COVID-19 in Belize and Corozal

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Saturday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 5647 (60 New, 3 Deaths)

A total of 240 samples were processed via PCR for SARS-CoV2 with 60 new cases identified.

The district distribution is as follows:

  • Corozal -13 (2 Town, 2 Xaibe, 2 San Narciso, 1 Libertad, 1 Buena Vista, 1 Calcutta, 2 from Guinea Grass OW, 1 from BZ City, 1 from San Pedro Town)
  • Belize - 16 (6 City, 1 Ladyville, 2 Los Lagos, 1 Maxboro, 1 Sandhill, 1 Mahogany Heights, 2 San Pedro, 1 from Santa Elena CY, 1 from Belmopan CY)
  • Cayo - 7 (1 Belmopan, 2 San Ignacio, 1 Santa Elena, 1 San Antonio, 1 Esperanza, 1 San Jose Succotz)
  • Stann Creek - 24 (8 Independence, 2 Placencia, 1 Seine Bight, 1 San Juan, 8 from Bella Vista TOL, 4 from Trio TOL)

There were 16 recoveries today with 43% of our cases remaining active.

There are three more deaths to report today, 2 females and one male. Two are from Orange Walk and one from Belize District. Our case fatality rate is 2.55%. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Nov 2020

Statutory Instrument 170 of 2020

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This SI 170 went into effect on 28 November 2020. It details regulations relating to mask wearing, social distancing, size of gatherings, exercising, social activities, certain businesses, schools, public transportation, ports of entry, quarantine, etc. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Nov 2020

Friday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 5587 (72 New, 10 Deaths)

A total of 266 samples were processed today with 72 positive cases identified with 27.1% positivity rate today.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 5 (2 Town, 1 San Andres, 1 San Victor, 1 Santa Elena Village)
  • Orange Walk - 9 (1 Town, 2 San Felipe, 1 San Jose, 1 San Pablo, 1 San Estevan, 1 Trinidad, 1 from Buena Vista CZ, 1 from Chunox CZ)
  • Belize - 11 (5 City, 4 Mahogany Heights, 2 Ladyville)
  • Cayo - 35 (6 Belmopan, 10 San Ignacio, 6 Santa Elena, 4 Benque Viejo del Carmen, 3 Camalote, 1 Roaring Creek, 1 Bullet Tree Falls, 1 San Jose Succotz, 1 Esperanza, 1 San Antonio, 1 St. Margaret)
  • Stann Creek - 11 (3 Dangriga, 1 Independence, 2 Santa Rosa, 1 Hopkins, 1 San Juan, 1 from Bladen TOL, 1 from Trio TOL, 1 from BZ City)
  • Toledo - 1 Elridgeville

Unfortunately, we have 10 deaths to report today; 7 males and 3 females. Not all these persons died today but were identified today; 3 persons from Cayo, 1 in Belize City, 2 Toledo, 2 Corozal and 2 in Orange Walk.

We have 35 recovered cases today so that 42.8% our cases remain active. See Source on Facebook. Posted 27 Nov 2020

Thursday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 5515 (92 New, 2 Deaths)

A total of 317 samples were processed today via the PCR template, with 92 of these turning out positive for SARS-CoV2

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal: 19 (6 Town, 2 Santa Clara, 2 Cristo Rey, 2 Patchakan, 2 Consejo, 1 Xaibe, 1 San Roman, 1 Copper Bank, 2 from OW Town)
  • OW: 10 (5 Town, 2 San Jose, 1 August Pine Ridge, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 San Pablo)
  • Belize: 18 (4 City, 5 Ladyville, 1 Mahogany Heights, 1 Burrell Boom, 1 Willows Bank, 4 San Pedro, 1 from OW Town, 1 from San Narciso CZ)
  • Cayo: 28 (8 Belmopan, 3 San Ignacio, 4 Santa Elena, 1 Benque Viejo, 2 Bullet Tree Falls, 2 Cotton Tree, 1 Roaring Creek, 1 St. Matthews, 1 San Antonio, 1 Esperanza, 1 La Gracia, 1 from Ladyville BZ, 1 from Mahogany Heights BZ, 1 from Hopkins SC)
  • Stann Creek: 7 (1 Placencia, 2 Pomona, 2 Santa Rosa, 1 from Bella Vista TOL, 1 from Santa Cruz TOL)
  • Toledo: 10 (5 Punta Gorda, 2 San Marcos, 2 San Antonio, 1 Big Falls)

We have 35 recovered cases today so that 42.8% of our patients remain active.

We have two deaths to report today - a male from the Toledo district and a female from Orange Walk District. See Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Nov 2020

GOB Press Release 26 Nov 2020, 1pm

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MOH Announces New Measures for COVID-19

One of the priority campaign areas of this new administration was to develop and share a new strategy for COVID-19 going forward. After a very immediate and intense review along with several consultations, the Minister of Health and Wellness Hon. Michel Chebat, SC on the advice of Cabinet has approved the following recommendations to increase the response for change through specific key areas: Epidemiological surveillance, hospital and lab capacity, medical and pharmaceutical supplies and risk communication and education for behavior change.

See Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Nov 2020

Wednesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 5423 (88 New, 4 deaths)

A total of 342 tests were done today with a total of 88 new cases identified, this is a positivity rate of 25.7%.

The geographic distribution is as follows:

  • Corozal - 1 (town)
  • Orange Walk - 31 (11 Town, 2 San Jose Palmar, 3 Trial Farm, 1 Yo Creek, 1 August Pine Ridge, 2 San Estevan, 2 San Antonio, 1 San Roman, 2 San Luis, 1 Guinea Grass, 2 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 from Santa Clara CZ, 1 from San Joaquin CZ, 1 from Georgetown SC)
  • Belize - 35 (22 City, 3 Mahogany Heights, 2 Ladyville, 1 Lord’s Bank, 1 Rhaburn Ridge, 2 Gardenia, 2 Caye Caulker, 2 KOLBE)
  • Cayo - 21 (1 Belmopan, 8 San Ignacio, 6 Santa Elena, 2 Benque Viejo, 1 Santa Familia, 1 Duck Run III, 1 Bullet Tree Falls, 1 Esperanza)

We have 4 deaths to report, 2 males and 2 females; two persons are from the Toledo districts, 1 from Belize District and one from the Cayo District.

Another baby was delivered yesterday in San Ignacio (mom is positive for COVID-19), both the mom and baby are doing okay.

We have 87 recoveries today, 42.6% of our cases remain active today. See Source on Facebook. Posted 25 Nov 2020

Tuesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 5335 (86 New, 5 Deaths)

A total of 241 samples were processed today with 86 new cases of SARS CoV2 identified.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 4 (2 Town, 1 San Narciso, 1 San Pedro Village)
  • Belize - 23 (21 City, 1 Ladyville, 1 from OW Town)
  • Cayo - 13 (2 Santa Elena, 4 Benque Viejo, 3 Bullet Tree Falls, 2 Santa Familia, 2 Central Farm)
  • Stann Creek - 46 (5 Dangriga, 7 Independence, 4 Santa Rosa, 3 Red Bank, 3 San Pablo, 3 Maya Mopan, 1 San Isidro, 1 Thatch Caye, 1 Mayan King, 1 South Stann Creek, 9 from Bella Vista TOL, 1 from Trio TOL, 1 from Bladden TOL, 1 from Santa Cruz TOL, 1 from Punta Gorda TOL, 1 from Progresso CZ, 1 from BZ City, 1 from Santa Elena CY, 1 from Benque Viejo CY)

We have 22 recovered cases today.

We have 5 more deaths to report today. Four males and 1 female ranging in ages from 53 to 91 years; 3 are from Corozal District and 2 from Stann Creek.

We have also had two deliveries in positive cases at the Punta Gorda Hospital, both females and their newborns are doing okay. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Nov 2020

Monday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 5249 (67 New, 4 Deaths)

A total of 252 samples were processed today with 67 being positive for SARS-CoV2, this is a positivity rate of 26.6% today.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 2 (1 Libertad, 1 Sarteneja)
  • Orange Walk - 1 Douglas
  • Belize - 11 (7 City, 3 Ladyville, 1 from Concepcion CZ)
  • Cayo - 23 (9 Belmopan, 5 San Ignacio, 3 San Antonio, 2 Camalote, 1 Santa Familia, 1 Armenia, 1 Barton Creek, 1 from OW Town)
  • Stann Creek - 18 (5 Independence, 1 Santa Cruz, 2 Santa Rosa, 1 San Juan, 1 San Isidro, 1 Silk Grass, 1 Hope Creek, 5 from Bella Vista TOL, 1 from Trio TOL)
  • Toledo - 12 (7 Punta Gorda, 1 Bella Vista, 1 Hicattee, 1 San Antonio, 1 Bladden, 1 from Hattieville BZ)

We have 4 more deaths to report today, all 4 from the Corozal district, 3 males and one female. Their ages ranges from 43 to 72 years. Our case fatality rate is now at 2.3%.

We have 35 recoveries so that 42.9% of our cases remain active.

The infographic tonight reflects active cases per district and deaths recorded per district. See Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Nov 2020

Sunday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 5183 (73 New, 4 Deaths)

A total of 254 samples were processed today, 73 of these were positive for a positivity rate of 28.7%.

The geographic breakdown is as follows:

  • Corozal - 1 (1 Xaibe)
  • Orange Walk - 17 (8 Town, 2 Trial Farm, 2 San Jose, 1 Carmelita, 1 San Jose Palmar, 1 San Pablo, 2 from Progresso, Czl)
  • Belize - 11 (7 City, 1 Hattieville, 1 Burrel Boom, 1 from Laguna, TOL 1 from Concepcion, Czl)
  • Cayo - 32 (11 San Ignacio, 9 Belmopan, 3 San Antonio, 2 Roaring Creek, 2 Camalote, 1 San Jose Succtoz, 1 Benque Viejo del Carmen, 1 Cotton Tree, 1 Bullet Tree Falls, 1 Teakettle)
  • Toledo - 12 (7 Punta Gorda, 1 San Marcos, 1 San Jose, 1 San Miguel, 1 San Antonio, 1 Forest Home)

There are 4 deaths to report today: two persons died at KHMH, a female from the Cayo District and a male in his 60s from Corozal; a female in her 70’s from Xaibe who died at the Corozal Community Hospital and a male in his 60s at the Western Regional Hospital.

There are 42 recoveries tonight and a total of 42.9% of our cases are currently active. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Nov 2020

Saturday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 5110 (54 New, 5 Deaths)

A total of 239 samples have been processed so far today, with 54 samples reactive for SARS-CoV2, today’s positivity rate is 22.6%.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 2 (1 Patchakan, 1 San Victor)
  • Orange Walk - 9 (4 Town, 1 Yo Creek, 1 San Jose, 1 Santa Martha, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 from Progresso, CZ)
  • Belize -15 (4 City, 6 Ladyville, 1 Lord’s Bank, 1 Maskall, 2 San Pedro, 1 from OW Town)
  • Cayo - 21 (6 Belmopan, 4 San Ignacio, 3 Santa Elena, 1 Armenia, 1 Camalote, 1 Cotton Tree, 1 Teakettle, 1 Esperanza, 1 from Belize City, 1 from Burrell Boom BZ, 1 from Jalacte TOL)
  • Stann Creek - 7 (1 Dangriga, 1 Independence, 1 Hopkins, 1 SC Valley, 1 Mullins River, 1 from Punta Gorda TOL, 1 from Ladyville BZ)

There are 5 deaths to report, 2 males and 3 females. Three of the 5 were at KHMH’s COVID-19 unit and had been critically ill for days, the other two persons were being treated at the Northern Regional Hospital.

Seven patients remain critically ill at KHMH.

There were 40 recoveries today, so that 43% of our cases remain active. See Source on Facebook. Posted 21 Nov 2020

Friday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 5056 (38 New, 5 Deaths)

A total of 119 samples were processed today with 38 samples being reactive for SARS-CoV2 for a positivity rate of 31.9%.

The distribution process is as follows:

  • Corozal - 2 (1 San Narciso, 1 town)
  • Orange Walk -15 (10 Town, 2 Trial Farm, 1 Yo Creek, 1 San Jose, 1 from Santa Elena)
  • Belize - 6 (2 Ladyville, 2 San Pedro, 1 City, 1 from Concepcion, CZ)
  • Cayo - 15 (6 San Ignacio, 3 Santa Elena, 1 Camp Belizario, 1 Ontario, 1 Georgeville, 1 Benque Viejo del Carmen, 1 Belmopan, 1 Santa Familia)

There are 5 deaths to report today: 3 males from Corozal, 2 in their 60s from Concepcion and Corozal Town and 1 in his 70s form San Narciso, 2 from Orange Walk, 1 male in his 50s from Orange Walk Town and and 1 female in her 90s from Trial Farm.

There are 17 recoveries so that 43.2% of our cases remain active.

As we move to scale up testing given the increasing numbers, all regional hospitals and most community hospitals have now implemented rapid testing for symptomatic patients and those close contacts of confirmed cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 20 Nov 2020

Thursday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 5018 (60 New, 2 Deaths)

A total of 323 samples were processed today, 60 of these were positive for SARS-CoV2, this is a positivity rate of 18.58% for today’s samples.

The geographic breakdown is as follows:

  • Corozal = 1 (1 San Victor)
  • Orange Walk =15 (9 Town, 2 Trial Farm, 2 Carmelita, 1 San Jose, 1 Santa Cruz)
  • Belize = 15 (11 City, 1 Ladyville, 1 from San Pedro, 1 from Hopkins, 1 from Santa Rosa)
  • Cayo = 26 (18 Belmopan, 4 Camalote, 2 Santa Elena, 1 San Antonio, 1 Duck Run)
  • Stann Creek = 3 (2 Dangriga, 1 from Blackman Eddy, CY)

There are 2 deaths to report, 1 male in his 80’s from Santa Cruz Orange Walk who had been feeling ill at home with cough and shortness of breath, he died at home and 1 female in her 70’s from Duck Run.

There are 63 recoveries today and our active cases now represent 43.3% of our total identified cases.

Given that the majority of deaths are in the elderly population, it is important that we as a family and as a community take all necessary measures and precautions in minimizing their risk of infection. Avoid all unnecessary visits and exposures for the older populations. If you have an elderly family member who has a chronic illness, do ensure that they are taking their medications as prescribed, eating healthy and hydrating well.

Wednesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4958 (38 New, 4 Deaths)

A total of 164 samples were processed today with 38 cases of SARS-CoV2 identified, this is a positivity rate of 23.2%.

The geographic distribution of these cases is:

  • Corozal - 1 (1 Calcutta)
  • Orange Walk -14 (4 town, 4 San Jose, 2 San Lorenzo, 1 August Pine Ridge, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 San Luis, 1 San Joaquin)
  • Belize - 11 (9 City, 1 from Santa Familia CY, 1 from Paraiso CZL)
  • Cayo - 7 (3 Belmopan, 2 Teakettle, 1 Benque Viejo del Carmen, 1 Camalote)
  • Stann Creek - 4 (2 Independence, 1 Red Bank, 1 Valley Community)
  • Toledo - 1 (1 San Antonio)

We have 4 deaths to report tonight, all are males. Three males (Calcutta, Benque Viejo, Independence) were in their 80s and one male in his 90s (Valley Community).

A total of 20 cases recovered today so that 43.9% of our cases remain active. See Source on Facebook. Posted 18 Nov 2020

Tuesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4920 (37 New, 2 Deaths)

A total of 166 samples were processed today with 37 of these being reactive for SARS-CoV2.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 5 (2 Town, 1 Ranchito, 1 Concepcion, 1 from OW Town)
  • Orange Walk - 11 (6 OW Town, 2 Guinea Grass, 1 San Jose Palmar, 1 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 San Lazaro)
  • Belize - 9 (6 City, 2 San Pedro, 1 from San Pedro swabbed in City)
  • Cayo - 11 (6 Belmopan, 2 Cotton Tree, 1 Bullet Tree, 1 Bullet Tree, 1 Esperanza)
  • Toledo - 1 from Independence swabbed in PG.

There are 2 deaths to report, one female in her late 50’s from Orange Walk and a male in his 70’s from Belmopan. This brings the total case fatality rate to 1.95%.

There are 52 recoveries today so that 43.98% of our cases remain active.

Today also marks the one year anniversary of the 1st case of COVID-19 back in China, a day when the world now reports more than 55.9 million cases and more than 1.3 million deaths with countries now experiencing a second wave - prevention a year later remains key. See Source on Facebook. Posted 17 Nov 2020

Monday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4883 (22 New, 4 Deaths)

A total of 69 samples have been processed so far with 22 new cases identified, further samples are being processed tonight.

Of the new cases identified, they are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 5 (2 Town, 1 San Narciso, 1 San Roman, 1 Ranchito)
  • Orange Walk - 1 in town
  • Belize - 7 (1 City, 4 Ladyville, 1 from San Victor, Czl, 1 San Ignacio, CY)
  • Cayo - 8 (7 Belmopan, 1 San Antonio)
  • Stann Creek - 1 from Bella Vista, Toledo

There are 4 deaths to report, 3 males and one female. Two are from Toledo District, one from Orange Walk in his 70s and one female from Corozal. This brings our case fatality rate to 1.93%.

There are 10 recovered cases to report so that 44.7% of our cases remain active.

Note also tonight’s infographic highlights the number of active cases per district and the number of death per district. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Nov 2020

Sunday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4861 (78 New, 2 Deaths)

A total of 256 samples were processed today with 78 cases of SARS-CoV2 detected, this is a positivity rate of 30.5% for today.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 22 (12 Town, 2 San Andres, 2 San Narciso, 2 Libertad, 1 Paraiso, 1 San Roman, 2 From Santa Elena, CY)
  • Orange Walk - 23 (8 OW Town, 5 San Jose, 3 San Pablo, 2 Douglas, 2 Guinea Grass, 1 Tower Hill, 1 Yo Creek, 1 San Lorenzo)
  • Belize - 20 (12 City, 4 Kolbe, 1 Ladyville, 1 San Pedro, 1 from Belmopan, 1 from Bella Vista, TOL)
  • Cayo - 8 (5 Belmopan, 1 Valley of Peace, 1 San Ignacio, 1 Benque Viejo del Carmen)
  • Stann Creek - 4 (1 Dangriga, 1 Georgetown, 1 from Bella Vista, TOL, 1 from Bladden, TOL)
  • Toledo - 1 from San Marcos

We have two more deaths to report today, one is a female in her 90s who was been managed in private sector but died at the Western Regional Hospital. The second case is in a male in his 70s who died at the San Ignacio Community Hospital.

We have 34 recoveries to report today for a total of 44.7% of cases that remain active. See Source on Facebook. Posted 15 Nov 2020

Saturday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4783 (68 New, 3 Deaths)

A total of 241 tests were processed with 68 samples positive for SARS-CoV2, this is a positivity rate of 28.2% for today.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 8 (3 Town, 1 Libertad 1 from Chunox, 1 from Caledonia, 1 from San Roman OW, 1 from Springfield CY)
  • Orange Walk - 17 (14 Town, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Estevan, 1 from Caledonia CZ)
  • Belize - 15 (11 City, 2 Kolbe, 1 Western Paradise, 1 from Benque Viejo, CY)
  • Cayo - 7 (2 Belmopan, 3 Santa Elena, 1 San Antonio, 1 Victor Galvez Stadium in Quarantine)
  • Stann Creek - 21 (2 Dangriga, 3 Hopkins, 1 Placencia, 1 Sarawee, 1 Santa Cruz, 1 Pomona, 1 Maya Center, 1 Mayan King, 1 Maya Mopan, 1 San Roman, 1 Red Bank, 3 from Bella Vista-TOL, 1 from Trio-TOL, 1 from San Pedro Columbia-TOL, 1 from Douglas-OW, 1 from Belmopan-CY)

We have 3 deaths to report today: 2 males from Orange Walk and one from Belize City, one in his 40s, one in his 60s and one in his 70s. This brings our case fatality rate to 1.84%.

In last night’s infographic, we had listed details of 9/10 deaths, the 10th case was a male from Corozal.

We have 25 recovered cases today, this brings our active case percentage to 44.6%. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Nov 2020

Friday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4715 (119 New, 10 Deaths)

A total of 385 samples were processed today with 119 cases positive for SARS-CoV2, this is a positivity rate of 30.9% for today.

The geographic distribution is as follows:

  • Corozal - 18 (6 Town, 2 Santa Clara, 2 Paraiso, 1 Louisville, 1 Ranchito, 1 San Antonio, 1 Chunox, 2 from Springfield CY, 1 from OW Town, 1 from Shipyard)
  • Orange Walk - 26 (13 Town, 4 San Jose, 2 Carmelita, 2 San Lazaro, 1 San Jose Palmar, 1 Trial Farm , 1 Fireburn, 1 Shipyard and 1 from Corozal Town)
  • Belize - 50 (26 City, 12 Kolbe, 4 Ladyville , 2 Lords Bank, 1 San Pedro, 1 San Hill, 1 St Paul’s Bank, 1 Mullins River, 1 from Corozal Town, 1 from Concepcion CZ)
  • Cayo - 4 (2 Belmopan, 1 Cotton Tree, 1 from Belize City)
  • Stann Creek - 7 (1 Maya King, 2 from Bell Vista TOL, 2 from Trio TOL, 1 from San Jose TOL, 1 from San Lazaro OW)
  • Toledo - 14 (6 Punta Gorda, 3 San Marcos, 2 Eldridgeville, 1 Silver Creek, 1 Hopeville, 1 Big Falls)

Unfortunately we have 10 deaths to report today, 8 males and 2 females distributed as follows:

  • Three males from Corozal: one in his 90s, one in his 80s and one in his late 50s.
  • Three from Orange walk: 2 males in their 60s and 1 female in her late 40s.
  • Two from Cayo: a male in his 90s and a female in her 50s
  • One male in his 60s from Belize City.

Three persons died at the KHMH’s COVID-19 unit, the others died either at the community / regional hospitals or were pronounced dead on arrival at public health facilities. Our case fatality rate is now 1.86%.

There are 26 recoveries today with 44.3% of our cases remaining active. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Nov 2020

Thursday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4596 (76 New)

There were a total of 258 samples processed today, with 76 of them positive for SARS-CoV2, this is a positivity rate of 29.5%.

The geographic distribution is as follows:

  • Corozal - 19 (9 Town, 3 San Narciso, 1 San Andres, 1 Ranchito, 1 Concepcion, 1 Santa Clara, 1 Carolina, 1 Libertad, 1 Cristo Rey)
  • Orange Walk - 9 (4 Town, 2 Trial Farm, 2 San Luis, 1 San Lazaro)
  • Belize - 18 (16 City, 1 Sunset Park, 1 from Caledonia CZ)
  • Stann Creek - 28 (2 Independence, 10 San Juan, 2 Seine Bight, 2 South Stann Creek, 1 Placencia, 1 Sagitun, 1 Maya Mopan, 5 from Bella Vista TOL, 2 from Belmopan CY, 2 from Benque Viejo CY)
  • Toledo - 2 Punta Gorda

We have 28 recoveries to report so that 43.7% of our cases remain active.

We need to continue to remind ourselves that the numbers in some areas are going up, so that the essential prevention measures such as practicing physical distancing; wearing a mask properly and avoiding large / social gatherings is of paramount importance in cutting back on the number of cases.

While we acknowledge that COVID-19 is here to stay, we do want to minimize the morbidity and mortality associated with it and avoid overwhelming our health system. See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Nov 2020

Wednesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4520 (106 New, 2 Deaths)

A total of 411 samples were processed today with 106 new cases identified, this is a positivity rate of 25.8%.

The geographic distribution is as follows:

  • Corozal - 35 (17 Town, 4 Xaibe, 3 Concepcion, 2 San Narciso, 2 Paraiso, 2 Ranchito, 2 San Joaquin, 1 Buena Vista, 1 Calcutta, 1 Caledonia)
  • Orange Walk - 30 (19 OW Town, 1 San Lorenzo, 1 Tower Hill, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Joaquin, 1 Yo Creek, 1 August Pine Ridge, 2 from Biscayne, 1 from Maypen, 1 from San Pedro, 1 from City)
  • Belize - 12 (9 City, 2 OW Town, 1 from Patchakan)
  • Cayo - 3 (2 Santa Familia, 1 Belmopan)
  • Stann Creek - 7 (1 Dangriga, 1 Red Bank, 1 Independence, 1 San Juan, 1 Placencia, 1 from Bella Vista TOL, 1 from Belmopan)
  • Toledo - 19 (15 Punta Gorda, 2 San Miguel, 1 Forest Home, 1 from Belmopan)

There are 2 deaths to report today, both males, 1 in his early 40’s from Corozal and one in his late 70’s from Belize, they both died at KHMH’s COVID-19 unit. Our case fatality rate stands at 1.66%.

We had 45 recoveries today with 43.4% of our cases now remaining active.

Four patients remain critically ill at KHMH.

We can also confirm that a second brand of rapid tests have arrived and will now undergo an internal validation process in support of the existing SD Biosensor that is currently being scaled up across the country. See Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Nov 2020

Tuesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4414 (185 New, 2 Deaths)

This is our update for today, with a record number of samples via a PCR platform done in a single day - a total of 524 tests.

We also have to report a record number of positive cases for a single day with a total of 185 new cases identified today, this gives a positivity rate of 35.3% for today.

The geographic distribution is as follows:

  • Corozal - 38 (17 Town, 3 San Joaquin, 4 San Roman, 3 Copper Bank, 3 San Narciso, 2 San Pedro Village, 1 Libertad, 1 San Victor, 1 Santa Clara, 1 Concepcion, 1 from BZ City, 1 from Ladyville, BZ)
  • Orange Walk - 21 (10 Town, 4 Trial Farm, 2 Guinea Grass, 2 San Estevan, 2 Carmelita, 1 from Punta Gorda, TOL)
  • Belize - 33 (24 City, 5 Ladyville, 2 Sandhill, 1 Lord’s Bank, 1 from Camalote, CY)
  • Cayo - 46 (18 Belmopan, 3 San Ignacio, 6 Santa Elena, 3 Benque Viejo del Carmen, 4 Bullet Tree Falls, 4 Santa Familia, 3 Duck Run III, 2 Teakettle, 2 San Jose Succotz, 1 Esperanza)
  • Stann Creek - 43 (8 Independence, 13 Red Bank, 2 Mayan King, 2 San Juan, 2 San Pablo, 1 Hopkins, 1 South Stann Creek, 1 Georgetown, 1 Arnold Farm, 1 San Roman, 1 Santa Cruz, 10 from Bella Vista TOL)
  • Toledo - 4 (1 Punta Gorda, 2 Hopeville, 1 Big Falls)

We thank the Central Medical Laboratory staff for their ongoing tireless efforts in the processing of samples as they have been processing samples on a daily basis for months now.

There were 54 recovered cases today so that 43.1% of our cases remain active now, a percentage we had not seen since August.

We have two more deaths two report today, a male in his 80s from Corozal who died at the Corozal Community Hospital. The second is also a male who died at KHMH’s COVID Unit. The case fatality rate stands now at 1.65%.

KHMH also is also reporting a successful delivery of a baby whose mom had been documented as a COVID-19 patient, both the mom and child have been counter-referred to the Western Regional Hospital. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Nov 2020

Monday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4230 (54 New, 1 Death)

A total of 176 samples were processed today with 54 new cases identified today, this is a positivity rate of 30.7%.

The geographic distribution of today’s cases are as follows:

  • Corozal - 1 from Paraiso
  • Orange Walk - 14 (7 Town, 3 Trial Farm, 2 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 San Estevan)
  • Belize - 28 (11 Kolbe, 9 City, 2 Ladyville, 1 Hattieville, 1 Sunset Park, 1 Burrell Boom, 2 from San Ignacio, 1 from Belmopan)
  • Cayo - 6 (3 Buena Vista, 1 San Ignacio, 1 Santa Elena, 1 Esperanza)
  • Stann Creek - 3 (1 Independence, 2 Bella Vista TOL)
  • Toledo - 2 (1 Punta Gorda, 1 Bladden)

There is 1 death to report, a female in her 60’s from Orange Walk who died at the COVID-19 unit at the KHMH.

There are 22 recoveries for a total of 41.9% of cases being active.

There are currently 3 patients connected to a ventilator and one patient who had been successfully extubated has been counter-referred to the Southern Regional Hospital. We keep highlighting the issue of intubated patients as these are usually the more critical ones in the unit; the unit has a total of 12 confirmed cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Nov 2020

Sunday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4176 (98 New, 2 Deaths)

A total of 286 samples were processed today with 98 samples positive for SARS-CoV2, this is a positivity rate of 34.3% in today’s samples.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 5 (3 Town, 1 San Narciso, 1 from Belmopan CY)
  • Orange Walk - 13 (8 Town, 1 Trial Farm, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 August Pine Ridge, 1 from CZ Town, 1 from Chunox, CZ)
  • Belize - 17 (9 City, 5 KOLBE, 1 Ladyville, 1 Hattieville, 1 Caye Caulker)
  • Cayo - 38 (8 Belmopan, 2 San Ignacio, 3 Santa Elena, 5 Benque Viejo del Carmen, 8 Camalote, 6 Bullet Tree Falls, 3 Buena Vista, 2 Roaring Creek, 1 Esperanza)
  • Stann Creek - 8 (1 Dangriga, 1 Independence, 4 from Bella Vista TOL, 1 from Bladen TOL, 1 from Belmopan, CY)
  • Toledo - 17 (11 Punta Gorda, 3 Indianville, 1 Big Falls, 1 Elridgeville, 1 at community outside of Punta Gorda - "the Dump")

There are two deaths to report, one is a 66 year old male with history of obesity, diabetes and hypertension who had been ill at home and had not sought medical care, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Northern Regional Hospital. The other person is a 25 year old male, from Corozal, further details will be provided later. He had been seeking medical care in private sector. Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.68%.

We had 11 recoveries today, which means that 41.7% of our cases remain active. We had not had this percentage of active cases since the middle of September.

There are currently 4 intubated patients at KHMH’s COVID ICU unit; we also note that private sector has 2 confirmed cases hospitalized, including one of our very own health care workers. There is also a highly suspect case at a private institution in Belize City, also intubated.

We are monitoring hospitalization rates closely as the numbers at KHMH have remained constant and there are currently 13 confirmed cases hospitalized. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Nov 2020

Saturday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4076 (60 New, 1 Death)

A total of 187 samples were processed today with 60 new cases identified, today’s positivity rate is 32.1%.

The cases are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 7 (3 Ranchito, 2 Town, 1 Santa Clara, 1 San Narciso)
  • Orange Walk - 15 (6 Town, 4 San Estevan, 2 Douglas, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Jose Palmar, 1 from San Pedro)
  • Belize - 15 ( 11 City, 2 Kolbe, 1 Hattieville, 1 from San Pedro Colombia)
  • Cayo - 14 (6 from Belmopan, 3 San Jose Succotz, 1 Santa Elena, 1 Benque Viejo del Carmen, 1 Unitedville, 1 Duck Run III, 1 REPAT from Santa Cruz, Stann Creek)
  • Stann Creek - 8 (2 Independence, 1 Santa Rosa, 1 Maya Mopan, 3 Bella Vista TOL, 1 San Pablo TOL.)

There is 1 more death to report, this is a male in his 80’s from Orange Walk. The person had a history of hypertension and had been having respiratory symptoms for at least 72 hours but for which care had not been sought in the public sector. Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.67%.

There are 23 recoveries today with 40.6% of our cases now active. See Source on Facebook. Posted 7 Nov 2020

Friday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 4016 (39 New, 1 Death)

A total of 96 samples were processed today with 39 new cases identified, this is a positivity rate of 40.6, one of the highest we have had.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 7 (4 Town, 1 Libertad, 1 San Antonio, 1 San Joaquin)
  • Orange Walk - 19 (10 Town, 3 San Jose, 1 San Pablo, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 August Pine Ridge, 1 Yo Creek, 1 from Chunox CZ, 1 from BZ City)
  • Belize - 9 (7 City, 1 from CZ Town, 1 from Patchakan CZ)
  • Cayo - 2 (1 Belmopan, 1 Benque Viejo)
  • Stann Creek - 2 (1 Independence, 1 from Banana Bank CY)

There were 7 recovered cases today.

We have one more death to report, this is a female in her 50s from San Estevan. She had other co-morbidities and died at NRH. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Nov 2020

Thursday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 3977 (72 New, 2 Deaths)

A total of 242 samples were processed today, 72 of these were positive for a positivity rate of 29.8%.

The geographic breakdown is as follows:

  • Corozal - 5 (3 Town, 1 Libertad, 1 Santa Clara)
  • Orange Walk - 36 (14 Town, 4 Trial Farm, 4 San Jose, 3 Guinea Grass, 2 San Jose Palmar, 2 Douglas, 2 Tower Hill, 1 San Pablo, 1 San Estevan, 1 Santa Cruz, 1 from Progresso, 1 from San Ignacio)
  • Belize - 5 (4 City, 1 from Blue Creek TOL)
  • Cayo - 3 (1 Belmopan, 1 San Ignacio, 1 Bullet Tree)
  • Stann Creek - 21 (9 from Bella Vista TOL, 3 from Trio TOL, 1 from Golden Stream TOL, 1 from Bladden TOL, 4 Independence, 1 Santa Rosa, 1 Placencia, 1 Red Bank)
  • Toledo - 2 ( 1 Punta Gorda, 1 Laguna)

There are 2 deaths to report today, both males, 1 from Orange Walk, in his 80’s, he died at KHMH’s ICU COVID-unit. The second male is from San Ignacio who had been swabbed as a highly symptomatic case and has been confirmed as a positive case. Our case fatality rate is now 1.66%.

There were 30 recoveries today so that 39.9% of our cases remain active today. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Nov 2020

CTC Re-opens after thorough Sanitation

The Corozal Town Council hereby informs the public that its office re-opened as of 9:00AM this morning, following the thorough sanitization of the building carried out on Wednesday, November 4th.

The immediate closure was prompted when two Traffic Wardens tested positive for COVID19. Upon showing symptoms of the flu 11 days ago, they were required to take the appropriate test and remain on quarantine at home pending their results. When those results returned positive on Tuesday, November 3rd, the Council, in consultation with health authorities, decided to close immediately and conduct the necessary sanitization as a precautionary measure. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Nov 2020

Wednesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 3905 (115 New, 3 Deaths)

A total of 388 tests were processed today with 115 new cases of COVID-19 identified, this is a positivity rate of 29.6% for today.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 43 (19 Town, 5 Ranchito, 5 Libertad, 2 Copper Bank, 2 San Victor, 1 San Narciso, 1 San Andres, 1 San Roman, 1 Concepcion, 1 Calcutta, 1 Santa Clara, 1 Chan Chen, 1 San Joaquin, 1 San Pedro Village, 1 from Belize City)
  • Orange Walk - 7 (5 Town, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Estevan)
  • Belize - 25 (13 City, 1 PGIA from Yo Creek OW, 3 Ladyville, 1 Lord’s Bank, 1 Hattieville, 1 Burrell Boom, 1 Biscayne, 1 Mahogany Heights, 1 San Pedro, 1 from San Jose OW, 1 from Hope Creek SC)
  • Cayo -15 (9 Belmopan, 2 Santa Elena, 2 Benque Viejo, 1 Roaring Creek, 1 Billy White)
  • Stann Creek - 17 (1 Dangriga, 3 Santa Cruz, 1 Placencia, 1 Alta Vista, 1 Cow Creek, 10 from Bella Vista TOL)
  • Toledo - 8 (4 Punta Gorda, 1 Big Falls, 1 San Marcos, 1 Hicatee Creek, 1 from Dangriga)

We have 31 recoveries today so that 39.6% of our cases remain active.

Unfortunately we have 3 more deaths to report, all males; two died at KHMH’s COVID-19 Unit and one at the Northern Regional Hospital   Two patients remain intubated at the KHMH and two other patients were discharged home today. Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.64%. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 Nov 2020

Tuesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 3790 (166 New, 2 Deaths)

A total of 477 samples were processed today with a record number of cases identified with a total of 166, this is a positivity of 34.8% for today.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 9 (5 Town, 2 Caledonia, 1 Concepcion, 1 from Teakettle, CY)
  • Orange Walk - 20 (14 Town, 2 Guinea Grass, 1 Carmelita, 1 San Lorenzo, 1 San Jose Palmar, 1 Trial Farm)
  • Belize - 47 (23 City, 15 Ladyville, 2 Hattieville, 1 Burrell Boom, 1 Crooked Tree, 1 Lords Bank - the following swabbed in city but they are from: 1 From Belmopan, 1 from Roaring Creek, 1 from San Ignacio, 1 from San Pedro Colombia)
  • Cayo - 36 (19 Belmopan, 5 San Ignacio, 3 Santa Elena, 2 Valley of Peace, 1 Roaring Creek, 1 Benque Viejo del Carmen, 1 San Antonio, 1 Armenia, 1 Spanish Lookout, 1 Teakettle, 1 from San Felipe OW)
  • Stann Creek - 29 (5 Dangriga, 4 Hopkins, 2 Santa Cruz, 3 Independence - the following swabbed in SC but from: 10 Bella Vista TOL, 1 Trio TOL, 1 San Isidro TOL, 1 Farm 20 Swasey TOL, 1 from Santa Marta CY, 1 from Belize City)
  • Toledo - 25 (18 Punta Gorda, 2 San Miguel, 1 San Pedro Colombia, 1 Silver Creek, 1 Jacintoville, 1 Mafredi, 1 from Pomona, SC).

There are 32 recoveries to report today with 38.7% of our cases remaining active.

Unfortunately we have two deaths to report today, both are in females, one in Corozal who was in her 60s and was classified as a sudden death; the second case is in a female in her 30s from Bella Vista and is related to the cases from the banana farms. Our case fatality rate is now at 1.61%.

Two patients remain intubated at the KHMH’s COVID-19 unit with 7 other patients hospitalized. See Source on Facebook. Posted 3 Nov 2020

Corozal Town Council Closed Until 9am Nov 5th 2020

The Corozal Town Council hereby informs the public that three employees, all Traffic Wardens, have tested positive for COVID19.

One employee showed symptoms while being on time-off and was required to take the test and remain on quarantine. The test returned positive and the employee is already recovering.

Two additional traffic wardens, upon showing symptoms of the flu, were required to take the test and remain on quarantine pending their results. Those results returned positive today. The sources of the infection are not known, and the Council is fully cooperating with Health officials.

As a result, we announce the immediate closure of Town Hall for thorough sanitization, as a precautionary measure. Our offices will re-open on Thursday, November 5th at 9:00am.

We also inform the public that since the onset of the pandemic, the Council implemented strict rules and measures to ensure the safety of our employees and the visiting public, as priority. These include: the washing of hands with soap/use of hand sanitizers and the checking of temperatures before entry, social distancing, and the wearing of facemasks.

We assure the public that the Council will continue to exercise every measure of caution to ensure everyone’s safety. We also wish our employees affected a speedy recovery. See Source on Facebook. Posted 3 Nov 2020

Monday, COVID-19 Update Including Case 3624 (47 New)

A total of 176 samples were processed today with 47 new cases identified, this is a positivity rate of 26.7%.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 9 (3 Town, 2 San Andres, 1 Paraiso, 1 Ranchito, 1 Calcutta, 1 San Narciso)
  • Orange Walk - 15 (9 Town, 5 Trial Farm, 1 Carmelita)
  • Belize - 10 (5 City, 1 Ladyville, 1 Sandhill, 1 Burrell Boom, 1 Lucky Strike, 1 Crooked Tree)
  • Cayo - 11 (4 Belmopan, 2 San Ignacio, 2 Benque Viejo Del Carmen, 1 Teakettle, 1 San Jose Succotz, 1 Duck Run 3)
  • Toledo - 2 in Punta Gorda

There were 23 recovered cases today so that 36.8% of our cases are active.

Note that this map indicates the total amount of active cases per district and Ambergris Caye.

Tonight, 2 patients remain intubated at KHMH’s ICU Covid-19 unit. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Nov 2020

Sunday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 3577 (90 New)

A total of 386 samples were processed today with 90 new cases of SARS-CoV2 having been detected. This is a positivity rate of 23.3%.

The distribution is as follows:

  • Corozal - 8 (2 San Andres, 2 San Narciso,1 Santa Rita, 1 Libertad, 1 Patchakan, 1 Concepcion)
  • Orange Walk - 31 (14 Town, 4 San Estevan, 3 Guinea Grass, 3 San Lazaro, 2 Trial Farm, 1 San Felipe, 1 Indian Church, 1 Yo Creek, 1 Carmelita, 1 Shipyard)
  • Belize - 16 (8 City, 2 San Pedro, 2 Mahogany Heights, 2 Price Barracks, 1 Sandhill, 1 from Corozal Town)
  • Cayo - 8 (2 Santa Familia, 1 BenqueViejo del Carmen, 1 Bullet Tree Falls, 1 Belmopan, 1 Camalote, 1 Roaring Creek, 1 Teakettle)
  • Stann Creek - 16 (7 Riversdale /Farm 15, 2 Indepencence, 1 Georgetown, 2 Santa Cruz, 1 Redbank, 1 Dangriga, 2 from Bella Vista ToL)
  • Toledo - 11 (10 Punta Gorda, 1 Jacintoville)

There were 47 recoveries today, so that 36.7% of our cases remain active.

The KHMH COVID-19 unit has 8 patients hospitalized with two intubated. One person was discharged today. The Northern Regional Hospital had 8 patients hospitalized - these two entities remain the most critical ones tonight.

Teams from headquarters are following closely the numbers and giving support to the situation up north, the situation at the banana farms down south and at least three active clusters in Belize City. See Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Nov 2020

Saturday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 3487 (25 New, 1 Death)

A total of 91 tests have been processed so far today with 25 new cases identified, this is a positivity rate of 27.5%.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 1 Town
  • Orange Walk - 1 Town
  • Belize - 3 (2 City, 1 Ladyville)
  • Cayo - 4 (2 Benque Viejo, 2 Santa Familia)
  • Stann Creek - 16 (3 Santa Cruz, 2 Riversdale, 2 San Juan, 1 Santa Rosa, 1 Sarawee, 1 Maya Mopan, 1 Sagitun Farm, 1 Green Gold Banana Farm, 3 from Bella Vista TOL, 1 from Big Falls TOL)

We had 12 recoveries so that 36.4% of our cases remain active.

We have one death to report, this is in a female in her 40s who had underlying conditions and died in San Ignacio.

We note the following:

  • The processing of samples taken from the banana farm workers (random sampling) has started and more cases are anticipated to happen.
  • We are following three active work related clusters in Belize City, further details will be provided tomorrow
  • Further laboratory samples are being processed through the night.
  • Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.69%.

We continue to note and get reports of poor adherence to safety/health protocols at work and ongoing social events as key events driving the numbers. See Source on Facebook. Posted 31 Oct 2020

Friday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2462 (80 New, 2 Deaths)

A total of 252 samples were processed today with 80 samples identified as positive for SARS-CoV2, this is a positivity rate of 31.7%.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 23 (6 Town, 4 Libertad, 3 Caledonia, 3 San Joaquin, 2 Ranchito, 2 San Andres, 1 Santa Rita, 1 Chunox, 1 Cristo Rey)
  • Orange Walk - 20 (13 Town, 2 Trial Farm, 2 San Jose, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 San Estevan, 1 Carmelita)
  • Belize - 20 (14 City, 4 Ladyville, 1 San Pedro, 1 from Libertad, Czl)
  • Cayo - 14 (3 Bullet Tree Falls, 3 Santa Elena, 2 Benque Viejo del Carmen, 2 Belmopan, 1 San Ignacio, 1 Camalote, 1 San Jose Succotz, 1 Douglas De Silva Camp)
  • Stann Creek -1 from Hopkins
  • Toledo - 2 from Punta Gorda

There are 21 recoveries today with 36.3% remaining active.

We have two more deaths to report, both are in males, one was at KHMH’s ICU unit and had been intubated earlier today but deteriorated rather quickly; the second male had pre-existing conditions and was classified as a sudden death with diagnosis made post-mortem.

Tonight, one patient remains intubated at KHMH’s ICU, two were discharged home earlier today so that 9 patients remains in the ICU. Nine (9) patients are at the Northern Regional Hospital, 2 at Corozal Community Hospital, 2 at Western Regional Hospital and 2 at San Ignacio Community Hospital. See Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Oct 2020

Thursday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 3382 (121 New, 4 Deaths)

This is our data for today.

A total of 415 samples were processed for RT-PCR and a 121 new cases were identified. This is a positivity rate of 29.2%. They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 47 (11 Town, 4 San Roman, 4 Xaibe, 3 San Andres, 3 San Joaquin, 3 San Narciso, 2 Santa Clara, 2 San Pedro Village, 2 Progresso, 2 Patchakan, 1 Buena Vista, 1 Calcutta, 1 Caledonia, 1 Chan Chen, 1 Ranchito, 1 Chunox, 2 from OW Town, 1 from San Jose Palmar OW, 1 from San Ignacio CY, 1 from Camalote CY)
  • Orange Walk - 20 (8 Town, 2 Yo Creek, 2 San Estevan, 2 San Pablo, 2 San Jose, 2 Guinea Grass, 1 Douglas, 1 from San Pedro Town)
  • Belize - 27 (10 City, 3 Kolbe, 1 PGIA from family cluster, 2 Lord’s Bank, 2 Hattieville, 1 Western Pines, 1 La Democracia, 1 Double Head Cabbage, 1 San Pedro, 1 Sandhill, 3 from OW Town, 1 from Yo Creek OW)
  • Cayo - 23 (3 Belmopan, 4 San Ignacio, 1 Santa Elena, 5 San Jose Succotz, 5 Santa Familia, 1 Roaring Creek, 1 Bullet Tree Falls, 1 Valley of Peace, 1 Buena Vista, 1 Douglas Da Silva Camp)
  • Stann Creek - 1 Georgetown
  • Toledo - 3 (1 Punta Gorda, 1 San Pedro Columbia, 1 from Belmopan)

There are 51 recoveries to report, this means that 35.5% of our cases remain active.

We have 4 deaths to report in the last 24 hours, 2 males and 2 females. One male in his 40s died at the Northern Regional Hospital after being hospitalized for approximately 12 hrs; he had underlying medical conditions; the second male was in his 70s and also had underlying conditions, he died at a private facility in Belize City. One female died at KHMH’s COVID-19 unit, she had been referred from the Northern Regional Hospital. The second female was swabbed post mortem as she died outside of the hospital but was a close contact of a confirmed case. Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.66%.

The cases reported in this infographic reflect only samples reported via the RT-PCR platform. Given the different testing platforms being introduced now, the data as presented will be taking a different format with the intent to continue to provide timely information for all. The 90 cases identified at Kolbe via rapid testing (and all other rapid test results) will be reported via a separate platform. See Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Oct 2020

Tuesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 3232 (32 New)

A total of 157 samples were processed today with 32 new cases identified, this is a positivity rate of 20.4%.

The 32 cases are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 4 (1 Corozal Town, 1 Chunox, 1 Chan Chen, 1 Ranchito)
  • Orange Walk - 15 (9 OW Town, 2 Trinidad, 1 Yo Creek, 1 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Jose Palmar)
  • Belize - 11 (8 KOLBE, 1 City, 1 from Libertad and 1 from Corozal Town)
  • Stann Creek - 2 (1 Dangriga and 1 from Bella Vista TOL)

There were 14 recoveries today so that 35.1% of our cases remain active.

One patient remains intubated at the KHMH’s COVID-19 unit. See Source on Facebook. Posted 27 Oct 2020

Monday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 3200 (55 New, 1 Death)

A total of 246 samples were processed today, 55 new cases identified for a positivity rate of 22.4%.

They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 6 (2 Louisville, 2 San Narciso, 1 Libertad, 1 San Pedro Village)
  • Orange Walk - 26 (9 Town, 2 San Lazaro, 3 Petville, 3 San Jose Palmar, 2 Trial Farm, 2 Yo Creek, 2 Guinea Grass, 1 Fire Burn, 1 San Felipe, 1 from San Narciso CZ)
  • Belize - 7 (4 City, 2 Ladyville, 1 San Pedro)
  • Cayo - 8 (1 Belmopan, 3 Santa Elena, 1 San Ignacio, 1 Central Farm, 1 Valley of Peace, 1 Esperanza)
  • Stann Creek - 2 (1 from Bella Vista TOL, 1 from Bladen TOL)
  • Toledo - 6 (5 Bladen, 1 Golden Stream)
  • There are 70 recoveries to report tonight so that 34.9% of our cases remain active.

    We also have another death to report, this is in a male in his 70s from Orange Walk, he was swabbed post-mortem.

    Note that the map reflects current number of active cases per district. See Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Oct 2020

    Sunday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 3145 (39 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 250 samples were processed today with 39 new cases identified, this is a positivity rate of 15.6%.

    They are distributed as follows:

  • Corozal - 12 (7 Town, 2 Chunox, 2 Cristo Rey, 1 San Joaquin)
  • Belize - 13 (10 City, 2 Price Barracks, 1 Burrell Boom)
  • Stann Creek - 11 (3 Riversdale, 2 Hopkins, 1 Independence, 5 from Bella Vista TOL)
  • Toledo - 3 (2 Bladden, 1 San Pedro Colombia)
  • Unfortunately we have another death to report today, this is in a male who died at Northern Regional Hospital, he was in his 80s so that we have reached the 50th since the start of our epidemic. The case fatality rate now stands at 1.59%.

    We have 40 recovered cases so that 36.1% of our cases remain active.

    The KHMH COVID-19 units remains with 6 patients, one ventilated. See Source on Facebook. Posted 25 Oct 2020

    Saturday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 3106 (56 New, 2 Deaths)

    A total of 343 samples were processed today, 56 of these were positive for a positivity rate of 16.3%.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Corozal - 20 (5 Town, 4 Chunox 2 San Andres, 2 Caledonia 1 Calcutta, 1 San Pedro Village, 1 Cristo Rey, 1 Copper Bank, 1 Concepcion, 1 Xaibe, 1 from San Roman)
    • Orange Walk - 26 (17 Town, 5 Trial Farm, 3 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 San Estevan)
    • Belize - 7 (3 City, 1 Sandhill, 1 Maskall, 1 Burrell Boom, 1 from San Narciso CZ)
    • Cayo - 3 (1 Belmopan, 2 Roaring Creek)

    There were 49 recoveries today so that our active cases are at 36.6% of the total identified cases.

    Two deaths are being reported in this infographic - both are males. The case reported yesterday was that of a male in his 70s who had been on dialysis, the case today is in a male also in his 70s from Orange Walk who had been on ventilation support. Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.55%.

    In terms of hospitalized cases, the Northern Regional Hospital has 2 patients hospitalized. The Western Regional Hospital has 3 hospitalized cases, all highly suspect for COVID-19, they are all males.

    The KHMH COVID-19 unit has one patient intubated, this is in a female who was referred from the Western Region, she underwent a C-section and is intubated following the C-section. The pediatric case also remains in the COVID-19 ICU unit along with 5 other adult confirmed cases and three highly suspect cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Oct 2020

    Friday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 3050 (55 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 349 samples were processed today with 55 new cases identified for a rate of 15.8%.

    The cases are distributed as follows:

    • Corozal- 13 (5 Town, 5 San Joaquin, 2 Concepcion, 1 San Narciso)
    • Belize - 27 (6 City, 10 Kolbe, 2 Ladyville, 1 Hattieville, 1 Gardenia, 1 Grace Bank, 4 San Pedro, 2 from OW Town)
    • Cayo - 9 (1 San Ignacio, 2 Santa Elena, 2 Benque Viejo, 1 Roaring Creek, 1 Camalote, 1 Teakettle, 1 Belizario Camp)
    • Stann Creek - 5 (2 Georgetown, 1 Hope Creek, 2 from Bella Vista TOL)
    • Toledo - 1 Punta Gorda

    We have 46 recoveries today so that 37.1% of our cases remain active.

    We have another death to report, this is currently not reflected in this infographic so more details will be provided tomorrow. See Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Oct 2020

    Thursday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2995 (58 New)

    A record number of samples were processed today for a total of 437 tests.

    There are 58 newly diagnosed COVID cases for a positivity rate of 13.7%.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Corozal - 11 (5 Town, 2 Carolina, 1 Santa Clara, 1 Caledonia, 1 San Andres, 1 San Joaquin)
    • Orange Walk - 19 (9 Town, 4 San Jose, 2 Trial Farm, 1 San Pablo, 1 San Estevan, 1 San Felipe, 1 from San Roman CZL but swabbed at NRH)
    • Belize - 5 (2 City, 1 San Pedro, 1 Hattieville, 1 from San Felipe swabbed in City)
    • Cayo - 10 (2 Belmopan, 1 Roaring Creek, 2 San Ignacio, 1 Santa Elena, 2 Camp Belizario Central Farm, 1 Blackman Eddy, 1 Bullet Tree Falls)
    • Stann Creek = 13 (7 Georgetown, 2 Cowpen, 1 Hopkins, 3 from Bella Vista swabbed in Independence).

    There were 70 recovered persons so that our active cases now stand at 37.5%.

    The KHMH COVID-19 has one ventilated patient and has 6 other patients including its' first pediatric case now hospitalized, a child of 6 years referred from the Northern Regional Hospital. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Oct 2020

    Wednesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2937 (51 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 331 samples were processed today with 51 new cases identified.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Corozal - 15 (6 Town, 3 San Narciso, 2 San Pedro Village, 1 San Joaquin, 1 Copper Bank, 1 Patchakan, 1 San Roman)
    • Orange Walk - 14 (5 Town, 4 Trial Farm, 2 Guinea Grass, 1 San Jose, 2 from Progresso CZ)
    • Belize - 6 (4 City, 1 Sandhill, 1 from OW Town)
    • Cayo - 2 Roaring Creek
    • Toledo - 14 (4 Punta Gorda, 10 San Pedro Columbia)

    There are 29 new recoveries so that 38.6% of our cases remain active.

    Unfortunately we have one more death to report, this is in a male who had been hospitalized from earlier in the month at the Northern Regional Hospital, he was in his 80s and died at the regional hospital. Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.57%. See Source on Facebook. Posted 21 Oct 2020

    Tuesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2886 (53 New)

    A total of 339 samples were processed today with 53 new cases identified, the positivity rate being 15.6%.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Corozal - 1 Town
    • Orange Walk - 24 (11 Town, 7 Trial Farm, 1 San Estevan, 1 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 Carmelita, 1 San Felipe, 1 Trinidad, 1 from BZ City)
    • Belize - 7 (3 City, 3 Kolbe, 1 San Pedro)
    • Cayo - 10 (3 Belmopan, 2 San Ignacio, 3 Santa Familia, 1 San Jose Succotz, 1 from Maya Mopan, SC)
    • Stann Creek - 4 (2 Dangriga, 1 Georgetown, 1 from Bella Vista, TOL)
    • Toledo - 7 (1 Punta Gorda, 4 San Pedro Columbia, 1 San Miguel, 1 Golden Stream)

    There were a total of 35 recovered cases and a total of 38.6% of our cases remaining active.

    The KHMH’s ICU - COVID area has 6 patients total, one person intubated referred from the Northern Health Region, 3 are hemodialysis patients. These are all confirmed cases, 5 males and one female.

    The Northern Regional Hospital has 4 patients in their unit, 3 confirmed as positive, one as a highly suspect cases. They are all males. See Source on Facebook. Posted 20 Oct 2020

    Monday, COVID-19 Incidence Rates

    Infographic that shows the incidence rates per 1000 population as well as the urban/rural incidence. See Source on Facebook. Posted 19 Oct 2020

    Monday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2833 (20 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 154 samples were processed with 20 new cases identified, this gives a positive rate of 12.99%.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Orange Walk - 12 (6 town, 3 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 San Estevan, 1 San Pablo, 1 Trial Farm)
    • Belize - 8 (7 city, 1 Hattieville)

    We had 22 recoveries today so that 38.7% of our cases remain active.

    We have one death to report, this is in a male in his 30’s from Trial Farm who was found gasping for breath at home and died on arrival at the Northern Regional Hospital. This person had been swabbed previously in July. The diagnosis was made post mortem. See Source on Facebook. Posted 19 Oct 2020

    SI-149 of 2020, Amends SI-136

    Click on a small image for a larger view.

    This Statutory Instrument allow more restaurant dining, repeals a regulation on travel to Belize by air, and relaxing some other quarantine measures.

    See Source on Facebook. Posted 19 Oct 2020

    Sunday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2813 (38 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 38 new cases were identified in 173 samples processed today.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Corozal - 22 (6 Town, 5 San Joaquin, 4 San Andres, 3 Copper Bank, 2 Calcutta, 1 Concepcion, 1 San Pedro Village)
    • Orange Walk - 12 (10 OW Town, 1 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 San Pablo)
    • Belize - 2 (1 City, 1 8 Miles Community)
    • Cayo - 1 in Belmopan
    • Stann Creek - 1 in Sarawee.

    In this infographic we are now reflecting the death that we had reported yesterday, this is in a female in her mid 50’s from August Pine Ridge. She had been at the KHMH’s ICU for the last two weeks.

    There are 22 recovered cases to report so that 39.1% of our cases remain active.

    Our case fatality rate is now at 1.6% showing a slow increase. See Source on Facebook. Posted 18 Oct 2020

    Saturday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2775 (47 New)

    A total of 326 samples were processed today with 47 new cases identified, this is a positivity rate of 14.4% of samples processed.

    The geographic breakdown is as follows:

    • Corozal - 13 (Corozal Town 4, San Andres 4, San Joaquin 3, Chunox 1, 1 Swabbed in Corozal but from OWT)
    • Orange Walk - 1 (San Pablo)
    • Belize - 26 (City 19, Sandhill 2, 1 each from Ladyville, Maskall, Caye Caulker, Burrell Boom and Grace Bank)
    • Cayo - 4 (1 Belmopan, 1 San Ignacio, 1 Benque, 1 San Jose Succotz)
    • Toledo - 3 (all from Bladden Village)

    There are 22 recoveries today so that 39.1% of our cases remain active. Our cumulative total is 2,775. We also note that two patients were successfully discharged home today, one from the Northern Regional Hospital and one from KHMH.

    We note the following that are of concern:

    Orange Walk has recorded its 1,000th case and that district alone accounts for 36% of all cases identified.

    Today 15 of the 47 positives were front line workers (including health staff, BDF and Coast Guard).

    Over the last 48 hrs, 5 staff from KHMH has come back with a positive result, 4 of them would have been exposed at private facilities in Belize City and the contact tracing is now being done for them.

    At least 7 health staff from the Belize Endoscopy and Gastroenterology Center have turned out positive and that has triggered a closure of the facility (they have separately issued a press release on the matter).

    We are also following a cluster originating out of the dialysis unit at Belize Health Care Partners Limited where staff and patients have turned out positive.

    In terms of Kolbe, 16 inmates are positive (7 males, 9 females) and 9 prison officers.

    Today, the Northern Regional Hospital remains with 5 patients hospitalized, all COVID-19 confirmed cases. The KHMH has 7 patients in the COVID-19 unit, none intubated.

    We are just getting a report of another death, a female from Orange Walk which isn’t reflected in this infographic. See Source on Facebook. Posted 17 Oct 2020

    Friday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2728 (46 New, 2 Deaths)

    A further 180 samples were processed today with 46 new samples being positive.

    • Corozal - 1 in Town
    • Orange Walk - 25 (9 Town, 2 Trial Farm, 3 Guinea Grass, 1 San Jose Palmar, 1 San Felipe, 1 Santa Cruz, 1 San Estevan, 2 from San Narciso CZ, 1 from Patchakan CZ, 1 from BZ City, 1 from Lord’s Bank BZ, 1 from Maya Mopan SC, 1 from Pueblo Viejo TOL)
    • Belize - 13 (6 City, 2 Ladyville, 2 Mahogany Heights, 1 Hattieville, 1 from Belmopan CY, 1 from Independence SC)
    • Cayo - 7 (3 Belmopan, 1 San Ignacio, 2 Camalote, 1 Roaring Creek)

    We have 16 recoveries to report with 38.8% of our cases remaining active.

    Unfortunately, we have two more deaths to report. Both are in males, one from the north who had been referred to the KHMH’s ICU and had been unstable over the last couple of days; the second is a person from Belize who had had a cardioembolic event and had been deteriorating until his death. Our case fatality rate stands at 1.6%. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Oct 2020

    What Does Home Quarantine Mean?

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    Advice on what you must do, as a returning Belizean, including Permanent Residents and Work Permit Holders, to satisfy the legal requirement for Home Quarantine. Included:

    • Go straight home.
    • Once home, separate yourself.
    • Self-monitoring.
    • Social distancing.
    • Practicing good hygiene.

    See Source on Facebook. Posted 15 Oct 2020

    Thursday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2682 (63 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 264 samples were processed today with 63 cases identified.

    The distribution is as follows (all districts reporting at least a case)

    • Cayo - 1 in Belmopan
    • Stann Creek - 1 in Hope Creek
    • Toledo - 2 (1 in Punta Gorda, 1 Big Falls)
    • Belize - 10 (4 city, 4 Western Pines, 1 Ladyville, 1 Kolbe)
    • Corozal - 24 (3 town, 5 Santa Clara, 4 San Joaquin, 3 Caledonia, 1 Concepcion, 1 San Victor, 1 Calcutta, 1 Paraiso, 2 San Narciso, 1 Cristo Rey, 1 Copper Bank, 1 from OW Town)
    • Orange Walk - 25 (12 OW town, 2 San Jose Palmar, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Antonio, 2 Guinea Grass, 1 San Estevan, 1 San Lazaro, 1 San Felipe, 2 San Jose, 1 Yo Creek, 1 from Xaibe in Corozal)

    We have 16 cases recovered today with a total of 38.4% of cases being active.

    Unfortunately, we have another death to report, this is a male in his 60s who was referred from the north to the KHMH on Sunday and had been in the ICU since then. He died in the early hours of today.

    Our case fatality rate is at 1.5%. See Source on Facebook. Posted 15 Oct 2020

    Wednesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2619 (34 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 248 samples were processed today with 34 cases identified.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Toledo - 1 (Punta Gorda)
    • Belize - 5 (3 city, 1 Ladyville, 1 Mahogany Heights)
    • Stann Creek - 6 (3 Dangriga, 2 Hopkins, 1 from a banana farm)
    • Corozal - 6 (3 San Roman, 1 each in San Narciso, Caledonia, Santa Clara)
    • Orange Walk - 16 (11 in town, 2 San Jose Palmar, 1 Indian Church, 2 from Progresso in Corozal)

    We have 16 recovered cases for a total of 37.5% of cases remaining active.

    We have one more death to report, this is a male from the Northern region who had been referred to KHMH due to a deteriorating respiratory function and who had been unstable for the last couple of days. Our case fatality rate stands at 1.5%.

    Two patients remain intubated at KHMH’s COVID unit. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Oct 2020

    COVID-19 Fatality Rates Per Caricom Member States

    Any death is a concern for us so we do aim to minimize morbidity and mortality all over.

    We do appreciate placing it into a regional perspective, so thanks Mr Kevin J Chen. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Oct 2020

    Tuesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2585 (16 New, 2 Deaths)

    A total of 160 tests were processed today with 16 cases identified.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Stann Creek - 1 (from Bella Vista but swabbed in Independence)
    • Toledo - 15 (6 Punta Gorda, 7 San Pedro Columbia, 1 San Miguel, 1 Aguacate)

    We have 14 recoveries to report today so that 37.4% of our cases remain active.

    Unfortunately we have two more deaths to report, one is in female in her 40s who had only minor symptoms and then died suddenly upon arrival at the Corozal Community Hospital. The second death was a male who had chronic kidney disease and was receiving dialysis, he died at KHMH in the early hours of today.

    Three patients remain intubated at the KHMH. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Oct 2020

    COVID-19 Protocols for the General Election

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    1. Voter enters polling station, shows ID and/or announce name.
    2. Voter removes mask for facial verification.
    3. Voter must sanitize finger before dipping in indelible ink.
    4. Voter dips right index finger to the first joint in the indelible ink.
    5. Voter receives ballot and a sanitized pencil from the presiding officer.
    6. Voter marks x for ONE candidate of choice on ballot paper.
    7. Voter folds ballot paper to conceal vote before placing it in the ballot box.
    8. Voter place pencil in the container for used pencil, for sanitation.
    9. Voter immediately exit polling station.

    Outside:

    1. Electors must wear face mask or other face (nose and mouth) covering.
    2. Sanitize hands before entering polling station.
    3. Disabled, Elderly and Pregnant Women will be given PRIORITY (Go directly to the front of line).

    See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Oct 2020

    Monday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2569 (38 New)

    A total of 173 samples were processed today with 38 new cases identified.

    They are from the following entities:

    • Stann Creek - 1 from Cowpen
    • Orange Walk - 2 (Town and August Pine Ridge)
    • Belize - 11 (5 City, 2 Ladyville, 2 Lord’s Bank, 2 San Pedro)
    • Corozal - 10 (1 town, 2 San Joaquin, 2 Progresso, 2 Calcutta, 1 Cristo Rey, 2 Concepcion)
    • Cayo - 14 (8 Belmopan, 2 Santa Elena, 2 Belizario Camp, 2 Benque Viejo)

    Eighteen persons recovered for a total of 37.6% of cases remaining active.

    We continue to note the ongoing transmission happening within families which is a key factor driving the numbers up; the ongoing socialization events remain a key driving factor of cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Oct 2020

    Sunday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2531 (35 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 163 samples were processed today with 35 new cases identified.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Cayo - 2 (1 in Belmopan, 1 Santa Elena)
    • Corozal - 19 (Corozal Town 8, San Joaquin 4, Concepcion 3, San Andres 2, San Roman 1, San Narciso 1)
    • Belize - 14 (City 4, Ladyville 6, Caye Caulker 2, Hattieville 1, 1 from OW town but swabbed in the city)

    We had 17 recovered cases today so that 37.4% of our cases remain active.

    We have unfortunately, another death to report, this is in a female in her late 60s from Orange Walk who had been hospitalized at KHMH’s ICU. Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.46%. See Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Oct 2020

    Saturday, COVID Update Through Case 2496 (69 New, 1 Death)

    A total number of 428 tests were processed with 69 new cases identified.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Corozal = 2 (1 Cristo Rey, 1 San Joaquin)
    • Orange Walk = 29 ( Town 15, Carmelita 5, Trial Farm 3, Guinea Grass 2, San Jose Palmar 1, Yo Creek 1, Trinidad 1, August Pine Ridge 1)
    • Belize = 17 (City 9, 8 Miles Community 3, Ladyville 2, Western Pines 1, Lords Bank 1 and 1 from Calcutta but swabbed in Belize)
    • Cayo = 12 (7 at Belizario Camp Central Farm, 2 Santa Elena, 2 San Jose Succotz, 1 Benque Viejo del Carmen)
    • Stann Creek = 3 (1 Dangriga, 1 Hope Creek, 1 Georgetown)
    • Toledo = 6 (3 San Antonio, 1 San Pedro Colombia, 1 Indian Creek, 1 Fairweather Camp Punta Gorda)

    We have one more death to report, this is in a male in his 60’s who had not had any interaction with the system and was brought in and died upon arrival at KHMH, the diagnosis was done post mortem.

    We have 44 recoveries today so that our active cases stand at 37.2% of our cases.

    (As we are processing this infographic we are being alerted of another death at KHMH not reflected in this infographic) See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Oct 2020

    186 COVID Positive Front Line Workers

    This is what we have in our official data base up until 8 October 2020.

    Do note that this is contingent on how persons report themselves when seeking services and this doesn’t mean all these cases are active as these are from when the pandemic numbers started for Belize.

    Thanks to Mr. Javan Chavarria and the Epidemiology Unit for their ongoing support and work behind the scenes. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Oct 2020

    Friday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2427 (54 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 260 samples were processed today with 54 new cases identified.

    The distribution is as follows:

    • Cayo - 2 (Belmopan and San Ignacio)
    • Orange Walk - 6 (2 in town, 1 Indian Church, 1 San Jose, 1 Fire Burn, 1 Guinea Grass)
    • Belize - 6 (4 City, 1 Crooked Tree, 1 Scotland Halfmoon)
    • Stann Creek - 6 (1 Dangriga, 1 Placencia, 4 from Bella Vista, Toledo but identified in Stann Creek)
    • Corozal - 34 (8 town, 3 Ranchito, 6 San Joaquin, 2 each in Calcutta, Concepcion, Patchakan, Caledonia; 1 each in Cristo Rey, Progresso, Paraiso, Xaibe, San Narciso, Libertad, Chunox, 1 from Bella Vista, Toldeo and 1 from Nuevo San Juan, OW)

    We have 28 cases recovered with 37.3% of our cases being active.

    We have one more death to report, this is in a female in her 40s who had underlying health conditions and who had just been identified as a positive case yesterday. Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.44%.

    For now, KHMH has 10 patients in the COVID-19 area, 3 of them ventilated; the Northern Regional Hospital has 9 patients and the Corozal Community Hospital has 5 patients. Given the increasing numbers, the number of hospitalized patients is expected to increase. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Oct 2020

    Active Cases in the Corozal District by Community

    This is data updated as of yesterday, 8 Oct 2020:

    • 3 - Altamira
    • 1 - Buena Vista
    • 3 - Calcutta
    • 4 - Caledonia
    • 1 - Carolina
    • 4 - Chan Chen
    • 1 - Chunox
    • 17 - Concepción
    • 70 - Corozal Town
    • 3 - Cristo Rey
    • 1 - Hall’s Layout, Corozal Town
    • 3 - Libertad
    • 2 - Louisville
    • 2 - Paraiso
    • 7 - Patchakan
    • 5 - Progresso
    • 1 - Ranchito
    • 5 - San Andres
    • 3 - San Joaquin
    • 1 - San Narciso
    • 1 - San Roman
    • 2 - San Victor
    • 10 - Santa Clara
    • 1 - Sarteneja
    • 11 - Xaibe
    • 1 - Yo Chen

    Total 163 active cases in the Corozal District. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Oct 2020

    Thursday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2373 (63 New)

    A total of 260 samples were processed today with 63 cases identified, for a 24.2% positivity rate today.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Cayo - 1 (from Mahogany Heights)
    • Corozal - 4 (3 Concepcion, 1 Cristo Rey)
    • Belize - 20 (6 City, 8 Kolbe, 1 Lords Bank, 1 San Pedro, 1 from OW Town, 1 from Teakettle, Cayo, 1 from San Felipe, OW and 1 from Xaibe, Corozal)
    • Orange Walk - 38 (21 in Town, 4 August Pine Ridge, 1 Carmelita, 1 Indian Church, 3 San Jose Palmar, 1 Yo Creek, 1 San Luis, 4 Trial Farm, 1 San Jose, 1 from Xaibe, Corozal)

    We had 32 recoveries today. A total of 37.1% of our cases remain active.

    The situations that are requiring closer follow-up from the health standpoint are:

  • The ongoing cases in OW
  • The increasing cases in Belize City
  • The situation at Kolbe in terms of extension of the number of cases
  • Reviewing the reports of possible cases at the Coast Guard and a private institution in Belize City (we should have further details tomorrow).
  • As we move along we need to ensure that we are keeping abreast of the latest information and limit our outing in public unless it is for essential reasons. We note that proper and consistent mask wearing and physical distancing remain vital in the prevention measures we have for COVID-19. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Oct 2020

    Wednesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2310 (67 New)

    A total of 306 tests were done today with 67 new cases identified.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Stann Creek - 3 (1 in Dangriga, 2 from Bella Vista, Toledo but swabbed in Independence)
    • Corozal - 6 (4 in town, 1 Caledonia, 1 Libertad)
    • Cayo - 7 (4 San Ignacio, 2 Esperanza, 1 Benque Viejo)
    • Orange Walk - 23 (11 Town, 4 Trial Farm, 2 San Lazaro, 2 August Pine Ridge, 1 each in Guinea Grass, Tower Hill, San Jose, Carmelita)
    • Belize - 25 (17 city, 1 Lord’s Bank, 4 from San Jose, OW; 1 from Xaibe, Corozal; 1 from OW town, 2 Kolbe)

    We had 35 recoveries today for a total percentage of active cases now at 36.8% of cases.

    The situations in Orange Walk and now Belize City are being monitored closely and this underscores the ongoing relevance of exercising all prevention measures as we move along. See Source on Facebook. Posted 7 Oct 2020

    Tuesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2243 (39 New, 4 Deaths)

    A total of 175 tests were processed with 39 new cases identified.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Toledo - 2 from San Pedro Columbia
    • Corozal - 12 (4 in town, 3 Xaibe, 2 Santa Clara, 1 Progresso, 1 Calcutta, 1 Concepcion)
    • Orange Walk - 11 (5 in town, 1 each in Trial Farm, Carmelita, August Pine Ridge, Trinidad, Tower Hill, San Felipe)
    • Belize - 14 (9 in city, 1 Ladyville, 1 Caye Caulker, 2 San Pedro, 1 from Guinea Grass)

    There are 14 recoveries to report.

    Unfortunately we have 4 deaths (3 males, 1 female) to report in the last 24 hours, all persons from Orange Walk (2 from OW Town, 1 from San Felipe, 1 from Trinidad). Three deaths were at the Northern Regional Hospital and one at KHMH’s ICU.

    A team has also just completed the follow up of cases initially reported at the Kolbe Foundation and that will be reported separately. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Oct 2020

    Vulnerable Groups Encouraged to get Seasonal Flu Vaccine

    The Ministry of Health recommends that the following groups get the seasonal flu vaccine for 2020 to 2021:

    • Children six to 23 months
    • Adults 65 years and older
    • Health care workers
    • Persons with heart or lung disease including asthma and chronic conditions such as diabetes, kidney conditions, and HIV

    The vaccine is available countrywide at no cost to the public. While it will not prvent COVID-19, it might help you recover from COVID-19. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Oct 2020

    Statutory Instrument 136 of 2020

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    This SI 136 went into effect on 2 October 2020. It details regulations relating to mask wearing, social distancing, size of gatherings, exercising, social activities, certain businesses, schools, public transportation, ports of entry, quarantine, etc. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Oct 2020

    Monday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2204 (8 New)

    A total of 89 tests were processed today with 8 new cases identified.

    They are distributed as follows:

  • Belize - 1 City
  • Stann Creek - 4 (Placencia, Maya Mopan, Seine Bight, 1 from Bella Vista In TOL)
  • Toledo - 3 Punta Gorda
  • See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Oct 2020

    Sunday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2196 (65 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 253 samples were processed today with 65 new cases identified. For now, we are only able to provide distribution per district and the full details of active cases per community should be available throughout the course of tomorrow.

    • Cayo - 4
    • Stann Creek - 6
    • Corozal - 7
    • Belize - 8
    • Orange Walk - 40

    We have 32 recoveries to report so that 35.9% of our identified cases remain active.

    Unfortunately we have another death to report, this is in a male in his 50s from Unitedville, he had been at KHMH’s ICU and had been having cardiac complications from when he arrived and the diagnosis of COVID had been made upon his admission to the ICU. Two patients currently remain intubated at KHMH.

    Our case fatality rate is now 1.37%.

    The team at the airport also cleared 192 passengers from the two flights that arrived today, 88 of these passengers arrived with a negative PCR and the airport screening process managed to pick a positive case in the remaining ones screened. We are hereby reminding all those returning to their families, home or workplace, that it is anticipated that all will be doing self quarantine for a minimum of 10 days notwithstanding a negative result; this is the broad recommendation to minimize further exposure. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 Oct 2020

    Saturday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2131 (51 New, 1 Death)

    A record of samples were processed today, a total of 406 with 51 new cases identified.

    The distribution is as follows:

    • Corozal - 6 (2 Town, 2 Concepcion, 1 Cristo Rey, 1 San Victor)
    • Orange Walk - 26 (10 Town, 2 Trial Farm, 1 Guinea Grass, 5 San Jose, 2 Yo Creek, 2 San Antonio, 1 San Felipe, 1 Trinidad, 2 Tower Hill)
    • Belize - 11 (1 City, 9 San Pedro, 1 from CZ Town)
    • Cayo - 6 (2 Belmopan, 3 Benque Viejo, 1 Bullet Tree Falls)
    • Stann Creek- 1 from San Isidro
    • Toledo - 1 San Pedro Columbia

    We have 56 recovered cases for a total of 35.5% of identified cases being active.

    We have one more death to report, this was a male person in his 70s who had been admitted at the Northern Regional Hospital with diagnosis of COVID-19.

    In terms of the airport, a total of 218 persons were cleared from the two flights that arrived today. See Source on Facebook. Posted 3 Oct 2020

    Friday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2080 (54 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 179 samples were processed today with 54 new cases identified.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Corozal: 21 (12 Town, 3 San Andres, 1 Chan Chen, 2 Santa Clara, 2 San Joaquin, 1 Concepcion)
    • Orange Walk: 11 (4 Town, 1 Yo Creek, 2 Trial Farm, 1 San Jose Palmar, 1 from Ladyville, 1 Tower Hill, 1 San Pablo)
    • Belize: 21 (7 City, 4 KOLBE, 3 Ladyville, 4 from San Jose OW, 1 from Tower Hill OW, 1 from Xaibe CZ, 1 from Cristo Rey CZ)
    • Cayo: 1 In Belmopan

    We have 18 recovered cases.

    Unfortunately we have another death to report, this is in a female from Corozal who was rushed to KHMH in a critical state but died. Diagnosis was made post-mortem.

    Two patients remain intubated at KHMH’s ICU and three others on supplementary oxygen. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Oct 2020

    Thursday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 2026 (34 New)

    This is our data for today.

    A total of 180 samples were processed today with 34 new cases identified.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Cayo - 1 in Belmopan
    • Belize - 6 (5 in city, 1 in San Pedro)
    • Corozal - 5 (3 in town, 1 Calcutta, 1 Concepcion)
    • Orange Walk - 22 (16 in town, 2 Yo Creek, 2 Carmelita, 1 Tower Hill, 1 San Luis)

    We have 26 recoveries with 35.9% of our cases active. See Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Oct 2020

    Wednesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 1992 (49 New, 1 Death)

    We have 49 cases in 184 tests done.

    The distribution is as follows:

    • Cayo - 1 (Unitedville)
    • Stann Creek - 3 (1 Dangriga, 1 from Bella Vista & 1 Seine Bight)
    • Corozal - 5 (1 each in Joaquin, Xaibe & Concepcion, 2 in town)
    • Belize - 12 (7 in San Pedro, 3 in city, 1 each in Ladyville & Caye Caulker)
    • Toledo - 12 (9 Big Falls, 2 Punta Gorda, 1 Forest Home)
    • Orange Walk - 16 (9 in town, 5 Trinidad, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Jose Palmar)

    We have one more death to report, this is a male in his 80s who died at KHMH’s ICU earlier today. Two patients remain intubated at KHMH’s ICU.

    We have 21 recovered cases so that 36.1% of our cases remain active. See Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Sep 2020

    Tuesday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 1943 (52 New, 2 Deaths)

    A total of 224 samples were processed today with 52 new cases identified today.

    The distribution is as follows:

    • Corozal - 7 (Concepcion 3, Chan Chen 1, Paraiso 1, Corozal Town 2)
    • Cayo - 8 (Belmopan 6, Spanish Lookout 1, 1 from Ladyville but swabbed in San Ignacio)
    • Belize - 9 (6 from City, Hattieville 2, Lords Bank 1)
    • Orange Walk - 27 (10 in town, 3 in Carmelita and San Jose, 2 in Guinea Grass, Tower Hill and San Estevan and 1 each in Chan Pine Ridge, Trial Farm, Trinidad, Nuevo San Juan and August Pine Ridge)

    We have 17 cases recovered.

    Unfortunately we have two more deaths to report, both were in the Orange Walk District, a male and a female. The female was in her 70s who had been previously admitted at the NRH and the second was in a male in his 60s who had just been admitted to the hospital today and whose diagnosis was made post mortem.

    Our active cases now stand at 35.6% of our total identified cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Sep 2020

    Active Cases in the Corozal District, 28 Sep 2020

    Using this link, you can learn a lot of information from the MOH about COVID-19 in Belize. For example, click on Corozal, then in the map, select Active Cases by Community. As of today, the active cases in the Corozal District are:

    3 - Alta Mira
    2 - Buena Vista
    1 - Calcutta
    4 - Caledonia
    1 - Carolina
    2 - Chan Chen
    2 - Chunox
    6 - Concepcion
    45 - Corozal Town
    2 - Cristo Rey
    1 - Halls Layout ?
    2 - Libertad
    2 - Louisville
    2 - Paraiso
    9 - Patchakan
    3 - Progresso
    2 - Ranchito
    2 - San Andres
    1 - San Roman
    1 - San Victor
    6 - Santa Clara
    6 - Xaibe
    2 - Yo Chen

    See Source. Posted 28 Sep 2020

    Monday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 1891 (37 New)

    A total of 115 samples were processed today with 37 new cases identified today.

    The distribution is as follows:

    • Belize - 5 (4 in city, 1 from San Jose, Orange Walk)
    • Cayo - 6 (all in Belmopan)
    • Orange Walk - 26 (10 town, 2 Nuevo San Juan, 2 San Jose, 1 San Pablo, 1 San Lazaro, 2 Douglas, 5 San Estevan, 2 Guinea Grass, 1 from Santa Clara, Corozal.

    We have 12 recovered cases today. Our active cases now represent 34.8% of the total number of identified cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Sep 2020

    Sunday, COVID-19 Update Through Case 1854 (29 New)

    A total of 252 tests were processed today with 29 new cases identified.

    The distribution is as follows:

    • Corozal - 14 (7 in town, 1 Louisville, 1 Progresso, 1 San Andres, 1 Caledonia, 1 Libertad, 1 Chan Chen, 1 Chunox)
    • Belize - 4 (3 in city, 1 from Calcutta in Corozal)
    • Cayo - 5 (all in Belmopan)
    • Stann Creek - 1 (Bella Vista)
    • Toledo - 5 (all from Big Falls)

    Our active cases now stand at 34.2% of the total cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 27 Sep 2020

    Saturday: COVID-19 Update Through Case 1825 (17 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 159 samples were processed today with 17 new cases.

    • Corozal = 1 (Corozal Town)
    • Orange Walk = 13 (3 San Lazaro, 2 Trinidad, 2 Carmelita, 2 Trial Farm, 3 OW town, 1 Yo Creek)
    • Belize = 3 (2 Caye Caulker, 1 San Pedro).

    We have 1 death to report, a female age 62 from Orange Walk, this brings our case fatality rate to 1.3%

    We have 31 recovered cases to report today.

    Our active cases are now at 34.8% of the total identified cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1808 (50 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 311 tests were processed with 50 new cases identified.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Orange Walk - 25 (9 Town, 4 Carmelita, 4 Trinidad, 1 August Pine Ridge, 1 San Antonio, 2 San Lazaro, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 Trial Farm, 1 Yo Creek, 1 from Toledo District)
    • Belize - 11 (7 City, 1 Ladyville, 1 Rhaburn Ridge, 1 Maskall, 1 from Carmelita in OW)
    • Cayo - 13 (3 San Ignacio, 3 San Jose Succotz, 3 Belmopan, 3 Unitedville, 1 Ontario)
    • Toledo- 1 Laguna

    We have a total of 62 recovered cases.

    Unfortunately we have another death to report, this is in a male in his late 70s who had been admitted at KHMH’s ICU.

    Our percentage of active cases now stands at 36% of total confirmed cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 25 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1758 (52 New)

    A total of 300 samples were processed today with 52 new cases identified today.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Toledo - 1 (Big Falls)
    • Cayo - 9 (2 Belmopan, 5 San Ignacio, 1 Santa Elena, 1 Armenia)
    • Belize - 11 (10 San Pedro, 1 Ladyville)
    • Orange Walk - 15 (4 Town, 2 Yo Creek, 1 Trial Farm, 2 Nuevo San Juan, 1 San Lazaro, 1 from Corozal Town but swabbed in OW, 4 from Toledo but swabbed in OW)
    • Corozal - 16 (10 Town, 1 Chan Chen, 1 Carolina, 1 Xaibe, 1 Santa Clara, 1 Libertad & 1 from OW)

    We have had 53 recoveries so that we now have 37.7% of our cases active.

    We have two patients that remaining critically ill at KHMH’s ICU.

    Our surveillance team has also picked up 3 cases of co-infection with dengue, this is something that had been described in the region and something we had been looking out for given the added layer of complication this can bring. We will continue to monitor these particular situations across the country. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Sep 2020

    Traveller Classification and Entry Requirements

    As the country nears the reopening of the international airport on October 1, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) continues it’s efforts to educate stakeholders and travellers on the entry protocols for the destination.

    Please see the most updated Traveller Classification & Entry Requirements matrix attached. See Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1706 (37 New)

    A total of 168 samples were processed today with 37 new cases identified today.

    The cases are distributed as follows:

    • Belize District - 5 (4 City, 1 Western Pines)
    • Corozal District - 11 (7 in Corozal Town, 1 San Victor, 1 from San Marcos in Toledo District, 1 from Georgeville in Cayo, 1 repatriated person)
    • Orange Walk District - 21 (9 San Jose Palmar, 3 San Estevan, 2 OW Town, 2 San Jose, 1 August Pine Ridge, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Antonio, 1 Shipyard, 1 from San Pedro but swabbed in OW)

    We have 15 recoveries so that 38.98% of our cases remain active.

    The infographic today records the death reported yesterday.

    Note that the numbers are for the 2 northern districts are being followed closely so that we have to continue to exercise all the prevention measures at all times. See Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1669 (34 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 193 tests were conducted today with a total of 34 new cases identified.

    The distribution is as follows:

    • Corozal District - 9 (7 in town, 1 Consejo, 1 San Andres)
    • Orange Walk District - 15 (3 in town, 3 Trinidad, 1 San Pablo, 1 San Jose, 1 Nuevo San Juan, 1 Chan Pine Ridge, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 San Luis, 1 San Lazaro, 1 from San Roman in Corozal, but identified in OW and 2 from Hiccattee Creek, Toledo but identified in OW)
    • Belize District - 7 (2 in Belize City, 3 San Pedro, 1 Caye Caulker, 1 from Unitedville identified at KHMH)
    • Cayo District - 1 (San Jose Succotz)
    • Stann Creek - 1 (Independence)
    • Toledo - 1 (from Cayo)

    We have one more death to report (not reflected in infographic as this is just being confrimed) - this is in a male in his 30s from the Cayo District who had been at the ICU of KHMH for over two weeks now

    We have 37 recoveries to report

    Our active cases stand T 38.5% of the total identified positive cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Sep 2020

    Statutory Instrument 134 of 2020, Amends SI-126

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    Replaces Regulation 10 (h) to allow a church or worship hosting less than 10 persons.

    Also amends Regulation 12 (a) to allow dining in for up to 10 customers by reservation only.

    And adds Regulation 22A requiring information from the Director of Health Services to go to the Minister responsible for national security. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1635 (8 New)

    A total of 206 tests were conducted today with a total of 8 new cases identified.

    They are distributed as follows:

    • Corozal District - 3 (1 Corozal Town, 1 Louisville, 1 Santa Clara)
    • Belize District - 4 (2 Ladyville, 1 City, 1 San Pedro)
    • Cayo District - 1 (from Belize City but swabbed in Cayo)

    Two patients remained ventilated at KHMH’s ICU.

    We have 49 recovered cases today, our active cases now stand at 39.6% of the total number of identified cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 21 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1627 (21 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 167 tests were processed today.

    A total of 21 new cases were identified with breakdown as follows:

    • Orange Walk District - 10 (5 in OW town, 2 Guinea Grass, 1 San Jose, 1 August Pine Ridge, 1 from Toledo but swabbed/isolated in OW)
    • Belize District - 4 (1 in Ladyville, 3 San Pedro)
    • Cayo District - 5 (3 San Ignacio, 1 Bullet Tree Falls, 1 Santa Familia)
    • Toledo District - 2 (1 Laguna, 1 Big Falls)

    There were 42 recovered cases.

    Unfortunately we have another death to report, this is an elderly female from Orange Walk District who had been symptomatic but had not been diagnosed, this person died at home and the diagnosis was made post-mortem.

    Our active cases are now down to 42.3% of the total cases.

    Our case fatality rate in Belize is currently 1.29%.

    As we go into Independence Day and some level of celebrations, we encourage all to please be responsible in doing so as we do have a curve to flatten. See Source on Facebook. Posted 20 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1606 Including 16 New Cases

    A total of 256 samples were processed today.

    Sixteen (16) new cases were identified with the breakdown as follows:

    • Cayo District - 2 (1 in San Ignacio, 1 in Bullet Tree)
    • Belize District - 6 (all in the city)
    • Orange Walk District - 8 (6 in Orange Walk Town, 1 San Estevan, 1 San Felipe)

    We have 64 recovered cases today.

    Our active cases now stand at 44.2% of the total confirmed cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 19 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1590 (23 New and 1 Death)

    A total of 247 samples were processed today. A total of 23 new cases were detected today.

    The breakdown is as follows:

    • Corozal District - 11 (5 Corozal Town, 2 Santa Clara, 1 Xaibe, 1 Buena Vista, 1 swabbed in Corozal but from OW town and another from San Pedro)
    • Belize District - 2 from the city
    • Orange Walk District - 10 (5 from OW Town, 3 August Pine Ridge, 1 San Felipe, 1 San Jose Palmar).

    We have one death to report, this is in a female from Belize City in her late 50s, the diagnosis was made post mortem and this person died outside of the hospital setting.

    We have 70 recovered cases.

    Our active cases now represent 47.7% of the total. See Source on Facebook. Posted 18 Sep 2020

    Preventing Spread of COVID-19 If You are Sick

    Help prevent the spread of COVID19 is you are positive for the virus. Call us for additional guidance if you need to, 0-800-664-2273. See Source on Facebook. Posted 18 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1567 (31 New)

    A total of 224 tests were done today with 31 new cases identified.

    They are distributed geographically as follows:

    • Cayo District - 6 (1 in Belmopan, 5 in San Ignacio)
    • Belize District - 7 (1 Ladyville, 1 Double Head Cabbage, 1 Progresso, 3 San Pedro, 1 Belize City)
    • Orange Walk District - 18 (5 in OW Town, 1 San Jose Palmar, 3 Guinea Grass, 2 San Jose, 2 San Pablo, 2 August Pine Ridge, 1 Carmelita, 1 Yo Creek, 1 from Corozal Town but detected in OW)

    We have a total of 46 recoveries.

    Today, 51.4% of our cases remain active. See Source on Facebook. Posted 17 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1536 (8 New)

    A total of 133 samples were processed today.

    Eight (8) new cases were identified as follows:

    • Corozal District - 1in Concepcion
    • Cayo District - 1 in San Ignacio
    • Stann Creek - 1 in San Roman
    • Belize District - 2 in San Pedro, 2 in Caye Caulker and 1 in the city.

    We had 33 recovered cases for a total of 53.5% active cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1528 (27 New)

    A total of 334 samples were processed today.

    From this a total of 27 new cases were identified.

    The breakdown is as follows:

    • Corozal District - 13 (7 Patchakan, 3 Concepcion, 1 Xaibe, 1 Santa Clara, 1 Progreso)
    • Orange Walk District - 10 (3 Orange Walk Town, 3 August Pine Ridge, 1 Carmelita, 1 San Luis, 1 San Pablo, 1 San Jose)
    • Belize District - 4 (all in Belize City)

    Today, a total of 123 have recovered.

    With this new set of data, our active cases are down to 55.4% of the total identified positive cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 15 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Weekly Infographic with Active Cases per District

    This is our weekly infographic with active cases per district with Ambergris Caye shown separately.

    Please continue to remain safe as we do have a curve to flatten. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1501 (21 New)

    A total of 169 tests were processed with 21 new cases identified.

    The geographic breakdown is as follows:

    • Belize District - 14 (13 in Caye Caulker, 1 in Belize City)
    • Cayo District - 7 (5 San Ignacio, 2 Belmopan)

    We have a total of 48 recovered cases to report today, meaning that 62.8% of our cases remain active. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1480 (22 New)

    A total of 256 tests were done with 22 new positive cases identified.

    • Corozal District - 4 (1 each in San Narciso, Xaibe, Ranchito, and from 1 from OW Town but swabbed in Corozal)
    • Orange Walk District - 6 (1 each in San Felipe, Douglas, San Jose Palmar, August Pine Ridge, Nuevo San Juan, and from 1 from Patchakan, Corozal but swabbed in Orange Walk)
    • Belize District - 4 (3 from Belize City, 1 from Armenia, Cayo but swabbed in the city) - PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INFOGRAPHIC is capturing all these 4 cases in San Pedro so that is being fixed now.
    • Cayo District - 8 (4 Santa Elena, 2 in Belmopan, 1 from San Ignacio, 1 Bullet Tree Falls)

    A total of 34 persons recovered in today’s samples. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1458 (23 New)

    A total of 252 samples were processed with 23 new cases identified.

    The breakdown of these cases is as follows:

    • Orange Walk District - 2 (San Pablo)
    • Belize District - 8 (4 Ladyville, 3 San Pedro, 1 Belize City)
    • Cayo District - 13 (4 in Belmopan, 3 Santa Familia, 3 San Ignacio, 2 San Jose Succotz, 1 Santa Elena)

    We have 54 Recovered cases today. See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1435, Including 36 New Cases.

    A total of 304 samples were processed today.

    A total of 36 new cases were identified with a preliminary breakdown as follows:

    • Corozal District - 4 (1 Concepcion, 2 Xaibe, 1 from Cristo Rey Cayo)
    • Orange Walk District - 7 (4 OW Town, 2 San Pablo, 1 August Pine Ridge)
    • Belize District - 23 (5 City, 5 Ladyville, 4 San Pedro, 2 Sand Hill, 1 Lords Bank, 1 Caye Caulker, 5 from OW).
    • Cayo District - 1 (Santa Familia)
    • Toledo - 1 (Crique Jute)

    We have 44 recovered cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Treatments

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    This provided a quick snapshot of current therapies which remain investigational up until now. For the most part, the treatment is around developing symptoms and avoiding complications.

    In terms of vaccines, few are in phase 3 trials, this being the final phase before use in the general population. The consensus around these, is that it is still too early to determine when any would be ready for extended use. Belize has submitted a letter of interest through the COVAX Facility for possible access. See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Sep 2020

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    COVID-19 Update Through Case 1399 (34 New, and 1 Death) A total of 317 tests were conducted today.

    A total of 34 new cases of SARS-CoV2 were identified with breakdown as follows.

    • Corozal District: 3 (2 Patchakan, 1 Concepcion)
    • Orange Walk District: 1 in OW Town
    • Belize District: 11 (5 San Pedro, 1 Caye Caulker, 3 City, 1 from Xaibe CZ, 1 hospitalized at KHMH from San Ignacio)
    • Cayo District: 19 (5 Belmopan, 4 San Ignacio, 1 Santa Elena, 7 Benque Viejo, 1 San Jose Succotz, 1 Camalote)

    We have 34 recovered cases.

    We have one more death to report, this is in a male from San Ignacio who had been intubated at KHMH and died earlier today. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 1308-1361 (54 New)

    We have processed a total of 249 samples.

    A total of 54 samples are reactive for SARS-CoV2 with a preliminary breakdown as follows:

    • Corozal District: 1 in Patchakan
    • Orange Walk District: 19 (8 Town, 4 San Jose Palmar, 2 Trial Farm, 2 San Luis, 1 Honey Camp, 1 Yo Creek, 1 Tower Hill)
    • Belize District: 12 (7 City, 5 San Pedro)
    • Cayo District 10 (8 in San Jose Succotz, 1 Benque Viejo, 1 San Ignacio)
    • Stann Creek: 12 (5 in Dangriga <1 Border Jumper>, 1 Hopkins, 1 Middlesex, 5 are from OW but swabbed in Dangriga)

    We have 7 recovered cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Sep 2020

    Othon P Blanco (includes Chetumal) Has 2,819 Cases of COVID-19 and 151 Deaths

    Note: the population of Othon P Blanco is slightly less than 2/3 that of Belize.

    The data from the neighbouring state of Quintana Roo with the neighbouring municipality of Othon P Blanco (includes Chetumal) has a total of 2,819 cases and a total of 151 deaths recorded up until today. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update from Yesterday Showing Active Cases

    The weekly Infographic of active cases up to yesterday’s data.

    The active cases means where cases are now - so a person may have been swabbed elsewhere and is now in the Toledo or Corozal districts for example. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 1262-1307 (46 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 262 samples were processed today.

    A total of 46 samples are reactive for SARS CoV2 with the preliminary breakdown as follows:

    • Corozal - 7 (5 Patchakan, 2 Caledonia)
    • Orange Walk District - 6 (2 Chan Pine Ridge, 2 OW Town, 1 Trial Farm, 1 San Felipe)
    • Belize District - 12 (1 San Pedro, 5 Caye Caulker, 6 City)
    • Cayo District - 20 (4 Belmopan, 7 San Jose Succotz, 4 San Ignacio, 4 Santa Elena, 1 Benque Viejo)
    • Toledo District - 1 in Punta Gorda.

    We have 13 recovered cases.

    We have one more death to report, this is in a male in his late 70s who died at the Northern Regional Hospital earlier today.

    Currently, there is one male intubated at the KHMH’s ICU, he is in his 30’s. See Source on Facebook. Posted 7 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 1195-1261 (67 New)

    A total of 180 samples processed with 67 new positive cases.

    The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

    • Corozal District : 1 (Patchakan)
    • Orange Walk District: 50 (10 OW Town, 26 San Felipe, 1 Trinidad, 1 San Jose, 1 San Jose Palmar, 2 August Pine Ridge, 3 Blue Creek, 1 San Lázaro, 3 Trial Farm, 1 Guinea Grass, 1 from Belize City)
    • Belize District: 10 (5 SP, 4 Caye Caulker, 1 Ladyville)
    • Cayo District: 6 (6 Belmopan)

    We recovered 15 cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 1153-1194 (42 New)

    A total of 348 samples were processed today.

    Out of these, 42 new cases were identified as follows:

    • Corozal District - 4
    • Orange Walk District - 27
    • Belize District - 2
    • Cayo District - 9

    We have a total of 15 recovered cases.

    We also note that the two persons who had been intubated were extubated earlier today at KHMH’s ICU. They are recovering slowly and we continue to follow their clinical evolution, this includes our health care epidemiologist from the Western Health Region.

    We are also deeply troubled by the ongoing reports of social gathering and events across the country that involve members who aren’t from the same household and this include reports of those who are positive still being out in public and attending social events. While all relevant partners continue to follow these cases and reports, it remains a monumental task if we don’t have the cooperation from all as our human resources are being stretched to the limit with also ensuring full compliance from all cases.

    We can only flatten any curve if WE ALL do our part and we thank all those who to do theirs. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 1102-1152 (34 New and 2 New Deaths)

    We have processed 261 samples today.

    We have 34 samples that are positive.

    The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

    • Corozal District - 4 (2 Patchakan, 2 Cristo Rey)
    • Cayo District - 9 (5 Benque Viejo, 1 Santa Elena, 2 San Ignacio, 1 Yalbac)
    • Stann Creek District - 6 (1 Hopkins, the other 5 are from OW Town, Trial Farm and Belmopan)
    • Toledo District - 1 (originally from Belize City)
    • Belize District - 14 (Belize City, Burrell Boom, Ladyville, Lord’s Bank, Caye Caulker, Biscayne)

    We have two deaths to report, one male and one female, one person had been hospitalized for a week at KHMH’s ICU. The other person died a short time after arrival at KHMH.

    We have 16 recovered cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 1102-1118 (17 New)

    This is our data for today, a bit delayed due to the setback due to preparations for Hurricane Nana but the laboratory is up and running.

    A total of 91 samples processed with 17 new cases as follows:

  • Cayo District - 3
  • Belize District - 1 (city)
  • Orange Walk District - 13 (Orange Walk Town, San Felipe, San Jose)
  • Fifteen cases are recovered. See Source on Facebook. Posted 3 Sep 2020

    Statutory Instrument 126 of 2020

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    This SI 126 comes into effect on 4 September 2020. It details regulations relating to mask wearing, social distancing, size of gatherings, exercising, social activities, certain businesses, schools, public transportation, ports of entry, quarantine, etc. See Source on Facebook. Posted 3 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 1051-1101 (51 New)

    We processed 261 samples today with 51 new cases documented today.

    The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

    • Corozal - 6 (Ranchito, Paraiso, Corozal Town)
    • Orange Walk - 23 (Orange Walk Town, San Felipe, Yo Creek, San Jose, San Pablo, August Pine Ridge, Trial Farm)
    • Cayo - 5 (San Jose Succotz, Belmopan, Santa Elena)
    • Stann Creek - 3 (Independence & border jumper)
    • Belize - 14 [San Pedro, Belize City, Double Head Cabbage, Willow’s Bank, Ladyville, Burrell Boom)

    We have 27 recovered cases.

    We have 3 intubated patients at KHMH and one highly suspect case at KHMH that also requires ventilation support.

    While we continue preparations for TS Nana, we urge all to ensure that necessary precautions in terms of not letting our guard down. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Sep 2020

    NEMO Advisory #5 Includes COVID-19 Shelter Protocols

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    For those who need to take shelter during Tropical Storm or Hurricane Nana, shelters will provide different sections for the elderly, and for those with underlying health conditions, and enforce wearing masks, hand washing/sanitizing, etc. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Sep 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 1008-1050 (44 New)

    A total of 317 samples were processed today.

    We have 44 new cases with distribution in districts as follows:

    • Cayo - 4 (2 in San Ignacio, 1 in Belmopan, 1 in San Jose Succotz)
    • Belize - 8 (4 San Pedro, 3 in Belize City, 1 Caye Caulker)
    • Corozal - 10 (4 Xaibe, 4 Libertad, 1 Concepcion, 1 Corozal Town)
    • Orange Walk - 22 (4 in Orange Walk Town, San Felipe and San Jose; 2 in San Estevan and Trial Farm; 1 each in Santa Martha, Guinea Grass, Trinidad and Nuevo San Juan and 2 from repatriation process)

    We have 40 recovered cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Sep 2020

    43 COVID Positive Healthcare Workers

    Data through the weekend.

    One HCW remains critically ill at KHMH. See Source on Facebook. Posted 31 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 994-1007 (14 New)

    A total of 93 samples were processed today.

    • 1 in Belize District (Ladyville)
    • 3 in Toledo
    • 10 in Orange Walk (Orange Walk Town, San Felipe, Santa Marta, Guinea Grass, San Pablo, San Jose, Trinidad)

    We had a total of 56 recovered cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 31 Aug 2020

    Warning about Ivermectin

    Further to this, we should note that ivermectin approved for animal use is different to the one approved for use in humans and we have been getting reports that persons have been procuring this as a 'prophylaxis' for COVID-19.

    Please note that ivermectin for human use HAS NOT BEEN proven to work as a prophylactic medication and SHOULD NOT be used as a prevention measure. See Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 965-993 (29 New)

    85 samples were processed with 29 new cases to report.

    The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

    • 22 - Orange walk District
    • 2 - Cayo District
    • 2 - Belize District
    • 1 - Corozal District
    • 1 - Stann Creek
    • 1 - Toledo

    We have two recovered cases

    We have three patients currently intubated at KHMH, 2 males and 1 female. See Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Yesterday’s Breakdown by Community

    [Note: Corozal’s 7 included 2 from Caledonia, 1 from Corozal Town, and 4 for Xaibe.]

    In terms of the 94 cases reported yesterday, this is the breakdown per community.

    Please note that by no means does this mean that the communities not included can be considered to be in the clear, as we move along, we have to assume that all communities are affected.

    It saddens us to note that big parties are still being reported in communities across the country, this will not help in flattening any curve.

    Stay home unless you really have essential activities away from home. See Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 871-964 (94 New, 1 Death)

    A total of 343 samples were processed today.

    A total of 94 of these samples are reactive for SARS-CoV2.

    The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

    • Corozal District - 7
    • Cayo District - 7
    • Stann Creek District - 9
    • Belize District - 26 (17 in San Pedro)
    • Orange Walk District - 45

    We note that a good percentage of the positive cases are household contacts of previously identified cases and this also includes a good percentage of samples of on the ground contact tracing in Orange Walk.

    We also have another death to report, this is in a female who had been at KHMH for over two weeks, she was in her 50’s and is the 13th death recorded for Belize.

    We have 22 recovered cases to report today. See Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update, Graphs for Caricom Countries

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    We have indicated that some CARICOM countries are having similar trends such as ours and mainland countries such as Guyana and Suriname have parallel border dynamics that influence their numbers.

    Growth curves similar to ours can be seen in The Bahamas, Jamaica, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.

    This data as presented is compiled and presented through a UWI platform. See Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 819-870 (52 New)

    We have 52 new positive cases in 333 samples processed today.

    The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

    • Cayo District -5 (Armenia, Yalbac, Belmopan)
    • Orange Walk District - 14 (San Pablo, San Jose, Trial Farm, San Felipe, Yo Creek, San Estevan, August Pine Ridge, Orange Walk Town)
    • Belize District - 15 (Belize City, San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Biscayne)
    • Corozal District - 18 (Corozal Town, Caledonia, Libertad, Xaibe, Chunox, Libertad, San Narciso)

    We have 39 recovered cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 761-818 (58 New, 1 Death), Corrected

    A total of 255 samples processed with 58 new positive cases to report.

    The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

    • Corozal District - 9 (Corozal Town, Buena Vista, Patchakan)
    • Cayo District - 2 (Roaring Creek and San Ignacio)
    • Belize District - 20 (2 in San Pedro, 17 in City, and 1 in Caye Caulker)
    • Orange Walk District - 27 (Orange Walk Town, August Pine Ridge, Guinea Grass, Trial Farm, San Estevan, San Pablo, Trinidad)

    We are also able to confirm a death in a person diagnosed with SARS-CoV2 at a private institution, the diagnosis was done post mortem. See Source on Facebook. Posted 27 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Corozal Cases from Dashboard

    From the Ministry of Health Dashboard, active cases in the Corozal District:

    • Alta Mira: 5
    • Buena Vista: 1
    • Caledonia: 8
    • Chan Chen: 1
    • Chunox: 2
    • Concepcion: 7
    • Corozal Town: 17
    • Libertad: 3
    • Paraiso: 3
    • Patchakan: 4
    • San Joaquin: 1
    • San Narciso: 1
    • San Roman: 2
    • Xaibe: 6
    • Yo Chen: 4

    See Source. Posted 26 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 731-760 (30 New)

    A total of 266 samples were processed today with 30 new cases identified.

    Unfortunately, we can confirm one death in a female from San Felipe who died on her way to the hospital. This happened on Monday evening.

    The 30 new cases have a preliminary breakdown as follows:

    • Orange Walk - 8 (2 in OW town, 2 San Felipe, 2 August Pine Ridge, 1 San Pablo, 1 San Jose)
    • Cayo - 2 (1 in Belmopan and 1 in San Ignacio)
    • Stann Creek - 2 (both in Independence)
    • Belize - 18 (San Pedro 11, 4 Caye Caulker, 2 in Belize City, 1 Ladyville)

    We have 6 recovered cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Aug 2020

    Statutory Instrument 122 of 2020

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    This SI 122 comes into effect on 26 August 2020. The special lock down for the villages of Guinea Grass, Santa Martha, and Shipyard will expire and they will now be governed by the regulations that apply to the rest of Belize. Special regulations remain in effect for Ambergris Caye. Under this new amendment, there is a penalty of one year imprisonment for any individual found to be bribing any member of the security forces. Furthermore, any member of the security forces found to be extorting an individual under the guise of their office is liable to one year imprisonment. See Source on Facebook. Posted 25 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 714-730 (17 New)

    A total of 129 samples were processed with 17 new positive cases.

    The breakdown is as follows:

    • Corozal District - 9
    • Orange Walk District - 4
    • Belize City - 2
    • Cayo District - 2

    We have 3 recovered cases: Chan Chen, Corozal; Belmopan, Cayo and one from Orange Walk. See Source on Facebook. Posted 25 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 687-713 (27 New), New Graphic

    As discussed earlier, this depicts the number of active cases including today’s data. In Stann Creek you will note a higher number than positive cases identified and that is because that is where the person is completing the quarantine period. This format will only be reported weekly.

    We are also following another suspect case who died earlier, this in Orange Walk.

    See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Aug 2020

    Process for Departing Belize

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    Instructions for departing Belize, either via the Northern Border Station, the Philip Goldson International Airport, or the Western Border Station. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 687-713 (27 New)

    A further 181 samples were processed of which 27 were positive.

    The preliminary breakdown is as follows;

    • Corozal - 2 (Altamira & Paraiso)
    • Belize - 4 (3 in Belize City & 1 in San Pedro)
    • Cayo - 5 (Belmopan 3 & Armenia 2)
    • Orange Walk - 16 (OW town, August Pine Ridge, San Felipe, Yo Creek, San Lazaro, San Jose Palmar, San Estevan)

    We have 4 more deaths to report and we will reporting on this throughout the afternoon on social media platform.

    We have one recovered case. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 669-686 (18 New)

    A total of 165 samples were processed with 18 new positive cases.

    The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

    • Orange Walk: 4
    • Belize District: 7 (3 in city, 1 in Caye Caulker, San Pedro 3)
    • Cayo District: 5 (all in Belmopan)
    • Stann Creek: 1
    • Toledo: 1 (Border Jumper)

    In terms of the numbers from yesterday, cases in Orange Walk district came from Louisiana, San Estevan, August Pine Ridge, Orange Walk Town; Corozal District: Alta Mira, Chunox, Patchakan, Corozal Town. Cayo District: Ontario.

    We are also awaiting result on a patient transferred from San Felipe, Orange Walk to KHMH who died upon arrival, this is a highly suspect case for SARS-CoV2. See Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Aug 2020

    Statutory Instrument No. 121 of 2020

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    Here are screenshots from the PDF for Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations, 2020 — Statutory Instrument No. 121 of 2020. It replaces SI-119. See Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Hospitalized Cases

    Further to the note by the KHMH, kindly note the current hospitalized cases for easier context.

    • Corozal has one hospitalized case, highly suspect for COVID-19
    • NHR has two hospitalized cases
    • WHR has one hospitalized case, highly suspect

    KHMH has 4 ventilated patients, all confirmed cases and 5 confirmed, non-ventilated patients.

    The KHMH has 16 ventilators for COVID-19 cases, these are outside of their routine ICU care.

    The move as per advisory is according to the plan and is done to enhance the flow of patients through the A&E for non COVID-19 cases.

    While the concern is the overall bed capacity beyond just ventilators, we do want to continue to stress the overall importance of prevention as we do want to keep the hospitalization rate at the lowest possible levels. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 649-668 (20 New)

    We processed a total of 165 samples with 20 positive cases:

    • Cayo - 1 in Ontario linked to a previous case
    • Corozal - 6 all linked to previous cases
    • Belize - 2 - 1 in San Pedro and 1 in the city linked to a previous case
    • Orange Walk - 11 - 9 linked to previous cases

    We have 1 recovered case. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 606-648 (41 New)

    A total of 272 samples were processed yesterday with 41 positive cases as follows:

    • Cayo - 9 (4 in Belmopan)
    • Belize - 23 (15 in San Pedro)
    • Orange Walk - 7
    • Corozal - 2

    We have 5 recovered cases (2 in OW, 1 in Corozal, 1 in San Pedro, 1 in Belize City). See Source on Facebook. Posted 21 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update, 41 Active Cases in Corozal District

    The breakdown in terms of communities affected and who currently have active cases is as follows (note that this doesn’t include the cases reported earlier today):

    • Altamira — 1
    • Buena Vista — 1
    • Calcutta — 1
    • Caledonia — 1
    • Concepcion — 6
    • Corozal Town — 13
    • Libertad — 1
    • Paraiso — 2
    • Patchakan — 1
    • Ranchito — 1
    • San Joaquin — 1
    • San Narciso — 1
    • San Roman — 2
    • Xaibe — 5
    • Yo Chen — 4

    See Source on Facebook for other districts. Posted 20 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 554-605 (52 New)

    Starting today, the infographic will be presented after midday every day as that allows us time to inform all those who are positive and detailed as much information as we can. Today’s samples for example, will be presented tomorrow.

    For yesterday, we processed a total of 263 samples were processed with a total of 52 positives as follows:

    • 3 in Corozal
    • 5 in Cayo
    • 9 in Belize (7 in Caye Caulker, 1 in Ladyville, 1 in Belize City)
    • 35 in Orange Walk

    We don’t have any recovered case.

    Throughout the afternoon we will be providing updated in terms of the cases including those hospitalized. See Source on Facebook. Posted 20 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including 5th Death

    We did have a 5th confirmed death related to COVID-19, the patient passed away earlier at KHMH’s ICU where she had been for a week fighting complications related to COVID-19.

    Two other patients remained hospitalized in the ICU connected to a ventilator and two other persons are with supplementary oxygen. One person was discharged earlier today.

    KHMH is also anticipating a referral from Corozal as a highly suspect case. See Source on Facebook. Posted 19 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 476-553 (78 New)

    We had shared some of this data earlier today but the final tally for today is as follows:

    A record number of samples were processed today with, a total of 311 samples.

    We identified 78 new cases with the preliminary breakdown as follows:

    • Stann Creek District - 1
    • Corozal District - 7
    • Cayo District - 15 (at least 8 are in Belmopan)
    • Belize District - 55 (30 in San Pedro)

    We don’t have any recovered case to report today.

    There are 3 persons intubated at KHMH. See Source on Facebook. Posted 18 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Ages

    As we break down the data further and so that we can better understand the current epidemic, we must make note of the fact that COVID-19 can and does get to ALL age groups.

    The attached photo gives a breakdown in terms of numbers and percentages with the majority of cases in those 20-34 years. Morbidity and mortality as we would note, is more than likely to be in the older age groups or those with chronic conditions such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

    Note that this data doesn’t include last night results but starts to describe a pattern of our epidemic. See Source on Facebook. Posted 18 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Case 475 (23 New)

    A further 164 samples were processed today with the breakdown as follows - 23 samples were positive in this infographic (includes the 4 reported yesterday)

    • Orange Walk - 1
    • Corozal - 4
    • Cayo - 4 (3 in Belmopan - health care workers)
    • Belize 14 (6 in San Pedro, the remaining in Belize City)

    Three persons have recovered today.

    There are currently 6 patients at the KHMH (3 are intubated). See Source on Facebook. Posted 17 Aug 2020

    PCR Testing to Leave the Country

    The Ministry of Health hereby advises the public of a new process that will be offered to persons requesting PCR testing to leave the country.

    Persons who would like to be considered for testing should send an email to with the request along and supporting documents. A response will be sent from that email indicating approval or otherwise, along with the next steps.

    For more information, contact the Ministry of Health hotline at 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-3273). See Source on Facebook. Posted 17 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update

    Further to the numbers reported last night, the further details are as follows:

    • The cases in Stann Creek are all related to a previously identified case (all members of a family/same household)
    • The cases reported in Belize District are in Belize City (4 related to previously identified cases, the rest are being traced for any link)
    • Cases in Orange Walk (mostly in Yo Creek but cases also in Guinea Grass, San Jose Palmar, August Pine Ridge, Orange Walk Town)
    • Cases in Cayo District (include Belmopan, Benque Viejo, San Jose Succotz, Bullet Tree, Duck Run and Santa Elena)

    The Central Medical Laboratory is not running any batch of samples today as they are preparing samples for processing tomorrow as well as routine quality control measures.

    We can also confirm that in four samples processed today using the GeneXpert template, 4 new cases are being reported (the infographic tomorrow will reflect this)

    • 1 in a patient being treated for a heart condition who died while receiving treatment at a private facility last night. The diagnosis of COVID-19 was done post mortem.
    • 3 cases in field officers involved in contact tracing and mapping exercises

    For now, 2 patients remain intubated at KHMH and 2 others remain in the isolation area. No other region is reporting critically ill patients at this time. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Aug 2020

    Statutory Instrument No. 119 of 2020

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    This emergency instrument further restricts all of Belize due to COVID-19. These regulations come into force on 16 Aug 2020. See Source on Facebook. Posted 15 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 389-452 (64 New)

    A total of 257 samples were processed today. We have a total of 64 new cases. The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

    • 3 cases in the Stann Creek district
    • 11 cases in the Cayo district
    • 11 cases in the Orange Walk District
    • 13 cases in the Belize district (excluding San Pedro)
    • 26 cases in San Pedro

    The teams on the ground continue to review the data to determine how many of these are relate to previously identified clusters and as information becomes available, will be shared in due time.

    We continue with two ventilated patients at KHMH and have a highly suspect case also at KHMH.

    Two patients remain hospitalized at the district and are stable, we have a third patient hospitalized (COVID-19 positive) for an unrelated condition. See Source on Facebook. Posted 15 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 357-388 (32 New)

    A further 172 samples were processed today with 32 new cases identified.

    The preliminary breakdown is as follows:

    • 1 case in Belize City
    • 10 cases in Corozal District (includes repatriated cases and cases in previously identified clusters)
    • 21 in Orange Walk District (related to previously identified clusters in Shipyard and construction site)

    We had one death - person diagnosed with SARS-CoV2.

    We have 3 recovered cases.

    We have 2 patients intubated and critically ill at the KHMH ICU.

    As we move through the weekend, we anticipate clearing up all the backlog of samples from the Central Medical Laboratory. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update, 3rd Death

    We can confirm that we have one death associated to COVID-19, this would be the third one for Belize.

    The person passed away earlier at KHMH’s ICU and the diagnosis had just been confirmed this afternoon.

    The person was less than 12 hrs in the ICU. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Aug 2020

    Notice to Public During COVID-19

    Effective 14 August 2020, here are 10 changes in health services provided, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Aug 2020

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Twelve frequently asked questions relating to COVID-19. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 297-356 (60 New)

    A total of 172 samples have been processed with 60 positive cases.

    The preliminary breakdown we have so far is as follows:

    • 1 case in Independence
    • 1 case in Caye Caulker
    • 3 cases in Belmopan (linked to previous case and one with a link to San Pedro)
    • 4 cases in Cayo District (1 in Duck Run, 2 in Succotz - all 4 cases linked to San Pedro)
    • 12 cases in Corozal (linked to previous cases and some to San Pedro)
    • 6 cases in Belize City (for the most part linked to San Pedro)
    • 23 cases in Orange Walk District (in San Jose, San Felipe, Guinea Grass, San Pablo - mostly linked to construction site in San Pedro)

    For now, we have 6 patients hospitalized as follows:

    • 1 in Corozal
    • 1 in Orange Walk
    • 1 in Dangriga
    • 3 at KHMH (one person intubated)

    We have also had a delivery in a patient that is positive, the mom and baby are okay. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Aug 2020

    Message by Corozal Town Mayor Rigo Vellos on COVID-19

    Video: Mayor Rigo Vellos calls on Corozaleños to preserve health and life as a priority, and to support frontline workers in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic by following health and safety guidlines See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update

    This is our curve with data included from yesterday.

    Further sets of samples are being processed today.

    WE have a curve to flatten. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update

    As we progress with further case investigation in terms of the identified cases, we can confirm the following:

    The following villages in the Orange Walk District would have at least one case (mostly linked to a construction site in San Pedro):

    • Douglas
    • San Jose
    • Trial Farm
    • San Estevan
    • Yo Creek
    • Guinea Grass
    • San Pablo
    • August Pine Ridge.

    We can also confirm that we have identified a further 4 health staff that are now reactive to SARS-CoV2 = 2 nurses + 1 lab technician + 1 x-ray technician. We are doing contact tracing for all these health care workers to determine source of infection. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 211-296 (86 New)

    This is our data for today, this being run into two separate batches for a total of 257 samples processed today. The full breakdown is as follows -

    A total of 86 samples are positive with geographic breakdown as follows:

    • 1 case in Corozal (contact of a previous case)
    • 2 in Caye Caulker
    • 6 in Belize City
    • 8 cases in Stann Creek District (2 related to previous identified case in Stann Creek and 6 as imported cases)
    • 28 in Orange Walk (mostly related to construction site in San Pedro)
    • 41 in San Pedro

    The majority of these cases are related to previously identified cases and underscores the value of contact tracing that continues.

    We have to commend the tireless work of the staff on the ground that remains alert and actively seeking more cases and the tireless effort of health staff.

    Throughout the day tomorrow, we will be providing further details of the cases.

    Note that the infographic now has the cases for San Pedro separately, the cases for Caye Caulker would be included in the Belize District tally. See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 178-210 (33 New)

    This is our data for today, a total of 84 samples have been processed, the last remaining batch will be processed throughout the night.

    In this batch we have a total of 33 positive cases with the breakdown as follows:

    • 31 cases in San Pedro (related to the three active clusters)
    • 1 case in Belize City (related to a previously identified cases in Belmopan)
    • 1 case in Belmopan (related to a previously identified case in Belmopan).

    We currently have two hospitalized cases.

    We should note that we currently have 10 out the 176 active cases in health staff (6 from private sector / 4 in the public sector) with the majority of these cases linked to interaction outside of the health care setting.

    Please continue to exercise all necessary precautions at all times, both within the work setting, the family environment and in the public setting.

    We should be providing further updates before midday tomorrow. See Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Aug 2020

    What Our Elders Need to Know

    While we continue to advise that every person you meet should be treated as a possible COVID19 case, these vulnerable groups of persons are still considered higher risk for contracting COVID19 and becoming seriously ill. Be aware and show support. Call us at 0-800-664-2273 for more information. See Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 155-177 (23 New)

    A total of 144 samples have been processed throughout the day.

    We have a total of 23 new positive cases with a preliminary breakdown as follows:

    • 3 cases in Belmopan (2 are linked to the previous identified positive case in Belmopan and the other case is linked to San Pedro)
    • 1 in rural Corozal with apparent link to San Pedro
    • 2 cases in Orange Walk (1 from Santa Marta and 1 from Orange Walk Town linked to a previously identified case)
    • 1 case in Caye Caulker (with no apparent link to any previously identified case for now)
    • 5 cases in Belize City (1 case with no apparent link to any previously identified cases, 4 others linked to previously identified cases)

    The remaining cases are in San Pedro.

    As the links are further established, those will be updated accordingly. This is to be noted as the infographic reflects where the persons are swabbed but they may be working in a different geographic area. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Aug 2020

    Ministry of Health Condemns Stigmatization of COVID-19 Patients

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    It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Health that many persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and as well as persons who may have been in contact with them are being stigmatized and discriminated physically and emotionally, including through social media platforms.

    The Ministry of Health recognizes that it is not only the virus that we must protect ourselves from but also fear, rumors and stigma. The psychological damage caused by stigmatization may be greater than the physical symptoms experienced by the illness and it can have an impact even after recovery from those symptoms.

    The Mental Health Unit in the Ministry of Health urges the public to:

    • Be supportive of those who have been diagnosed as positive.
    • Do not mistreat or bully those who have been diagnosed but reassure them that they will recover.
    • Inform yourself about this new disease through official local and international sources.
    • Have a plan on where to go to seek help for physical and mental health and psychological support if required.

    Everyone must do their part and become supportive of those who may have been affected by COVID-19. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Aug 2020

    Update on Three Clusters of COVID-19

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    As documented before, the island of Ambergris Caye and specifically San Pedro Town is experiencing ongoing community spread of the disease. While it remains unclear where the actual source of the current infections came from, for practical purposes the following three clusters are being followed closely now:

    • The first cluster related to patient #57 has so far identified a large number of cases. In this particular cluster, the Ministry can now indicate that 42% of the active cases on the island are linked to activities at the Allure nightclub, which happened around July 16th – 19th. Any person who was at these activities and is symptomatic should call 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-2273) or 672-0911/613-0787.
    • The second cluster is related to Living Word Church in San Pedro Town. The number of confirmed and suspected (symptomatic) cases are being linked to a church service held around mid-July and the contacts and those potentially exposed are being followed on the island.
    • The third cluster is related to the workers from Medina’s Construction Site that were working on the island, which has so far identified several cases and currently represents the highest risk for spread out of San Pedro given the high number of persons that have since left the island. It is requested that all persons from this construction site remain in strict isolation wherever they may be for the next 14 days and should any symptoms develop, call 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-2273) or call the nearest health facility.

    All persons who have been on the island of San Pedro mid-July and thereafter, and are developing signs and symptoms, please call the nearest health facility for guidance and remain in self-isolation.

    The contact tracing for the new cases identified in Orange Walk and Belize City are ongoing and contingent on the results. The scenario for these two entities can change over the next couple of days. The Ministry has been alerted to a possibility of suspect cases from individuals who attended large social gatherings during this past week. The same suspect cases seem to be from individuals who work in public spaces. The Ministry cannot ascertain if there is a link to any of the previously established clusters, but as the team continues to investigate it will be determined if there is also ongoing spread in Belize City.

    Meanwhile, the Central Medical Laboratory is currently engaged in the extraction and processing of samples. There are approximately 300 samples to be processed; these are from all across the country and include samples from the routine surveillance measures in place. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Case 154

    As highlighted yesterday, no specific set of samples were being run for today.

    The extraction process and preparation of samples was started today to process a significant amount tomorrow Monday, August 10th. The total set of samples pending to be processed is close to 300 for now.

    A small run of 3 samples was done today, we have one more positive in Belize City as today was set aside for preparation of samples.

    The patient that had been hospitalized yesterday was discharged today.

    Contact tracing continued through the weekend and the 3 actives clusters out of San Pedro continue to be monitored, we should be providing further details on this within 12 hours. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update

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    We are currently ranked #150 in terms of cases per million population rate and these numbers change for all countries as we move along with the pandemic.

    In terms of testing rate we are ranked #145, similar to the testing rates in neighbouring Honduras and Guatemala and higher than that of Mexico.

    Since our first case identified more than 4 months ago, find attached how our curves look, also compared to some of our Caribbean sister countries. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including 7 New Cases (147-153)

    Our data today reveals a further 7 new cases: 5 in Orange Walk and 2 in San Pedro.

    The 2 cases in San Pedro are linked to a construction site where the majority of workers seem to be from the Orange Walk District - contact tracing for this site is ongoing. We are seeing a possible link to one of the two other clusters previously identified on the island.

    The 5 cases in Orange Walk are as follows:

    • 2 in Shipyard and linked to initial cluster which has more than 10 active cases
    • 1 case in Santa Martha
    • 1 case in Yo Creek (linked to San Pedro)
    • 1 case in August Pine Ridge (works in Orange Walk) - contact tracing has started in order to determine possible links.

    Please note that this doesn’t mean that we are not going to be seeing any more cases in the following week. Given the extent of the cases in San Pedro, we anticipate to get more numbers throughout the week.

    Do avoid all mass gatherings and do stay home unless it is absolutely necessary for you to go out. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including 32 New Cases (Total 146)

    A record numbers of tests for one single day was processed today - a total of 214.

    We are able to confirm 32 new cases today. The full breakdown is being worked on but for now this is the preliminary data:

    • 1 case in Stann Creek related to cluster in Santa Marta
    • 1 case in Cayo (repatriation)
    • 3 cases in Corozal (one single cluster related to San Pedro)
    • 10 cases in Shipyard (related to cluster identified earlier in the week)

    The majority of the remaining cases are for now related to the two clusters in San Pedro.

    We are still working on the line listing but needed to share this preliminary data for now. See Source on Facebook. Posted 7 Aug 2020

    State of Emergency, Statutory Instruments

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    The Government of Belize has released SI-110 which declared a new State of Emergency, and SI-111, which details the regulations applying. The strongest part of SI-111 pertains only to Ambergris Caye and (in the Orange Walk District) Santa Martha Village, Shipyard Village, and Guinea Grass Village.

    For the rest of Belize, including the Corozal District, it includes:

    • Curfew from 10pm to 5am Sun-Thu, midnight Fri/Sat.
    • Gatherings limited to 25 people.
    • Bars, rum shops and night clubs closed.
    • No smoking/drinking at casinos.
    • Wearing of face masks (except for kids under 6) always, except at a private residence, exercising, engaging in sports, swimming, driving alone or with immediate family, riding a motorcycle or bicycle, persons conducting religious services including choir, seated at a dining-in restaurant.
    • Social distancing (6 feet) except in certain circumstances.
    • Schools remain closed.
    • Public transportation restrictions.
    • Cargo still OK, and repatriation to continue carefully.

    You can read the PDF at the Source on Facebook or click on the small images above. Posted 7 Aug 2020 We are also working on an HTML version of the Statutory Instrument.

    COVID-19 Update Including 28 New Cases

    Today, we processed a total of 121 samples, some of these are still contacts from San Pedro, the northern districts and from the enhanced surveillance that is currently ongoing countrywide.

    We can confirm a total of 28 positive cases for SARS-CoV2 and the preliminary breakdown is as follows (this may change as further information is gathered):

    • 1 case in San Ignacio (associated to illegal entry)
    • 1 case in Belmopan (apparent travel to San Pedro)
    • 2 in Santa Marta
    • 1 in Orange Walk with link pending to be established
    • 20 cases in San Pedro (2 related to cluster associated to a church and 10 related to cluster #1, the remaining 8 pending to establish a link to any cluster)
    • 3 in Belize City (2 are linked to San Pedro and one to OW)

    We have recovered one case for a total of 80 active cases.

    Tomorrow we should be updating all in terms of the contact tracing strategies that will now change given the increasing number of cases.

    As we move along, consider EVERYONE you meet as a potential COVID-19 CASE and for those who have returned from San Pedro, please remain in isolation and minimize exposure to others. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Aug 2020

    Reopening of the PGIA and Schools Delayed

    Today at a press conference held in Belize City, it was announced that due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in three districts, there will be a delay in the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA).

    Prime Minister Rt. Dean Barrow said that although the airport will not reopen, the weekly repatriation flights for Belizean nationals abroad will continue, including the 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

    Additionally, the Minister of Education Hon. Patrick Faber announced that the reopening the schools will also be delayed. He said the Ministry will continue to monitor the situation as it relates to COVID-19, and will make adjustments as deemed necessary. Any details regarding distance learning programs and other preparations for reopening will be made public as they become available. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 72-86

    Fifty-one (51) samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2.

    We have identified a further 14 cases today, this is the second highest number of cases after yesterday’s record of 15. The breakdown is as follows:

    • 10 of the cases are related to the case identified on Sunday in San Pedro (some close contacts are still pending to be processed)
    • 1 case (in Belmopan) who was contact to the patient hospitalized at the Northern Regional Hospital
    • 1 contact related to the case identified in San Pedro yesterday (this would be a second cluster as they are not related to the initial case from Sunday)
    • 2 cases in San Pedro that don’t appear to be related to any of the above clusters but these are symptomatic patients that were picked up through the flu clinic routine and enhanced surveillance. One of these cases is a child.

    The provisional report in San Pedro is also indicating that at least 20 (twenty) symptomatic cases were swabbed at the flu clinic in San Pedro (not necessarily linked to any of the above cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 58-72

    Fifteen (15) new COVID-19 cases were identified today as a result of tracking case contacts identified over the weekend. These cases are part of a record number of 148 samples processed in one day. New cases are as follows.

    Seven (7) cases have been identified in Corozal. Seven (7) cases have been detected in Orange Walk. San Pedro now has a (1) new case.

    Five (5) cases are from the repatriation process and these people are under quarantine orders. Two (2) of Corozal cases are related to the case identified over the weekend and three (3) cases on Orange Walk are linked to the case identified in that district over the weekend. The remaining five (5) cases seem unrelated; however, contact tracing is being carried out to identify possible links.

    For now, the Ministry of Health calls on the entire nation to stay calm and only listen to official sources of information. Ministry will continue updating the public as information becomes available.

    The public is reminded to maintain social distancing, practice good hand hygiene and wear masks at all times in public places. For health related inquiries call 0-800-MOH-CARE. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Case 57

    Given a highly suspect case we had in the island of San Pedro, a test was ran and we have confirmed case #57 on the island.

    This case is that in a female who presented with fever and respiratory symptoms and is currently being managed on the island. This female denies any travel history and contact tracing for possible source of infection is currently underway. Once further information is known, we will be informing all.

    In terms of the case in Orange Walk, we have been able to trace contacts involved in the contraband of goods so that investigation is ongoing.

    In terms of the case in Corozal, no specific contact has been ascertained.

    Both of these cases remain hospitalized and are currently stable. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update

    As we go through the weekend following active cases, we are getting bombarded with photos, accounts and social media posts where there is clearly NO ELEMENT of PHYSICAL DISTANCING and NO PROPER WEARING OF A MASK in most instances.

    These are being reported at crowded bus and boat terminals and at big parties being hosted prior to 'August 15th' - as an incentive 'before the plane lands'.

    Please take note that we cannot anticipate that we are 'all safe' before August 15th or that we are suddenly all in danger after August 15th! As we go about our new routines / new norms, we have to assume that everyone we meet on the street is a potential carrier of COVID-19 and we must therefore exercise all prevention measures at all times.

    The Ministry of Health is hereby calling on all to avoid mass gatherings, to continue to exercise physical distancing when in public and our time in public settings should be limited to ONLY ESSENTIAL activities - these should be in effect as part of a new norm and NOT ONLY when the airport opens, particularly in light of potential cases we may be exposed to as we move along. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 49-56

    As we continue with our enhanced surveillance, we have to report a record number of positive cases in any single day as we have detected 8 new cases in the batch of samples completed today.

    The breakdown of the 8 cases is as follows:

    • 3 in the Central Health Region: 2 from the repatriation flight from the US and 1 from the repatriation flight from Honduras. These persons are asymptomatic and are in hotel quarantine.
    • 3 in Corozal Town: 2 came in through the Mexican border entry point as part of the repatriation process and are in hotel quarantine, they are also asymptomatic. The third case has no travel history nor does she refer having been in contact with any known COVID-19 case; this person is a female with respiratory symptoms and is currently hospitalized. The contact tracing for this particular case has started.
    • 2 cases in Orange Walk Town: 1 case in that of someone who crossed the border illegally, this person is asymptomatic and is being held at quarantine facility. The second case has no travel history nor does he refer having been in contact with any known COVID-19 case; this person is hospitalized with symptoms. The contact tracing for this particular case has also started.

    Out of the 8 cases today, the two cases that warrant in depth investigation are the ones hospitalized as they don’t have any reported link outside of Belize so far. As soon as further information is available, that will be shared with all. See Source on Facebook Posted 1 Aug 2020

    COVID-19 Cumulative Cases

    A little over 4 months since we first identified a case, this is how our cumulative data looks like up until today. See Source on Facebook. Posted 25 Jul 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Case 48

    A further 58 samples were processed today and this is our infographic. In this we have recovered a case.

    We have also identified a new case, this is another family member of the 4 cases identified yesterday so this makes a cluster of 5 total cases.

    The initial contact tracing for these cases has concluded and while the family acknowledges that they had been across the border in the month of June due to a family emergency, the link that we are following is a family member that lives on the Mexican side and who had continued to visit the family over the last weeks. This family has been in virtual isolation since they returned from Mexico and there is no evidence that they left the isolated farm from where they were picked up.

    For now, there are no identified close contacts of them or any other family members that is considered as a highly suspect case. The community has also not provided any further notes of possible contacts. These last 5 cases are therefore a cluster linked to illegal crossings along the Orange Walk District. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Jul 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Cases 44-47

    A further 83 samples were processed today.

    In this list, we have 2 persons that have recovered and 3 persons that remain reactive beyond the 14 days of being in quarantine.

    We have also identified a further cluster of 4 cases, this is a new cluster linked to another illegal crossing. The 4 cases are in one single family from a community in Orange Walk; the contact tracing and further mapping of these 4 new cases and their potential contacts has started. Once more information is available, that will be provided to all.

    Orange Walk district remains the entity with the most active cases and in most instances tied to illegal crossings. See Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Jul 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including Case 43

    A further 67 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2.

    We have identified another case, this is in a female who came in through the repatriation process through the Northern Border station and is under quarantine in the Orange Walk district. The female is asymptomatic and is not requiring treatment at the moment.

    We have recovered another case, this is in a female who will now be leaving the quarantine facility. See Source on Facebook. Posted 21 Jul 2020

    COVID-19 Update including Case 42

    A further 66 samples were processed earlier today, most of these samples being from the flight that arrived on the flight of Friday, July 17th.

    We have identified two further cases of COVID-19, both are males.

    One person came in through the Western Border from Guatemala and has been quarantined since he arrived in the country and the second case is from the returning flight on Friday. Both cases are asymptomatic and remain under quarantine.

    We currently have 18 active cases, the majority in Orange Walk but all cases are under quarantine. See Source on Facebook. Posted 20 Jul 2020

    COVID-19 Update including Case 40

    A further set of 119 samples (second highest number for a day) were done today including the samples from contact tracing done in Blue Creek, all of these are negative.

    We do have another positive case, this is in a person that came in through the repatriation process. She is an elderly female with underlying heart conditions who is in home quarantine due to her condition. The person is asymptomatic and remains under home quarantine. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Jul 2020

    COVID-19 Mesoamérica Update

    This is the regional update for the Mesoamerican Region. Numbers continue to rise and this underscores that we all need to continue to do our part. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Jul 2020

    COVID-19 Update including Cases 38 and 39

    A further 88 samples were processed today, some of these included the initial set of samples picked up from contact tracing and the mapping exercise done over the weekend linked to the last 7 cases. These samples have returned negative, however, the further mapping of these cases is ongoing.

    We however have identified two other cases as reactive for SARS-CoV2:

    • A case in a returning male on the repatriation flight that arrived on Friday, July 10th. He is under quarantine at a hotel and is asymptomatic.
    • A second case in 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 and smell. The patient was discharged to self-isolate home. He has improved clinically and remains in isolation at home. The contact tracing for this last case is currently ongoing and once more details are provided they will be made available.

    See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Jul 2020

    SI-99, State of Emergency, Blue Creek and San Felipe Villages

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    A proclamation declaring a state of public emergency in Blue Creek Village and San Felipe Village, Orange Walk District Click on a small image, or see the Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Jul 2020

    SI-100, Emergency Powers, Blue Creek and San Felipe Villages

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    Belize Constitution, Emergency Powers, Blue Creek Village and San Felipe Village, Orange Walk District Click on a small image, or see the Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Jul 2020

    COVID-19, Mexico, Guatemala

    As we start a new week, we note with particular concern the growing numbers in both neighbouring Guatemala and Mexico, especially the neighbouring state of Quintana Roo.

    Neighbouring Othon P. Blanco has 883 active cases up until midday today and 48 related deaths. The growth rate in the southern part of Quintana Roo is 4.45, one of the highest in the entire Mexican territory; the growth rate is alarming and it has been flagged by the central government authorities in Mexico.

    As for Guatemala, they are reporting 757 new cases for Saturday, July 11th.

    Mexico now ranks 8th in terms of total number of cases but ranks 3rd in total number of deaths with a higher than average case fatality rate at 11.7%. Guatemala and Honduras rank at #51 and #52 respectively in terms of total number of cases, both close to 30,000.

    See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Jul 2020

    COVID-19 Update including Cases 34-37

    Our enhanced surveillance and now routine laboratory testing for SARS-CoV2 has identified another 4 cases as positive for SARS-CoV2. These 4 cases are related to the previously identified 3 cases yesterday and all 7 members of this family remain at the quarantine center in Orange Walk. One person displayed minor signs and symptoms and was seen at the hospital yesterday but has not warranted in hospital treatment. All 7 cases were identified as persons who had been crossing the border into Mexico illegally and the contact tracing/mapping exercise for all these cases is currently ongoing. Today’s initial exercise has identified further potential cases in the community of Blue Creek and that exercise will continue into this weekend given the identification of this particular cluster. This identification of cases in persons who have been crossing the border illegally, underscores the importance and relevance of 'ALL OF COMMUNITY' approach in any successful COVID-19 intervention. We therefore have a total of 37 cases with 15 active cases, 9 of them being in Orange Walk. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Jul 2020

    COVID-19 Update including Cases 31-33

    Given the increasing number of samples that require processing, another set was tested today. That has allowed us to identify a further 3 cases, they are all minors and are members of a family who had been illegally across the border. The 3 new cases are in Orange Walk bringing their total to 7. We had one case recovered so we have a total of 11 active cases. While we acknowledge a general concern with the airport’s opening in August, we at health remain very much concerned with the ongoing illegals crossings at the Northern, Western and Southern entry points. All border communities are therefore being asked to remain extra vigilant and to report any suspicious case as we are now anticipating clusters in these communities at the rate we are going. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Jul 2020

    Donations to Central Medical Lab for COVID-19

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    This morning the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin visited the Molecular Biology Unit at the Central Medical Lab to see the recent donations that will assist us to increase our COVID-19 testing capabilities as we work towards ensuring more efficient and shorter turnaround time to process samples. The donations in the photograph included the Pockit Analyzer donated by the Government of Taiwan and the QuantStudio 7Pro thermocycler donated by Belize Bank through the Lord Michael Ashcroft Fund. The Minister extends appreciation on behalf of the people of Belize for all the donations we are getting and for those who have committed to continue to help us. See Source on Facebook. Posted 7 Jul 2020

    COVID-19 Update including Cases 29 and 30

    A further 77 samples were processed today for SARS CoV2, this has allowed us to identify a further two cases bringing our total to 30. These last two cases are that of a male and female, Belizeans caught entering the border illegally via La Union. They are asymptomatic and have been in the mandatory quarantine area from when they were caught. We therefore have 9 active cases that have been and remain under quarantine, 8 Belizeans and one Honduran. See Source on Facebook. Posted 3 Jul 2020

    COVID-19 Update Including 4 New Cases

    Today, a further 95 samples were processed and that has allowed us to identify 4 more cases of COVID-19. The 4 persons identified came into the country last week, 2 through the Northern Border entry point and 2 on the flight on Friday. All 4 persons are asymptomatic and went into immediate mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival. See Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Jun 2020

    Belize Compared to English Speaking Caribbean

    How does our COVID-19 data compare to the English speaking Caribbean? In a snapshot, the comparison as drawn out by UWI, specifically from the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Center. See Source on Facebook. Posted 27 Jun 2020

    COVID-19 Update Includes Case 24

    A further 87 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2. This has allowed us to identify a new case of COVID-19, case #24. This is in a Honduran national who had been caught in Belizean waters and is currently under mandatory quarantine in Dangriga. The person is asymptomatic. See Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Jun 2020

    BTB Announces Phased Re-opening Plan for Tourism

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    The Belize Tourism Board, on June 26, 2020, announced a phased re-opening plan for tourism. This 4-page summary describes it. You can also find a much more detailed plan at the BTB Website. For the summary, see Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Jun 2020

    PM Announces Reopening Date for PGIA

    On June 25, 2020, during a virtual press conference, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow announced a reopening date of August 15th, 2020 for the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). The reopening of the PGIA marks the third stage in Belize’s five-phase reopening strategy for tourism. In May, the Prime Minister lessened restrictions under the state of emergency, which saw the reopening of hotels for domestic tourism. Additionally, Belizean crew members were repatriated from cruise ships. See Source on Facebook. Posted 25 Jun 2020

    COVID-19 Update, Including Case 23

    Given that we had an arrival with 40+ persons this past Friday, samples were pooled and processed today, this is outside of our established testing days (Tuesdays and Fridays). A further 45 samples were processed today and this has identified a further case of COVID-19. The person is a young female who arrived on the flight on Friday, she is asymptomatic with no treatment required. She went into immediate quarantine upon arrival as part of the established protocol. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Jun 2020

    Belizean to be Charged for Immigration Offense

    On Friday, June 12, 2020, a team of police officers intercepted a vehicle with four persons, three of whom were Guatemalan nationals and the other a Belizean, at a routine checkpoint on the George Price Highway near Unitedville Village. The men were taken to the San Ignacio Community Hospital to be swabbed for COVID-19 per the Ministry of Health’s protocol. The Guatemalans were taken to the Western Border where Immigration issued them an Order to Leave and ensured they went across the border. The results were made available late in the evening of June 16th and yielded a positive case for one of the Guatemalan nationals. The Guatemalan authorities were notified of the one positive result. The Belizean who was found in their company remains in mandatory quarantine. Upon completion of quarantine, he will be charged by Immigration for harboring illegal immigrants. See Source on Facebook. Posted 17 Jun 2020

    COVID-19 Case 22

    A further 45 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2 as part of our ongoing surveillance. These tested samples have identified a further case of COVID-19, case #22. The case is that of a male caught entering the country illegally this past weekend and who was swabbed as part of the established protocol, in the Cayo District. Contact tracing for this particular case is currently underway and as soon as further details are known, they will be shared through the official sources of information. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Jun 2020

    Beating the COVID-19 pandemic

    Out of a list of 46 countries 'beating' the COVID-19 pandemic, two are in mainland America - Uruguay and Belize. We will require an ongoing collective effort as we move along. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Jun 2020

    COVID-19 Update — Case 21

    This is an updated infographic as we went ahead and ran samples for those who arrive on the flight on Friday and we have detected another case of COVID-19. The person is a male, asymptomatic who was in the Houston area and went into the mandatory quarantine upon arrival on Friday. He will continue to remain in strict quarantine for the next 14 days when a new sample will be processed. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Jun 2020

    Repatriation of Belizeans

    The Ministry of Health continues to work closely with the relevant agencies as the repatriation process of Belizeans continues. Today a further 22 persons came into the country, 7 through the Northern border station and 15 arrived at the PGIA. Thanks to the teams on the ground for their unwavering support. Our work continues! See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Jun 2020

    Government of Belize Announces Further Ease of Lockdown Restrictions

    Restrictions will relax further effective Friday, June 12. Social gatherings may be upt to 100. Private parties and meetings may be held with social distancing. Curfew hours shortened to 10pm-5am Sundays to Thursdays and midnight to 5am Fridays and Saturdays. Recreational contact sports, gyms, and spas will be allowed. See Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Jun 2020

    Ministry of Health Confirms 20th Case of COVID-19

    As a result of a revised protocol that came into effect this week, persons entering Belize either legally or illegally are being swabbed and tested for COVID-19. That process identified a positive case for COVID-19 in a 22-year-old female who was caught entering Belize illegally on Sunday, June 7th. The female was traveling with a one-year-old child and a 63-year-old female, who were all placed in the mandatory quarantine facility in Punta Gorda. The patient is asymptomatic. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Jun 2020

    COVID-19 Education Update: FAQ# 5

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    Plans for the reopening of school, as of June 8, 2020. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Jun 2020

    Ministry of Health Confirms 19th Case of COVID-19

    The Ministry of Health informs the public that a 19th case of COVID-19 was confirmed earlier today. This comes after the last four cases reported 53 days ago. The case is that of a 27-year-old male who arrived on Saturday, May 23rd, from a cruise ship as part of the established repatriation process for Belizeans. The male is asymptomatic for COVID-19 and was detected as part of the routine testing being done on all those placed under mandatory quarantine which is a requirement before their release. The contact tracing for this individual is starting now and the due process of informing the cruise ship and relevant counterparts has started. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Jun 2020

    Embassy of Taiwan Donates Masks to the Ministry of National Security

    The Ministry of National Security today received a donation of 60,000 surgical face masks from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The masks will be distributed among the Belize Defence Force, Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Police Department. See Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Jun 2020

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