Sunday 27 September, 2020

Coronavirus cases in Cayman cross 200-mark

Cayman's Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, reported yesterday (June 30) that there is one new positive case of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease in the Cayman Islands.

The COVID-positive individual was identified through the country's screening programme and is asymptomatic. This brings Cayman to another milestone in the pandemic: 200 positive cases.

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In the Cayman Islands between Monday and Tuesday, 470 tests were conducted. To date, 23,750 tests have been completed. Thirty-six per cent of the population has been tested as part of the mass screening programme implemented by the government. 

The positive test rate currently stands at 0.842 per cent.

Of the 200 cases, 191 of the cases are considered to be fully recovered and there are eight active and asymptomatic cases in the Cayman Islands. One person died at the beginning of the pandemic after suffering from a cardiac condition on a cruise and being transported from the cruise to Health City Cayman Islands.

No locally residing persons have died.

The age range of the individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 ranges from nine years old to 85 years old.

Women account for 48 per cent of the positive cases and 52 per cent have been men.

The Cayman Islands is now running antibody tests to see not only what the previous infection rate has been but also to get more information on the strain of COVID-19 in these islands as well as whether prior infection creates some degree of immunity in individuals.

Cayman is now on Suppression Level 2, which means that there are no restrictions on domestic movement with public gathering, social distancing, and other protective regulations in effect. The Chief Medical Officer does not believe that this ease in restrictions will cause an uptick in the cases.

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