Barbados’ Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic has confirmed Barbados lost its first health care worker in the battle against COVID-19.

The nursing assistant died at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility in St Lucy where she was a patient for nine days.

Bostic said that her passing “shook the nursing and health care communities”.

He said that prior to the nurse’s passing, Barbados had so far been spared the loss of any of its health care workers and the cases of COVID among the QEH staff have largely been the result of community spread and not direct patient to caregiver contact.

In expressing sympathy to her family and friends, he again asked Barbadians to pray for nurses, doctors, orderlies, general workers and other frontline workers.

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