Sunday 5 April, 2020

Student in isolation taken to hospital

A student in one of the isolation facilities provided by Government was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital for assessment on Friday. 

The student was taken to the hospital by ambulance and now remains in isolation.  All medical staff and vehicles in contact with the student have taken necessary precautions to prevent onward transmission of any infectious condition.  Appropriate contact tracing will take place in any case deemed necessary by Public Health. 

All travellers arriving this week have been asked to self-isolate and should alert Public Health immediately if they develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The students at the isolation facility were screened prior to departure from the airport and they are in regular contact with medical professionals while they remain in isolation.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, commends the management of the isolation facility and the support that has been rendered to those that need it.  “I am reassured that the protocols we put in place are robust and this situation reminds us exactly why these isolation facilities are a necessary step in our efforts to protect the public. We are trying to keep all persons, especially the vulnerable, safe by limiting their exposure to any arriving passenger from a high-risk area. I would like to wish the student all the best for recovery” Dr Lee states.

CEO of the Health Services Authority (HSA), Ms Lizzette Yearwood thanks parents and students in isolation at this time for their compliance with the mandatory requirements. “I would like to reassure you that all measures are in place to care for your family members at this difficult time. Any calls from them are taken seriously; we will triage and care for them as the need arises,” Ms Yearwood explains.

Anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms is reminded to self-isolate at home and call the flu hotline on 1-800-534-8600 or 947-3077. More information is available at gov.ky/coronavirus.

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