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Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital reports 20 staff positive for COVID-19

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Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2022. 12:44 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is Belize’s chief referral hospital and presently its epicenter in the fight against COVID-19.

And some of its leading fighters, according to CEO Chandra Nisbet Cansino, are sidelined at the moment.

Cansino told reporters on Wednesday that as of Tuesday this week, no less than 40 staff members have been recently tested for COVID-19, of whom more than 20 tested positive while others await their results.

Mindful of an already burdened system being further strained, Cansino said the workload is being more equally shared: “…we have been making adjustments as needed in some cases maybe doing 12 hours shifts for a short period of time until they recover and come back to work, again none of them are seriously ill so we’re hoping and praying for the best.”

The hospital is also setting an example with protocol according to Cansino: “we are enforcing very strictly the protocols within the hospital setting, discouraging persons from eating together because that is when the masks come off and if they do then they are properly social distanced or that they take shifts to eat, that no one is letting down their guard, we’re doing little patrols in the little departments to make sure that everyone is adhering to the protocols because we need to keep our staff safe and healthy.”

At present, it is not known whether specialist clinics and other services curtailed for much of the recent wave of the pandemic will resume and when.

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