Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Another islander hospitalized with COVID-19; infections on the rise

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The latest COVID-19 infections across the country and in San Pedro Town continue to show a slow increase. With five new cases reported on Friday, July 16th, on the island, another islander was transported to Belize City via the Belize Emergency Response Team air ambulance for further medical attention.

The patient’s state was deemed critical and, after being stabilized, was transported off the island and joined the group of persons at the COVID-19 section of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. Currently, there are eight COVID-19 related hospitalizations. Two San Pedranos were admitted last week. They continue to recover after their state was reported critical. While on the island, unofficial reports indicate that there are 30 to 40 active cases.

Health authorities in San Pedro continue to stress the importance of all those eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Belizeans should be aware that variants of the disease have been detected in the country. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is yet to confirm which variant it is. Studies show that the vaccine helps to minimize the severe symptoms that can cause death.

Free vaccines are offered from Monday to Thursday from 1-3:30PM and on Fridays from 8-12noon at the Lions Den. The vaccination process can take less than an hour.

As of Friday, the total confirmed infections stand at 298 countrywide. This shows an increase of 29 more cases compared to the day before. The public is reminded to adhere to health regulations, proper handwashing, mask-wearing, and social distancing. Mask-wearing will continue until a considerable percentage of the population in the country is fully vaccinated. By Thursday, July 15th, a total of 111,501 Belizeans has received their first dose, while 41,356 are fully vaccinated.

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