible source of the infection is currently underway.

Three of the nine total cases reported over the weekend have been prioritized for in-depth investigations because the individuals cannot recall being in contact with persons outside of Belize.

An update on all nine COVID-19 cases will be shared tomorrow, August 4th, at 10:00 a.m. during a live virtual press conference via the Government of Belize Press Office Facebook page.

The Ministry of Health continues to urge the public to wash hands regularly, properly wear a face mask at all times when in a public setting and maintain physical distancing. Avoid crowds and stay home as much as possible. Persons with health inquiries can contact the hotline at 0-800-MOH-CARE.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/04/20 04:53 PM

Update on Covid-19 Cases in Belize

Tune in now to this live virtual press conference on Belize's COVID-19 status. Ministry of Health is hosting a press conference today to provide update on COVID-19 Cases in Belize

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/05/20 10:21 AM

Ministry of Health Identify 15 COVID-19 Cases

Fifteen (15) new COVID-19 cases were identified today as a result of tracking case contacts identified over the weekend. These cases are part of a record number of 148 samples processed in one day. New cases are as follows.

Seven (7) cases have been identified in Corozal. Seven (7) cases have been detected in Orange Walk. San Pedro now has a (1) new case.

Five (5) cases are from the repatriation process and these people are under quarantine orders. Two (2) of Corozal cases are related to the case identified over the weekend and three (3) cases on Orange Walk are linked to the case identified in that district over the weekend. The remaining five (5) cases seem unrelated; however, contact tracing is being carried out to identify possible links.

For now, the Ministry of Health calls on the entire nation to stay calm and only listen to official sources of information. Ministry will continue updating the public as information becomes available.

The public is reminded to maintain social distancing, practice good hand hygiene and wear masks at all times in public places. For health related inquiries call 0-800-MOH-CARE.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/06/20 10:16 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

12 New Cases identified in San Pedro Town: MOH monitors a total of 53 active cases

Fifty-one (51) samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2.

We have identified a further 14 cases today, this is the second highest number of cases after yesterday's record of 15.

The breakdown is as follows:

- 10 of the cases are related to the case identified on Sunday in San Pedro (some close contacts are still pending to be processed)

- 1 case (in Belmopan) who was contact to the patient hospitalized at the Northern Regional Hospital

- 1 contact related to the case identified in San Pedro yesterday (this would be a second cluster as they are not related to the initial case from Sunday)

- 2 cases in San Pedro that don't appear to be related to any of the above clusters but these are symptomatic patients that were picked up through the flu clinic routine and enhanced surveillance. One of these cases is a child.

The provisional report in San Pedro is also indicating that at least 20 (twenty) symptomatic cases were swabbed at the flu clinic in San Pedro (not necessarily linked to any of the above cases.

As we move along, we will have to reiterate that we have to assume every person we meet is to be treated as potential case and for which we must take the necessary safety precautions.

Be safe all!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/07/20 10:29 AM

Another 32 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed late Friday night, bringing our total active cases to 112.

There are now eight frontline workers who are infected with Sars COVID-2. They include three doctors, two nurses and three police officers. This number represents 10% of the total number of active COVID-19 cases in Belize.

According to Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero, it does not appear that all of the infections occurred while these people were on duty.

The DHS said that there also seems to be a very active community transmission of the virus on Ambergris Caye. Belize City is also now an area of concern as well for health officials.

COVID Cases Continue To Climb

Tonight - COVID cases are surging in San Pedro where health authorities says there is very active community transmission. And there's also community spread in Santa Marta village.

Countywide there are 80 active cases - most of them spread across three active clusters in San Pedro. And by the end of the night there will be many more, as 75 samples were taken today from persons showing symptoms on San Pedro. Health authorities say they expect the possible confirmation of another 30 cases could be confirmed tonight.

Here's Dr. Russell Manzanero from the Ministry of Health giving an overview of the numbers countrywide. He spoke a short while ago on Ask The Experts:

Dr. Russell Manzanero, Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health

"As of yesterday the 6th August we have a total of 114 reported cases of Covid-19. When you look at it between the sexes of males and females it's pretty much almost equal. We do have 54 females and 60 males. It's pretty much at par. We have had 32 recovered cases. We have 80 active cases, the majority of those being from the Belize District mainly from Ambergris Caye and in Orange Walk we have 29 active cases and Corozal 15 and just prior to that DHS had mentioned those from San Ignacio and here in the Belmopan area as well. So basically just to highlight that from now we do know that there is an ongoing community transmission on the island pretty much concentrated in San Pedro Town."

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Twenty New Cases Confirmed In San Pedro, 28 Countrywide

For the second time in a week, we have to report a record number of identified positive cases for one single day.

Today, we processed a total of 121 samples, some of these are still contacts from San Pedro, the northern districts and from the enhanced surveillance that is currently ongoing countrywide.

We can confirm a total of 28 positive cases for SARS-CoV2 and the preliminary breakdown is as follows (this may change as further information is gathered):

- 1 case in San Ignacio (associated to illegal entry)
- 1 case in Belmopan (apparent travel to San Pedro)
- 3 cases in the Northern Region (2 in Santa Marta and one in Orange Walk with link pending to be established)
- 20 cases in San Pedro (2 related to cluster associated to a church and 10 related to cluster #1, the remaining 8 pending to establish a link to any cluster)
- 3 in Belize City (2 are linked to San Pedro and one to OW)

We have recovered one case for a total of 80 active cases.

Tomorrow we should be updating all in terms of the contact tracing strategies that will now change given the increasing number of cases.

As we move along, consider EVERYONE you meet as a potential COVID-19 CASE and for those who have returned from San Pedro, please remain in isolation and minimize exposure to others.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/09/20 10:39 AM

Update on COVID-19 in Belize from Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero



COVID-19 Update from Office of Director of Health Services

Our data today reveals a further 7 new cases: 5 in Orange Walk and 2 in San Pedro.

The 2 cases in San Pedro are linked to a construction site where the majority of workers seem to be from the Orange Walk District - contact tracing for this site is ongoing. We are seeing a possible link to one of the two other clusters previously identified on the island.

The 5 cases in Orange Walk are as follows:
- 2 in Shipyard and linked to initial cluster which has more than 10 active cases
- 1 case in Santa Martha
- 1 case in Yo Creek (linked to San Pedro)
- 1 case in August Pine Ridge (works in Orange Walk) - contact tracing has started in order to determine possible links.

Please note that this doesn't mean that we are not going to be seeing any more cases in the following week. Given the extent of the cases in San Pedro, we anticipate to get more numbers throughout the week.
Do avoid all mass gatherings and do stay home unless it is absolutely necessary for you to go out.

We are in all of this together so we required ONE UNITED front if we are to flatten our curve.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/11/20 10:02 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE, 11 new cases in San Pedro, 1 on Caye Caulker

This is our data for today.

A total of 144 samples have been processed throughout the day.
We have a total of 23 new positive cases with a preliminary breakdown as follows:

- 3 cases in Belmopan (2 are linked to the previous identified positive case in Belmopan and the other case is linked to San Pedro)

- 1 in rural Corozal with apparent link to San Pedro

- 2 cases in Orange Walk (1 from Santa Marta and 1 from Orange Walk Town linked to a previously identified case)

- 1 case in Caye Caulker (with no apparent link to any previously identified case for now)

- 5 cases in Belize City (1 case with no apparent link to any previously identified cases, 4 others linked to previously identified cases)

The remaining 11 cases are in San Pedro.

As the links are further established, those will be updated accordingly. This is to be noted as the infographic reflects where the persons are swabbed but they may be working in a different geographic area.

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300 COVID-19 Tests Being Conducted Overnight

Additional cases of COVID-19 are expected to be diagnosed in the days ahead, as contact tracing and testing are ongoing, so the next few days will be critical. An outbreak of the dreaded disease was recorded last week in parts of the country, including Guinea Grass, Santa Marta, Shipyard and San Pedro where states of emergency have been put in place. Earlier today, the Ministry of Health commenced the testing of a batch of approximately three hundred samples for COVID-19 and those results are expected to be released by Tuesday. It follows an extraction process that was conducted over the weekend in the wake of a rash of coronavirus infections in San Pedro, as well as the Orange Walk and Corozal districts last week. On Saturday, another positive case was detected in Belize City and that patient was hospitalized and subsequently discharged from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital a day later. According to Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero, there are three clusters that the ministry is actively following. Two of those clusters from the Living Word Church and a Medina’s construction site are reported in San Pedro where there is community spread. Doctor Manzanero provides the most recent information.

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“I do know that over the last three days, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we had a significant number of cases with clusters eventually showing up more in Orange Walk and in San Pedro. To date, we have identified three specific clusters in San Pedro and of course once you start having more cases coming out from those clusters then it’s going to be difficult for you to say to which cluster they really belong. So we categorized it as community transmission for San Pedro Town given that we’re already having or seeing possible links between clusters that were going there. To date, we have more than fifty active cases in San Pedro and we have more than a hundred samples to be processed from San Pedro and Belize City. We’re following three clusters in San Pedro and I think the one that has the potential to get out or has already moved out is the one related to a construction site. The church situation in San Pedro is an easier one, in the sense that it has pretty much managed to reach that specific congregation and swabs taken. In terms of case fifty-seven, that gave us seventeen, eighteen samples, remember this is two, three weeks ago, but the people who are from the construction site who don’t live on the island and who may have left or traveled are the ones that we are primarily looking for and most of those are men who live in northern villages in Orange Walk primarily and some in Corozal villages. For now, we should be able to be testing all the symptomatic, granted there will be a point in time where you have one confirmed positive in a family, they’re all living together and probably the next five or six are ill in the same family, then probably the next five or six are ill in the same family, you probably don’t have to test them.”

Channel 5
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/12/20 10:49 AM

Thirty One Of 33 New COVID-19 Cases Are In San Pedro

This is our data for today, a total of 84 samples have been processed, the last remaining batch will be processed throughout the night.

We have a total of 33 positive cases with the breakdown as follows:
- 31 cases in San Pedro (related to the three active clusters)
- 1 case in Belize City (related to a previously identified cases in Belmopan)
- 1 case in Belmopan (related to a previously identified case in Belmopan).

We currently have two hospitalized cases.

We should note that we currently have 10 out the 176 active cases being in health staff (6 from private sector / 4 in the public sector) with the majority of these cases linked to interaction outside of the health care setting.

Please continue to exercise all necessary precautions at all times, both within the work setting, the family environment and in the public setting.

We should be providing further updates before midday Wednesday.

Stay safe all, we have a curve to flatten!

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/12/20 04:33 PM

The following chart was generated by the European CDC. The site offers statistics and research according to country and is updated every day. Belize's profile had a note claiming that actual cases were lower than reported cases due to limited testing.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/13/20 10:32 AM

86 New cases revealed today, 41 MORE COVID-19 CASES IN SAN PEDRO - announced Wednesday afternoon by Dr Marvin Manzanero,

This is our data for today, this being run into two separate batches for a total of 257 samples processed today.

The full breakdown is as follows -
A total of 86 samples are positive with geographic breakdown as follows:

- 1 case in Corozal (contact of a previous case)
- 2 in Caye Caulker
- 6 in Belize City
- 8 cases in Stann Creek District (2 related to previous identified case in Stann Creek and 6 as imported cases)
- 28 in Orange Walk (mostly related to construction site in San Pedro)
- 41 in San Pedro

The majority of these cases are related to previously identified cases and underscores the value of contact tracing that continues.

We have to commend the tireless work of the staff on the ground that remains alert and actively seeking more cases and the tireless effort of health staff.

Throughout the day tomorrow, we will be providing further details of the cases.

Note that the infographic now has the cases for San Pedro separately, the cases for Caye Caulker would be included in the Belize District tally.

Continue to be safe all.

Avoid being in public or crowded spaces as we move along and all non-essential travel inter/intra district is to be avoided.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/14/20 10:31 AM

60 new cases of COVID-19 detected today, 6 hospitalized

This is our data for today.

A total of 172 samples have been processed with 60 positive cases.
The preliminary breakdown we have so far is as follows:
- 1 case in Independence
- 1 case in Caye Caulker
- 3 cases in Belmopan (linked to previous case and one with a link to San Pedro)
- 4 cases in Cayo District (1 in Duck Run, 2 in Succotz - all 4 cases linked to San Pedro)
- 12 cases in Corozal (linked to previous cases and some to San Pedro)
- 16 cases in Belize City (for the most part linked to San Pedro)
- 23 cases in Orange Walk District (in San Jose, San Felipe, Guinea Grass, San Pablo - mostly linked to construction site in San Pedro)

For now, we have 6 patients hospitalized as follows:
- 1 in Corozal
- 1 in Orange Walk
- 1 in Dangriga
- 3 at KHMH (one person intubated)

We have also had a delivery in a patient that is positive, the mom and baby are okay.

Ministry of Health live COVID19 dashboard

The Ministry of Health live COVID19 dashboard is being updated and can be accessed using this link: (Desktop version) https://arcg.is/0P4Lya.

For more information on this contact the Geographic Information System (GIS) Officer, Mr. Arthur Martinez.

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COVID Coming On Fast

Belize's COVID 19 situation continues to worsen, and it did so quite dramatically last night. When we left you, there were 44 new positive cases; well, by 11:00 pm, there were another 42, bringing the day's total to 86 more positive tests, for a total of 262 active cases.

And the hotspot areas continue to be San Pedro Town, with 41 new cases, and now, a widening footprint of infection in the Orange Walk District, which had 28 new cases in last night's batch of tests.

And there's a public health warning to go with that. This afternoon, the Director of Health Services advised that a list of villages in Orange Walk could have at least one case - and most of them from workers linked to a construction site in San Pedro. They left the site early this month when the San Pedro outbreak was announced.

Those villages are Douglas, San Jose, Trial Farm, San Estevan, Yo Creek, Guinea Grass, San Pablo, August Pine Ridge. Now, none of those villages are under lockdown, but residents would be wise to practice all safety measures before there is the kind of community spread seen in other Orange Walk villages.

The full outline of last night's tests also include 6 more cases in Belize City, two more cases in Caye Caulker, and interestingly, 8 new cases in Stann Creek. We are told 5 of those cases come out of Independence Village - and directly from the Port of Big Creek - which is known to have contact with Honduran vessels. One of those persons has reportedly been taken to the KHMH after experiencing some respiratory difficulties.

Notably, the Ministry of Health also reports that 4 more health staff have tested positive, including 2 nurses, a lab technician, and an 1 x-ray technician. By our count, 14 medical staff are now actively infected. That's 5% of the total active cases.

And with this sharp uptick in infection in the past 11 days, where we have gone from 57 total cases to 296 total cases, Belize's infection curve has climbed steeply. For context, 131 days elapsed between the first case on March 23rd, and the 57th case on August second; and in the ten days between August 2nd and 12th, 239 cases have appeared, a 400% increase in just over a week. Enough to give a nation whiplash, chased by a shot of acid anxiety. Tomorrow we'll have a better idea on how government plans to respond when we hear from the Prime Minister at a House Meeting that will be carried live on Channel 7.

Channel 7

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/15/20 10:26 AM

COVID-19 update:

There are now 350 active cases of COVID-19 cases on Belize, with the latest death occurring earlier today. Here is the breakdown as provided by health officials.

We can confirm that we have one death associated to COVID-19, this would be the third one for Belize.
The person passed away earlier at KHMH’s ICU and the diagnosis had just been confirmed this afternoon.
The person was less than 12 hrs in the ICU.

A further 172 samples were processed today with 32 new cases identified.
The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

- 1 case in Belize City
- 10 cases in Corozal District (includes repatriated cases and cases in previously identified clusters)
- 21 in Orange Walk District (related to previously identified clusters in Shipyard and construction site)

We had one death - person diagnosed with SARS-CoV2.

We have 3 recovered cases.

We have 2 patients intubated and critically ill at the KHMH ICU.

As we move through the weekend, we anticipate clearing up all the backlog of samples from the Central Medical Laboratory.

Please continue exercising all the necessary precautions under new norms.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/16/20 10:19 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE, 26 more cases in San Pedro

Another batch of test results today detected 64 new COVID-19 infections, Here are the numbers just released from health officials.

A total of 257 samples were processed today.
We have a total of 64 new cases.

The preliminary breakdown is as follows:
- 3 cases in the Stann Creek district
- 11 cases in the Cayo district
- 11 cases in the Orange Walk District
- 13 cases in the Belize district (excluding San Pedro)
- 26 cases in San Pedro

The teams on the ground continue to review the data to determine how many of these are relate to previously identified clusters and as information becomes available, will be shared in due time.

We continue with two ventilated patients at KHMH and have a highly suspect case also at KHMH.

Two patients remain hospitalized at the district and are stable, we have a third patient hospitalized (COVID-19 positive) for an unrelated condition.

Please continue to remain safe and avoid unnecessary exposure / travel.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/17/20 10:44 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

A COVID-19 patient who was receiving treatment for a heart condition has reportedly died. The patient who died last night, was one of four new cases diagnosed just today.

Further to the numbers reported last night, the further details are as follows:

- The cases in Stann Creek are all related to a previously identified case (all members of a family/same household)

- The cases reported in Belize District are in Belize City (4 related to previously identified cases, the rest are being traced for any link)

- Cases in Orange Walk (mostly in Yo Creek but cases also in Guinea Grass, San Jose Palmar, August Pine Ridge, Orange Walk Town)

- Cases in Cayo District (include Belmopan, Benque Viejo, San Jose Succotz, Bullet Tree, Duck Run and Santa Elena)

The Central Medical Laboratory is not running any batch of samples today as they are preparing samples for processing tomorrow as well as routine quality control measures.

We can also confirm that in four samples processed today using the GeneXpert template, 4 new cases are being reported (the infographic tomorrow will reflect this)

- 1 in a patient being treated for a heart condition who died while receiving treatment at a private facility last night. The diagnosis of COVID-19 was done post mortem.

- 3 cases in field officers involved in contact tracing and mapping exercises

For now, 2 patients remain intubated at KHMH and 2 others remain in the isolation area. No other region is reporting critically ill patients at this time.

Please continue to exercise all the necessary precautions at all times.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/18/20 10:43 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE: 6 more cases for Ambergris Caye, Health officials monitoring 433 active cases of COVID-19

This is our data for today.

A further 164 samples were processed today with the breakdown as follows - 23 samples were positive in this infographic (includes the 4 reported yesterday)
- Orange Walk - 1
- Corozal - 4
- Cayo - 4 (3 in Belmopan - health care workers)
- Belize 14 (6 in San Pedro, the remaining in Belize City)

Three persons have recovered today.

There are currently 6 patients at the KHMH (3 are intubated).

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Please prepare with an easy plan of action in the event that you or a member of your household becomes directly impacted by COVID19.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/19/20 10:29 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE: 78 new cases of COVID-19 detected today, 55 are in the Belize district, 29 in San Pedro

Belize monitoring 511 active cases of COVID-19.

This is our data for today.

We had shared some of this data earlier today but the final tally for today is as follows:

A record number of samples were processed today with, a total of 311 samples.

We identified 78 new cases with the preliminary breakdown as follows:

Stann Creek District - 1
Corozal District - 7
Cayo District - 15 (at least 8 are in Belmopan)
Belize District - 55 (30 in San Pedro)

We don't have any recovered case to report today.

There are 3 persons intubated at KHMH.

Please continue to stay safe and do ensure that when leaving home, all necessary precautions are taken at all times.

Only with a collective effort can we flatten our curve.

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Distribution of Covid-19 Cases by Age Group

As we break down the data further and so that we can better understand the current epidemic, we must make note of the fact that COVID-19 can and does get to ALL age groups.

The attached photo gives a breakdown in terms of numbers and percentages with the majority of cases in those 20-34 years. Morbidity and mortality as we would note, is more than likely to be in the older age groups or those with chronic conditions such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

Note that this data doesn't include last night's results but it starts to describe a pattern of our epidemic.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/20/20 10:31 AM

[b]COVID-19 UPDATE[/b

We did have a 5th confirmed death related to COVID-19, the patient passed away earlier at KHMH's ICU where she had been for a week fighting complications related to COVID-19.

Two other patients remained hospitalized in the ICU connected to a ventilator and two other persons are with supplementary oxygen. One person was discharged earlier today.

KHMH is also anticipating a referral from Corozal as a highly suspect case.

Given that a third batch of samples were being processed late today and in order to provide those results to the different regions and patients, we will be publishing the infographic with all the relevant data Thursday morning.

The Epidemiology Unit and the contact tracing teams across all four regions will continue to work on the data so as to provide more detailed information that will accompany the infographic.

Please continue to stay safe all.

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Latest COVID Numbers Show almost 1,000% Increase In 16 Days

And, there's no let-up for San Pedro - the island town had 30 positive tests coming out of the 78 new cases identified in yesterday's round of testing 311 samples.
The breakdown shows 25 cases in the Belize District excluding San Pedro, one case in the Stann Creek District, 7 cases in the Corozal District, 15 cases in the Cayo District, at least 8 of them in Belmopan,

Notably, with 553 confirmed cases, the number of positive cases in Belize has increased by just about 1,000%, or ten times since August first.

There are 511 active cases and two of them remain hospitalized in the ICU connected to a ventilator while two other persons are with supplementary oxygen. One person was discharged earlier today.

KHMH is also anticipating a referral from Corozal as a highly suspect case.

Channel 7
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/20/20 08:17 PM

COVID-19 Update

This is the data with results processed through yesterday.
Starting today, the infographic will be presented after midday every day as that allows us time to inform all those who are positive and detailed as much information as we can. Today’s samples for example, will be presented tomorrow.

For yesterday, we processed a total of 263 samples were processed with a total of 52 positives as follows:

- 3 in Corozal
- 5 in Cayo
- 9 in Belize (7 in Caye Caulker, 1 in Ladyville, 1 in Belize City)
- 35 in Orange Walk

We don’t have any recovered case.

Please note that as we move along with new evidence, our guidelines are being updated accordingly, one of these is the handling of cadavers.

Throughout the afternoon we will be providing updated in terms of the cases including those hospitalized.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/21/20 10:43 AM

Number of Covid-19 Cases in each Community

The breakdown in terms of communities affected and who currently have active cases is as follows (note that this doesn't include the cases reported earlier today):

Belize District total = 275
Belize City 64
Burrel Boom 1
Caye Caulker 5
Ferguson Bank 1
Ladyville 10
San Pedro 194
Cayo 45
Belmopan 19
Benque Viejo 6
Bullet Tree Falls 3
Camalote 1
Duck Run 1
Las Flores 1
Maya Mopan 1
Ontario 2
San Ignacio 3
Santa Elena 2
San Jose Succotz 6
Stann Creek 11
Independence 5
Hope Creek 4
Santa Rosa 2
Corozal District 41
Alta Mira 1
Buena Vista 1
Calcutta 1
Caledonia 1
Concepcion 6
Corozal Town 13
Libertad 1
Paraiso 2
Patchakan 1
Ranchito 1
San Joaquin 1
San Narciso 1
San Roman 2
Xaibe 5
Yo Chen 4
Orange Walk 119
August Pine Ridge 4
Blue Creek 3
Douglas 1
Guinea Grass 10
Louisiana 2
Nuevo San Juan 1
Orange Walk Town 25
Otro Benque 1
San Luis - 1
San Estevan 1
San Felipe 2
San Jose 15
San Jose Palmar 1
San Pablo 4
Santa Martha 11
Shipyard 20
Trial Farm 5
Yo Creek 12

Thanks to all the arduous and ongoing work being done by the all members of the Epidemiology Unit in terms of reviewing data as it comes in, despite it being a rather small team also reviewing other health data.
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/21/20 08:17 PM

COVID-19 update

This is our data for today.

A total of 272 samples were processed yesterday with 41 positive cases as follows/

Cayo - 9 (4 in Belmopan)
Belize - 23 (15 in San Pedro)
Orange Walk - 7
Corozal - 2

We have 5 recovered cases (2 in OW, 1 in Corozal, 1 in San Pedro, 1 in Belize City).

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/23/20 10:23 AM

COVID-19 update:

This is our data for today.

We processed a total of 165 samples with 20 positive cases:
Cayo - 1 in Ontario linked to a previous case.
Corozal - 6 all linked to previous cases
BeliZe - 2 - 1 in San Pedro and 1 in the city linked to a previous case
Orange Walk -11 - 9 linked to previous cases

We have 1 recovered case.

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KHMH current hospitalized cases

We have activated our Alternate Emergency Area. Please be advised.
- Corozal has one hospitalized case, highly suspect for COVID-19
- NHR has two hospitalized cases
- WHR has one hospitalized case, highly suspect

KHMH has 4 ventilated patients, all confirmed cases and 5 confirmed, non-ventilated patients.

The KHMH has 16 ventilators for COVID-19 cases, these are outside of their routine ICU care.

The move as per advisory is according to the plan and is done to enhance the flow of patients through the A&E for non COVID-19 cases.

While the concern is the overall bed capacity beyond just ventilators, we do want to continue to stress the overall importance of prevention as we do want to keep the hospitalization rate at the lowest possible levels.

Please be kind to our health care workers across all settings as they continue to work in COVID-19 times.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/24/20 10:15 AM

Eighteen new COVID-19 cases were detected Sunday. Here is the breakdown.

A total of 165 samples were processed with 18 new positive cases.
The preliminary breakdown is as follows:
Orange Walk: 4
Belize District: 7 (3 in city, 1 in Caye Caulker, San Pedro 3)
Cayo District: 5 (all in Belmopan)
Stann Creek: 1
Toledo: 1 (Border Jumper)

In terms of the numbers from yesterday, cases in Orange Walk district came from Louisiana, San Estevan, August Pine Ridge, Orange Walk Town; Corozal District: Alta Mira, Chunox, Patchakan, Corozal Town. Cayo District: Ontario.

We are also awaiting result on a patient transferred from San Felipe, Orange Walk to KHMH who died upon arrival, this is a highly suspect case for SARS-CoV2.

We will be providing updates throughout the rest of the day.
Please continue to remain safe and exercise all the prevention measures at all times

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/25/20 10:22 AM

COVID-19 Update from Office of Director of Health Services

As discussed earlier, this depicts the number of active cases including today’s data. In Stann Creek you will note a higher number than positive cases identified and that is because that is where the person is completing the quarantine period. This format will only be reported weekly.

We are also following another suspect case who died earlier, this in Orange Walk.

This is our data for today.

A further 181 samples were processed of which 27 were positive.
The preliminary breakdown is as follows;
- Corozal - 2 (Altamira & Paraiso)
- Belize - 4 (3 in Belize City & 1 in San Pedro)
- Cayo - 5 (Belmopan 3 & Armenia 2)
- Orange Walk - 16 (OW town, August Pine Ridge, San Felipe, Yo Creek, San Lazaro, San Jose Palmar, San Estevan)

We have 4 more deaths to report and we will reporting on this throughout the afternoon on social media platform.
We have one recovered case.

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COVID Deaths Double Over Weekend

When we left you on Friday, there were 5 COVID deaths; tonight, there are 10. The death toll doubled over the weekend, while the number of confirmed cases increased by 65 from 648 to 713, with 658 active cases.
Today on Ask the Experts, the Director of Health Services discussed the last four cases whited racked up in quick succession - including Verna Gladden, a new mother who had just delivered her daughter by C-Section.

Dr. Manzanero begins his recounting with the death of San Felipe resident Natalio Wicab on Saturday night:

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services
"The 7th patient that died is a patient from San Felipe who arrive in distress at the Northern Regional hospital, sent to Karl Heusner almost immediately and the patient died on arrival at Karl Heusner. The diagnosis in this patient was done post-mortem that was done yesterday. We had flagged it yesterday as a potential 7th case dying as a result of Sars Covid 2. I did speak with one of the family members who didn't seem to think that his dad was a case of Sars Covid 2. This is before we had the diagnosis. They did not refer any contact with any particular person and that would have been positive for Sars Covid 2. Again, this is what they are feeding to us. The patient has a following comorbidities that I think we need to describe as a diabetic type 2. He also suffers from hypertension and have had a previous myocardial infarction, so when he started having some level of respiratory distress on Friday/ Saturday - from what the family member shared with me is that they were thinking he was having some level of __ from his previous cardiac condition. Because they nebulize him and when he wasn't improving is when they took him to the Northern Regional hospital on Saturday and he died at Karl Heusner upon arrival."

"The 8th patient that died also arrived at Northern Regional hospital in respiratory distress is a 65 year male. Had not have previous interactions with the health system. Family members then refer that he had been having fire days with flu and fever-like symptoms, but they had not access health services. As a matter of fact the other 3 family members that were in the immediate close contact with this patient were only swab until after their dad had died. This patient had died almost upon arrival. He was swabbed because of the high suspicion and diagnosis was also made post mortem. And the other 2 patients that have died happened earler today, 1 patient from Corozal, Caledonia to be specific in his late 50s. He had been referred to Karl Huenser middle of last week, also a patient with respiratory distress. When he was initially sent to Karl Huesner there was no diagnosis. That diagnosis came after he arrive at Karl Huesner and he died in the early hours of this morning and the 10th patient that had died as a result is the pregnant female who had delivered by C-section and had been discharge from the hospital last weekend and came back within 24 hours to Karl Huesner with respiratory distress. We are assuming she had a Pulmonary embolism, massive and that would brought back to the hospital. It would seem therefore in the last 5 of those cases we have had clots that would have trigger a myocardial infarction, clot in the lungs. We have a patient still at Karl Huesner who had a stroke, a 85 year old male who is also positive for Sars Covid 2, not intubated, not ventilated, he might actually be discharged any time now."


We note that of those four deaths, two are from villages in the north, one from san Pedro and one from the City.

Verna Gladden was laid to rest today.

Her newborn - is reported to be doing well, even as Verna's mother is at home with COVID 19.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/26/20 10:33 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data for today.
A total of 129 samples were processed with 17 new positive cases.
The breakdown is as follows:

Corozal District - 9
Orange Walk District - 4
Belize City - 2
Cayo District - 2

We have 3 recovered cases: Chan Chen, Corozal; Belmopan, Cayo and one from Orange Walk.

San Pedro Town Has Most COVID Cases, Ow Highest Among Districts

Numbers released last night by the Ministry of Health show that the number of COVID cases in the Orange Walk district are on a path to surpass San Pedro Town.

Those figures show that district has 204 positive cases since March, and 187 active cases presently. San Pedro Town still leads the entire country, with 216 cases confirmed and 213 active cases.

The Belize District, excluding San Pedro, has 132 positive cases since March, and 11 currently active.

Stann Creek has 17 active cases, Toledo 1, Cayo 68, and Corozal 61.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/27/20 10:24 AM

Fifty-eight new Covid cases and one death reported today, 16 new cases for San Pedro Town.

This is our data for today:
A total of 255 samples processed with 58 new positive cases to report.

The preliminary breakdown is as follows:
Corozal District - 9 (Corozal Town, Buena Vista, Patchakan)
Cayo District - 2 (Roaring Creek and San Ignacio)
Belize District - 18 (16 in San Pedro and 2 in Belize City)
Orange Walk District - 29 (Orange Walk Town, August Pine Ridge, Guinea Grass, Trial Farm, San Estevan, San Pablo, Trinidad)

We are also able to confirm a death in a person diagnosed with SARS-CoV2 at a private institution, the diagnosis was done post mortem.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/28/20 09:22 PM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data for today.

We have 52 new positive cases in 333 samples processed today.

The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

Cayo District -5 (Armenia, Yalbac, Belmopan)

Orange Walk District - 14 (San Pablo, San Jose, Trial Farm, San Felipe, Yo Creek, San Estevan, August Pine Ridge, Orange Walk Town)

Belize District - 15 (Belize City, San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Biscayne)

Corozal District - 18 (Corozal Town, Caledonia, Libertad, Xaibe, Chunox, Libertad, San Narciso)

We have 39 recovered cases.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/30/20 10:39 AM

94 Cases of COVID -19 Detected For Today, Bringing the Total Cases for Belize at 964

This is our data for today.

A total of 343 samples were processed today. A total of 94 of these samples are reactive for SARS-CoV2.

The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

Corozal District - 7
Cayo District - 7
Stann Creek District - 9
Belize District - 26 (17 in San Pedro)
Orange Walk District - 45

We note that a good percentage of the positive cases are household contacts of previously identified cases and this also includes a good percentage of samples of on the ground contact tracing in Orange Walk.

We also have another death to report, this is in a female who had been at KHMH for over two weeks, she was in her 50’s and is the 13th death recorded for Belize.

We have 22 recovered cases to report today.

Please continue to minimize your exposure in public and when doing so, do wear a mask, properly all the time.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/31/20 11:45 AM

COVID-19 Update from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today.
85 samples were processed with 29 new cases to report.

The preliminary breakdown is as follows:
22 - Orange walk Districf
2 - Cayo District
2 - Belize District
1 - Corozal District
1 - Stann Creek
1 - Toledo

We have two recovered cases
We have three patients currently intubated at KHMH, 2 males and 1 female.
Please continue to remain safe.

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In terms of the 94 cases reported yesterday, this is the breakdown per community.

Please note that by no means does this mean that the communities not included can be considered to be in the clear, as we move along, we have to assume that all communities are affected.

It saddens us to note that big parties are still being reported in communities across the country, this will not help in flattening any curve.

Stay home unless you really have essential activities away from home.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 08/31/20 02:33 PM

994 confirmed cases 443 female and 550 male wink
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/01/20 10:30 AM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data for today.

A total of 93 samples were processed today.
We identified 14 new cases as follows:

1 in Belize District (Ladyville)
3 in Toledo
10 in Orange Walk (Orange Walk Town, San Felipe, Santa Marta, Guinea Grass, San Pablo, San Jose, Trinidad)

We had a total of 56 recovered cases.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/02/20 11:07 AM

COVID -19 Update

This is our data for today. A total of 317 samples were processed today.
We have 43 new cases with distribution in districts as follows:

Cayo - 5 (3 in San Ignacio, 1 in Belmopan, 1 in San Jose Succotz)
Belize - 6 (3 San Pedro, 2 in Belize City, 1 Caye Caulker)
Corozal - 10 (4 Xaibe, 4 Libertad, 1 Concepcion, 1 Corozal Town)
Orange Walk - 22 (4 in Orange Walk Town, San Felipe and San Jose; 2 in San Estevan and Trial Farm; 1 each in Santa Martha, Guinea Grass, Trinidad and Nuevo San Juan and 2 from repatriation process)

We have 40 recovered cases.
Please continue to remain safe and as preparedness plans are set into place for TS nana, we must remain vigilant in terms for COVID-19 as well.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/03/20 10:17 AM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data for today.

We processed 261 samples today with 51 new cases documented today.

The preliminary breakdown is as follows:
Corozal - 6 (Ranchito, Paraiso, Corozal Town)
Orange Walk - 23 (Orange Walk Town, San Felipe, Yo Creek, San Jose, San Pablo, August Pine Ridge, Trial Farm)
Cayo - 5 (San Jose Succotz, Belmopan, Santa Elena)
Stann Creek - 3 (Independence & border jumper)
Belize - 14 [San Pedro, Belize City, Double Head Cabbage, Willow’s Bank, Ladyville, Burrell Boom)

We have 27 recovered cases.

We have 3 intubated patients at KHMH and one highly suspect case at KHMH that also requires ventilation support.

While we continue preparations for TS Nana, we urge all to ensure that necessary precautions in terms of not letting our guard down.

Stay safe all.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/04/20 11:43 AM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data for today, a bit delayed due to the setback due to preparations for Hurricane Nana but the laboratory is up and running.

A total of 91 samples processed with 17 new cases as follows:
A) Cayo District - 3 [San Ignacio, Benque)
B) Belize District - 1 (city)
C) Orange Walk District - 13 (Orange Walk Town, San Felipe, San Jose)

Fifteen cases are recovered.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/05/20 10:29 AM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data for today.

We have processed 261 samples today. We have 34 samples that are positive.

The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

- Corozal District - 4 (2 Patchakan, 2 Cristo Rey)
- Cayo District - 9 (5 Benque Viejo, 1 Santa Elena, 2 San Ignacio, 1 Yalbac)
- Stann Creek District - 6 (1 Hopkins, the other 5 are from OW Town, Trial Farm and Belmopan)
- Toledo District - 1 (originally from Belize City)
- Belize District - 14 (Belize City, Burrell Boom, Ladyville, Lord’s Bank, Caye Caulker, Biscayne)

We have two deaths to report, one male and one female, one person had been hospitalized for a week at KHMH’s ICU. The other person died a short time after arrival at KHMH.

We have 16 recovered cases.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/06/20 10:46 AM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data for today.
A total of 348 samples were processed today.
Out of these, 42 new cases were identified as follows:

- Corozal District - 4
- Orange Walk District - 27
- Belize District - 2
- Cayo District - 9

We have a total of 15 recovered cases.

We also note that the two persons who had been intubated were extubated earlier today at KHMH's ICU. They are recovering slowly and we continue to follow their clinical evolution, this includes our health care epidemiologist from the Western Health Region.

We are also deeply troubled by the ongoing reports of social gathering and events across the country that involve members who aren't from the same household and this include reports of those who are positive still being out in public and attending social events. While all relevant partners continue to follow these cases and reports, it remains a monumental task if we don't have the cooperation from all as our human resources are being stretched to the limit with also ensuring full compliance from all cases.

We can only flatten any curve if WE ALL do our part and we thank all those who to do theirs.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/07/20 10:33 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data for today.
A total of 180 samples processed with 67 new positive cases.
The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

Corozal District : 1 (Patchakan)
Orange Walk District: 50 (10 OW Town, 26 San Felipe, 1 Trinidad, 1 San Jose, 1 San Jose Palmar, 2 August Pine Ridge, 3 Blue Creek, 1 San Lázaro, 3 Trial Farm, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 from Belize City)
Belize District: 10 (5 SP, 4 Caye Caulker, 1 Ladyville)
Cayo District: 6 (6 Belmopan)

We recovered 15 cases.
We acknowledge all the support we continue to get but have to continue to reiterate that we require further community engagement if we are to flatten any curve as the numbers in some communities continue to increase.

Stay safe all.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/08/20 04:11 PM

COVID-19 Update on Monday

This is our data for today.
A total of 262 samples were processed today.
A total of 46 samples are reactive for SARS CoV2 with the preliminary breakdown as follows:

Corozal - 7 (5 Patchakan, 2 Caledonia)
Orange Walk District - 6 (2 Chan Pine Ridge, 2 OW Town, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Felipe)
Belize District - 12 (1 San Pedro, 5 Caye Caulker, 6 City)
Cayo District - 20 (4 Belmopan, 7 San Jose Succotz, 4 San Ignacio, 4 Santa Elena, 1 Benque Viejo)
Toledo District - 1 in Punta Gorda.
We have 13 recovered cases.

We have one more death to report, this is in a male in his late 70s who died at the Northern Regional Hospital earlier today.

Currently, there is one male intubated at the KHMH’s ICU, he is in his 30’s.
Please continue to remain safe.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/08/20 07:37 PM

COVID-19 Weekly Update

The weekly Infographic of active cases up to yesterday’s data.
The active cases means where cases are now - so a person may have been swabbed elsewhere and is now in the Toledo or Corozal districts for example.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/09/20 10:37 AM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data for today.
We have processed a total of 249 samples.
A total of 54 samples are reactive for SARS-CoV2 with a preliminary breakdown as follows:

Corozal District: 1 in Patchakan
Orange Walk District: 19 (8 Town, 4 San Jose Palmar, 2 Trial Farm, 2 San Luis, 1 Honey Camp, 1 Yo Creek, 1 Tower Hill)
Belize District: 12 (7 City, 5 San Pedro)
Cayo District 10 (8 in San Jose Succotz, 1 Benque Viejo, 1 San Ignacio)
Stann Creek: 12 (5 in Dangriga [1 Border Jumper], 1 Hopkins, 1 Middlesex, 5 are from OW but swabbed in Dangriga)

We have 7 recovered cases.
Please continue to stay safe and limit your interactions in public.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/10/20 11:03 AM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data for today.
A total of 81 samples were processed today.

Four new cases were identified, all in Ladyville.
We have 5 recovered cases to report.

Unfortunately we also have two more deaths to report. The two cases are in males, one at the Western Regional Hospital and one at KHMH.

Please continue to exercise all prevention measures, especially with a National Holiday when we need to continue to remain vigilant for SARS-Cov2.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/11/20 10:12 AM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data for today.

A total of 317 tests were conducted today. A total of 34 new cases of SARS-CoV2 were identified with breakdown as follows.

Corozal District: 3 (2 Patchakan, 1 Concepcion)
Orange Walk District: 1 in OW town
Belize District: 11 (5 San Pedro, 1 Caye Caulker, 3 City, 1 from Xaibe CZ, 1 hospitalized at KHMH from San Ignacio)
Cayo District: 19 (5 Belmopan, 4 San Ignacio, 1 Santa Elena, 7 Benque Viejo, 1 San Jose Succotz, 1 Camalote)

We have 34 recovered cases.

We have one more death to report, this is in a male from San Ignacio who had been intubated at KHMH and died earlier today.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/12/20 10:52 AM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data for today.

A total of 304 samples were processed today. A total of 36 new cases were identified with a preliminary breakdown as follows:

Corozal District - 4 (1 Concepcion, 2 Xaibe, 1 from Cristo Rey Cayo)
Orange Walk District - 7 (4 OW Town, 2 San Pablo, 1 August Pine Ridge)
Belize District - 23 (5 City, 5 Ladyville, 4 San Pedro, 2 Sand Hill, 1 Lords Bank, 1 Caye Caulker, 5 from OW).
Cayo District - 1 (Santa Familia)
Toledo - 1 (Crique Jute)

We have 44 recovered cases

Please continue to remain safe and stay home unless you have essential activities away from home.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/15/20 10:33 AM

COVID-19 Update from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today.
A total of 169 tests were processed with 21 new cases identified.

The geographic breakdown is as follows:
- Belize District - 14 (13 in Caye Caulker, 1 in Belize City)
- Cayo District - 7 (5 San Ignacio, 2 Belmopan)

We have a total of 48 recovered cases to report today, meaning that 62.8% of our cases remain active.

This is our weekly infographic with active cases per district with Ambergris Caye shown separately.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/16/20 10:11 AM

San Pedro Town registers high number of recoveries; Caye Caulker cases increase

As of Tuesday, September 15th, health authorities on Ambergris Caye reported that 168 COVID-19 patients have fully recovered, with 116 cases still active in San Pedro Town. Meanwhile, Caye Caulker is seeing a slight increase, with 48 testing positive, 42 cases active, and six recoveries.

In San Pedro the Mar de Tumbo flu clinic continues to tend to anyone with flu-like symptoms, swabbing people daily. The clinic opens 8AM to 5PM, and appointments are no longer needed like before. Islanders are encouraged to continue practicing proper hygienic measures, social distancing, and to stay away from mass gatherings. The virus is still considered quite active on the island, and a spike can happen anytime.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data for today. A total of 334 samples were processed today. From this a total of 27 new cases were identified.

The breakdown is as follows:

Corozal District - 13 (7 Patchakan, 3 Concepcion, 1 Xaibe, 1 Santa Clara, 1 Progreso)
Orange Walk District - 10 (3 Orange Walk Town, 3 August Pine Ridge, 1 Carmelita, 1 San Luis, 1 San Pablo, 1 San Jose)
Belize District - 4 (all in Belize City)

Today, a total of 123 have recovered.

With this new set of data, our active cases are down to 55.4% of the total identified positive cases.

Please continue to exercise all necessary prevention measures as only collectively we will be able to flatten this curve!

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/17/20 10:08 AM

COVID-19 Update from Office of Director of Health Services

40 Active COVID-19 cases on Ambergris Caye. Out of 283 Total Positive Cases.

This is our data for today.
A total of 133 samples were processed today.

Eight (8) new cases were identified as follows:
Corozal District - 1in Concepcion
Cayo District - 1 in San Ignacio
Stann Creek - 1 in San Roman
Belize District - 2 in San Pedro, 2 in Caye Caulker and 1 in the city.
We had 33 recovered cases for a total of 53.5% active cases.
We require an ongoing community effort in order to flatten this curve.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/18/20 10:20 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today. A total of 224 tests were done today with 31 new cases identified.
They are distributed geographically as follows:

Cayo District - 6 (1 in Belmopan, 5 in San Ignacio)
Belize District - 7 (1 Ladyville, 1 Double Head Cabbage, 1 Progresso, 3 San Pedro, 1 Belize City)
Orange Walk District - 18 (5 in OW Town, 1 San Jose Palmar, 3 Guinea Grass, 2 San Jose, 2 San Pablo, 2 August Pine Ridge, 1 Carmelita, 1 Yo Creek, 1 from Corozal Town but detected in OW)
We have a total of 46 recoveries.

Today, 51.4% of our cases remain active.
Please continue to stay safe and exercise all prevention measures as we go about in public and at work.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/19/20 10:29 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today.
A total of 247 samples were processed today.
A total of 23 new cases were detected today.

The breakdown is as follows:

Corozal Dsitrict - 11 (5 Corozal Town, 2 Santa Clara, 1 Xaibe, 1 Buena Vista, 1 swabbed in Corozal but from OW town and another from San Pedro)
Belize District - 2 from the city
Orange Walk District - 10 (5 from OW Town, 3 August Pine Ridge, 1 San Felipe, 1 San Jose Palmar).

We have one death to report, this is in a female from Belize City in her late 50s, the diagnosis was made post mortem and this person died outside of the hospital setting.

We have 70 recovered cases.

Our active cases now represent 47.7% of the total.

As we move into Independence Day weekend, please continue to remain safe and our runs in public should be for essential activities only.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/21/20 10:35 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data for today.
A total of 167 tests were processed today. A total of 21 new cases were identified with breakdown as follows:

Orange Walk District - 10 (5 in OW town, 2 Guinea Grass, 1 San Jose, 1 August Pine Ridge, 1 from Toledo but swabbed/isolated in OW)
Belize District - 4 (1 in Ladyville, 3 San Pedro)
Cayo District - 5 (3 San Ignacio, 1 Bullet Tree Falls, 1 Santa Familia)
Toledo District - 2 (1 Laguna, 1 Big Falls)

There were 42 recovered cases.

Unfortunately we have another death to report, this is an elderly female from Orange Walk District who had been symptomatic but had not been diagnosed, this person died at home and the diagnosis was made post-mortem.

Our active cases are now down to 42.3% of the total cases.
Our case fatality rate in Belize is currently 1.29%.

As we go into Independence Day and some level of celebrations, we encourage all to please be responsible in doing so as we do have a curve to flatten.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/22/20 10:10 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data for today.
A total of 206 tests were conducted today with a total of 8 new cases identified.

They are distributed as follows:
Corozal District - 3 (1 Corozal Town, 1 Louisville, 1 Santa Clara)
Belize District - 4 (2 Ladyville, 1 City, 1 San Pedro)
Cayo District - 1 (from Belize City but swabbed in Cayo)

Two patients remained ventilated at KHMH's ICU.
We have 49 recovered cases today, our active cases now stand at 39.6% of the total number of identified cases.

Please continue to exercise all necessary preventive measures as we move on.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/23/20 10:27 AM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data for today. A total of 193 tests were conducted today with a total of 34 new cases identified.

The distribution is as follows:

Corozal District - 9 (7 in town, 1 Consejo, 1 San Andres)

Orange Walk District - 15 (3 in town, 3 Trinidad, 1 San Pablo, 1 San Jose, 1 Nuevo San Juan, 1 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 San Luis, 1 San Lazaro, 1 from San Roman in Corozal, but identified in OW and 2 from Hiccattee Creek, Toledo but identified in OW)

Belize District - 7 (2 in Belize City, 3 San Pedro, 1 Caye Caulker, 1 from Unitedville identified at KHMH)

Cayo District - 1 (San Jose Succotz)

Stann Creek - 1 (Independence)

Toledo - 1 (from Cayo)

We have one more death to report (not reflected in infographic as this is just being confrimed) - this is in a male in his 30s from the Cayo District who had been at the ICU of KHMH for over two weeks now

We have 37 recoveries to report

Our active cases stand T 38.5% of the total identified positive cases.

Please continue to remain safe.

Kindly note that for those persons leaving Belize, there is no requirement in terms of PCR or any other test for SARS-CoV2.

Also note that for those who are leaving for essential reasons (i.e. students or medical reasons) and who are required to present a PCR test to the country they are traveling to, they must submit a request to Mrs. Quewell at [email protected]

We only run such a PCR test once approved and this is done only once a week so please factor that into your request or travel. We are currently not able to offer routine PCR testing for those leaving for non-essential reasons.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/24/20 10:15 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data for today. A total of 168 samples were processed today with 37 new cases identified today.

The cases are distributed as follows:

- Belize District - 5 (4 City, 1 Western Pines)
- Corozal District - 11 (7 in Town, 1 San Victor, 1 from San Marcos in Toledo District, 1 from Georgeville in Cayo, 1 repatriated person)
- Orange Walk District - 21 (9 San Jose Palmar, 3 San Estevan, 2 OW Town, 2 San Jose, 1 August Pine Ridge, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Antonio, 1 Shipyard, 1 from San Pedro but swabbed in OW)

We have 15 recoveries so that 38.98% of our cases remain active.

The infographic today records the death reported yesterday.

Note that the numbers are for the 2 northern districts are being followed closely so that we have to continue to exercise all the prevention measures at all times.

The health teams continue their tireless work at all fronts and we thank you for all the support.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/25/20 10:16 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data for today. A total of 300 samples were processed today with 52 new cases identified today.

They are distributed as follows:

Toledo - 1 (Big Falls)
Cayo - 9 (2 Belmopan, 5 San Ignacio, 1 Santa Elena, 1 Armenia)
Belize - 11 (10 San Pedro, 1 Ladyville)
Orange Walk - 15 (4 Town, 2 Yo Creek, 1 Trial Farm, 2 Nuevo San Juan, 1 San Lazaro, 1 from Corozal Town but swabbed in OW, 4 from Toledo but swabbed in OW)
Corozal - 16 (10 Town, 1 Chan Chen, 1 Carolina, 1 Xaibe, 1 Santa Clara, 1 Libertad & 1 from OW)

We have had 53 recoveries so that we now have 37.7% of our cases active.

We have two patients that remaining critically ill at KHMH's ICU.

Our surveillance team has also picked up 3 cases of co-infection with dengue, this is something that had been described in the region and something we had been looking out for given the added layer of complication this can bring. We will continue to monitor these particular situations across the country.

Please continue to remain safe.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/26/20 10:25 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data for today. A total of 311 tests were processed with 50 new cases identified.

They are distributed as follows:

Orange Walk - 25 (9 Town, 4 Carmelita, 4 Trinidad, 1 August Pine Ridge, 1 San Antonio, 2 San Lazaro, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 Trial Farm, 1 Yo Creek, 1 from Toledo District)
Belize - 11 (7 City, 1 Ladyville, 1 Rhaburn Ridge, 1 Maskall, 1 from Carmelita in OW)
Cayo - 13 (3 San Ignacio, 3 San Jose Succotz, 3 Belmopan, 3 Unitedville, 1 Ontario)
Toledo- 1 Laguna

We have a total of 62 recovered cases.
Unfortunately we have another death to report, this is in a male in his late 70s who had been admitted at KHMH’s ICU.
Our percentage of active cases now stands at 36% of total confirmed cases.
Please continue to remain safe.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/27/20 10:40 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data for today. A total of 159 samples were processed today with 17 new cases.

Corozal = 1 (Corozal Town)
Orange Walk = 13 (3 San Lazaro, 2 Trinidad, 2 Carmelita, 2 Trial Farm, 3 OW town, 1 Yo Creek)
Belize = 3 (2 Caye Caulker, 1 San Pedro).

We have 1 death to report, a female age 62 from Orange Walk, this brings our case fatality rate to 1.3%
We have 31 recovered cases to report today.
Our active cases are now at 34.8% of the total identified cases.
Please continue to remain safe.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/28/20 10:13 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data for today.
A total of 252 tests were processed today with 29 new cases identified.
The distribution is as follows:

Corozal - 14 (7 in town, 1 Louisville, 1 Progresso, 1 San Andres, 1 Caledonia, 1 Libertad, 1 Chan Chen, 1 Chunox)
Belize - 4 (3 in city, 1 from Calcutta in Corozal)
Cayo - 5 (all in Belmopan)
Stann Creek - 1 (from Bella Vista swabbed in Independence)
Toledo - 5 (all from Big Falls)

We have 31 cases recovered so that our active cases now stand at 34.2% of the total cases.
This week follow our activities on this and other social media forums to address the topic of chronic diseases and its link to COVID-19.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/29/20 10:30 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our current map of active cases as distributed by districts and Ambergris Caye.

This is our data for today. A total of 115 samples were processed today with 37 new cases identified today.
The distribution is as follows:

Belize - 5 (4 in city, 1 from San Jose, Orange Walk)
Cayo - 6 (all in Belmopan)
Orange Walk - 26 (10 town, 2 Nuevo San Juan, 2 San Jose, 1 San Pablo, 1 San Lazaro, 2 Douglas, 5 San Estevan, 2 Guinea Grass, 1 from Santa Clara, Corozal.

We have 12 recovered cases today.
Our active cases now represent 34.8% of the total number of identified cases.

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The following communities in the Southern Health Region have one or more active cases of SARS-CoV2:

Dangriga
Hope Creek
Hopkins
Independence
Laguna
Punta Gorda
Big Falls

The following communities have one or more actives cases in the Central Health Region:

Belize City
Burrell Boom
Caye Caulker
Ladyville
Lords Bank
San Pedro Town

The following communities in the Northern Health Region have one or more active cases of SARS-CoV2:

1 Corozal_Town
2 Buena Vista - Corozal
3 Calcutta
4 Caledonia
5 Carolina
6 Chan Chen
7 Concepcion
8 Cristo Rey - Corozal
9 Libertad
10 Louisville
11 Paraiso
12 Patchakan
13 Progresso
14 Ranchito
15 San Andres
16 San Narciso
17 Santa Clara
18 Xaibe
19 Yo Chen
The communities in Orange Walk with active covid-19 cases are:

1 August Pine Ridge
2 Carmelita
3 Chan Pine Ridge
4 Douglas
5 Guinea Grass
6 Indian Church
7 Louisiana
8 Nuevo San Juan
9 Orange Walk Town
10 Otro_Benque
11 San Luis OW
12 San Antonio OW
13 San Estevan
14 San Felipe
15 San_Jose_OW
16 San Jose Palmar
17 San Lazaro
18 San Pablo
19 Shipyard
20 Tower Hill
21 Trial Farm
22 Trinidad
23 Yo Creek

The following communities in the Western Health Region have one or more active cases of SARS-CoV2:

Armenia
Belmopan
Benque Viejo del Carmen
Bullet Tree Falls
San Ignacio
Santa Elena
Santa Familia
San Jose Succotz
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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 09/30/20 10:29 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data for today.

A total of 224 samples were processed today with 52 new cases identified today.

The distribution is as follows:

Toledo - 1 (San Pedro Columbia)

Corozal - 7 (Concepcion 3, Chan Chen 1, Paraiso 1, Corozal Town 2)

Cayo - 8 (Belmopan 6, Spanish Lookout 1, 1 from Ladyville but swabbed in San Ignacio)

Belize - 9 (6 from City, Hattieville 2, Lords Bank 1)

Orange Walk - 27 (10 in town, 3 in Carmelita and San Jose, 2 in Guinea Grass, Tower Hill and San Estevan and 1 each in Chan Pine Ridge, Trial Farm, Trinidad, Nuevo San Juan and August Pine Ridge)

We have 17 cases recovered

Unfortunately we have two more deaths to report, both were in the Orange Walk District, a male and a female.

The female was in her 70s who had been previously admitted at the NRH and the second was in a male in his 60s who had just been admitted to the hospital today and whose diagnosis was made post mortem.

Our active cases now stand at 35.6% of our total identified cases.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/01/20 10:11 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE

This is our data for today. We have 49 cases in 184 tests done.

The distribution is as follows:

Cayo - 1 (Unitedville)
Stann Creek - 3 (1 Dangriga, 1 from Bella Vista & 1 Seine Bight)
Corozal - 5 (1 each in Joaquin, Xaibe & Concepcion, 2 in town)
Belize - 12 (7 in San Pedro, 3 in city, 1 each in Ladyville & Caye Caulker)
Toledo - 12 (9 Big Falls, 2 Punta Gorda, 1 Forest Home)
Orange Walk - 16 (9 in town, 5 Trinidad, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Jose Palmar)

We have one more death to report, this is a male in his 80s who died at KHMH’s ICU earlier today. Two patients remain intubated at KHMH’s ICU.

We have 21 recovered cases so that 36.1% of our cases remain active.

Please continue to remain safe as cases in some communities continue to be on the rise.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/02/20 10:32 AM

COVID-19 Update

This is our data for today. A total of 180 samples were processed today with 34 new cases identified.
They are distributed as follows:

Cayo - 1 in Belmopan
Belize - 6 (5 in city, 1 in San Pedro)
Corozal - 5 (3 in town, 1 Calcutta, 1 Concepcion)
Orange Walk - 22 (16 in town, 2 Yo Creek, 2 Carmelita, 1 Tower Hill, 1 San Luis)

We have 26 recoveries with 35.9% of our cases active.
Please continue to remain safe all as the current scientific evidence continues to indicate that physical distancing and proper mask wearing are key in prevention.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/03/20 10:38 AM

COVID-19 update

This is our data for today.
A total of 179 samples were processed today with 54 new cases identified. They are distributed as follows:

Corozal: 21 (12 Town, 3 San Andres, 1 Chan Chen, 2 Santa Clara, 2 San Joaquin, 1 Concepcion)
Orange Walk: 11 (4 Town, 1 Yo Creek, 2 Trial Farm, 1 San Jose Palmar, 1 from Ladyville, 1 Tower Hill, 1 San Pablo)
Belize: 21 (7 City, 4 KOLBE, 3 Ladyville, 4 from San Jose OW, 1 from Tower Hill OW, 1 from Xaibe CZ, 1 from Cristo Rey CZ)
Cayo: 1 In Belmopan

We have 18 recovered cases.

Unfortunately we have another death to report, this is in a female from Corozal who was rushed to KHMH in a critical state but died. Diagnosis was made post-mortem.

Two patients remain intubated at KHMH’s ICU and three others on supplementary oxygen.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/04/20 10:26 AM

COVID-19 update

This is our data for today. A record of samples were processed today, a total of 406 with 51 new cases identified.

The distribution is as follows:

Corozal - 6 (2 Town, 2 Concepcion, 1 Cristo Rey, 1 San Victor)
Orange Walk - 26 (10 Town, 2 Trial Farm, 1 Guinea Grass, 5 San Jose, 2 Yo Creek, 2 San Antonio, 1 San Felipe, 1 Trinidad, 2 Tower Hill)
Belize - 11 (1 City, 9 San Pedro, 1 from CZ Town)
Cayo - 6 (2 Belmopan, 3 Benque Viejo, 1 Bullet Tree Falls)
Stann Creek- 1 San Isidro
Toledo - 1 San Pedro Columbia

We have 56 recovered cases for a total of 35.5% of identified cases being active.

We have one more death to report, this was a male person in his 70s who had been admitted at the Northern Regional Hospital with diagnosis of COVID-19.

In terms of the airport, a total of 218 persons were cleared from the two flights that arrived today.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/05/20 10:32 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE: First Positive COVID Case Detected From Belize Airport Arrivals

This is our data for today

A total of 253 samples were processed today with 65 new cases identified. For now, we are only able to provide distribution per district and the full details of active cases per community should be available throughout the course of tomorrow.

Cayo - 4
Stann Creek - 6
Corozal - 7
Belize - 8
Orange Walk - 40

We have 32 recoveries to report so that 35.9% of our identified cases remain active.

Unfortunately we have another death to report, this is in a male in his 50s from Unitedville, he had been at KHMH's ICU and had been having cardiac complications from when he arrived and the diagnosis of COVID had been made upon his admission to the ICU. Two patients currently remain intubated at KHMH.

Our case fatality rate is now 1.37%.

The team at the airport also cleared 192 passengers from the two flights that arrived today, 88 of these passengers arrived with a negative PCR and the airport screening process managed to pick a positive case in the remaining ones screened. We are hereby reminding all those returning to their families, home or workplace, that it is anticipated that all will be doing self quarantine for a minimum of 10 days notwithstanding a negative result; this is the broad recommendation to minimize further exposure.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/06/20 10:19 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today.

A total of 89 tests were processed today with 8 new cases identified.

They are distributed as follows:
Belize - 1 City
Stann Creek - 4 (Placencia, Maya Mopan, Seine Bight, 1 from Bella Vista In TOL)
Toledo - 3 Punta Gorda

Please continue to remain safe all.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/07/20 10:29 AM

4 COVID-19 Deaths in 24 Hours

The new figures on COVID-19 report a record breaking four deaths. The number of deaths has now increased to thirty-four. The four persons died within the last twenty-four hours and include an employee of B.S.I. and three others, all from the Orange Walk District. The total number of confirmed cases now stands at two thousand two hundred and forty-three with eight hundred and seventeen active.

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COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our update for today. A total of 175 tests were processed with 39 new cases identified. They are distributed as follows:

Toledo - 2 from San Pedro Columbia
Corozal - 12 (4 in town, 3 Xaibe, 2 Santa Clara, 1 Progresso, 1 Calcutta, 1 Concepcion)
Orange Walk - 11 (5 in town, 1 each in Trial Farm, Carmelita, August Pine Ridge, Trinidad, Tower Hill, San Felipe)
Belize - 14 (9 in city, 1 Ladyville, 1 Caye Caulker, 2 San Pedro, 1 from Guinea Grass)

There are 14 recoveries to report.

Unfortunately we have 4 deaths (3 males, 1 female) to report in the last 24 hours, all persons from Orange Walk (2 from OW Town, 1 from San Felipe, 1 from Trinidad). Three deaths were at the Northern Regional Hospital and one at KHMH's ICU.

A team has also just completed the follow up of cases initially reported at the Kolbe Foundation and that will be reported separately.

We continue to ask from all to continue to exercise all necessary precautions.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/08/20 10:13 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today. A total of 306 tests were done today with 67 new cases identified.

They are distributed as follows:

Toledo - 3 in Punta Gorda

Stann Creek - 3 (1 in Dangriga, 2 from Bella Vista, Toledo but swabbed in Independence)

Corozal - 6 (4 in town, 1 Caledonia, 1 Libertad)

Cayo - 7 (4 San Ignacio, 2 Esperanza, 1 Benque Viejo)

Orange Walk - 23 (11 Town, 4 Trial Farm, 2 San Lazaro, 2 August Pine Ridge, 1 each in Guinea Grass, Tower Hill, San Jose, Carmelita)

Belize - 25 (17 city, 1 Lord's Bank, 4 from San Jose, OW; 1 from Xaibe, Corozal; 1 from OW town, 2 Kolbe)

We had 35 recoveries today for a total percentage of active cases now at 36.8% of cases.

The situations in Orange Walk and now Belize City are being monitored closely and this underscores the ongoing relevance of exercising all prevention measures as we move along.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/09/20 10:34 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our update for today. A total of 260 samples were processed today with 63 cases identified, for a 24.2% positivity rate today.

They are distributed as follows:

Cayo - 1 (from Mahogany Heights)
Corozal - 4 (3 Concepcion, 1 Cristo Rey)
Belize - 20 (6 City, 8 Kolbe, 1 Lords Bank, 1 San Pedro, 1 from OW Town, 1 from Teakettle, Cayo, 1 from San Felipe, OW and 1 from Xaibe, Corozal)
Orange Walk - 38 (21 in Town, 4 August Pine Ridge, 1 Carmelita, 1 Indian Church, 3 San Jose Palmar, 1 Yo Creek, 1 San Luis, 4 Trial Farm, 1 San Jose, 1 from Xaibe, Corozal)

We had 32 recoveries today. A total of 37.1% of our cases remain active.

The situations that are requiring closer follow-up from the health standpoint are:

- The ongoing cases in OW
- The increasing cases in Belize City
- The situation at Kolbe in terms of extension of the number of cases
- Reviewing the reports of possible cases at the Coast Guard and a private institution in Belize City (we should have further details tomorrow).

As we move along we need to ensure that we are keeping abreast of the latest information and limit our outing in public unless it is for essential reasons. We note that proper and consistent mask wearing and physical distancing remain vital in the prevention measures we have for COVID-19.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/10/20 10:13 AM

COVID Hospitalizations Surging: System Near Being Overwhelmed

COVID-19 cases are surging in the Belize and Orange Walk Districts - and tonight the KHMH ICU is at capacity.

The Director Of Health Services has confirmed that COVID patients are using 9 beds at the KHMH; while the ICU unit only has 8 beds - so we assume the KHMH has once again activated its surge plan.

Three patients are currently on ventilators.

At the Northern Regional Hospital 9 patients now hospitalized in the Covid unit, even though some of them are pending results.

The message from all that is that the system is very near being overwhelmed.

In last night's public information posting, the Director of Health services warned, quote, "the numbers can only increase given the increasing numbers being reported daily."

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COVID-19 Update from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our update for today. A total of 260 samples were processed today with 54 new cases identified.

The distribution is as follows:

Cayo - 2 (Belmopan and San Ignacio)

Orange Walk - 6 (2 in town, 1 Indian Church, 1 San Jose, 1 Fire Burn, 1 Guinea Grass)

Belize - 6 (4 City, 1 Crooked Tree, 1 Scotland Halfmoon)

Stann Creek - 6 (1 Dangriga, 1 Placencia, 4 from Bella Vista, Toledo but identified in Stann Creek)

Corozal - 34 (8 town, 3 Ranchito, 6 San Joaquin, 2 each in Calcutta, Concepcion, Patchakan, Caledonia; 1 each in Cristo Rey, Progresso, Paraiso, Xaibe, San Narciso, Libertad, Chunox, 1 from Bella Vista, Toldeo and 1 from Nuevo San Juan, OW)

We have 28 cases recovered with 37.3% of our cases being active.

We have one more death to report, this is in a female in her 40s who had underlying health conditions and who had just been identified as a positive case yesterday. Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.44%.

For now, KHMH has 10 patients in the COVID-19 area, 3 of them ventilated; the Northern Regional Hospital has 9 patients and the Corozal Community Hospital has 5 patients. Given the increasing numbers, the number of hospitalized patients is expected to increase.

We continue to remind all, that in order to revert this increasing trend in number of cases, we require an all of community approach with prevention measures across the board.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/11/20 10:13 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today.

A total number of 428 tests were processed with 69 new cases identified.

They are distributed as follows:

Corozal = 2 (1 Cristo Rey, 1 San Joaquin)

Orange Walk = 29 ( Town 15, Carmelita 5, Trial Farm 3, Guinea Grass 2, San Jose Palmar 1, Yo Creek 1, Trinidad 1, August Pine Ridge 1)

Belize = 17 (City 9, 8 Miles Community 3, Ladyville 2, Western Pines 1, Lords Bank 1 and 1 from Calcutta but swabbed in Belize)

Cayo = 12 (7 at Belizario Camp Central Farm, 2 Santa Elena, 2 San Jose Succotz, 1 Benque Viejo del Carmen)

Stann Creek = 3 (1 Dangriga, 1 Hope Creek, 1 Georgetown)

Toledo = 6 (3 San Antonio, 1 San Pedro Colombia, 1 Indian Creek, 1 Fairweather Camp Punta Gorda)

We have one more death to report, this is in a male in his 60's who had not had any interaction with the system and was brought in and died upon arrival at KHMH, the diagnosis was done post mortem.

We have 44 recoveries today so that our active cases stand at 37.2% of our cases.

(As we are processing this infographic we are being alerted of another death at KHMH not reflected in this infographic )

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/12/20 09:53 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today.

A total of 163 samples were processed today with 35 new cases identified.

They are distributed as follows:

Cayo - 2 (1 in Belmopan, 1 Santa Elena)

Corozal - 19 ((Town 8, San Joaquin 4, Concepcion 3, San Andres 2, San Roman 1, San Narciso 1)

Belize - 14 (City 4, Ladyville 6, Caye Caulker 2, Hattieville 1, 1 from OW town but swabbed in the city)

We had 17 recovered cases today so that 37.4% of our cases remain active.

We have unfortunately, another death to report, this is in a female in her late 60s from Orange Walk who had been hospitalized at KHMH's ICU. Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.46%.

While we acknowledge that continues ahead of us, we also stress that we have a collective responsibility in curtailing the increasing numbers that we currently have.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/13/20 10:44 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today.

A total of 173 samples were processed today with 38 new cases identified.

They are from the following entities:

Stann Creek - 1 from Cowpen

Orange Walk - 2 (Town and August Pine Ridge)

Belize - 11 (5 City, 2 Ladyville, 2 Lord's Bank, 2 San Pedro)

Corozal - 10 (1 town, 2 San Joaquin, 2 Progresso, 2 Calcutta, 1 Cristo Rey, 2 Concepcion)

Cayo - 14 (8 Belmopan, 2 Santa Elena, 2 Belizario Camp, 2 Benque Viejo)

Eighteen persons recovered for a total of 37.6% of cases remaining active.

We continue to note the ongoing transmission happening within families which is a key factor driving the numbers up; the ongoing socialization events remain a key driving factor of cases.

We need to continue exercising prevention measures at all times.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/13/20 10:46 AM

These are our numbers when compared with sister CARICOM countries.

This data is compiled by UWI as part of their routine surveillance reports.

Our current epidemic trend mimics that of the bigger countries in CARICOM, these countries (Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, The Bahamas) having similar number and growing trends over the last 6 weeks.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/14/20 10:06 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today. A total of 160 tests were processed today with 16 cases identified. They are distributed as follows:

Stann Creek - 1 (from Bella Vista but swabbed in Independence)

Toledo - 15 (6 Punta Gorda, 7 San Pedro Columbia, 1 San Miguel, 1 Aguacate)

We have 14 recoveries to report today so that 37.4% of our cases remain active.

Unfortunately we have two more deaths to report, one is in female in her 40s who had only minor symptoms and then died suddenly upon arrival at the Corozal Community Hospital. The second death was a male who had chronic kidney disease and was receiving dialysis, he died at KHMH in the early hours of today.

Three patients remain intubated at the KHMH.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/15/20 10:12 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

A total of 248 samples were processed today with 34 cases identified. They are distributed as follows:

Toledo - 1 (Punta Gorda)

Belize - 5 (3 city, 1 Ladyville, 1 Mahogany Heights)

Stann Creek - 6 (3 Dangriga, 2 Hopkins, 1 from a banana farm)

Corozal - 6 (3 San Roman, 1 each in San Narciso, Caledonia, Santa Clara)

Orange Walk - 16 (11 in town, 2 San Jose Palmar, 1 Indian Church, 2 from Progresso in Corozal)

We have 16 recovered cases for a total of 37.5% of cases remaining active.

We have one more death to report, this is a male from the Northern region who had been referred to KHMH due to a deteriorating respiratory function and who had been unstable for the last couple of days. Our case fatality rate stands at 1.5%.

Two patients remain intubated at KHMH's COVID unit.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/16/20 10:21 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today. A total of 264 samples were processed today with 63 cases identified.

The distribution is as follows (all districts reporting at least a case)

Cayo - 1 in Belmopan

Stann Creek - 1 in Hope Creek

Toledo - 2 (1 in Punta Gorda, 1 Big Falls)

Belize - 10 (4 city, 4 Western Pines, 1 Ladyville, 1 Kolbe)

Corozal - 24 (3 town, 5 Santa Clara, 4 San Joaquin, 3 Caledonia, 1 Concepcion, 1 San Victor, 1 Calcutta, 1 Paraiso, 2 San Narciso, 1 Cristo Rey, 1 Copper Bank, 1 from OW Town)

Orange Walk - 25 (12 OW town, 2 San Jose Palmar, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Antonio, 2 Guinea Grass, 1 San Estevan, 1 San Lazaro, 1 San Felipe, 2 San Jose, 1 Yo Creek, 1 from Xaibe in Corozal)

We have 16 cases recovered today with a total of 38.4% of cases being active.

Unfortunately, we have another death to report, this is a male in his 60s who was referred from the north to the KHMH on Sunday and had been in the ICU since then. He died in the early hours of today.

Our case fatality rate is at 1.5%.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/17/20 10:13 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

A further 180 samples were processed today with 46 new samples being positive.

Corozal - 1 in Town

Orange Walk: 25 (9 Town, 2 Trial Farm, 3 Guinea Grass, 1 San Jose Palmar, 1 San Felipe, 1 Santa Cruz, 1 San Estevan, 2 from San Narciso CZ, 1 from Patchakan CZ, 1 from BZ City, 1 from Lord's Bank BZ, 1 from Maya Mopan SC, 1 from Pueblo Viejo TOL)

Belize - 13 (6 City, 2 Ladyville, 2 Mahogany Heights, 1 Hattieville, 1 from Belmopan CY, 1 from Independence SC)

Cayo - 7 (3 Belmopan, 1 San Ignacio, 2 Camalote, 1 Roaring Creek)

We have 16 recoveries to report with 38.8% of our cases remaining active.

Unfortunately, we have two more deaths to report. Both are in males, one from the north who had been referred to the KHMH's ICU and had been unstable over the last couple of days; the second is a person from Belize who had had a cardioembolic event and had been deteriorating until his death. Our case fatality rate stands at 1.6%.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/18/20 10:20 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today.

A total of 326 samples were processed today with 47 new cases identified, this is a positivity rate of 14.4% of samples processed.

The geographic breakdown is as follows:

Corozal - 13 (Corozal Town 4, San Andres 4, San Joaquin 3, Chunox 1, 1 Swabbed in Corozal but from OWT)

Orange Walk - 1 (San Pablo)

Belize - 26 (City 19, Sandhill 2, 1 each from Ladyville, Maskall, Caye Caulker, Burrell Boom and Grace Bank)

Cayo - 4 (1 Belmopan, 1 San Ignacio, 1 Benque, 1 San Jose Succotz)

Toledo - 3 (all from Bladden Village)

There are 22 recoveries today so that 39.1% of our cases remain active. Our cumulative total is 2,775. We also note that two patients were successfully discharged home today, one from the Northern Regional Hospital and one from KHMH.

We note the following that are of concern:

Orange Walk has recorded its 1,000th case and that district alone accounts for 36% of all cases identified.

Today 15 of the 47 positives were front line workers (including health staff, BDF and Coast Guard).

Over the last 48 hrs, 5 staff from KHMH has come back with a positive result, 4 of them would have been exposed at private facilities in Belize City and the contact tracing is now being done for them.

At least 7 health staff from the Belize Endoscopy and Gastroenterology Center have turned out positive and that has triggered a closure of the facility (they have separately issued a press release on the matter).

We are also following a cluster originating out of the dialysis unit at Belize Health Care Partners Limited where staff and patients have turned out positive.

In terms of Kolbe, 16 inmates are positive (7 males, 9 females) and 9 prison officers.

Today, the Northern Regional Hospital remains with 5 patients hospitalized, all COVID-19 confirmed cases. The KHMH has 7 patients in the COVID-19 unit, none intubated.

We are just getting a report of another death, a female from Orange Walk which isn't reflected in this infographic.

Please continue to stay safe all as the numbers around us, are now starting to increase.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/19/20 09:25 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is our data for today.

A total of 38 new cases were identified in 173 samples processed today.

They are distributed as follows:

Corozal - 22 (6 Town, 5 San Joaquin, 4 San Andres, 3 Copper Bank, 2 Calcutta, 1 Concepcion, 1 San Pedro Village)

Orange Walk - 12 (10 OW Town, 1 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 San Pablo)

Belize - 2 (1 City, 1 8 Miles Community)

Cayo - 1 in Belmopan

Stann Creek - 1 in Sarawee.

In this infographic we are now reflecting the death that we had reported yesterday, this is in a female in her mid 50's from August Pine Ridge. She had been at the KHMH's ICU for the last two weeks.

There are 22 recovered cases to report so that 39.1% of our cases remain active.

Our case fatality rate is now at 1.6% showing a slow increase.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/20/20 10:24 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

39 Active COVID-19 cases on Ambergris Caye.

Today's update from the Office of Director of Health Services

A total of 154 samples were processed with 20 new cases identified, this gives a positive rate of 12.99%.

They are distributed as follows:

Orange Walk - 12 (6 town, 3 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 San Estevan, 1 San Pablo, 1 Trial Farm)

Belize - 8 (7 city, 1 Hattieville)

We had 22 recoveries today so that 38.7% of our cases remain active.

We have one death to report, this is in a male in his 30's from Trial Farm who was found gasping for breath at home and died on arrival at the Northern Regional Hospital. This person had been swabbed previously in July. The diagnosis was made post mortem.

Please continue to exercise all prevention measures as we move along.

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Special thanks to the Epidemiology Unit for their ongoing work and the production of this infographic that shows the rate per population as well as the urban/rural population.

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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 and Belize - 10/21/20 09:57 AM

COVID-19 has affected all age groups in Belize. While the highest number of cases have been in those 25-29 years of age, mortality has been primarily in the older age groups.

This graphs highlights all age groups affected and distributed by male/female.

Thanks to the Epidemiology Unit for their ongoing work behind the scenes.

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COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services

This is the data for today. A total of 339 samples were processed today with 53 new cases identified, the positivity rate being 15.6%.

They are distributed as follows:

Corozal - 1 Town
Orange Walk - 24 (11 Town, 7 Trial Farm, 1 San Estevan, 1 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 Carmelita, 1 San Felipe, 1 Trinidad, 1 from BZ City)
Belize - 7 (3 City, 3 Kolbe, 1 San Pedro)
Cayo - 10 (3 Belmopan, 2 San Ignacio, 3 Santa Familia, 1 San Jose Succotz, 1 from Maya Mopan, SC)
Stann Creek - 4 (2 Dangriga, 1 Georgetown, 1 from Bella Vista, TOL)
Toledo - 7 (1 Punta Gorda, 4 San Pedro Columbia, 1 San Miguel, 1 Golden Stream)

There were a total of 35 recovered cases and a total of 38.6% of our cases remaining active.

The KHMH's ICU - COVID area has 6 patients total, one person intubated referred from the Northern Health Region, 3 are hemodialysis patients. These are all confirmed cases, 5 males and one female.

The Northern Regional Hospital has 4 patients in their unit, 3 confirmed as positive, one as a highly suspect cases. They are all males.

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