Caye Caulker seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases
Thursday, August 13th, 2020
La Isla Cariñosa, Caye Caulker, now has three confirmed cases of Coronavirus. The first case was announced by the Ministry of Health on Monday, August 10th, and two days later, another two were confirmed.
Two of the patients have taken to social media to reveal their status and are urging those they came in contact with to be on alert and to seek medical attention if they experience flu-like symptoms. One of these patients is well-known islander Celina Jimenez, who stated via her Facebook page that she felt obligated to inform her Caye Caulker community of the positive COVID-19 test result. “I have been in self-isolation for over a week. I noticed that I was not feeling sick at all, and it just started as a sore throat. I immediately got tested but it took almost a week to get my results back,” she wrote. Jimenez said that she felt the right thing to do was make her status public so others can start taking this disease seriously.
“Please if anyone was in contact with me for the past three weeks and is experiencing flu-like symptoms, contact the health clinic,” Jimenez ended. It is highly recommended that they also self-isolate as well.
On Thursday, August 13th, another Caye Caulker resident announced her positive status. Clivia Aguilar stated that it is not easy knowing that the virus is in her. “I just got a phone call stating that I am COVID-19 positive,” she said. Aguilar included in her post that despite being infected, she is asymptomatic.
Belize has now registered 296 cases of the global illness that has brought the world’s economy almost to a complete halt. Two persons have died in Belize, 32 have recovered and 262 remain active countrywide.
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