Valrick Baker identified as Antigua’s youngest COVID-19 victim


The youngest person to die from COVID-19 in Antigua & Barbuda has been identified as Valrick Baker.


The 34-year-old retired soldier died at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre on March 11.


His sister Lettecia Reader told state media when her brother was first admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 “ his blood pressure was good, everything was good and, like, when he was up there, he tell me say his fever was okay.”


However, Reader said she was later told Baker “catch a pneumonia in his lungs” and “his kidney is going.”


In a release that did not reveal Baker’s name, the hospital reported the 34-year-old, who had “no significant co-morbidities”, was admitted on February 12, 2021, after testing positive for COVID-19 three days earlier.


The release said his treatment included ventilator support and “despite our best efforts, the patient died.”


Yandeen Dennie, another family member, fought to hold back tears as she recalled happier days with Baker.


“We were talking about, you know, him always in the truck and he’s always beeping or waving ‘cause you know he can’t open no windows or the doors. So, you know, that’s gonna be the hardest thing for me, like, seeing the truck and not able to see him”, she bemoaned.

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  1. The thin line between people dying of covid or direct effects of the vaccine will be significantly blurred. I hope and pray this news outlet keeps them honest. My condolences to the family.

    • Huge sympathies to the family.

      There is no thin line! The difference is huge! The Vaccine saves lives and many of them.
      You have a MUCH higher risk by not having the vaccine!
      Just look at the UK data with 35% of the population now with 1st dose compared to the EU where only 10% have the 1st Dose! UK deaths dropping fast, hospital admissions dropping fast. EU now increasing fast!
      These are big numbers that show it is safe. (25 Million vaccinated in UK)

      Please have the vaccine as soon as you can!

  2. In all things give God praise for He is good. It wasn’t COVID that took him home, it was his God appointed time to go. Comfort your heart knowing that he is with his Father and Creator.

    Condolences to the family

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