Eight new COVID-19 cases; 22 in total
Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee has confirmed that there are eight new positive COVID-19 cases among a batch of 22 tests that were returned today. Some 14 of these cases were returned negative.
One of the new cases has no travel history. All others have been in contact with someone who has travelled. The cases stretch from the east to west of Cayman.
There are now a total of three confirmed cases of community transmission in Cayman.
The Chief Medical Officer has indicated that the reason the numbers are going up is because those in direct contact with the previously reported positive cases are now being tested. The same individuals would probably not have been tested in the past because their symptoms were absent or mild.
Some of the new positive cases are household members of those who were previously reported as positive.
The test statistics are as follows:
251 tests run.
Positive 22 and 1 inconclusive, which CARPHA is testing and this should be received this evening or tomorrow.
All positive cases reported at prior press briefings are doing well.
Among positive cases, there were two patients admitted to Health City. One passed away, a 68-year-old cruise ship passenger. One was a longterm inpatient at Health City and he is stable.
There was another person who was an inpatient at HSA with respiratory symptoms and has since been released.
The positive cases from today are being contacted now.