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Belmopan. April 10, 2020. 11:45 a.m. - The Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health regret to inform of the death of the patient confirmed earlier as the 10th case of COVID-19. The patient had been receiving treatment as of March 27th at a private medical facility in Belize City. While there, the patient was swabbed twice and the samples sent to the Central Medical Laboratory for testing for COVID-19; both tests proved inconclusive.

The patient was transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) on Tuesday, April 7th, from the private facility. He arrived intubated and was admitted into intensive care upon arrival and placed into a single, private room in the general adult Intensive Care Unit. He had been connected to a ventilator at the private hospital since March 31st with progressive deterioration and complications since then, one of those complications being a stroke. The patient was swabbed at the KHMH and that test produced a positive result for COVID-19.

As per infection control procedures, the staff members who attended to the patient in the ICU at the KHMH were wearing personal protective equipment. The mapping exercise which includes immediate contacts and health care workers at both the private facility and KHMH is currently ongoing.

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