Cat Island woman shocked to learn she was COVID-19 positive

A 57-year-old Cat Island resident was surprised to discover that she contracted COVID-19 last month after self-isolating and avoiding travel for more than four months.

“I didn’t do any traveling,” she told The Nassau Guardian on the condition on anonymity

“I ain’t been to Nassau from the first week of March when I went to my brother-in-law’s funeral. We don’t travel.  We don’t travel. We were right home.

“I believe my mother had it and I caught it from her because she’s a friendly person. She goes outside to sell stuff from the field and tourists pass and get the stuff from her.

“We don’t go anywhere. I was going to church now and then but I stopped.” 

Both she and her 75-year-old mother — cases 179 and 180 — were reported as COVID-positive on July 21.

They were the island’s first cases.

“I went to the doctor on July 13 and he told me to come back,” she said.

“On Tuesday, I was lying down and still feeling bad and the same thing on Wednesday. On Thursday, July 16, I went back to the doctor and they were treating me for my belly problem.

“But then I noticed I wasn’t using the bathroom at all. I didn’t have an appetite and I wasn’t drinking anything. I was just lying down. My knees were weak and I started coughing and having shortness of breath.”

She initially thought she had a stomach virus.

However, after her conditions deteriorated, she was transferred to New Providence via air ambulance.

“I couldn’t breathe on Sunday (July 19) so accident and emergency sent [me] back to the hospital,” the Cat Islander said.

“Then, they put me and my mother back in the room and they told me not to come out of the room. Then, I remember two guys came in the COVID clothes and they said, ‘We got to carry y’all down.’

“They never said where they were carrying us but I found that was the place where they were testing us. We went in there Sunday night and on Tuesday a nurse called me in my room and said, ‘Is that true y’all have COVID?’

“I said, ‘I don’t know.’”

She said she is feeling “100 percent” better.

“We can’t come out,” she said.

“They were supposed to take a test from us from Tuesday and we ain’t see no doctor yet.”

She said she hopes to be released by next week. 

There are 761 cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.

Three cases have been reported on Cat Island. 

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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