Sunday 9 August, 2020

COVID-19: Cayman on lockdown; Health Services employee tests positive

There is one new positive case of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands.

This brings the total number of positive tests that have come back and been reported in Cayman to six.

The patient was a Health Services Authority patient who was asymptomatic. The test was done because there was a consideration, because of other health issues, to transfer the patient to the United States. The US has been requesting COVID-19 tests from patients before they are permitted to enter its borders.

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The patient arrived after the visitor restrictions were imposed at the Health Services Authority.

There are two groups that are currently being tested - people who were in contact with the individual in the community and medical workers who came into contact with the individual. The medical workers are currently in isolation and those in the community are still being contacted.

This means that Cayman is now in the community-spread phase.

As a result, the government has taken the decision to move to the next stage and curfew hours are being amended. On March 23, it was announced that the curfew will take place from 9 pm to 5 am every night from tomorrow March 24 for 10 days until April 3. However, after today's result, the new curfew is from 7 pm at night to 6 am in the morning for the next 10 days, beginning today.

All non-essential establishments will be closing.

Everyone is required to stay home unless they are an essential worker.

Cabinet has not had a chance to meet as yet. Cabinet will be meeting at noon and this change in the law will be “done and dusted” during that time.

"We cannot reasonably expect people not to get food, fuel or money advised the premier. Specifics around these areas will be decided when Cabinet meets.

"This is essentially a lockdown," said the Premier.

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