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Children at Belizean care centre quarantined after positive COVID-19 case

Published:Friday | August 21, 2020 | 10:27 AM
The Ministry of Health has recommended the testing of children who display symptoms and staff who were in close contact with the positive child.

BELMOPAN, Belize, CMC –Health authorities say they have taken measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a child care centre in the capital after one of them tested positive for the virus.

“I am aware of the situation. Protocols are established as to what is to be done and I believe they have been following those. Ministry of Health does the usual contact tracing to find out where the potential source is.

“As with any other case in those particular setting, which can get quickly out of hand if you don’t do quick containment, you have to make sure that you are able to quickly identify, isolate and contain the further spread,” said Dr Marvin Manzanero, director of health services.

It is reported that one of the 23 residential children at the institution had tested positive for COVID-19, while seven others were taken for medical care based on symptoms related to the virus. 

The Ministry of Health is recommending that other children who were displaying symptoms be tested along with some staff who were in close contact with the positive child.

It said that the child who tested positive and the other who tested negative were placed in separate rooms within the isolation area and those with respiratory symptoms are in quarantine.

In a statement, the Ministry of Human Development said that staff members are now quarantining at home and new workers are being identified to temporarily cover their duties.

Belize has recorded 605 positive cases and five deaths from the virus.

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