WATCH: Cayman's First case of community transmission in 2 months
In a video tweeted by Hazard Management Cayman yesterday, Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee indicated that a very sensitive PCR test picked up particles of COVID-19 in someone who was found to have detectable but inactive SARS-CoV-2 viral particles, as part of the routine screening programme.
The individual had no travel history and is asymptomatic. It appears that this case was a past infection that was lingering in the body. This was the first case of community transmission in the Cayman Islands in more than two months.
“Immediate contact tracing and isolation was instituted around this asymptomatic positive case and a number of swabs for close contacts were taken," said Dr Lee. "Fourteen swabs of these close contacts have proven to be negative for the virus causing COVID-19 disease and the investigation is ongoing."
"The test has been reported as a community positive to PAHO/WHO,” said Dr Lee.
There have been 210 positive cases in the Cayman Islands. 205 of these have recovered and one has passed away. Of the 4 active but asymptomatic cases, 3 have been travellers who are in government isolation and one is a case of community transmission who is in home isolation.
After no evidence of community transmission in Cayman for 2 months, a test result comes back positive during routine screening. pic.twitter.com/RY3GbRMAB1— Hazard Management CI (@CINEOC) September 22, 2020
The government has no plans to change the current suppression level. Dr Lee encourages everyone invited to contribute to the ongoing screening programme to please come forward for testing if invited.
The total number of people in isolation, either at a government facility or in their homes as required by the Medical Officer of Health, is 232.
Cayman now has conducted 38,003 tests.