Toots and the Maytals singer Toots Hibbert has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit at a private facility in Kingston, Jamaica.
His family released a statement indicating that he had been tested for but not yet diagnosed with COVID-19.
The statement says: While reports of Mr. Hibbert being in an intensive care unit at a private facility in the Corporate Area are true, the family would like to assure those concerned that he is making positive progress and is receiving the best possible treatment, while he awaits the results on his COVID-19 test. He is resting and in good spirits, and is showing signs of improvement by the hour.
His family has asked everyone to hold him in their prayers, and would like to thank the Minister of Culture Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and Minister of Health Christopher Tufton for their assistance in getting Mr. Hibbert tested, as well as the countless medical professionals who are taking care of Mr. Hibbert around the clock during this time.
Toots and the Maytals released their latest LP Got to Be Tough, which features a Bob Marley performed with Ziggy Marley and Ringo Starr, just three days ago.
It had been the band’s first album in more than 10 years.