No suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at health facilities
Health and Wellness Minister Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic
No COVID-19 infections at Barbados' hospitals.
Minister of Health and Welness Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic gave this assurance that there have been no suspected cases of COVID-19 at any of the health facilities across the island. These included the district and geriatric hospitals as well the Barbados’ primary care facility - the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“We have been trying really hard to ensure that we isolate those facilities [and] try to keep the virus out of those facilities because we know what is at risk here, especially the geriatric facilities.”
He went on to state that the ministry, in collaboration with the private sector, has been expending financial and other resources to establish other health facilities around the island.
Barbados has two isolation centres in operation which can accommodated 46 persons, the Tourism Ministry is in talks with hoteliers about using roomstock for quarantine and the facility as Harrison's Point is underway despite construction being a week behind schedule.
As it pertains to himself and his COVID-19 status, he stated “I certainly have not had any test!”
This was the firm proclamation made by Minister Bostic last evening (March 27). He was responding to the question of whether any Cabinet members or members of Parliament have been infected with or have undergone testing for the novel coronavirus.
The question was posed in light of the fact that dignitaries across the globe have been personally impacted by the virus. These included Justin Trudeau and Boris Johnson, the Prime Ministers of Canada and the United Kingdom respectively. Just this week it was confirmed that Prince Charles of the British Royal Family had also tested positive.
Citing the element of risk associated with working in an environment in which he does, Minister Bostic went on to say:
“I have to manage the risks and personally I am not going to expose myself unnecessarily and I think that would go for any Cabinet member but we have a duty and responsibility to do what we can to keep Barbadians and Barbados safe.”
Minister Bostic was a part of a panel addressing the local fight against COVID-19. The other panellists were Attorney General Dale Marshall, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Best and COVID-19 Czar Richard Carter.