BELIZE CITY, Wed. Aug. 19, 2020– Today, Belize confirmed it 5th COVID-19 death. Reports are that Irus Rose Barillas, a resident of Hope Creek in the Stann Creek District who was in her early 70’s, was taken last week to the Western Regional Hospital, where she started experiencing respiratory problems.
Barillas was then transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, where she was placed on a ventilator, but she passed away this morning.
Her burial took place that same day in her home village, according to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines for COVID-19 burials.
According to reports, several members of Barillas’ family are also infected. Rose Barillas is the oldest person to have died of COVID-19 in Belize.