Tobago House of Assembly Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development Tracy Davidson-Celestine receives her COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Kathy Ann Greenidge-Ottley at the Scarborough Health Centre in Bacolet, Tobago, yesterday. Davidson-Celestine stepped in to replace Dr Keith Rowley, who could not take his scheduled jab after contracting the disease.

Health Secretary Tracy Davidson- Celestine has put to rest rumors that she is COVID-positive after allegedly being in contact with close COVID-positive relatives.

The rumor comes with concerns that she may have exposed the Tobago Hosue of Assembly’s Executive Council and Tobago’s COVID- Task Force to the virus.

She first addressed the rumors at the May 21 Tobago Health Update media briefing.

However, they resurfaced again this week with increased velocity.

“I am completely fine. I don’t know that I have been exposed to any persons who have had COVID recently.

“If it is that I was exposed then I would follow the rules and regulations that we have been sharing with members of the public,” she said .

Pressed also on the issue of whether her alleged COVID- positive relatives were receiving preferential treatment, she replied: “The Tobago Regional Health Authority and the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, would have taken the decision to provide facilities of care for everyone.”

She added:” We have also taken the decision that there are certain meals and accessories that we would provide in that level of care. Everyone who is in that facility…would receive the same level of care.”

“If there are any relatives of mine, who have been placed in isolation, I expect that they would be treated just like everyone else who would have contracted COVID.”

Reached for comment on the issue again yesterday, the health secretary referred Guardian Media to last week’s press conference statements, noting that her response remains the same.