Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Ambassador Liz Thompson in to see her ill mum, tests COVID-positive

Ambassador Liz Thompson encourages 'Don't Let #covid19 Stop Your Smile'. The photo was taken in New York and posted on her FB page on May 1, 2020. (Source: Liz Thompson Facebook)

Ambassador Liz Thompson encourages 'Don't Let #covid19 Stop Your Smile'. The photo was taken in New York and posted on her FB page on May 1, 2020. (Source: Liz Thompson Facebook)

Barbados' Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Liz Thompson has tested positive for COVID-19.

She is the 89th person to test positive in Barbados.

The Ambassador returned to Barbados on a private jet yesterday afternoon (May 18) to be by her ailing 95-year-old mother's bedside.

She is asymptomatic.

However, because she was arriving from New York, which is a COVID-19 epicenter in the United States, she was tested at the Paragon campus immediately after her arrival yesterday afternoon.

The Ambassador has no symptoms of the disease and is feeling perfectly well.

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In a press release from the Prime Minister's Office, it was revealed that her result was amongst today's batch.

The statement read:

"This morning (May 19) we received information that her test was positive. There was one other passenger on the plane on which the Ambassador travelled. That passenger was also tested; that test is negative.

"Ms Thompson came to Barbados to be at the bedside of her 95-year-old mother who became gravely ill with a heart condition, a non-COVID related condition, on the weekend. Given the gravity of her mother’s condition, she was allowed to go to her mother’s bedside. The senior Mrs Thompson is being kept comfortable at her home.

"Since going to her mother’s residence, the Ambassador has had no contact with the members of that household other than her mother. Ms Thompson was wearing a mask from the moment she got off the plane and has been practising physical distancing. She will, from today, go into isolation at Harrison’s Point.

"Despite not having contact with members of the household, the Ministry of Health and Wellness is taking the usual precaution of testing family members. All precautionary measures and protocols are being observed.

"The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue to deal with this situation as it has all other cases in Barbados.

"Ambassador Thompson and her family are cooperating fully with the Ministry, but she is appealing to the public not to contact the family given her mother’s very grave and deteriorating condition."

Two weekends ago, Ambassador Thompson wrote a touching Mother's Day tribute for her mother on her Facebook page.

She wrote: "******* ******* Thompson, my mother, the woman who after a long and difficult labour, felt that she would not make it so told the doctors, "save the baby."

"Mummy, I am so glad that God saved us both. At 95, you are now in your sunset years. I give thanks for who you are and for all the sacrifices and love you have shown to me from that moment when you put my life above your own.

"May Almighty God keep His grace, face and favour upon you, until it pleases Him to close your eyes. And then I will still love you, the mother I can no longer see, like you loved me before you could even see me."

Since the news of Thompson's COVID-19 positive status, persons have been sending her well wishes on social media. 'Get well soon' graphics and messages are being posted to her Facebook page.

Barbados' borders were never closed, but all travellers from the United States and Europe since March 22 have been placed on mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

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