Governor General Dame Sandra Mason has gone into quarantine, after being exposed to COVID-19.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley made the announcement during this evening’s COVID-19 update and press conference.
“It is with regret that I have to say to the country that Her Excellency has gone into self-quarantine. There was a member of the household staff at Government House who would have tested positive,” the Prime Minister revealed.
“The good news is that on the first test …she tested negative, but we’ve had to move everyone out of Government House to allow for the in depth sanitising that has to take place,” she further disclosed, noting that extensive contact tracing had been conducted.
Ms. Mottley added that Her Excellency and her family would remain in quarantine, while they await the results of the second test.
The Prime Minister also disclosed that Chief Justice Sir Patterson Cheltenham was also self-quarantining as a precaution, “largely as a result of someone who is close to someone who works with him displaying symptoms, and awaiting the results of the tests to determine what is the best course of action”.
She stated that Sir Patterson’s situation did not require him to be tested, noting that public health officials had agreed that self-quarantine was all that was required at this stage.
Urging Barbadians to join her in praying for Dame Sandra and Sir Patterson, Prime Minister Mottley stressed the need for persons to adhere to COVID-19 protocols set out by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
She also reassured the country that Government remained committed to doing all that was necessary to protect everyone.