COVID at Casino


Both avid and recreational gamblers and casino goers have practically been pining for the reopening of casinos since their closure more than a year ago. For some weeks now, the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) agreed to its reopening, with specific health protocols put in place. Unfortunately for the staff and patrons of the Princess Casino, however, an outbreak of the COVID-19 disease has prompted a temporary closure. On Saturday, as many as 85 staff members were tested for the disease and 23 tests came back positive. Of these persons, a few are depicting mild to moderate symptoms while the larger group is asymptomatic.
Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa, Deputy Manager of the Central Health Region, says that the Ministry has worked quickly to conduct their surveillance and contact tracing exercises. The idea is to isolate any positive case to control the potential spread of COVID-19. While they have already started this series of events, it is an ongoing process to get an accurate representation of persons infected and other potential threats, including staff at the Princess Hotel. The casino is currently closed and health officials are overseeing the sanitization process.
Since the contact tracing exercise, cases have now also been detected in schools in Belize City directly linked to the casino cluster.