Isolating traveller tests positive for COVID-19

| 18/11/2020 | 28 Comments

(CNS): One more person in isolation was added to Cayman’s positive tally of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, when Medical Officer of Health Dr Samuel Williams revealed the results of 397 tests carried out over the last day. There are currently 13 active cases of the virus in travellers, with just one person said to be suffering mild symptoms. Cayman has now conducted over 50,000 tests since March and recorded 258 confirmed COVID cases. There are now 913 people in isolation at home or in a government quarantine facility, which is expected to increase tomorrow with the arrival of the British Airways flight from London.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have a question. If someone tests positive when they arrive in Cayman, do they still have to do the full 14 days of quarantine? My understanding from when we had community spread is that for positive cases where the individual is asymptomatic the whole time, they get retested 10 days after their positive test and are considered “recovered” if they have two negative tests 24 hours apart (https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-general#recovery).

    Does this mean traveller will get tested 10 days after arrival if they were positive on their arrival test and can be released from quarantine if they test negative on that day and also on the next day? It would only seem fair to treat them the same as any other positive case and not require a few more days of quarantine purely to align their quarantine length to other travellers.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I cannot fathom why they are not testing them at the airport prior to boarding. And of course test again upon arrival.
    Rapid results testing IS available world wide.

    • Anonymous says:

      Go back under your bridge

    • Anonymous says:

      What if this is their home? They can’t come home if they are positive? That’s taking it a bit too far I think. I agree in the future that might be a good step one for a tourist but not someone coming home and that is what these flights are mainly for.

      • Anonymous says:

        If this is their home, why are they called travelers instead of Caymanians or residents?

        • Anonymous says:

          Because they “travelled” back to Cayman from abroad…duh

          • Anonymous says:

            Or is it because then cayman can say Covid free? To a layperson, travelers would seem as its tourists bringing it in.
            If other places didn’t count the people with Covid who traveled and brought it in their numbers would be quite different also.
            Just curious. It seems funny to call Caymanians/ residents travelers when they live there as no tourists are allowed in.

            CNS: A tourist is someone who visits a place that is not their home. A traveller is someone who travels, i.e. someone who goes from one place to another.

      • Anonymous says:

        But actually they are not all people coming home.

        If they test positive in the UK before boarding they risk spreading it to others ON THE PLANE. And you silly goose, that doesn’t mean FOREVER. Just until they test negative. How much common sense does that take?

      • Anonymous says:

        If they test positive before coming home, then YES they should NOT be allowed on a plane. That would be negligent on the part of the airline for knowingly exposing other passengers to a known positive person. If they test positive, they go into quarantine in the country they are currently in until they test negative after the required period of time. Then they can, of course, come home.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why doesn’t CIG just simply stop arrivals until the numbers in quarantine are significantly reduced? Just a matter of time before a case mistakenly “gets out”.

  4. Anonymous says:

    8:51 pm, if u can’t take the room prison at the hotel, then don’t travel, I think u could have figured that out by now, stay safe my friend.

  5. Anonymous says:

    are they at home or in gov facility?
    this needs to be asked about every positive case.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why?

      • Anonymous says:

        Because there is less public confidence in people voluntarily isolating under remote, electronic and problematic supervision than there is them being under direct supervision. So a case in home quarantine is more alarming that a case in the government facility. Which is why the CMO won’t provide the details- the official line is that there is no difference, because if it became clear there were home isolating positive cases public confidence would decline further.

        • Anonymous says:

          Don’t be naive. There is ample opportunity to walk out of the government facilities and return without anyone knowing.

        • Anonymous says:

          Not everyone is as ill disciplined as you seem to be – you judge people through your own eyes based on your own standards

  6. Ex Con says:

    The paucity of information on positive tests is tiresome.Could perhaps, Dr Williams let us know in relation incoming travellers who test positive either on arrival or on completion of self isolation/quarantine, what the average time is before they test negative (and if one test only is given). Having spent 16 days recently in a jail cell at the Holiday Inn, I doubt I could have retained my sanity there for much longer.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good thing you weren’t positive then.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s obvious that the powers that be do not wish to provide relevant information. For instance, we knew a person who tested positive for Covid was in hospital for many weeks, and then sadly died. We were not told where she travelled from or that she had underlying illnesses, how many times she tested positive. Obviously, she put up a good fight, but how long did she have Covid? Why was she admitted hospital? Was cancer the cause f admittance , was cancer coincidence? If she died of Covid (as officially claimed) did Covid accelerate the cancer? How many attended to her? How many tests did those persons have? After all, they are in the community. Trust is a two way street. Many have been blindly following and praising a particular doctor. Let’s see how long that lasts given recent developments. Or do we just blindly follow anyone they put in authority ? I’m not doubting Covid, it’s real! I’m questing why the lack of transparency around a real disease. Communication and honestly would benefit all of us.

      • Anonymous says:

        A lot of the information you are asking for is actually confidential; patient and doctor privilege.

        • Anonymous says:

          Under normal circumstances, yes. But we have a right to know if the cause of death was cancer with covid, cancer without covid, or covid. The third is published immediately, but is it truthful?

          • Anonymous says:

            3:18 actually you don’t and I’m sure the deceased family would not appreciate her personal information being disclosed like that.

            As much as we all might be curious it isn’t our business and we do not have the right to know.

    • Anonymous says:

      I am sure you could have been better prepared then, because you knew that is what would be required.

    • Anonymous says:

      You get the drama Queen award.

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