COVID 19: Tobago records third death

By Rumi Samuel Published on May 11, 2021
COVID 19: Tobago records third death

Tobago has recorded its first COVID-19 related death in eight months.

A 62-year-old woman of Bon Accord, Tobago, is the third death due to COVID-19.

According to a  Tobago Regional Health Authority release, the woman, who also had comorbidities, succumbed to COVID-19 related symptoms on Sunday.

A close relative said the woman was swabbed last week and diagnosed with COVID-19 hours before she died.

They said both the COVID-19 diagnosis and the passing took the entire family by surprise.

They said the woman, who had a pre-existing medical condition, had been ailing for some time and was therefore restricted to her home.

The last time the island recorded death was in September last year when a 57-year-old woman of Scarborough who also had pre-existing health conditions died. The island’s first fatality was recorded in April of last year when a 70- year old male of Moriah with pre-existing health conditions died at the Scarborough General Hospital.

According to the relative excessive care was taken to ensure that she was not exposed to the virus. However, the deceased was admitted to the hospital late last month, and she was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.

The relative said that immediate family members were subsequently swabbed and are currently awaiting results.

The Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Assemblyman Tracy Davidson-Celestine, was saddened by the loss.

She said: "No one should have to die due to this virus. The staff did all they could, and our hearts go out to the family and loved ones. We will do our best to offer further emotional support at this time to loved ones."

She said this should serve as a wake-up call for Tobagonians.

“We need to be vigilant and look out for everyone. This is not a joke; every life we lose is precious. The vaccine and proper mask-wearing are our main lines of defence.”

The Division urged the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and reminded citizens to practice all preventative and safety measures.

Rumi Samuel

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