Over 400 more negative COVID-19 tests

| 10/07/2020 | 65 Comments

(CNS): Cayman passed its ninth day on Friday since last recording a positive case of COVID-19. Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, the medical officer of health, reported that 437 tests carried out over the previous 24 hours were all negative. Cayman has now processed 26,117 tests to date with a positive tally since March of 201. There are still just three active cases of the virus among individuals who are all asymptomatic.

Health workers have carried out 2,108 test since the last positive case was reported on 1 July.

But the Public Health Department is keen to keep up the testing programme and is urging people to make appointments, as it is a strong testing regime that has enabled officials to rolling back all but the most basic COVID-19 prevention measures.

The department is continuing a second cycle of re-screening front-line workers and others who have recently returned, and testing has also been opened to the public. At this time, anyone who wishes to be tested can register for an appointment with the Health Services Authority (HSA).

Although the numbers of test results returning positive for COVID-19 has dropped in the past few weeks, there is no room for complacency, Dr Williams-Rodriguez said. Regular testing of front-line and other workers, every four weeks or so, is the only way to determine to what extent the virus has been controlled locally, therefore testing measures will be ongoing, he added in a release about the current screening programme.

With a global resurgence of the disease in other countries that have re-opened, he said it was routine screening that helps at-risk people to protect family and friends, as well as keeping the reopening of the economy on track. Front-line staff working with the general public should be tested regularly, he said.

Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms or who believes they may have been exposed to the virus is asked to self-register for testing.

The public can register for screening using the form available on the bottom left of government’s coronavirus website.

Organisations that want to schedule on-site screening for employees should contact Covidscreening@hsa.ky.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    With all the negative test results in Cayman, more people start seeking the borders to be reopened. I hope government are not pressured into doing this by the tourism or real estate industry. There is simply no way around letting people in without quarantine. all we are hearing now is dr Lee’s magic device will solve quarantine by telling people if they’re hot. News flash – it’s 100 degrees here, we’re all hot.
    If government are pressured to reopen due to hotel owners or whatever, we’ll have made it easy for all the hard work to count for nothing.
    quarantine..quarantine..quarantine.
    there is no other way at present. it sucks. But this is the world we have right now.
    2nd home owners/long stay residents of course come back but they must quarantine whether they have a magic magnet thermometer or not. taking a test 2 days before you fly means nothing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    From the Guardian this morning:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/13/30-year-old-dies-covid-party-texas

    A 30-year-old patient died after attending a “Covid party”, believing the virus to be a hoax, a Texas medical official has said.

    “Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said ‘I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not,’” said Dr Jane Appleby, the chief medical officer at Methodist hospital in San Antonio.

  3. Depressed says:

    After reading BBC piece on face masks being a new source of marine pollution I became really depressed.

    Social distancing and working from home are talking its toll on mental state of many people. We are social beings, isolation will destroy us in the long tun. But after seeing how “saving” ourselves from the virus we destroy other species, may be extinction of so called “humans” is not such a bad thing?

    Are humans that destructive by a grand design? But then there are people like me who never ever dropped a smallest piece of trash on the ground. There’s Boyan Slut who is literally this planet’s hero who is working on saving the earth from marine pollution. How often do you hear about him? How many are supporting him? Yet millions “follow” the useless and mentally deviated influencers and bloggers.

    Who wants to live in such a world?

    • Anonymous says:

      Covid-19 can result in several extrapulmonary manifestations. Those conditions include thrombotic complications, myocardial dysfunction and arrhythmia, acute coronary syndromes, acute kidney injury, gastrointestinal symptoms, hepatocellular injury, hyperglycemia and ketosis, neurologic illnesses, ocular symptoms, and dermatologic complications. Strokes were initially not counted as a part of the early mortality figures, and not thoroughly quantified in the recovered counts, but it is increasingly recognized as a blood virus potentially impacting the entire vasculature. It doesn’t necessarily go away in clinically recovered cases, it may just recede into the plaque and lay dormant for a period of time, with potential for resurgence. Add these to the list of reasons why you don’t want to send or receive COVID-19. Not the flu, and no conclusive evidence of herd immunity.

  4. Anonymous says:

    From the Guardian today –

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/12/immunity-to-covid-19-could-be-lost-in-months-uk-study-suggests

    People who have recovered from Covid-19 may lose their immunity to the disease within months, according to research suggesting the virus could reinfect people year after year.

    In the first longitudinal study of its kind, scientists analysed the immune response of more than 90 patients and healthcare workers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust and found levels of antibodies that can destroy the virus peaked about three weeks after the onset of symptoms then swiftly declined.

    Blood tests revealed that while 60% of people marshalled a “potent” antibody response at the height of their battle with the virus, only 17% retained the same potency three months later. Antibody levels fell as much as 23-fold over the period. In some cases, they became undetectable.

    Prof Jonathan Heeney, a virologist at the University of Cambridge, said the study confirmed a growing body of evidence that immunity to Covid-19 is short-lived. “Most importantly, it puts another nail in the coffin of the dangerous concept of herd immunity,” he said.

    “I cannot underscore how important it is that the public understands that getting infected by this virus is not a good thing. Some of the public, especially the youth, have become somewhat cavalier about getting infected, thinking that they would contribute to herd immunity. Not only will they place themselves at risk, and others, by getting infected, and losing immunity, they may even put themselves at greater risk of more severe lung disease if they get infected again in the years to come.”

    • Anonymous says:

      This is called an obsession. You are safe in Cayman, focus on something else before your phobias take a stronghold of your brain. Even in FL chances you won’t die of Covid19 are 99.99%

      • Anonymous says:

        Don’t know where you get that 99.99% number from? You must be one of those delusional Trump supporters throwing numbers liberally around about coronavirus.

  5. Anonymous says:

    “Herd immunity, herd immunity”. Stop with that myth, especially as it relates to Cayman! There is no “herd immunity” as yet observed and clinically proven, ANYWHERE in the world. Read up on this and educate yourselves. Repeating and spreading “street talk” of which which you clearly have no knowledge. That is DANGEROUS!!

  6. Cayman Mom says:

    I think our focus needs to be on getting high income part time residents back first. Then on stay over tourism second, and then on cruise tourism never.

    • Anonymous says:

      Are the high income part time residents less likely to bring in Covid? Having money doesn’t stop Covid.

      • Anonymous says:

        Just read the restrictions on several islands that have reopened. Most is a mandatory negative COVID test within 72-48 hours of boarding the flight (documentation must be shown) or testing upon arrival and a 24 hour holding period to get results. Masks mandatory in some locations in public locations And indoor public buildings and excluding beach and pool. Social distancing required around beach bars. This sounds reasonable. This was also for US travelers.

      • Hubert says:

        High income part time residents are less likely to bring in COVID if they come from EU countries or Canada.

        My biggest concern is with Americans coming in from Florida and Texas. The numbers there are going through the roof.

        Think we should keep all Americans out until America gets its public health act together. Right now it is chaos in action because the President has lost complete focus on what is important to Americans and is not leading.

        • Anonymous says:

          15,300 new coronavirus cases today in Florida. A new record for any state and still the Trumpite Governor continues with the happy talk while Florida hospitals are running out of hospital beds.

          What world is this guy living in?

          Compare how he has handled the situation in Florida with the Governors in New York and New Jersey. He should resign for gross negligence.

          Keep Americans out of Cayman until America, particularly Florida, get their S together.

          • Anonymous says:

            Florida now has more coronavirus cases than all the countries of the European Union combined. Even with this fact the Governor will still not order people to wear masks and practice social distancing.

            An A1 health disaster about to happen in Florida and hardly any contact tracing.

            Trump will certainly lose Florida in November for his inability to handle a national health crisis.

        • Anonymous says:

          I disagree w/ keeping all Americans out. Some are following rules and have been since it started. Some do not live in high risk areas. If they have a negative COVID test prior to boarding, pass the airline screening and willing to follow local guidelines, why should they not be allowed to travel?

          • Anonymous says:

            Because their country is a disaster?? The USA is practically being blacklisted everywhere for their negligence. We do not need Americans coming here at this time. They need to get their act together and fast!

        • Big Bobo says:

          Just a couple of weeks ago, the Governor of Florida clearly said the coronavirus situation would never be as bad as New York in March and April. Well, Florida is now breaking all coronavirus records because the buffoon Governor decided to completely open up his state In May during the Memorial Day weekend.

          He rejected wearing masks and social distancing for Florida.

          The Governor said the science was all wrong.

          No, we now know it was Governor of Florida who was incredibly wrong.

          Please, please, please, keep Cayman closed to people coming in here from Florida and America.

          TRUST THE SCIENCE. Dr. Fauci is bang on no matter what the “stable genius” says.

          • Anonymous says:

            Are the deaths in Florida comparable to New York’s? Did New York test the same amount of people? I’m NOT taking a side, it’s just that one needs this knowledge to compare apples to apples and not oranges to apples.

            • Anonymous says:

              Yes, NY did test more people than Florida and carried out a full contact tracing program. The Florida program is an absolute joke.

              The Governor of Florida is so far behind the eight ball one really wants to cry if one lives in Florida.

  7. Anonymous says:

    My favorite carnivore Shawn Baker MD speak about COVID19, masks and who and why dies. He currently eats 20 egg yolks a day; see how he looks.

    How bout we use some common sense! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a8aDJQbGyM

    Have we reached peak stupidity yet?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ67s1ZIXC8

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, and your favorite carnivore lost his license tip practice medicine a few years ago.

      He is a quack but highly recommended by President Trump.

      • Anonymous says:

        @at 7:42 pm What your achievements are besides being a troll?

        Anyone with a brain knows a license can be withdrawn or withheld for frivolous reasons. In 2018 he was invited to reinstate, he refused.

        His achievement:
        Bachelor Of Arts University Of Texas At Austin – Biology 1989
        Doctor Of Medicine Texas Tech Health Science University – 2001 (Graduated With Honors)
        Completed 5 Year Orthopedic Surgical Residency – University Of Texas 2006
        Chief Of Orthopedics Kirtland Air Force Base
        Chief Of Orthopedics Luke Air Force Base
        Chief Of Orthopedic Trauma – Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan 2007 – 600 Surgeries
        Lead Surgeon Of 12 Provider Orthopaedic Surgical Group Private Practice Until 2016
        Distinguished Graduate US Air Force Officer Training School
        Nuclear Weapons Launch Officer USAF X 5 Years
        Nuclear Weapons Combat Commander Of The Year 90 Operation Group 1996

        • Anonymous says:

          My achievement is that I have studied enough science and enough things about nutrition that I know that there are many nutrients that you cannot get as a human being from an all meat diet.

          I encourage you to get off your all meat diet and do not follow quack doctors who do not follow basic medical and nutritional science.

          Any medical doctor in Cayman, USA, Canada or U.K. who advocates to his / her patients that they have an all meat diet will lose their license to practice medicine.

          If ones medical license is withdrawn for advocating an all meat diet IT IS NOT FRIVOLOUS.

          7:30, Study more. You have a lot to learn about nutrition.

        • Anonymous says:

          Interesting, none in virology?

  8. Anon says:

    Either “herd immunity” or an effective vaccine is the only way out of this mess. Ask yourselves if Cayman can continue this isolation for the rest of the year. If not, there needs to be another plan of action. I’ve attached an article on Sweden. Their stats are not the best, but they are also not the worst.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/whitney-looks-sweden-was-right-after-all

  9. Anonymous says:

    The best case projection for Florida, has cases and deaths quadrupling until well after October, or with suppression, hopefully returning back to today’s (unacceptable) levels by early November:

    https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/florida

    Pick a state:
    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

    The idea that we could pretend to resume tourism flights in September is a non-starter.

    • Anon says:

      I’ll pick New York. They had almost 1000 deaths A DAY at one point a few months ago! Now they’re down to 13 a day at last count. They have developed herd immunity.

      There is no way Florida is going to have an exponential growth curve of Covid 19 cases. Too many Floridians have had it already. People have gotten a bit sloppy and more people are picking the virus up. Most without any or few symptoms. Thank God it does not kill young healthy people. The virus will pass here just as it has in New York.

      • Anonymous says:

        So many delusional precepts to unpack here.

      • Anonymous says:

        July 12th: “The state would rank fourth in the world for new cases if it were a country, according to a Reuters analysis. More than 40 hospitals in Florida say their intensive care facilities are at full capacity”. Sadly, no cure for stupid.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not necessarily 3:39. New York and New Jersey had nearly a full commitment to mask wearing and social distancing and that is more likely why the numbers are down. The Governors there showed real leadership from March.

        Sweden still does not have herd immunity after 5 months and they did not wear masks or practice social distancing there. The numbers there are still not good compared with their neighboring states such as Denmark, Norway, Finland and Latvia.

      • Hubert says:

        Sorry 3:39, but at the rate new cases are occurring in the past 7 days in Florida you are beginning to see an exponential growth of cases in Florida.

        We are about to see the biggest public health disaster in American history.
        3.4 million coronavirus cases and 136,000 deaths with no end in site thanks in large part to short sighted Trumpite policies in Florida, Texas and Arizona.

        What does the White House do today? They attack the top doctors and scientists dealing with coronavirus. My country has completely lost its way. 😢 😢 😢

  10. Anon says:

    The total number of tests includes those who have been tested more than once. Do we have a total of the number of separate individuals tested?.

  11. Anon says:

    Interesting article about a Jewish sect in New York City that appears to have achieved Covid-19 “herd immunity”, but at quite a cost.

    https://www.wnd.com/2020/07/4835699/

    The CIG has had a plan to avoid anyone dying. Since NOT ONE Caymanian has died, one must acknowledge that it has worked so far. The problem is how to open back up. Maybe the CIG should be sending 20 something volunteers to party in Miami for a month until they test antibody positive. Then repatriate and quarantine them. Do it enough times and Cayman will have herd immunity too! That would only be slightly more expensive than the plan that has been followed. 😄

  12. Anonymous says:

    Your “not a plan yet” input has really gotten tired. How about you suggest something to the powers-that-be or shut up!

    • Anonymous says:

      He wasn’t elected to come up with a plan!

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you have one?

      • Anonymous says:

        For maybe the first time ever, following outside expert qualified advice has been the plan, even if they don’t understand the why. Let’s hope this format of governance lasts for as long as possible.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thing is, being in he bubble works fine. Where is the plan for coming out of it? Before everyone goes broke?

      • Anonymous says:

        Stay in the bubble and offer people who are willing and able to pay, a place in it. No need to go broke – but we do have to get on with providing sufficient and appropriate quarantine facilities.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Be interesting to see the relative statistics on loss of GDP tho….

  14. Anonymous says:

    Yet not a plan in sight

    • Anonymous says:

      Geez, You really are stupid. There is a plan. You might not like it but it is a plan and generally one can say it has been a success. The hospitals and morgues are not full here like in Miami / Dade County.

    • Hubert says:

      President Trump and America have no plan so why should Cayman?

      Don’t expect too much. We are just 3 dinky islands though I must say our Premier shows more leadership on coronavirus than the ”stable genius” who watches TV all day and golfs every weekend based out of Washington.

      • Anonymous says:

        Trump has a plan. No second lock down. Regardless he’s a sitting duck. Why should we have a plan? We claim to be the fifth largest financial center in the world and the best island in the Caribbean, albeit with the lowest standard of education. So thanks to Bahamas for kicking out expats, smart Caymanians educated in Jamaica, who stayed with the U.K and accepted business from the Bahamas. Too bad those founders have all gone. Now we are left with idealist cowards who have no clue about economics or viruses. Our Premier is an embarrassment! Our Minister of Health a disgrace!

        • Anonymous says:

          10:09 YOU are a damn embarrassment. Shut the hell up, go to America then since you think its so great.

          • Anonymous says:

            Hey genius. Please point out where where I said America is great. The context was – a plan. Trump has a plan. I never said it was a good one. We do not have a plan. So before you criticize, learn to read and comprehend.

            • Hubert says:

              Problem with Trump’s plan is that it contradicts his top doctors and scientists and his top Center For Disease Control officials.

              We need to admit that Trump is simply winging it every day.

              We have a buffoon leading America. God help us all.

            • Anonymous says:

              What plan does Trump have? Allow as many of my people to die without care?

              Genius plan

              • Anonymous says:

                Yes. Trump refuses entry to hospitals. He sends troops to block every single hospital to prevent people from receiving care.

            • Anonymous says:

              You’re aldo welcome to go anywhere else that is not an “embarrassment” as you put it.

    • Anonymous says:

      When will the all clear be given? Does the Brac and Little get the all clear before Grand Cayman or all 3 islands at the same time? Currently all 3 islands on phase 2, correct?

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