Over 1,000 people in COVID quarantine

| 13/11/2020 | 64 Comments

(CNS): There are now 1,011 people in some form of COVID-19 quarantine, either at a government facility or isolating at home, because they returned to Cayman within the last two weeks. This is the highest number to date due to an increase in the return of property owners and others with Cayman connections as well as residents. Despite this increase, no new positive cases of the virus were reported on Friday.

The latest batch of 213 tests for the virus carried out over the last day were all negative, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee confirmed. However, there are still 13 active cases of the virus among those in isolation, including one symptomatic patient who remains seriously ill in the hospital’s’ critical care unit on a ventilator.

The overall tally of positive cases in Cayman remains at 254 after more than 49,000 tests have been carried out since March.

The wider community remains COVID-free as the isolation programme appears to be successfully protecting the public from potentially infected travellers. This is all the more important at present given that the bulk of people entering Cayman are coming from the United States or the United Kingdom and the infect rates in both countries are alarmingly high.

On Thursday the UK recorded its highest ever number of cases, when 33,470 people tested positive for the virus over a 24-hour period. Meanwhile, the US reported a staggering 162,226 new cases adding to almost four million active cases.

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  1. McCarron McLaughlin says:

    The CDC listed 26,557 Heart Attacks as COVID Deaths, and 7,919 Accidents and Poisonings as COVID Deaths. So nice to be chomped by the system.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Life remains the leading cause of death.

  3. Anonymous says:

    With Pfizer and Moderna trials at >90% immune response effectiveness, and at least 9 other vaccines pending phase 3 warp speed trial results, the planet is already discussing the post-Covid border-opening action pathway. In the months ahead, inbound Cayman Islands travelers may have to provide proof of first and second “spike protein” vaccination doses in their World Heath Organization ICV “Carte Jaune”, with travel dates beyond the effectiveness dates. Perhaps IATA and WHO will require this to be in the form of a standardized digital RFID medallion. We could still use some kind of respiratory monitoring device for the 5-10%, but otherwise open up aviation mobility again. That would be nice. As a bonus, the Corona spike protein mRNA vaccines (first ever) may also provide some level of concurrent immune response against a third of common cold viruses.

  4. Big old Lie says:

    I would like to remind all the government said there were no breach’s of Covid 19 rules by their foreign interlopers but yet we hear in the Legislative Assembly that they had to budget overtime monies for the police who had to deal with the very same breach’s that our lying government said don’t exist!

    • anon says:

      Big Old Liar on what basis do you claim that breaches (not breach’s) were related to “foreign interlopers”. Might I remind you of what went on with the original home grown clusters in West Bay.

  5. Courting Disaster says:

    It appears that somehere and our government dingbats believe they can defy both the virus and the science with their delusions of grandiose declarations and promises of some vaccine cure that defies reason or common sense. Opening free channels from jurisdictions that are seeing a serious spike of infections and deaths is a winning formula for their economic pie in the sky.Soon to drop out of the atmosphere and crack the windshield of their financial vehicle causing it to leave the road into a ditch and crash and burn or killed innocent people. Stop flooding the place with people who are going to cause another economic pandemic for Cayman! Why are we now unraveling our Covid 19 success and suffering we have had to endure in the past 9 months ?? Why to satisfy those who did nothing to help or could care less about Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      All evidence to the contrary. Your fear is your God. Your mental health is the price you paid.

  6. McCarron McLaughlin says:

    PM Boris Johnson is in isolation again, he’s had COVID already, hasn’t he? So his body will have an immune response? The same sort of response that the vaccine is supposed to create? So where’s the problem? We are been played as Sheeple.

    • Anonymous says:

      Having an immune response doesn’t mean you can’t catch it again, it means you probably won’t and it means if you do it probably won’t be as bad, it also doesn’t mean you can’t be infectious again. In any event the “rules” if you get told to isolate by NHS T&T don’t differentiate between those who have had it and those who haven’t so Johnson has to at least be seen to comply with his own governments rules. Don’t turn this into some anti-vax idiocy.

      • Anonymous says:

        So I guess the Vaccine will mean it may not last or we may get a week infection and we are waisting out time with it.

        • Anonymous says:

          Did you not read the news this week? 90% efficacy for the US vaccine and 95% for the UK. Far better than anyone expected and far better than needed for herd immunity from mass vaccination to end the pandemic, just not every single case. So no not a waste of time at all.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Does anybody know whether it is possible to place a bet on the precise date community transmission recurs? That would be at least a distraction from this virus importing insanity.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am surprised that people are content to have unqualified people administering a largely unsupervised isolation program that is bringing in so many people from places with uncontrolled Covid.

    • Just me. says:

      You are still going to die no matter what Covid does. In the meantime would you like to live? No? There are other alternatives for you besides keeping everyone else from life.

      • doodlebug says:

        You don’t need “qualified people” to run an isolation programme, just time, equipment, IT and common sense. The guys running this programme are working hard and doing a great job. Don’t knock em!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hubris in the time of Covid – deciding that you can beat the virus by importing more and more and more of it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Or deciding you can beat it by hiding from it in the world. The only sure way of not catching is dying from anything else first. Or killing the rest of the world while you hide so they can’t infect you. We know what your choice is.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Surging virus cases get a shrug in many Midwestern towns]https://www.winknews.com/2020/11/14/surging-virus-cases-get-a-shrug-in-many-midwestern-towns/

    ““I’m not going out and looking to catch it,” he said, sitting at a cluttered desk in his auto repair shop in the tiny eastern Nebraska community of Elmwood. “I don’t want to catch it. But if I get it, I get it. That’s just how I feel.”’

    • Hubert says:

      1:45, There is a slight problem the guy from Nebraska has, if he gets COVID there will be no hospital for him to go to as the ICU’s in eastern Nebraska hospitals today are fully booked. But if you get it, you get it. Right?

    • Richard says:

      Good for him. Pretty normal response and not cowardly.

  11. anon says:

    Govt is waiting on all those $10,000 fines to reduce the deficit -Ha-Ha!.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I can see from many of the comments that the fact that current Covid protocols which are allowing expat home owners back on island without spreading the virus is still not what they want.

    • Anonymous says:

      Priority has been given to Caymanians and PR holders, some of whom are still trying to make their way back after waiting for a slot on wait-listed flights. There are perhaps some property owners plus a rapid surge in students repatriating after failed containments and imminent lockdowns elsewhere, well in advance of Christmas, and likely not going back abroad immediately in the new year. There are few spots coming back to the Cayman Islands into the New Year. All of this is stimulative for the quarantine hotels, related businesses, and the local economy more broadly over the months ahead.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Who is watching these people? Hope it’s not the same dodo’s that were doing it before because anyone can avoid them.

    I still wan to know what is happening with those people that are being exempted from isolation particularly off the BA flights.. Dr. you got some “splaining” to do.

    By the way, when will we ever have another press briefing..Are they afraid of answering question again..Assuming we will be reduced to writing our questions on a piece of paper and have them “sanitized” with the human sanitizer to decide whether they will be asked or not..

    everyone seems to be in lala land..Wait until this fires up again..

  14. Anonymous says:

    The number of people in quarantine and the absence of briefings provide further evidence that the people who gave government sensible advice at the beginning of the pandemic are no longer involved in the decision making taking place.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just came across this article in which Sweden admitted its Covid strategy was ill-advised:


      • Miami Dave says:

        Certainly ill advised in Sweden and they also said in Sweden that if you get it once you are immune. Didn’t work for Boris Johnson today, as he has it again after getting COVID in April, getting cured, and now getting it again.

        • Anonymous says:

          Boris is in self-isolation again as per Co-vid protocol after tracing system flagged him for coming into contact with an infected individual. He does not, at this point, have the virus from what I gleaned from the BBC this am.

      • Anonymous says:

        Why don’t you look at the actual data for yourself instead of nonsense online news like BI.
        Despite taking a completely different approach to everyone else the Swedish number of excess deaths are significantly better than most of Europe. They may have got the immunity predictions wrong but there’s no evidence to claim they were otherwise poorly advised or there strategy was wrong.

    • Anonymous says:

      The number of people who are catching Covid from People returning(0) is further evidence that the protocols are working. Covid is under control here on this island. Your argument provides further proof that you should not be involved in any decision that directly involves anyone else but you.

      • Anonymous says:

        Past results are no guarantee or even predictor of future results

        • Anonymous says:

          So no matter what and why your doing it it is still just guessing? For you? And the results are also the same right? No guarantee or even predictor of future results. For you. Please do not burden yourself further with anything to do with anyone but you.

      • Anonymous says:

        Man jumps off the top of a 30 story building. As he passes the 15th floor he declares, “The fact that I have encountered no adverse effects from jumping proves that there are no adverse effects.”

    • Anonymous says:

      How many are paying for themselves and how much Government are paying for the quarantine, thate the question that need ANSWERING NOW

  15. Anonymous says:

    As I recall the expiration date of the PCR tests was about now. That probably explains the results.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The government is playing a game of how many straws does it take to break the camel’s back by adding more and more incoming flights from areas with more and more Covid. It will inevitably lead to community spread.

    There is no way that government is doing anything resembling proper monitoring of so many people isolating in hundreds of locations where they are able to have hundreds of visitors whenever they want.

  17. banon says:

    World Class performance by CIG. We are the envey of the world.

  18. Anonymous says:

    And how many US cases were the same individual like Elon Musk is claiming?

  19. Anonymous says:

    Hang on a minute. How can we have 1011 people returned in last TWO WEEKS if there is a 800 person cap per month? Even if 211 of these are from the last day of October, that would mean November is already maxed out or am I missing some arguable math equation??

    • Anonymous says:

      New crew running things now so sky is the limit – those medical science based maximum quarantine numbers were boring and hard to understand for people who have trouble spelling science.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thats weird because I spoke to someone at HSA and they said that they could not even keep up with the 800 as it required entire batches of 150-200 people on one flight to be tested in one day and thats with assistance in tedting from Doctors Hospital etc.

    • Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      The answer is very simple. If grandma travels here to see son and grandkids, who were already here, they all quarantine. You May recall you paranoids were worried about such a situation. Now you paranoids can’t even figure out that what you wanted done, is being done.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Dear CNS, 33K+ people did not test positive in the UK in the last 24hours. What happened was that 33K+ test results were reported in the last 24 hours.
    Its like the PCR testing – if you cycle it up as fast as we do in Cayman, you’re getting false positives. (mostly).
    The Covid19 is indeed a serious illness. But it’s nothing to be afraid of.
    Please review the stats on all cause deaths over the past 20 years all over the world, you will see that nothing out of the ordinary is really happening with Covid. And when people freak out about Hospital admissions, just ask first what were the rates last year same time, and the year before, and the year before, and so on.
    what is incredible is nobody is dying of the flu right now. And yet last year they were.
    This year, people are dying with covid. Not of covid.
    With it.
    Someone needs to start at the very least sharing the facts. And not just the death rates of ‘with covid’.
    My gosh, the world has gone batsh*t crazy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mainstream media has gone crazy, not the world. Majority don’t believe or even read anything related to COVID anymore. But even media is starting to realize that COVID is here to stay, it is manageable, treatment protocols are established and working.

      Few individuals here, and I believe very few, have COVID phobia, sort of like OCD and keep posting “we are doomed” comments again and again. Strangely, fear and emotions still rule CIG policies. And that is batsh*t crazy.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is one of the most alternative facts laden scientifically illiterate posts I have ever seen. The writer deserves to write for Brietbart.

      • Anonymous says:

        Be careful where you get your water from because this stream is clean.

        If you get your news from Breitbart, you are basically asking to die from coronavirus and don’t even know it. Steve is nothing more than a crook that swaps between anarchist and cult leader tendencies depending where the money flows. The world is a much better place with this guy and his cronies behind bars. (Not the border wall ones he used to steal money from the gullible)

      • Anonymous says:

        Are you talking about your own comment?

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you for proving him right.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you. The media everywhere has been playing with words a lot lately.

      100 ‘cases’ does not mean 100 individuals as many are retested multiple times.

      100 ‘deaths’ does not specifically mean death FROM Covid19 because people do die from other things!

      And “hospitals full” is inevitable when you postponed thousands of peoples’ elective or regular diagnostic or overdue necessary surgeries for 5- 6 months during lockdowns

    • Anonymous says:

      There is a thing called MoMo (Mortality Monitoring) that provides the information you talk about. Unfortunately, it looks like you didn’t look at it or you wouldn’t be saying that. Fortunately, here is a link where you can find the details: https://ourworldindata.org/excess-mortality-covid

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