More than 1,100 active cases of COVID-19, 45 deaths to date

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For more than just a few months now, the world has had to adapt in several aspects as it relates to the impacts of everyday life brought on by COVID-19. In Belize to date, we have seen as many as 2,886 confirmed cases of the virus with 38.6% or 1,114 of those still being active. The majority of those cases have been found in the Orange Walk District where there are currently more than 400 active cases out of 1,048 confirmed cases. By the latest infographic shared by the Office of the Director of Health Services (DHS) on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 53 more cases have been confirmed countrywide. Of those, an additional 24 cases have been identified in the Orange Walk district. In the Belize District, there are 564 confirmed cases with 325 confirmed cases in San Pedro, with an additional seven cases being identified. There remains 438 confirmed cases in the Corozal district with no new cases and 344 in the Cayo district, ten recently identified. In the Stann Creek district, there are 92 confirmed cases, four recently identified, and in the Toledo District where seven were recently identified, there are 75 confirmed cases in total. By these numbers, we have a positivity rate in country of 15.6% and according to the infographic, there are now 1,727 recoveries, 35 of those being new recoveries.To date, there have been 45 COVID-19 related deaths, 16 women and 29 men. While COVID-19 has a higher mortality in older age groups; when linked to co-morbidities such as hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, no age group is exempted. As many as 15 of the 45 deaths have occurred in persons older than 65-years while ten and eight, respectively, have been seen in age groups 60-64 and 55-59. While not as common, there have been deaths reported in persons of lower ages. One death each has been reported in age ranges 25-29, 35-39, and 40-44. Two deaths have been reported in persons 30-34 and three and four, respectively, in ages 45-49 and 50-54. The mortality rate, however, is starkly different from age groups which have been affected by the virus in general. At the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) COVID-19 area, there are currently six patients in total. One person is intubated, referred from the Northern Health Region, and three are hemodialysis patients. These six are call confirmed cases, five men and one woman.The Office of the DHS prepared another infographic which shows COVID-19 statistics by sex and age. In total, the highest number of infections was seen in the ages 25-29. 199 women and 219 men in this age range have been affected by COVID-19. The greatest number of infections in men, however, has been seen in men between 30-34 years with 227 infections. The smallest number of infections has been seen in persons below the age of 1. Five females and four males have been infected.
By now, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, DHS, says that we should have started to see a flattening of the curve, but that has not been the case. There is worse news now, he says. Officials at the Ministry of Health (MOH) are in anticipation of another wave or curve. Dr. Manzanero says that most likely the nearer we get to the flu season, which is the latter part of November into December, there will be more infections. Also, as we draw nearer to election and large bodies of crowds gather, new infections become more probable. Likewise, this adds more work for the MOH as they will now need to include in their focus screenings for dengue, the flu, and infections outside of just SARS COV-2.