Latresa Rice is sharing her heartbreak story in hopes that people ill start to take COVID-19 more seriously.
Latresa’s love story did not end the way she thought it would when she married the love of her life Albert Barber just last October.
Barber, had moved from Detroit to South Carolina to marry Rice and start their life together. In late March, Latresa says that Albert went to get a haircut days before the stay at home order was set in place.
“I told him not to go because I said on Monday they’re going to do a shutdown.”
Rice said soon after Albert’s haircut, he began to experience symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
Upon visiting Beaumont Hospital, Latresa says staff told her that the symptoms were not severe enough to get the test done.
Hoping everything would be fine the couple decided to self-quarantine, but days later Albert had not improved. He was then admitted to Sinai Grace, but due to lack of bed space, Albert was then moved to Pontiac General.
In a statement to WXYZ Rice said, “I had been calling every day. No one could go up there because of the virus. They were treating him as if he had it before he got the results. They told me it would take 10 days to get the results back because Michigan was so backed up.”
Unfortunately, Albert died on April 2. The day Latresa received confirmation that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
“He was a dynamic preacher, an awesome musician,” she said. “I’m watching people who are not taking this seriously. They’re partying, they’re visiting everybody. And I lost the love of my life because he wanted to go get a haircut.”
With the strict precautions set in place by the CDC and hospital staff, Latresa was unable to be by her husband’s side but was able to FaceTime him before doctors placed him on a ventilator.
Barber suffer from sleep apnea and had high blood pressure, nothing his wife thought was severe enough to make him an increased risk for this disease.
Now, Rice is letting people know a hairdo is not worth it.
“A hairdo is not worth it. A birthday party is not worth it. There are other methods, you can do virtual parties as opposed to risking your life and the life of those you love you and those who are connected to you.”
Like many others, Latresa was forced to plan a funeral during the difficult time where social distancing taking a lot of options off of table including how many family members can be in attendance.