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First Covid-19 patient in Belize is San Pedro resident

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Posted: Monday, March 23, 2020. 1:05 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Health today announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Belize.

The patient is a 38-year-old female, Belizean national who resides in San Pedro.

The patient arrived in Belize on Thursday, March 19, and sought medical attention at a private health facility with symptoms on Friday, March 20.

Her recent travel history shows she traveled from Los Angeles, California and transited through Texas.

Based on this travel history and symptoms she exhibited, Belize’s health system was alerted and due process and protocol started.

The ministry says that all necessary precautions were taken on the Ministry’s end.

The sample was processed for other flu viruses and an initial screening for COVID-19 was carried out at the same time.

It was confirmed as positive for COVID-19 at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.

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