Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Three positive COVID-tests in two days in Cayman; what does this mean?

There have been three positive COVID-19 tests in the Cayman Islands over the past two days. This brings the total in Cayman up to 208 positive tests.

182 tests were carried out revealing a batch of negative results that were released on Monday, 79 tests were carried out revealing a batch of negative results that were released on Tuesday, 84 tests were carried out revealing 2 positive tests that had been returned on Wednesday and 136 tests were carried out revealing one more positive test on Thursday.

All three of the positive cases were travellers and are in isolation at government facilities. All are asymptomatic and will be required to quarantine for another 10-days after which time they will be tested again.

Ten days ago a PCR screening test revealed a positive result that would have been connected to community transmission; however, two confirmatory tests revealed negative tests on the same sample on the same day. In the interest of safety, that individual and their contacts were isolated after they all revealed a further negative outcome in testing.

204 of Cayman's COVID-19 cases have fully recovered.

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 315. 42 are in home isolation and 283 are in government facilities. Home isolations have been due to medical reasons and have been backed up by specialist opinions.

So what does this mean?

In terms of safety, because the positive cases have all been travellers who are in strict government quarantine, there is no added risk within the Cayman community.

The CDC still has the Cayman Islands in its lowest risk ranking, "No Travel Health Notice: COVID-19 Risk is Very Low." 

PAHO has moved Cayman Islands transmission level from "No Cases" to "Sporadic."

Otherwise, nothing has really changed in Cayman and residents can breathe a sigh of relief that there are no local cases, with no community transmission, a situation that we have been lucky enough to be in for more than 90-days.

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