Posted: Friday, August 21, 2020. 2:35 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Preliminary data show that 41 of 272 samples taken on Thursday returned positive for COVID-19, a majority of these coming from San Pedro and the North.
Director of Health Services Dr Marvin Manzanero made note that data continues to be sifted to establish where cases are coming from.
Five recoveries were reported and three persons are intubated at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, with another at the Southern Regional Hospital. Dr. Manzanero noted that two of these may be released later today. Of the five deaths, two had co-morbid conditions.
From the fifty-two cases reported on Thursday, a majority of cases were reported in the central and eastern Orange Walk District, as well as seven cases in Caye Caulker.
Testing continues on the GeneXpert and PCR testing. The former takes one hour to complete and positive cases are confirmed while negative cases are backstopped by PCR testing the next day.
The Ministry of Health is to release guidelines on the handling of cadavers with COVID-19 and reviewing the handling of persons being repatriated to Belize. Testing will now take place seven days after arrival based on “evolving evidence.”
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