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RBDF commodore in quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Commodore Dr. Raymond King is in quarantine with COVID-19 symptoms after having been exposed to the virus, the Cabinet Office announced. 

In a statement issued on Sunday, it noted that in King’s absence, RBDF Deputy Commander Captain Shonedel Pinder will manage the affairs of the defense force.

RBDF Medical Officer Dr. Derwin Johnson said King underwent a rapid antigen test on Saturday after experiencing some respiratory symptoms. 

“Dr. King presented with very mild respiratory symptoms on Saturday, April 3,” he said.

“And out of an abundance of caution, we decided to perform a COVID-19 rapid antigen test on him, which was conducted at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force medical facility. And based on those results, it prompted us to place him in isolation at home for a 14-day period and to place him on medical treatment, basically including immune support…like vitamin C and so on and so forth.

“And he is currently awaiting RT-PCR confirmatory test results.

“…So, we are awaiting that result before we can say anything on the record about his actual COVID-19 status.”

Johnson said the defense force has seen an uptick in cases in recent weeks.

“The defense force is somewhat of a microcosm of the general population of The Bahamas. So, as the country is seeing some increase in numbers, we are seeing a mild increase as well, but in terms of total numbers, not a drastic amount of cases.

“So…in terms of active cases, we are around 10 right now. So, it’s not a large number of active cases. But those are the ones that have been confirmed so far by PCR. And that’s coming from possibly, like, two cases about three weeks ago, so just a mild increase.”

Johnson said there are roughly 1,500 members of the defense force.

King received his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine last month. 

Johnson assured that King is doing well.

“I would say that Commodore King…he is doing quite well. His symptoms are extremely mild.”

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Rachel Scott

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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