Six days pass with no new COVID-19 cases

| 07/07/2020 | 77 Comments
COVID-19 testing at the HSA

(CNS): Medical Officer of Health Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez reported that there were no positive cases of COVID-19 out of the 583 samples processed by health officials since Friday. It has now been six days since a positive sample for the coronavirus was reported, in which time 1,151 negative tests have been completed. Cayman currently has just six active cases and all of those individuals are asymptomatic.

In total 25,220 tests have been carried out, with 201 positive results since mid-March.

Cayman appears to have run the virus down through the lockdown measures, social distancing, hygiene protocols, widespread mask use, testing, tracing and the slow, calculated reopening of the community. But the challenge now is keeping it that way. While the virus has been contained and virtually eliminated, the threat now is from outside these shores.

At Friday’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Martyn Roper pointed to the   situation in the United States, which he described as very worrying. He said that Cayman has done three things to be successful in managing the infection so far: its “calm, clear leadership”, its strong public health system and individuals taking responsibility and being serious about it.

But that is clearly not the case in the United Sates, from where 80% of visitors to the Cayman Islands would likely come from when we eventually reopen our borders, posing an enormous risk of re-introducing the virus.

There are now almost three million confirmed coronavirus cases in the US, which has seen daily infection rates soar in the past few weeks. Last week, the country averaged just under 50,000 new cases daily, twice as high as a month ago.

Hospitals in Texas, Florida and Arizona are reaching capacity, flooded with critical COVID-19 patients. Overall there has been a 27% increase in new COVID cases in the US over the last week compared to the previous seven days.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    OMG no, not Breitbart! That’s the real, authentic, FAKE NEWS site!! National Enquirer of the internet!!

    Do yourself a favour, stop following those kinds of sites. I’m sure there is a brain somewhere near you!?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yet still no plan

    • Anonymous says:

      So you tell me 4:46 how you can have a plan when Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix are imploding with coronavirus cases? The hospitals there are near breaking point. Doctors and nurses there are exhausted and beginning to break.

      Don’t 80% of our tourists come from America?

    • Hubert says:

      Oh yes 9:56. Over 3 million coronavirus cases and 132,000 deaths in America in just 4 months. Just two facts for you to ponder today Breitbart follower.

      Suggest you use Johns Hopkins University stats for coronavirus related matters rather than the Trump party line source, Breitbart.

      • Anonymous says:

        Doan wurry bout it!

      • Hubert says:

        The situation is nearing breaking point in a number of hospitals in major cities in Arizona, Texas and Florida. Doctors will very soon have to make decisions on who they will attend to and who they will have to let die.

        The situation is dire as there are not enough doctors and nurses to serve all the new cases coming into the hospitals in those 3 states.

        The situation is rapidly becoming dire. The time for Trump’s happy talk is over.

      • Anonymous says:

        OUt of 328.2 million people. I am from the US. My wife and Son escaped from Cayman 2 months ago. My family is spread out across the US. Most people there are not affected by the virus. They don’t know anyone with it, they are all still working and playing and buying. The Economy is still good and getting better. They are not living in fear of something that is at worst a bad flu. They all understand that it is not a death sentence and most people that have it don’t even know it. If you only listen to the News it is the opposite. If you only listen to the news you’re an idiot. Say what you want, listen to who you want, and believe what you want, but it does not change reality for everyone. Just those who are ignorant of the truth. Most people love living in fear. Some do not.

        • Anonymous says:

          Agree. This is what happens when you isolate yourself and get information from TV or internet.

  3. Anon says:

    Cayman has chosen to isolate itself from the world until the virus dissipates. That will work, but for it to work Cayman will quickly become more and more backward and isolated, and will have to remain that way for at least another year or so.
    Meanwhile, while the virus is burning through the population in Florida just now, with about 50 deaths a day, Florida will reach herd immunity in about a month or so just as New York has finally reached that point, with very few new cases or deaths. In contrast, the Cayman population will remain completely susceptible to a new epidemic permanently. If just one infected person gets off a plane with the virus, the whole thing begins again. Is that really what you want? Becoming North Korea just doesn’t seem like a solution.

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you an epidemiologist? New York has herd immunity? According to whom? Gtfoh with this bs man. You sound like an idiot .

    • Anonymous says:

      Naturally acquired herd immunity is a myth with this virus. All of the latest information says that immunity starts to disappear after about 3 months leaving people susceptible to infections.

      • Anonymous says:

        Well, nobody knows anything and won’t know for a long time. Speculation, assumptions, guesses, fake science, manipulated news etc..

        Besides, people respond differently to drugs, vaccines, viruses, etc. based upon their genetic makeup or genes.
        One size won’t fit all with corona either.

    • Anonymous says:

      Even Fauci admits herd immunity is not going to happen, because this is not a flu. This NEW virus, still not fully understood, doesn’t follow traditional flu expectations. Before you pivot and cite Sweden’s COVID experiment – that too is now a certified failure. We will need the time we’ve bought, post local-suppression, to observe and learn. Nobody is chomping at the bit to fly anywhere right now, except maybe, privileged goons in the Cayman Islands who, despite the avalanche of headlines to the contrary, still wish to believe life has resumed to normalcy everywhere else.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thats a big tinfoil hat you’re wearing Doctor

    • Anonymous says:

      9:17 Agree.
      Cayman created a babble that would eventually pop.

    • Anonymous says:

      9:17, You the bozo who A couple of months ago kept harping about herd immunity in Sweden?

      That worked great didn’t it?

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually – the brain disorders either resulted in the bars re-opening or occurred when the bars re-opened.

    • Anonymous says:

      COVID-19 has significant unknown longterm vasculature impacts. Maybe those don’t kill you this year…maybe they re-surge in three years…no data…nobody really knows yet, except to repeat the point: that this is not a flu virus, or anything anyone has seen, or studied before in humans.

    • Anonymous says:

      EMF exposure and soon 5G make your brain susceptible to all kind of things. But keep denying and blame the virus.
      Please don’t start with “there’s no scientific evidence“, because it goes both ways.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Closed down all watering holes teach dem a lesson .level 3 repeat that should get some packing for the frozen north and jam down good riddance. it’s evident that they just don’t get it nor care for these islands .

  5. Anonymous says:

    WHO is rethinking:

    “The airborne transmission could not be ruled out in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated settings, an official said.
    If the evidence is confirmed, it may affect guidelines for indoor spaces.”

    No wonder Trump wants nothing to do with the organization that makes such common sense statements. XXXXX

    CNS: Recommended reading.

  6. Anonymous says:

    How many churches did they visit to check for compliance?

  7. Anonymous says:

    What is happening in bars is bad but predictable given the effects of alcohol. What I don’t get is front line uniformed government officers not wearing masks or socially distancing. What is that? Arrogance?? Ignorance?? Don’t give a f&^*??

  8. Anonymous says:

    Grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory. That is what those people that refuse to wear masks or socially distance are doing. The government and police are co-conspirators for failing to enforce the regulations that they put in place.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Bars? Who is regulating the churches? That’s where the spread will come from.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Unless the police and other agencies ensure compliance with the mask and social distancing requirements and a much more concerted effort is made to get testing numbers back to where they were 3 weeks ago, we are going to loose everything that we sacrificed for. Why did CIG abandon the battlefield before the battle was actually won????

    • Anonymous says:

      Agree 100% 7:04AM…..bars should have remained closed. All one has to do is look north to see where the virus festered once businesses reopened.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think you will find that it it was the BLM protests that fueled that.

        • Anonymous says:

          It’s already been studied and found that rhebblm protests did not have a substantial effect. Maybe before you share your uneducated opinion, you educate yourself.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why? They were afraid of losing wotes.

  11. Anonymous says:

    According to the Compass, some bars and patrons are totally ignoring the rules That’s how the virus will re-surface I hope these people will be prosecuted and fined huge sums of money, as their ignorance and lack of respect is going to cost the country big time.

    • Anonymous says:

      I hope you get on with your life and stop focusing on what other people are doing.

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s right everyone including the police should ignore all criminal activity. That will solve everything.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are aware that the actions of others is how we are going to be able to open up here right???

      • Anonymous says:

        5:40AM it is this kind of ignorance that will cause us to regress instead of progress. 50-70 drunkards in a bar, spitting on one another, falling down on each other etc is what is going to give Cayman the resurgence. We are a small country, we don’t need thousands of cases for it to be detrimental- all we need is a small increase of 20-40 cases and we will be doomed.

      • Anonymous says:

        AMEN!! Think I’ll go have my morning beer when my local bar opens at 11. Cheers!

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep, if it’s to emerge here in any deadly form it’s going to be via the socializing taking place at all bars and restaurants
      There’s no reason for them to have opened and certainly no reason for them not to have capacity limits enforcement

      But I’m more worried about the borders being opened too soon and due to tourism industry pressure mostly.

      Maybe cpr could reform and seek public input on the borders? Drastic for sure, but until the states sorts itself, why risk it for a few Canadian and English tourists?

      • Anonymous says:

        What do you mean there is no reason for them to open? Political friends own bars. So the harsh lockdown, the total disregard for businesses and expats, inevitably had to come to an end when fren fren hurting.

        Newsflash – The Canadian US border has been closed for months, and will continue to be. Hence the reason Canada is doing so well. Also people have been coming from England all along.

        Come to think of it, your post is riddled with misinformation.

        • Anonymous says:

          People from England have been coming but going into quarantine, where done have tested positive. Quarantine is the only way to let people in this year.

          • Anonymous says:

            totally agree, quarantine, period. Question is where, especially if borders reopened to anyone at all – do we have the room? can people quarantine at home? how to enforce?

            • Anonymous says:

              Quarantine at home can be enforced the way the rest of the world does it. Cayman has become such a bubble of paranoia it has lost any sense of reality. How is it other countries, world wide, are progressing, living with the virus while Cayman is in such denial? We think we can get rid of expats but pay bonus to the civil service. We think it’s okay to send the message to second home owners that they are not allowed in, yet expect to sell more condos to generate stamp duty to pay the civil service. What is effectively happening in Cayman is the middle class is being destroyed. All that will be left is the very rich and new poor. The perfect mix for low crime.

              • Anonymous says:

                “Quarancheating” is the inevitable result everywhere, when people without honor are asked to do something they cannot/don’t want/or don’t know how to abide.

    • Anonymous says:

      So all of the church goers that are hugging, jumping up and down and shouting like mad people at some churches are not contributing to the virus re-surfacing because they are in the house of the Lord then? Soooo sick and tired of you all bitching and whining about the bars. When you check it out, you are probably the same ones that are stopping at the liquor stores every evening to buy your lil QQ and hurrying quick to get in your cars with your paper bags in hand before you’re seen. Bunch of hypocrites.

  12. Elvis says:

    We are doing great but have a long way to go. Look around the world and those who think we have escaped this killer think again. USA is on its knees due to idiotic leadership. We have great leaders throughout this virus pandemic. Going to bars and parties is going the way of USA but every country has idiots which put the rest at risk.
    Wear your mask. Keep your distances and stay home, work and with close family and we can do this .

  13. Anonymous says:

    That’s not going to last long.

    “On Saturday night, 4 July, officers attended a bar on Seymour Drive in George Town and found over 200 persons gathered on the premises. Patrons were socializing at liberty, most not wearing masks, and not maintaining social distancing. Officers also observed staff members at the location not wearing masks. Officers then entered the building, and observed several persons who appeared to be seated inside the bar paying for drinks, a further violation of the regulations.”

  14. Anonymous says:

    Continuing good news. Thanks to all the tirelessly-working health-care workers – Covid involved or otherwise.

    However, I would like to raise a point of caution. I’ve seen an interview on CIG TV with a senior local medical professional. His commentary was informative but he did say one particular thing which perhaps could be misinterpreted by some, to unwelcome result.

    At one point the doctor was speaking on the known immune-boosting effects of Vitamin D, the greatest single source of which is sunlight – of we we have plenty. He said it might be possible that Cayman’s relative resilience to the spread of corona virus, and to the serious effects to those who tested positive, might be attributed to our exposure to direct sunlight. Then he said something to the effect that living closer to the equator offers greater protection (I can’t remember the exact quote but the interview is still being looped). That is what I have an issue with. Excuse me! Brazil?! India now!

    There may be benefits to the Vitamin D aspect but being nearer to the equator quite evidently isn’t a hard and fast one. Coming from a doctor that could be misleading to many.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s just it. SO MUCH is still unknown about this virus. Even if no deaths occur, no one knows what the long term repercussions are of those who have had it, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. Look at the results with the autopsies that have been performed on those that have died with Covid. It’s only been a few months…

  15. Anonymous says:

    Great news. Finger’s are crossed that this continues. Now let’s not screw it up to placate an expat-dominated tourism industry. Keep our quarantine requirements in place!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Give it 14 days.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Six days but only 583 tests!

    • Anonymous says:

      No. Try to read this again…. slowly.
      Six days without a positive & 583 tests since Friday.

      • Anonymous says:

        Today’s Tuesday so 5 days – and only 583 tests. Couple of weeks ago they were doing over 400 a day. Poster has a point which your sneering comment overlooks.

        • Anonymous says:

          People from England have been coming but going into quarantine, where done have tested positive. Quarantine is the only way to let people in this year.

        • Anonymous says:

          Results were given on Friday. These results are for the weekend & Monday. All along weekend numbers have been lower. Staff need time off.
          There also needs to be more people coming forward to be tested but I understand a lot of those now being tested are front line staff being re tested, which is good, but there could be pockets of the virus in some groups who have had no tests.

    • Anonymous says:

      Covid-19 Expert Alert.

    • Anonymous says:

      The level of intelligence on this site. Come on 6:33 sleeping zzzzzzz already.

      A world class achievement. Well done CIG and Cayman.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Six days is good, agree. BUT it still does not mean that the virus isnt rampant in the community. The damn bars is where it will make a resurgence. Just wait.

    • Anonymous says:

      Didnt a certain bar on North Sound Road not get closed down Friday night???

    • Anonymous says:

      Bars? You should see some offices. No social distancing, no masks, same air circulating, all exposing people who could (and should) be working from home.

    • Anonymous says:

      Still waiting…..

    • Anonymous says:

      Doesn’t matter. Our Premier says we have a different strain of the virus. We good.

      • Anonymous says:

        Our local medial experts say Vitamin D from the sun is aiding us. Cayman can now be touted as the world’s natural healing island. Only we won’t let anyone in so as not to risk our superior global results. To those who leave, just remember government quarantine awaits should you be lucky enough to be allowed to return to our virus free bubble.

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