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Donations to Central Medical Lab for COVID-19

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This morning the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin visited the Molecular Biology Unit at the Central Medical Lab to see the recent donations that will assist us to increase our COVID-19 testing capabilities as we work towards ensuring more efficient and shorter turnaround time to process samples. The donations in the photograph included the Pockit Analyzer donated by the Government of Taiwan and the QuantStudio 7Pro thermocycler donated by Belize Bank through the Lord Michael Ashcroft Fund. The Minister extends appreciation on behalf of the people of Belize for all the donations we are getting and for those who have committed to continue to help us. See Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Update including Cases 29 and 30

A further 77 samples were processed today for SARS CoV2, this has allowed us to identify a further two cases bringing our total to 30. These last two cases are that of a male and female, Belizeans caught entering the border illegally via La Union. They are asymptomatic and have been in the mandatory quarantine area from when they were caught. We therefore have 9 active cases that have been and remain under quarantine, 8 Belizeans and one Honduran. See Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Update Including 4 New Cases

Today, a further 95 samples were processed and that has allowed us to identify 4 more cases of COVID-19. The 4 persons identified came into the country last week, 2 through the Northern Border entry point and 2 on the flight on Friday. All 4 persons are asymptomatic and went into immediate mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival. See Source on Facebook.

Belize Compared to English Speaking Caribbean

How does our COVID-19 data compare to the English speaking Caribbean? In a snapshot, the comparison as drawn out by UWI, specifically from the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Center. See Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Update Includes Case 24

A further 87 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2. This has allowed us to identify a new case of COVID-19, case #24. This is in a Honduran national who had been caught in Belizean waters and is currently under mandatory quarantine in Dangriga. The person is asymptomatic. See Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Update, Including Case 23

Given that we had an arrival with 40+ persons this past Friday, samples were pooled and processed today, this is outside of our established testing days (Tuesdays and Fridays). A further 45 samples were processed today and this has identified a further case of COVID-19. The person is a young female who arrived on the flight on Friday, she is asymptomatic with no treatment required. She went into immediate quarantine upon arrival as part of the established protocol. See Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Case 22

A further 45 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2 as part of our ongoing surveillance. These tested samples have identified a further case of COVID-19, case #22. The case is that of a male caught entering the country illegally this past weekend and who was swabbed as part of the established protocol, in the Cayo District. Contact tracing for this particular case is currently underway and as soon as further details are known, they will be shared through the official sources of information. See Source on Facebook.

Beating the COVID-19 pandemic

Out of a list of 46 countries 'beating' the COVID-19 pandemic, two are in mainland America - Uruguay and Belize. We will require an ongoing collective effort as we move along. See Source on Facebook.

14 June COVID-19 Update — Case 21

This is an updated infographic as we went ahead and ran samples for those who arrive on the flight on Friday and we have detected another case of COVID-19. The person is a male, asymptomatic who was in the Houston area and went into the mandatory quarantine upon arrival on Friday. He will continue to remain in strict quarantine for the next 14 days when a new sample will be processed. See Source on Facebook.

Repatriation of Belizeans

The Ministry of Health continues to work closely with the relevant agencies as the repatriation process of Belizeans continues. Today a further 22 persons came into the country, 7 through the Northern border station and 15 arrived at the PGIA. Thanks to the teams on the ground for their unwavering support. Our work continues! See Source on Facebook.

Ministry of Health Confirms 20th Case of COVID-19

As a result of a revised protocol that came into effect this week, persons entering Belize either legally or illegally are being swabbed and tested for COVID-19. That process identified a positive case for COVID-19 in a 22-year-old female who was caught entering Belize illegally on Sunday, June 7th. The female was traveling with a one-year-old child and a 63-year-old female, who were all placed in the mandatory quarantine facility in Punta Gorda. The patient is asymptomatic. See Source on Facebook.

Ministry of Health Confirms 19th Case of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health informs the public that a 19th case of COVID-19 was confirmed earlier today. This comes after the last four cases reported 53 days ago. The case is that of a 27-year-old male who arrived on Saturday, May 23rd, from a cruise ship as part of the established repatriation process for Belizeans. The male is asymptomatic for COVID-19 and was detected as part of the routine testing being done on all those placed under mandatory quarantine which is a requirement before their release. The contact tracing for this individual is starting now and the due process of informing the cruise ship and relevant counterparts has started. See Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Regional Update

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Data for the Central American region up until yesterday. All countries continue to report increasing numbers except for Costa Rica and Nicaragua. See Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Regional Update

This is the regional update as numbers continue to rise in countries all around. Costa Rica and Nicaragua are the two countries who don’t seem to have significant increases in their numbers as all aim to contain their epidemic curve. We all remain vigilant under new norms. See Source on Facebook.

With soaring numbers, we cannot forget that all neighbouring countries as can

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be seen in the graphs are having increasing numbers. The LAC map shows comparative numbers from May 4th & 11th and the other infographic how the last 6 countries (in terms of decreasing numbers of COVID-19) are comparing. The data is as compiled by IDB from multiple sources. See Source on Facebook.

Data available for countries in the Mesoamerican region

Data is up until 9 May for all countries. Note that this is total cases/deaths, not cases or death per million population. For example, México has 272 per million cases, and 27 deaths per 1M population. Belize has about 45 known cases per 1M, and about 5 deaths per 1M. See Source on Facebook. Worldwide statistics can be found at

COVID-19 Update, Other Countries

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On 4 May 2020 the Office of the Director of Health Services presented these graphs with official numbers from the IDB. It pointed out that we are going into our 4th week since the last case was diagnosed but we cannot lose sight of the fact that our neighboring countries are are having escalating numbers of cases and deaths. See Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Update

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In the infographics attached, we have Belize’s data up until today compared to some Caribbean countries and the first graph indicates how Belize compares to New Zealand, Iceland, Hong Kong and Singapore in terms of their 'curves'. There is also a growth rate comparison with all other English speaking Caribbean countries. (first 3 graphs courtesy of UWI) The final graphs highlight the tests done per district and the distribution of tests for Belize by age groups. We remain at 18 confirmed cases with 3 pending recovery. See Source on Facebook.

Bleach and Disinfectant for Surfaces Only

FACT: Spraying or introducing bleach or another disinfectant into your body WILL NOT protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous. See Source on Facebook.

Corozal District Health Services COVID-19 Health Line

Attention: if you have travel history to a high risk area with cases of COVID-19, and/or have SYMPTOMS such as cough, fever, or breathing difficulties, call one of these numbers (click on small image for a larger view). Or see Source on Facebook.

Belize’s data in reference to the region

As we move along with our data collection processes, we have completed a major exercise with significant support from SIB so that we will be projecting our data and potential scenarios. We are therefore presenting data as of earlier today and as mapped out by UWI with a comparison with countries having bigger epidemic numbers. See Source on Facebook.

Can COVID-19 be spread through coins and banknotes?

There is currently no evidence to confirm or disprove that coronavirus can be transmitted through coins or banknotes. Wash your hands, avoid touching eyes, mouth or nose until you do. See Source on Facebook.

Contact Information for Mental Health Services

Corozal: 422-3909/422-2072 ext. 241
Orange Walk: 670-9367/670-9375
Belize City: 223-0131/222-4920
See Source on Facebook.

Republic of China (Taiwan) Donates Face Masks to the Ministry of Health

In a brief ceremony today, April 16th, the Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin received, on behalf of the Government of Belize, 60,000 face masks from the Government of the Republic China (Taiwan) through its Ambassador to Belize H.E. Remus Li-Kou Chen. See Source on Facebook.

Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts

We are reposting 'What you need to know' during self isolation based on a request yesterday from the public sent during our 'Ask the Experts' session with Dr. Manzanero. Please follow our advice for self isolation or self quarantine for up to 21 days. Call us at 0-800-MOH-CARE for clarity on this and for any other COVID-19 or health related questions. Click on the small image or see Source on Facebook.

Stay at Home Nutrition

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Northern Regional Hospital: Staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for everyone, and the increased anxiety (and boredom) can cause people to abandon their healthy eating intentions and snack on whatever is around. But with a little thought and planning, you can continue to make good food choices and even boost your mood and immunity. Remember Safe Home, Eat healthy, Be Active. Click on small images or see Source on Facebook.

Update on COVID-19 Cases

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belize now stands at 18, with four new confirmed cases identified over the last 24 hours. One from San Ignacio and three from Belize City, all close contacts of previously confirmed cases. See Source on Facebook.

If you came in contact with a COVID patient

Isolate yourself immediately, separate yourself from family. Monitor yourself. Do not leave your home. Call 0-800-MOH-CARE. Click on the small image for symptoms and more information, or see Source on Facebook.

Fourteenth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed

April 12, 2020. 9:47am. A further 26 samples were tested for COVID-19 at the Central Medical Laboratory and one of those samples has yielded a positive result. This is the 14th confirmed case. The sample is that of a close contact of a previously identified case who started developing minor symptoms, which included runny nose, nasal congestion and a loss of sense of taste. The patient remains with minor symptoms and is in self-isolation at home. See Source on Facebook.

Corozal Community Hospital/Corozal Polyclinic II Reminder

The management of the Corozal Community Hospital is reminding the general public that due to the COVID 19 situation the Corozal Polyclinic and the Emergency Ward are only attending to patients with critical condition and flu like symptoms. These measures have been taken as we are trying to expose the least amount of persons. Any persons with flu like symptoms are advice to visit the respiratory clinic directly. Ambulance assistance are for Road Traffic Accidents(RTA) and emergency situations only. We plea to the general public to please adhere to these strict measure. Please continue practicing social distancing, hand hygiene and to stay home. See Source on Facebook.

Medical Focal Point Contacts

For the Corozal district, call 402-2141, 625-6667, or 660-1115. See Source on Facebook.

Tenth Case of COVID-19 is Confirmed

Belmopan, April 10, 2020, 6:25am. The Ministry of Health has confirmed a 10th positive case for COVID-19 in Belize. The confirmation test came out positive late last night (April 9th). This was from a set of 30 samples tested, some of which were from frontline workers as part of routine surveillance. See Source on Facebook. Note: Breaking Belize News is reporting on Good Friday that this patient has died at KHMH.

Ninth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed

Belmopan. April 9, 2020. 10:45 a.m. The Ministry of Health ran a further 30 samples for COVID-19 on April 8 and has confirmed a ninth case. The patient is a female minor who is an immediate contact of a previously identified patient. See Source on Facebook.

Eighth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Corozal

April 8, 2020, 7:10am. The patient is a 50-year-old male who is currently in the isolation area of the Corozal Community Hospital. The patient was referred from the private sector and has been hospitalized since yesterday. A mapping exercise has started for this patient and further details will be provided later on in the day. See Source on Facebook.

Two More Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed

The Ministry of Health has continued to scale up testing for COVID-19 and a further 26 samples were tested on Sunday, April 5th. That scaled up testing has identified two further cases, both males residing in San Ignacio. See Source on Facebook.

Ministry of Health Confirms 5th Case of COVID-19, in Corozal

Today, at 03:19 a.m., the expanded testing protocol of the Ministry of Health identified a fifth case of COVID-19. The patient is a Belizean student who returned from Florida. The patient arrived in Belize on Friday, April 3rd, and is in self-isolation at a quarantine facility. He is without symptoms and stable. See Source on Facebook.

Ministry of Health Confirms Fourth Case of COVID-19

The enhanced surveillance system of the Ministry of Health has identified a fourth case of COVID-19 in a 55-year-old male who resides in San Ignacio. The patient tested positive in a confirmatory test ran earlier today, April 3rd, 2020, at 1:16 a.m. For more details, see Source on Facebook.

Ministry of Health Tips If You Must Leave Home

This is a graphic showing suggestions if you have to leave home. Click on the small image for the full graphic. Or you can click on the title, which has the same graphic also in Spanish. See Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Mesoamérica Update

These are the numbers in the Mesoamerican region, Guatemala may be going into a complete lockdown for the next 15 days given their increasing numbers. See Source on Facebook.

CCH Important Notice to the Public

On 24 March the Corozal Community Hospital released this very tall image with important information for Corozaleños regarding their services during the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, Facebook scaled it so small it was very difficult to read. We transcribed it into text that is much easier to read. See Source on Facebook. There is also a link there to the original post if you want to compare.

Ministry Issues Warning Against the Use of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine

Several countries including Nigeria and the United States have reported chloroquine poisonings as a result of self-medication. Please be advised that both drugs have been linked to electrocardiogram changes which can be detrimental, especially in patients with pre-existing heart conditions. Side effects include liver injury and eye damage among others. See Source on Facebook.

Notice to Maternal and Child health patients

This includes Prenatal and Postnatal services, Family planning services, Vaccines, Papsmears/VIA. Regular services will be discontinued at the Corozal MCH due to the current COVID-19 preventative measures. Patients will be visited at home or contacted via phone by the nurses. Pregnant women with appointments for gynaecologist will be seen on Thursdays unless informed that such services are no longer offered. See Source on Facebook.

Contact Numbers for COVID-19

If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, contact your care provider immediately at 0-800-MOH-CARE. In Corozal you can also call 625-6667 or 660-1115.

No rapid test for COVID-19

At least one private entity is claiming to be conducting rapid testing for COVID-19. As of today, no such test has been validated for use with COVID-19. The MOH does not recommend them but will publish data when there are such resources. See Office of Director of Health Services.

Barbados’ plan for COVID-19

You will note that despite not having a confirmed case, we have moved as a country to implement actions from stages 1-3 and this will be scaled up as we move along so please remain alert and attentive to any further information in this regard. For now, if you are ill, please stay at home. We encourage all to continue to practice safe hygienic practices to/from work, at work and at home. See Office of Director of Health Services.

Quarantine vs Isolation

Quarantine involves separating persons who may have been in contact with the virus. Persons in quarantine are well. They have no symptoms. Isolation involves separating those who are sick from persons who are not ill. Both measures are taken to protect the public and prevent the spread of COVID-19. See Ministry of Health Belize.

American national tests positive for COVID-19 after departing Belize

The MOH was notified of an American national who was in Belize and tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. after departing Belize one week ago. See Government of Belize Press Office.

Nutrition Tips for Adults

Adults: Drink more water, avoid sugary food and drinks. Wash hands before preparing food. Clean and sanitize food preparation areas and items. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating, if you are unable to wash, peel. Use natural seasonings and spices such as onion, garlic and ginger. See Ministry of Health Belize.

COVID-19, What you need to know

Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts. For more, see Ministry of Health Belize.

Visiting Corozal Community Hospital

Notice for relatives/friends with a loved one admitted to CCH. Special conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more, see Corozal Community Hospital.


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