Negative trend continues on COVID-19 results

| 29/07/2020 | 12 Comments

(CNS): Another 213 COVID-19 tests that were carried out over the last day were all negative, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee reported Wednesday. Since 1 July, public health has processed 5,522 tests, recording just two positive samples in asymptomatic cases. Both patients have since recovered and now Cayman has no active cases of the virus. In total health professionals have carried out 29,679 tests, with just 203 being positive.

Cayman’s current status with the World Health Organization remains at ‘sporadic’, even though it is over two weeks since anyone here tested positive.

The number of people in isolation, mostly returning travellers in government quarantine, has risen to 116 from just 71 this time last week. When they are tested at the end of their 14 day quarantine, if they are positive, this would reverse Cayman’s current COVID-free status.

In the meantime, government officials are urging people to continue practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing mask to prevent any sudden outbreaks of the virus, which for the time being appears to have been eliminated from all three Cayman Islands.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Around the world everywhere that has opened up or relaxed lock-down restrictions are experiencing resurgences of coronavirus. Are our leaders tuned-in and paying attention?

    Is Cabinet / CIG deliberately trying to sabotage their own progress in containing the spread in Cayman, for the sake of attracting a few tourists who may choose to comply, or say they will, with Phase 1 requirements?

    CIG, the experimental bio-button approach and September 1 time-frame are potentially dangerous and need to be totally reconsidered NOW!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Before we bring people here, declaring ourselves to be presumed Covid free, would it not be prudent to launch a wider testing initiative for the general public. How many members of the general public are volunteering for testing? We may be somewhat confident that frontline workers are safe, but what about the other shoppers we will meet at the supermarket, the other customers at the restaurants? Thankfully we are still advised to continue safe practices but many people seem to believe the virus has been eliminated. I pray they are right. Thanks to everyone who has followed the rules and helped to keep the virus contained.
      CNS has the question been answered about how many membersr of the public have been tested, I.e non front line workers?

      • Anonymous says:

        Maybe they can set up tables for testing similar to the raffle tables at supermarkets, hardwares, restaurants, bars and Camana Bay? Get the average person that is out there socializing? It just may work to get a better sample of the Cayman public?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yet still no civil unions

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    • Anonymous says:

      116 in quarantine from abroad, so based on Cayman math, were going to reach the predicted 1,000 cases in two weeks.

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  3. Annie says:

    Great news! Let’s keep our borders closed. Virtually every who has opened up is now facing spikes. We did it, let’s be safe! If high income people want in, fine, let them quarantine for 14 days at a facility of their choice. Just like my family member had to quarantine. Are there dollars worth risking everything we have worked so hard and long for? No!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Complete BS.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Where unused test kits are stored? Should be in a freezer at all times. Including during collection and transportation to the lab time. Anybody knows?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Hey everyone look! A person on the internet who knows more than the medically trained staff who’s expertise is in virology!

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      • Anonymous says:

        What expertise in virology has to do with it?

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      • Anonymous says:

        Proper collection of specimens is the most important step in the laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases. A specimen that is not collected correctly may lead to false negative test results.
        Test samples must be kept frozen or between 2 – 8 °C (35.6 – 46.4 °F) at all times as they are sent to labs for diagnosis. If a delay in testing or shipping is expected, store specimens at -70°C or below.
        Exposure to temperatures outside that range can compromise test samples and result in “false-negative” results.

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      • Anonymous says:

        People who collect samples are not virologists but HSA staff. Maintaining proper temperature of test kits and collected specimens is crucial. One degree above required temperature range for even few minutes can result in false negative.
        Improper specimen collection, handling, and transportation is not rare.

        “… concerns about the validity of some of the 60,000 tests MicroGen had processed for the system because the lab left them at room temperature for days,” https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/5222340002

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