Mother in Limbo as Baby Tests Positive for COVID 19

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A St. Thomas woman is worried and confused after she was informed 2 days ago that her 4-month-old boy baby has tested positive for Coronavirus. According to Carmen Brown (name changed), she took the infant to a nearby clinic on August 7 after she noticed that he was groaning and his head was warm whenever she touched it. She says she was seen by a doctor who sent her to Princess Margaret Hospital with the baby. On arrival at the hospital the doctor tested the baby for meningitis and that test ended up being negative. However, her baby was admitted while they tested him for other things including sickle cell. Ms. Brown said that she was only allowed to visit her baby between 11am and 1 pm because of the current outbreak of COVID 19 in the parish.

According to Ms. Brown, the doctors informed her that her son had tested positive for sickle cell and she was sent to a lab in Kingston with samples to determine if he had the trait or the full blown disease. The doctors also tested the baby for COVID 19, explaining to Ms. Brown that they were in the process of testing all the babies on the ward. Ms. Brown felt something was wrong. She explained that suddenly there was a change in protocol on the ward and all parents had to suddenly wear personal protective covering before entering the ward.

Despite this,  her son was discharged approximately 2 weeks after being admitted without the results of the COVID 19 test being available. According to Ms. Brown, this is when all hell broke loose. Her baby son was doing much better at home and has not displayed any symptoms of being ill since his hospital discharge. However, 2 days ago she received a phone call from officials of the Ministry of Health informing her that the baby’s COVID 19 test returned positive. Within a few hours, officials visited her community of Stokes Hall in St Thomas and quarantined at least 6 households. Another household in the nearby community of Cheswick was also quarantined. She says since they have been visited 2 days ago no official has returned and no test has been conducted on any of the approximately 30 people now under lockdown as a result of the baby’s positive test.

Ms. Brown says she is worried and confused as they are unable to even obtain food or supplies for the baby. She is calling on the Ministry of Health and Wellness to send a team to the community as soon as possible so that tests can be conducted. She is also assisted with basic supplies for the quarantined families as they were caught off guard and had no time to prepare.

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