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Belize confirms 2 new cases of COVID-19

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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2020. 6:09 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Health informed that 2 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Belize today.

In a late evening release, the Office of Director of Health Services (DHS) reported that the 2 new positive cases were identified after 88 samples were processed today.

Some of the samples included the initial set picked up from contact tracing and the mapping exercise done over the weekend linked to the last 7 cases. The samples from these exposed contacts all returned negative, however, the further mapping of the cases is ongoing.

The two patients are:

– A returning male on the repatriation flight that arrived on Friday, July 10th. He is under quarantine at a hotel and is asymptomatic.

– A male in his 50’s who was seen as a patient at the San Ignacio Community Hospital over the weekend with gastrointestinal symptoms and a loss of sense of taste. This male patient was discharged to self-isolate home.

According to the DHS release, the patient has improved clinically and remains in isolation at home. The contact tracing for the San Ignacio case is currently ongoing.

Belize has one (1) additional recovered case and as such there is now a total of 16 active cases.

The Ministry of Health is advising all Belizeans to continue to remain safe, practice social distancing, always practice good hand hygiene, and wear a mask while in public.

 

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