Cayman health officials to switch to weekly COVID-19 reports

Cayman Health Officials

Cayman health officials to switch to weekly COVID-19 reports

The people of the Cayman Islands will no longer receive timely information about the state of the COVID-19 pandemic here as Public Health officials have switched to weekly reports reflecting figures that are some five days old. The first of these new situation reports was released to the media at around 9:45pm Wednesday night with data from Saturday.

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As a result, there is no up-to-date information on how many people tested positive this week at all, despite unconfirmed reports that the number of residents infected on Tuesday was the highest daily figure since the first case of the virus here in March 2020.

Officials have not revealed the number of people currently in hospital with SARS-CoV-2 or the tally of active cases, which is estimated to be well over 4,000 people.

Nevertheless, CNS has continued to ask for up-to-date figures and we are waiting on a response. Meanwhile, the old data released last night is posted in the CNS Library.

More than 5% of the population is believed to be in isolation this week, largely due to the spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant, and this is taking a toll on the economy. But the evident inability of Public Health to cope with the overwhelming number of people infected is also detrimental to the community as a whole, extending the isolation periods for many families.

Families with unvaccinated children have been spending as long as three weeks in quarantine because of the delays in getting their first PCR test to start the clock on their official isolation period, then waiting in some cases more than three days to get their negative exit test.

CNS has been inundated this week with messages from readers about their quarantine and testing nightmares. Following the decision by Public Health to cut the isolation time by three days, which was announced yesterday, more than 700 people attended the drive-through exit testing clinic at Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

New weekly COVID report offers old information – Cayman Islands Headline News  Cayman News Service


Dean Nestor

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