BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Oct. 22, 2020– According to recent data released by the Office of the Director of Health Services, the majority of COVID-19 infections are being found in young adults between the ages of 20-34.
A statistical breakdown of COVID-19 infections based on age and sex was released on October 20 and showed that over 1,149 COVID-19 infections had been found in persons between the ages of 20 and 34 years. Of those 1,149 young persons, 506 are females and 643 are males.
The release noted, however, that “While the highest number of cases have been in those 25-29 years of age, mortality has been primarily in the older age groups.”
According to the data that was released, 37 persons in the 50-65 age group have died as a result of COVID-19 to date. Seven deaths of persons in the 25-49 age group have been recorded.
The release stated, “COVID-19 has a higher mortality in older age groups and when linked to co-morbidities such as hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, but NO age group is exempted.”
Two new deaths were recorded since our last update. The death of a man, a Trial Farm resident in his 30’s, was reported. He is reported to have been found at home, gasping for breath, and was transported to the Northern Regional Hospital, where he died on arrival.
Another man, in his 80’s, died at the Northern Regional Hospital recently. He was first admitted to the hospital earlier this month, but later passed away. The fatality rate in the country currently stands at 1.57%.
An October 19 update on the distribution of active cases across the country showed that there were 401 active cases in the Orange Walk District, which has the highest number of cases in the country. Next is Corozal, where there were 250 cases, then the Belize District, which had 212 cases. The Cayo District had 108 active cases as of that date and Toledo recorded 55. Ambergris Caye had 39 active cases and 31 were still active in Stann Creek.
On that day, October 19, 21 new cases were found from a batch of 154 samples — 13 in Orange and 8 in Belize. Also, 22 recoveries were recorded.
On October 20, 53 new cases were found from a batch of 339 samples that were tested. Twenty-four new cases were recorded in Orange Walk, 7 in Belize, 10 in Cayo, 4 in Stann Creek, 7 in Toledo, and 1 in Corozal. On this day, 35 recoveries were recorded.
A further update released on October 21 revealed that a total of 2,937 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the country so far. Of these, 1,135 remain active, 1,756 infected persons have recovered, and 46 persons have died.
On that date, 331 samples were processed and 51 new cases were found. In Corozal, 15 were identified across the villages in the district, and Orange Walk recorded 14 new cases. Six were found in the Belize District and 2 in Cayo. Toledo recorded 14 new cases. A total of 29 recoveries were recorded. Our recovery rate thus currently stands at 38.6.
The last report on hospitalizations published by the Office of the Director of Health Services indicated that 6 patients (5 males and 1 female) were admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s ICU; and one person, referred from the Northern Regional Hospital (NRH), was intubated. Three of these persons are hemodialysis patients. There are also 4 patients (all males) admitted at the Northern Regional Hospital. Three of these are confirmed cases, and the other is a highly suspect case.