Staff treating COVID patient isolated

| 21/06/2021 | 183 Comments
Cayman News Service
Cayman Islands Hospital, George Town

(CNS) UPDATED: Health Service Authority staff members treating the traveller who has been admitted to the Critical Care Unit suffering from COVID-19 symptoms have been isolated as a result of their potential exposure to the patient, who is “highly symptomatic”. The traveller, who has not been vaccinated, was coming to the end of their 14-day quarantine period when they were taken to hospital.

The individual was isolating at home alone when they began to suffer the ill-effects of the virus. Officials described the patient as being in a stable condition but have not said if the individual is male or female, where they had travelled from or if they are suffering from other health issues.

“It is our top priority to keep our patients and staff safe. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, anyone potentially exposed directly or indirectly has been placed in isolation,” stated HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood. “These persons in isolation will be monitored and tested following standard Public Health protocol.”

This is the first person to be hospitalized with COVID-19 since January.

The limited information has been released just two days before returning vaccinated travellers will be able to cut their isolation or quarantine period from ten days to five.

Meanwhile, the vaccination clinics reopened today to those seeking a first dose, after three days focused on the exclusive delivery to those who had already received their first shot. The percentage of people who have had both doses is now 59%, while 66% of the revised population of 71,100 people have had one dose.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I wonder how long Cayman can operate “out of an abundance of caution”? Translation, minimal risk, maximum precaution. Aren’t the hospital staff, essential workers, vaccinated? What if we had 10 people “suffering” in hospital, would we have no staff to treat them? Covid was in our community at the beginning. One may recall the family skiing in Switzerland. Nothing came of it! Nothing our government does adds up! Now that we’re effectively trapped on island, Is the next step to monitor our internet?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Whatever happened to the justification for travelling…met an old associate a few days ago and asked him “how in the hell did he get back to the islands”?…he replied…bought a ticket and came over for a few days.

    • Anonymous says:

      Shopping, vacation, extramarital tryst and gambling are all apparently justifications for travel for residents. I know a group of people planning a Las Vegas trip in the coming months to do all of the above!

      • Anonymous says:

        Come off it. Existing is not living. Cowardice has got the best of us

        • Anonymous says:

          There, there you poor, inconvenienced thing; let me bring you a cup of hot cocoa. Meanwhile, the people of impoverished and war-torn countries have done little but exist for ages – and many still find themselves in that predicament. Maybe we should send them some hot cocoa, too, and that way you can go skiing in the Alps – or whatever it is you can’t do that is making your life such Hell – and not feel the slightest tinge of guilt. Of course, you probably feel so entitled that guilt isn’t an issue.

          • Anonymous says:

            So going with your rationale, because I don’t want to be locked down unnecessarily and know freedom and abundance thanks to god, I need to be impoverished just like the poor souls you have mentioned to teach me a lesson? Once again come off of it.

            • Anonymous says:

              No, just a comment on your privileged and overly dramatic “existing is not living” post. And by the way… no one is forcing you to be locked down. You can leave and go anywhere in the world that accepts your kind of entitlement. But then … you probably wouldn’t enjoy the same kind of standing you do here in most places in the world. Such a decision for you – locked down and miserable because you can’t play the way you want to, or making tons of money as a big shot in the Cayman Islands.

          • Anonymous says:

            9.18am – your comment is irrelevant. The government has no right to lock down the island and take away the basic human right of freedom of movement. You seem like you would enjoy North Korea or Cuba.

            • Anonymous says:

              You can leave. It’s easy. People do it all the time. If you don’t like Cayman’s rules, no one is stopping you. No need to call the UN about your human rights! I am sure they need lawyers or financial managers or whatever it is you do back home.

              • Anonymous says:

                The most stupid comments are those that say “leave if you do not like it”. Why don’t you leave? On uninhabited island.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why do you need a justification for travelling if we have quarantine and you do so at your own cost?

      • Anonymous says:

        Perhaps if a charge was introduced for monitoring people in quarantine in their own homes your argument might hold water.

        • Jotnar says:

          Perhaps if the OP had mentioned the cost as being the primary factor in criticising non essential travel, rather than the implication that it was a threat to public health, yours might.

  3. Anonymous says:

    With the Covid vaccine now widely available, Cayman should stop admitting non-vaccinated persons unless there is a compelling reason why they can’t take it. Set a date and give Caymanians overseas without the vaccine one chance to come home and isolate for 14 days. At the same time, those who are not Caymanian or legal residents should not be allowed in if they are not vaccinated. Of course the vaccine is not guaranteed to prevent illness, but worldwide stats show that it is better to have it, than not. We’ve all become too comfortable living in the relative freedom that we have this past year, but that will end. Those locals who insist on not getting the vaccine cannot be allowed to keep the rest of us hostage as we try to reach “herd immunity.” I’m sure I’ll get lots of thumbs downs from the anti-vaxxers, but they are the same ones who will be scrambling to get the vaccine once Covid returns to the community and more people are hospitalised!

    • Anonymous says:

      What a very privileged statement to make. There are many places where the vaccine is not “widely available “.

      • Anonymous says:

        Considering the high cost to travel and isolate here, I would suggest to you that persons from areas where the vaccine is not “widely available” are very unlikely to be travelling to Cayman in the first place. We’re again seeing the complications that can result from allowing non-vaccinated persons to travel here.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The WHO now recommends not giving the experimental vaccines to anyone under the age of 18.

    “Children should not be vaccinated for the moment.

    There is not yet enough evidence on the use of vaccines against COVID-19 in children to make recommendations for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Children and adolescents tend to have milder disease compared to adults. However, children should continue to have the recommended childhood vaccines.”

    • Anonymous says:

      You are either a troll or incapable of reading. On the link you provide it expressly provides;

      “WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) has concluded that the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine is suitable for use by people aged 12 years and above.”

      • Anonymous says:

        How is it a troll? That’s what the WHO is saying. Also, you cut off the whole quote. It also says: “Vaccine trials for children are ongoing and WHO will update its recommendations when the evidence or epidemiological situation warrants a change in policy” Yes, the Pfizer is approved for children 12-17 but ongoing studies are not completed yet.

        • Anonymous says:

          Trials of aspirin and paracetamol and hundreds of other medications are also ongoing and will be for ever although these drugs have been approved for decades. Your argument is rubbish.

          • Anonymous says:

            Funny, Ivermectin has been around since the 1970’s (near zero side effects, with over 50 years of data) and has been touted by top medical specialists in testimony to the US senate as being the *CURE FOR COVID* since August last year!

            “If you take this drug, you will not get sick” – US senate testimony from Dr Pierre Kory in August of 2020 year here-


            Who is Dr Kory?


            Yet only now is the UK government studying its effectiveness…


            I guess when a drug only costs 70c (given away for free for years to combat malaria in Africa) and isnt that profitable to big pharma, its best to push this drug aside for new, highly expensive vaccines, with near zero long term data on side effects…..


            • Anonymous says:

              Oh I know. My immediate family was treated with Ivermectin when they had CV – 3 days of a mild cold. Day 4 good as gold. But- watch the thumbs down – it would be good news in a non-brainwashed world. Imagine a low cost treatment, no need of a EU vaccine, but Big Pharma isn’t going to let this crisis go to waste.

      • Anonymous says:

        Let’s finish the paragraph shall we.

        “Children aged between 12 and 15 who are at high risk may be offered this vaccine alongside other priority groups for vaccination. Vaccine trials for children are ongoing and WHO will update its recommendations when the evidence or epidemiological situation warrants a change in policy.”

        • Anonymous says:

          So the WHO are saying that unless a child is “high risk. Children should not be vaccinated for the moment”. Would like to hear Dr. Lee’s opinion on this new information and what Cayman is doing now? Are they halting children vaccinations because of this current information? Where is the PACT?

      • MR says:

        The link says this in the FAQs re Pfizer:

        Who should not take the vaccine?
        People with a history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine should not take it.

        The vaccine has only been tested in children above 16 years of age. Therefore, at this time, WHO does not recommend vaccination of children below 16 years of age, even if they belong to a high-risk group.–vaccine

    • Anonymous says:

      You conveniently left out this part.

      “WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) has concluded that the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine is suitable for use by people aged 12 years and above.”

    • Anonymous says:

      Good link however you slightly miss the point and raise everyone’s fear levels by adding the word ‘experimental’. The WHO recommendation is more focused on the fact it is less urgent to vaccinate children, see extract from the link below

      “Children and adolescents tend to have milder disease compared to adults, so unless they are part of a group at higher risk of severe COVID-19, it is less urgent to vaccinate them than older people, those with chronic health conditions and health workers.

      More evidence is needed on the use of the different COVID-19 vaccines in children to be able to make general recommendations on vaccinating children against COVID-19.

      WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) has concluded that the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine is suitable for use by people aged 12 years and above. Children aged between 12 and 15 who are at high risk may be offered this vaccine alongside other priority groups for vaccination. Vaccine trials for children are ongoing and WHO will update its recommendations when the evidence or epidemiological situation warrants a change in policy.

      It’s important for children to continue to have the recommended childhood vaccines.”

      • Anonymous says:

        It not states the vaccine is less urgent, it is saying that the vaccine is only recommended for children at “higher risk of severe Covid”.

        • Anonymous says:

          It literally says “it is less urgent to vaccinate them than older people” etc. That’s the WHO’s perspective but others are worried that covid will spread amongst children even if they are not at high risk of severe disease. That’s why countries like the US, Germany and Canada are already vaccinating that age group.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good article.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Nice try by some of you this article is in the UK Telegraph today please stop with your propaganda .There is in fact a second article in which 4000 vaccinated persons in the state of Massachusetts have been infected! Naya boy is obviously well informed and on top of things.

    • Anonymous says:

      Show some evidence on that. I live in MA and our covid numbers yesterday (June 21) was 48 and the 5 new deaths state wide. The 7 day average of percent positivity is .34%. There are 100 patients hospitalized for covid. 33 in ICU.

      Our numbers have dropped significantly since people got vaccinated. There are 7,029,917 people that live in MA (2020).

    • Anonymous says:

      4.1 million people in the state of MA have been vaccinated.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So it’s okay to disclose this anonymous person’s medical history, but not their age…

  7. Anonymous says:

    The Delta variant now accounts for more than 90% of cases in the UK and a rapidly increasing percentage of cases in the US. There is a good chance that it is now here. Hopefully the patient and the HSA staff now in isolation as a result of exposure will be OK.

  8. Naya Boy says:

    Israel itself is having a serious resurgence of Covid 19 spreading amongst the vaccinated !So much for those drinking the vaccinated Kool Aid and not practicing safety and quarantine rules ! You cannot defy the science Cayman please keep the quarantine rules in place !

  9. Anonymous says:

    Nobody cares about those who have chosen not to get vaccinated. Move on.

    • Anonymous says:

      Check your privilege: most of the planet has not yet secured or been offered first doses of something that works. We are months and months ahead of the UK!

    • Really... says:

      How do you know this person chose not to get vaccinated? \

      • Anonymous says:

        Because they were on their own in 14 day quarantine so QED by the rules of Cayman they must be unvaccinated simples

        • Anonymous says:

          That does not mean that they chose not to get vaccinated. Medically, they may be ineligible to take it.

        • Anonymous says:

          Or they may have a child under 12 with whom they had to quarantine

    • Anonymous says:

      HSA admissions are paradoxically the weakest containment point and how the disease gets into the community, like last time. As if to underscore how poorly our career Healthcare staff understand viral transmission, there are HSA staff already exposed through protocol lapses, and being isolated as a precaution per news release today.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The limited information released managed to advise that the person is likely not vaccinated. So it’s ok to release some medical private info, can’t possibly think why that part was released

    And now we’ll have all the righteous pro-vaxers lose their minds again and demand mandating vaccines despite Denmark, Germany and why World Health Org recently advising not to vax the youth and other regions simply treating the sick with ivermectin

    I hope the health authorities have plenty of stocks of known treatments, I hope also they acknowledged any early signs of the illness for this unfortunate person

    But facts and truth matter and are slowly finally getting out as people realize that vaccines themselves don’t really work, today a UK health leader advises it’ll be up to 10 years of boosters and yesterday Boris Johnson feared the flu coming back this winter in UK!

    It’s all nonsense and we’re being brainwashed and beaten down. Your chances of dying from Covid are tiny, stop panicking. 60 million of us die every single year, you’re going to die. Just not from Covid.

  11. Keep the border closed for covid sake says:

    Ok all you phd scientist out there with your proud jabs, where is the bloody science behind the origins of covid 19?

    Oh yes that’s right there is no explanation or evidence to support even the most sane theory at the moment.

    Now you all be good sheep and go get your jabs like the nice shepard told all you to do or the big bad wolf is going to come running down the hill.

    I for one will not be taking a vaccine for a virus which origins can’t be explained. If no one knows where or how it spread what’s to stop another wave? Another virus?

    Will all you sheep jump at the first whim for the next vaccination when the next new virus emerges without any information about it’s origins?

    And don’t want to hear about the scientific evidence of the “new” vaccine which the data is being collected as we go aka winging it.

    • Anonymous says:

      It would be like asking for the breeding history after a rattlesnake bite. What does it matter? Take the antidote, dummy.

      • Anonymous says:

        So your premise is that Covid doesn’t exist? Lot of dead people for a non existent threat.

        • Anonymous says:

          People die all the time.
          Covid magically seems to have cured the flu, heart disease, many forms of cancer and HIV.
          Statistically speaking, there are no more deaths this year in the UK and USA than there were last year and the year before, but why let truth get in the way of your fantasy?
          Go ahead, look up the numbers.

          • Anonymous says:

            you sound like a robot. Why do all the anti vax anti mask crowed all wave the same flag. There is more to this belief system then we know. I have a brother-in-law that has the same arguments and tone

    • Anonymous says:

      No one said you can’t get it if you are vaccinated. Its that you are way less likely to get it, and if you do get it, far less likely to be hospitalised. This case involves someone who wasn’t vaccinated. How does it disprove either of the pro vaccination arguments above?

      But you are free to make up your own mind. No one is making you get vaccinated – but people who don’t make it more dangerous for others who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons, and right now are being used as the excuse for the government keeping the border closed – that’s why the vaccinated are so mad. They should be mad at the government not the non vaccinated. If the government simply said they were opening because everyone who wanted to get vaxxed had lots of opportunity, all this vaxxed/non vaxxed drama would go away.

      In the meantime the vaxxed paint the unvaxxed as the villains responsible for denying them their liberty and crucifying the tourist industry, and the anti vaxxers say the vaccinated are bullies or sheep. Real problem is a government without the testicular fortitude to make a policy decision, and the public who are quick to find someone else to blame as long as its not them. Sigh.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just keep watching YouTube and reading Telegram.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good news for you – ‘I live in denial’ T-shirts are now available so there is no need to be anonymous.

    • Anonymous says:

      8:45 You are that one person that knows the absolute truth of the world. It’s all one massive conspiracy theory to destroy humankind. Hey look, make sure you check yourself into that mental health facility that’s being constructed, yeah?

  12. Anonymous says:

    The pro-vax bullies are loose in these islands, most of whom are not even from here! Not everyone is eligible to take the vaccine and I am tired of being verbally assaulted or treated as if I am selfish or an idiot because I am not vaccinated. All of you who are vaccinated can just get on with your merry lives then, so why attack the medically vulnerable? Who is really being selfish? Unfortunately the vaccines will still not return the “normal” lives we knew before the pandemic so we need to all try to be kind and understanding of others instead of attacking.

    • Anonymous says:

      The problem is we cant get on with our merry lives. Our livelihoods and freedom to travel are massively affected. Your’s clearly not.

    • Anonymous says:

      The “medically vulnerable “ should have been the first ones to get vaccinated. They are the ones most likely to die from the virus. Doctors urge the “medically vulnerable “ to get the vaccine. You are just making up an excuse, maybe you are afraid of needles and embarrassed to admit it. 🤣

  13. Cayman Sanction says:

    5 vaccinated infected Not Kool ! What happen to you can’t spread it if you get vaccinated theory obviously a big lie being perpetrated by Our lalala land Covid denialism guru’s Keep testing requirements in place and quarantine rules Cayman !

    • anonymous says:

      What are you talking about? Please provide where you are getting your information and be specific.

      • Anonymous says:

        Read the press briefings…it clearly states that 5 people were fully vaccinated, 3 of which were vaccinated at HSA.

  14. Cayman Nightmare Scenario says:

    Well well 5 vaccinated infected What a surprise?? one 14 day quarantine still sick looks like Covid 19 still teaching us lessons. Pact government stop bending decisions to fit some people whims keep the test in place for ALL and 14 day quarantine for ALL arriving vaccinated or not ! Or face yet another Lockdown in Hurricane Season ! The open at all cost big dummy minions must be having serious fit right about now your little Hocus pocus vaccine theory got squashed again booo hooo ! Covid 19 5 idiots 0

  15. DTown says:

    Some of you need to stop lying to yourself and then stop spreading lies too? Pact government need to require testing and maintain the quarantine period or face another lockdown ! This is the new normal you dummies . It ain’t going back to the way it use to be ever ,this is the way it’s going to simply be and we need to deal with go forward.Opposition Leader McTaggart is correct on this one !.

  16. Anonymous says:

    They? Was this traveller part of a group isolating together?

    CNS: “They” is usually plural but it is also the correct pronoun for a single person whose gender is unknown.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Another person who was quarantined home alone, this time with COVID symptoms. Timing is everything when it comes to treating COVID. Are they being monitored daily?

    Let see how HSA handles his/her treatment. I hope they are up to date with treatments.

    • Anonymous says:

      The HSA/Dr Lee stated that the patient is “stable” and will be released from hospital tomorrow.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Were they getting sun?
    Summer is here and it’s hot. Tap up, just as important as the right gods, as important as healthy a lifestyle. I am just saying, peddle your own narrative.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes everybody has the right to make up their own facts or use the ones they like from the internet.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully, this sends a message to those unvaccinated here that they could be the one in that ICU tonight..

    • Anonymous says:

      11:42 na, I’m still good not being a lab rat.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hopefully this sends the message to everyone we’re living in a pandemic vaccine or not and, keeping the borders closed is as good as it gets.

    • Mask up says:

      Could be a vaccinated person in icu too. Vaccine doesn’t make you invincible or entirely immune, it may just reduces the effects if a person catches the virus. Everyone just needs to be on guard, practice good hygiene and social distancing. Many more months of this virus to come.

      • Anonymous says:

        Being vaccinated means you are much less likely to get, become sick from or spread covid. Stop acting like vaccinated people have the same risk as unvaccinated. They don’t.

        And if you are waiting for covid to go away than you need to change it from “many more months” to “many more years.” We will have to learn to live with it and the best way to do that is to get vaccinated.

      • Anonymous says:

        You seem to think that everyone who gets the vaccine can still get it and pass it on, just that they are less likely to and if they do, the symptoms will be lessened.

        This is fundamentally incorrect.

        The vaccine makes the majority fully immune. They cannot contract the disease or pass it on.

        A small percentage do not develop full immunity (their immune system responds, but does not produce sufficient antibodies to kill off the disease, so they can still experience symptoms and pass it on).

        An even smaller number develop no immunity at all (typically the very old and the immune-compromised)and gain no protection from the vaccine.

        This is standard for all vaccines ever produced and is not particular to any of the COVID vaccines.

        That’s why, on top of vaccination, we need to get to “herd immunity” levels of vaccination, so that we can protect those who are vaccinated, but develop no immunity, as well as those who cannot be vaccinated, by making it less likely that a “chain of infection” can establish itself.

        Each disease has its own “herd immunity” level, determined by factors such as innate virulence. For COVID that is estimated to be the point at which around 70% of the population is fully innoculated (or 70% have had the illness)

  20. Anonymous says:

    We can only hope that the requirement for entry once we re-open is proof of vaccination.

    This is the start. We have been lucky. Had this one been allowed in without quarantine it would have been a lot more in the ICU tonight. The healthcare costs of this person who is a traveller and is likely not insured will fall on the Cayman Government, that means us.

    Once we re-open and allow unvaccinated people this numbers will rise significantly and the Government needs to prepare for this. We really need to consider having the off site covid unit reactivated before we re-open.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why on earth would you allow unvaccinated travelers? Perhaps citizens traveling home? Keep them quarantined. Any visitors arriving should be required to be fully vaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      Is it not one of the conditions for travel approval that all travellers gave health insurance?

  21. Anonymous says:

    Is the incubation period for covid still thought to be up to 11-14 days? If so, then a person on a 5 day quaratine could be infected but not yet showing up as positive for the virus. Then after 5 days they are released into the community to spread the infection. I have a heart condition and an autoimmune disease, so although I’m vaccinated, I’ll be staying at home once the 5 day quarantine starts. Freedom for some means I’ll have to isolate.

    • Anonymous says:

      The average is 5 days before symptoms are seen, by testing 3 days before travel and 5 days later you are going to catch most cases.

      • Anonymous says:

        Correction – the current testing 5 days after arrival will only allow about 10% infected with the Delta variant in to spread in the community.

    • Anonymous says:

      lock your self down….don’t expect other healthy people to do the same. time for people to responsibility for their own health

  22. Gray Matter says:


  23. Anonymous says:

    How did this traveler get a negative covid test before coming to Cayman and a few days later they are in intensive care….sounds like a fake covid test….

    • Anonymous says:

      The incubation period is still 14 days dumbass…

    • Anonymous says:

      If it was under the old rules they would have been tested on arrival, but as Covid only shows up after a period of time it’s possible it wouldn’t have been positive on that test. People have to remember that a PCR test isn’t a diagnostic tool, it’s just the best option we have at the moment. Also they would have been showing symptoms before being admitted to hospital, so catch Covid 2 days before travel, negative at the airport, start feeling unwell, ignore it, get sicker, then test positive on day 14, then off to ICU.

  24. Slacker says:

    So, how many HSA staff now have to be isolated and how much will that add to an already strained staffing issue.
    This will affect so many families, colleagues, friends, neighbors….
    Anti vaxxers are such self-righteous, narcissistic idiots.
    Quarantine them.

  25. Risky says:


  26. Anonymous says:

    Ridiculous that we let unvaccinated caymanians and residents travel off island then come back. Of course some will end up in hospital with covid or die. If you haven’t been vaccinated you should be made to social distance, wear a mask and not allowed to travel.

    • Anonymous says:

      Vaccinated people are not immune. They too can contract and spread the virus. They too can become ill and due from this virus and/or it’s variants. Learn the facts rather than ignorantly believing vaccination brings immunity. I am no PPM supporter (not a PACT supporter either) but an independent voter and I believe this government has made a serious error in reducing quarantine for vaccinated travelers to a mere 5 days.

      • Anonymous says:

        The fact is vaccinated people are far more unlikely to catch or spread Covid-19. There is a huge difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated in the way the body can handle the virus. Your “facts” are misleading…

        • Anonymous says:

          You should check your “facts” instead of being a damn parrot regurgitating the information government and the likes of Lee & Fauci are feeding you. No one knows whether someone is “unlikely” to catch it. It is what they hope, it is what they are telling us, but the FACT is that THEY DON’T KNOW. This human trial is new and they do not yet have answers…they can barely tell us beyond a guess how long it will last for.

      • Anonymous says:

        If you are vaccinated you are 20 times less likely to catch it, and if you do catch it you are about 14 times less likely to end up in ICU. Those vaccinated who had break through infections had much lower viral loads, but as scientists don’t know how much of a load is required to infect someone the data is inconclusive on passing it on. Those who were vaccinated appear to have a smaller window of being infectious and less severe symptoms.

        • Anonymous says:

          9:04 where are your sources or are you pulling these “facts” out of your ass?

        • Cayman prepared? says:

          Check the numbers. Millions caught Covid and recovered. Some didn’t even know they had it. All this Long before vaccines. Humans have this inate ability to use It’s immune system to fight virus and bacteria. Those in ICU and those that died are below 5% of ALL worldwide cases.

          What everyone should be questioning is what government has done to improve its ICU rooms, intubators, oxygen supplies, skilled staff etc since April last year when there were less than 10 real icu rooms and less than 25 rooms that could be converted into icu units island wide. If we opening the borders, vaccines or not, hospitals need to be able to cope.

    • Anonymous says:

      So where else are Caymanians supposed to go besides come back home? This is our home, our island, we are not prisoners here. You never know if someone could be leaving because of medical issues, family related issues etc. so being so judgmental. You also do not know if that person is eligible to take the vaccine and there are many who cannot. So mind your own business Karen. If your vaccine works, what are you so bitter about?

  27. Elvis says:

    Get ready for more people choosing not to be vaccinated and putting their lives at risk along with other lives.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Now can we get a second pension withdrawal?

  29. Anonymous says:

    Lockdown! Curfew! Alphabet days!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Ever heard of the Darwin awards?

  31. Anonymous says:

    Very predictable, goalposts shifting as we speak.

    • Anonymous says:

      We’re not speaking; we’re writing … unless you’re talking to yourself and have a split personality.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Get vaccinated to significantly reduce the possibility of a bad outcome with Covid.

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you know that some individuals are not able to be vaccinated? Also what about the children who cannot be vaccinated? Are we willing to risk wiping out this generation (children)?

      • Anonymous says:

        UK says that the chance of a child dying from Covid are 1 in a million, hence their view that under 15s shouldn’t be vaccinated. Wiping out a generation is overstating it just a tad.

    • Joe says:

      For most people but not for everyone yes. I would hope everyone who can will get vaccinated but I also hope everyone who can’t or is not sure is not forced to take it against their will. Please keep in mind the vaccine is the best we have but it is still a trial and some people have already had bad results from it.

  33. Anonymous says:

    The key to the whole story is that they were NOT vaccinated. Hope they get better soon!

    • Anonymous says:

      People who are fully vaccinated STILL can catch virus or even died from it.

      • Anonymous says:

        And I can still win a million dollar lottery. Both are very rare though.

      • Anonymous says:

        You can catch it but your chance of getting seriously ill is tiny and dying from it even less.

      • Anonymous says:

        But this person was not vaccinated, hopefully they are able to recover quickly.

      • Anonymous says:

        Very, very unlikely that vaccinated persons will die from Covid .

        • Anonymous says:

          How can you be so sure? Much is unknown about this virus or the true effects of the vaccines.

          • Anonymous says:

            Google Israel covid hospitalisations and deaths… there, that wasn’t hard was it? You’re welcome.

      • Anonymous says:

        What are the percentages of that? Compared to say, dying on our roads? I know it involves some maths, but hey, you aren’t going anywhere for a while, so you can do it!

      • Anonymous says:

        Yup. That is why once people started getting vaccinated the numbers of people getting and dying from covid starting dropping significantly. That is why states in the US went from being high risk with covid raging to zero or very few deaths daily and low covid numbers. The vaccinations work. That is also why now the people who are getting covid and ending up in the hospital are the ones who are not vaccinated.

      • Anonymous says:

        But what is more likely? No vaccine is 100% effective. So stop using this as an excuse for your ignorant selfish decision to not get vaccinated. More people vaccinated means that we are all safer.

      • Anonymous says:

        True, but highly unlikely with 2 vaccinations. Current stats in U.S. indicate less than 1% got it and they all got it before the 14 day period was over after their second shot.

      • Anonymous says:

        People who are vaccinated can STILL die in a car accident, from cancer, a heart attack, drowning. I’m really getting tired of people who don’t know science, don’t know math, and think we can’t prevent the inevitable. Expert, what are your percentages of vaccinated persons dying of Covid?

      • Anonymous says:

        Your poor English says enough

      • Anonymous says:

        Let’s be clear. While possible, that’s very, very unlikely.

      • Suck it up! says:

        Are you stupidly comparing the amount of deaths from Mom-vaccinated deaths vs those who have been listed as actually dying because they got the vaccine, any of the 3…? Let’s not reference Straw man themes. Thanks, The World.

      • Al Catraz says:

        People who wear seat belts still get into car accidents too. The difference is that a lot more of them survive.

        Stop spewing harmful half truths.

      • Anonymous says:

        This is such a weird way of looking at it. Do you wear your seat belt when driving? Yes, we do because it substantially reduces the risk of serious injury. Same for vaccines. Can you possibly get Covid if vaccinated? Yes. Is the chance you would get it about 1000 times smaller than if you were unvaccinated? Yes! Are those who are fully vaccinated much less likely to display serious symptoms and avoid hospital and death? Yes! These aren’t opinions they are facts backed up by very large data sets of those who have and haven’t been vaccinated.

      • notfornotagainst says:

        Apparently not if your ignorant. No vaccine for that yet but if there was they would sell millions.

    • Anonymous says:

      Having a very hard time now with people getting COVID and not getting vaccinated when vaccines are available.

      No excuse for ignorance.

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