Over the weekend, one local news station reported that there was a patient at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital displaying symptoms similar to COVID-19. It also indicated that the patient had exposed front line workers and that he had to be intubated due to respiratory distress. The report did not cite an official source like the Government Press Office or the Ministry of Health. The report created panic in some quarters and after the official report came out, persons via social media clamored for the arrest of someone responsible for that post as it was tantamount to false news. Police Commissioner Chester Williams, however, was not in agreement with these persons. Here is how he explained it.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Now the question is in order for us to proceed with a prosecution the law is that the post must be false and two it must create public alarm or to put the public in a state of panic. Upon seeing the post we investigated. The first person I contacted was the DHS to see whether or not the information was true and the DHS assured me that they would have put out a release on the matter which I subsequently saw and he also said that KHMH was also going to put out their own release in respect to the matter. Now is the post false? Lets dissect it. Patient at hospital, yes a patient was there. Two, did the patient have respiratory problems ? Yes. Was the patient on ventilator? Yes. Was KHMH dealing with the patient as a COVID-19 case? Yes. Were there concerns that the hospital workers may have been exposed while the patient was admitted had he been positive for COVID-19 ? The answer is yes. I even saw photographs with the medical practitioners in their full regade while they were dealing with the patient so in essence the post by Channel 7 was premature yes but it was not false and so based on that there can be no prosecution.”
Up to news time tonight, this patient has not been ruled out as a COVID-19 patient.