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Unknown source of contagion could point to community spread

Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2020. 10:34 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: On Tuesday, Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero shared that the late Hubert Pipersburgh, COVID-19 patient four’s source of contagion has still not been determined. During the Ask the Experts session, he reported that there is no clear contagion link for three patients which may mean community spread.

“None of [patient 6 and 7], just like patient number four, had a clear indication of where they could have been infected, which is a little bit different from patients 1, 2, 3 and patient number five that you could connect them to an imported case,” he stated, adding that this was why it was decided to lock down the entire Cayo District. All three patients not linked are from the San Ignacio area.

On Belize’s three-tiered plan for fighting COVID-19, we are closing in on stage two, containing spread to communities.

Pipersburgh and patient six, he said, had been linked, but it was not clear who may have infected whom at this time.

In the case of patient seven, from San Ignacio, his case was picked up when he had been diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia there and referred to and diagnosed at Belmopan Western Regional Hospital.

As of Monday, he is at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on supplementary oxygen. Dr. Manzanero said he was sent there in case he needed ventilation support, but as at last report, he had not needed it.

 

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