Five new local COVID cases linked to outbreaks

| 27/09/2021 | 183 Comments

(CNS): Five more community transmission of COVID-19 have emerged from the 1,167 PCR test results over the weekend but all of these people were already isolating as three of them were connected to the North Side outbreak and the other two were connected to the cases at the George Town Primary School, according to Public Health. This brings the total of local transmissions connected to these two outbreaks to thirty adults and children.

There were seven more positive test results in this batch from travellers also in isolation.

Given that around 12,000 people have been tested for COVID over the last two weeks which found just 30 local cases, the outbreaks appear to have been contained. However, as the two weeks of isolation comes to an end for the families quarantined in relation to the GTPS outbreak, they now need to be tested before they can leave and it is likely there will be more cases.

The family members and children are being asked to attend the Lions Centre for these exit tests during the time slots below:

  • 1:30pm – Reception, Year 1 and their teachers
  • 2:00pm – Year 2 and their teachers
  • 2:30pm – Year 3 and their teachers
  • 3:00pm -Year 4 and their teachers
  • 3:30pm- Year 5 and their teachers
  • 4:00pm – Years 6 and their teachers and any other GTPS staff

After testing, all families are being told to go immediately back home without making any stops, remain in quarantine and await advice from Public Health or the Department of Education Services. 

“All families are required to stay in quarantine until they have received negative results for each family member in their household. Test results will be emailed directly to the individual within 24 hours of testing,” public health officials said Monday. “Once all members of a households have received a negative result, they are then considered released by Public Health and are free from quarantine. All others will need to remain in quarantine until contacted by Public Health.”

If anyone in the household tests positive for COVID-19, everyone in the home will need to remain in isolation and will be contacted by Public Health.

Those who are currently positive will be tested at home on Wednesday, 29 September, and public health will contact these households directly to advise them of their at-home testing times. They are reminded to remain in isolation until tested and released by public health. If anyone in the household tests positive, the entire household must all remain in isolation.

While there may be further positive cases in relation to the GTPS cluster, it seems that the virus has not spread throughout the community despite the two distinct outbreaks in North Side and in the capital.

With this very low positive rate from the more than 12,000 people tested this month, the apparent panic in the immediate wake of the GTPS outbreak has given way to resentment over the new limitations on social freedoms and mask mandates now imposed through government regulations.

Restaurants and bars already hurt by the closed borders are again required to space out tables and limit the number of guests. Sports clubs, gyms and exercise studios also now need to get either a negative PCR test or vaccination certificate before customers are allowed in.

Indoor sports for all kids is being placed on hold as private clubs struggle to see how those under 12 can play games such as squash or attend dance classes indoors. Masks are also now required to enter stores as well as in work places and schools throughout the day.

Vaccination numbers climbed again over the weekend, with 350 people rolling up their sleeves for their first shot and another 158 people got their second dose. Over 30 people have also now had a booster shot. While the vaccine is not preventing breakthrough infections of the Delta variant of this coronavirus, it is preventing people from being seriously ill and also limits the period of time and ease with which they can transmit the virus

The HSA has released a new vaccination schedule which includes a district clinic in Savannah tonight and at Camana Bay for the rest of the month except Thursday.

See the vaccine schedule on the HSA website here.

For more information on vaccines contact the HSA Communications team at
communications@hsa.ky

See here for more information on securely verifiable vaccination records.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    There really should be a central phone number one can call and complain to when service reps serve you with their mask below their chin!
    Butterfield, Flow are extremely poor examples .. at Butterfield, the woman in Customer Service had her mask below her chin “because she couldn’t breathe”!! And the manager was nowhere to be found.
    Seriously!! If the govt mandates masks, then FFS make your workers wear masks!

    • Anonymous says:

      When the rules are stupid people stop following them. That’s how things change. If people were worried they’d follow them. If they don’t they aren’t….

      • Anonymous says:

        You do understand how this is spread right?
        Selfish aholes that don’t wear masks particularly in public places are the ones we should be most concerned about as they don’t care so are probably less likely to have good hygiene.

        • Anonymous says:

          What does hygiene have to deal with it mate?

          So what’s your alternative them we mask up forever? Move on…

    • Anonymous says:

      Cases, people….cases. Not hospitalizations! Continue on.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have stated before and I will state again that those posting disinformation in an attempt to portray Covid as nothing serious and that Cayman should drop quarantine and follow the route that Bermuda has taken either do not live in Cayman or are paid trolls or both.

    In an ideal world we could have a formal referendum to determine the will of the people but I suspect that our politicians have a pretty good idea of what that will is and have acted accordingly.

    • Anonymous says:

      Panic ridden WhatsApp groups don’t make an accurate representation of any general will

    • Anonymous says:

      Paid trolls?

    • Yessir says:

      I had covid recently. I felt a bit tired for three days and lost my sense of smell. And that was it. I’ve had worse colds.

      • Anonymous says:

        Gosh, are you one of those that have it registered? Were there any contract tracing? Do you live with unvaccinated individuals? Do you have young children who are unvaccinated? Did you in the 10 days prior or 10 days later after testing come into contact with unvaccinated relatives?

        Do you have relatives that are unvaccinated who you would not care to DIE!

        Sorry to ask serious questions…

        Final question…….. WERE YOU VACCINATED? I actually don’t expect a true answer. #caymancompetence.

        • Yessir says:

          Yes, yes, yes, yes (see previous answer), no (if you don’t count the kids), no, yes (double jabbed 3 months before I caught it).

          Anyway, we need to cut the hysteria. Those that can benefit from jabs have had their chance. Delta is coming if not now, soon, this delay achieves absolutely nothing but delay the inevitable.

      • Anonymous says:

        Lucky you. Try as hard as you can to appreciate others are not so lucky, and some die.

    • Anonymous says:

      Paid trolls? ROFLMAO

    • Anonymous says:

      Congratulations you win the dumbest post of the day award!

      Given the level of competition on these boards that’s really quite an accomplishment…

    • A says:

      Get your head out the sand and get in the real world

  3. Anonymous says:

    My mother said to me the other day: “You lot moaning about having to wear a mask, and not being able to move around without restrictions, nor being able to go to work. I was a young girl in London during the second world war– during the blitz. Every single night year-after-year we lost power; the lights went out, and bombs rained down on our heads for what seemed like hours. When the air-raid siren sounded, we had to rush into a cold and dark bomb shelter at the end of the garden to sit on a blanket for hours on end, usually wearing a claustrophobic, thick rubber mask with a heavy cannister filter attached in case of a chemical bomb attack. All the shops were empty, and food was rationed through government food stamps. Spam and powdered egg were our staple diet. You complain above travel restrictions? Most often we couldn’t get past the end of our road due to the rubble of the unlucky houses that had taken a direct hit from the German V2 rockets. The only people who travelled freely were the very young children evacuated out of London to the countryside to live, sometimes for years, with people they had never met; or Fathers, Brothers, and Sons who had been given a rifle and a tin helmet and shipped to the beaches of Normandy. You think YOU’VE got it bad?” I apologized to her for moaning about our minor social impositions.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you! One of the best posts this year.

      • Anonymous says:

        @8.32. The threat was real for the second world war and the measures taken proportionate.

        We are dealing with disproportionate restrictions put on our lives and especially our children lives for a virus most people will recover from and many not even know they have.

        World War 2 and Covid 19 are not comparable, although some may say we are actually in World War 3 or heading that way. But that’s a whole other topic.

        • Anonymous says:

          The electorate spoke, and our leaders have a mandate to make the decisions THEY feel are proportionate. Shout and stamp your feet all you like, but an abundance of caution may, just may, reduce the risk of 64 dead, a hospital full of sick patients on ventilators, and an overrun healthcare system, i.e., Bermuda.

          What @8.32 is getting at, I think, is that what you call disproportionate restrictions are NOTHING, literally nothing to have to endure at the beginning (for us) of a global pandemic that despite vaccinations has — by your own admission above– the potential to kill or cause permanent health issues. You’ve just spent 18-months living normally while hundreds of thousands in the US have perished. Why do think that is?

          • Anonymous says:

            I entirely agree! Sadly, look at your ‘dislikes.’ Caymanians are woefully uneducated and do not understand basic science. However, we shall work forward to assist! Colonialism? Maybe, but the alternative is death and despair. Cayman electorate can choose… but we have witnessed what the electorate has chosen – not a good result!

            • Anonymous says:

              Our biggest problem is that we have in the Cayman Islands a woefully uneducated people.

              Just look at our politicians. Most are pathetically uneducated.

              In the long run, the only thing that will save us is education but no hope on site.

              • Anonymous says:

                Yes, yes, yes! Caymanians can be much better informed, and make better choices for elections if the educational system is improved.

          • Anonymous says:

            No the risk of death or serious illness for fully vaccinated individuals is infinitesimal and even smaller for children. That was the advice from Dr Lee. There are literally dozens of more deadly things allowed to go unchecked in Cayman, such as car accidents, weapons violence etc. Furthermore this is not the beginning, we’ve had 18 months to prepare and nearly 9 months of vaccinating the vulnerable. There is no need for panic, we need calm leadership that listens to medical advice.

        • Orlando Bob says:

          9:41, Try telling that to the doctors and nurses working in hospitals the past month in Florida working 12 hour days.

      • Anonymous says:

        This isn’t a war.

        • Anonymous says:

          Tell that to the families of the 62 people who have died of Covid-19 in Bermuda.

          • Anonymous says:

            90% of which were willingly unvaccinated. We’ve had all elderly and vulnerable people here vaccinated for over 6 months

            • Anonymous says:

              13% of the deaths in Bermuda were fully vaccinated people. You like those odds — a 13% chance of dying if you contract the virus?

              • Anonymous says:

                Math and statistics is not your strong suit is it??

                .13 * 62 = 8

                8 / 50,000 (estimate) = 0.00016 which is 0.016%

                It’s ridiculous and dishonest to say that there is a 13% chance of dying by contracting the virus. This is why people can’t make objective decisions!

                • Anonymous says:

                  Apologies, you’re right, my last statement is incorrect and I retract it.

                  Minister of Health, Bermuda, Briefing, 22 September, 21, quote:
                  “There were 30 deaths, of which:
                  26 or 86.7% were not fully vaccinated
                  4 or 13.3% were fully vaccinated”.

                  The point is vaccination does not absolutely GUARANTEE you will not die.

              • Meh says:

                A mind untouched by basic mathematics. The death rate from covid for the fully vaccinated in now well below 1 in 1000. And those odds are not getting any better.

          • Anonymous says:

            No sympathy, should have gotten vaccinated.

          • Anon says:

            They weren’t vaccinated!!!!

        • Anonymous says:

          No, it is a choice between what may help my family be safe, or not. I choose to go with what science says will assist my family. You can choose otherwise and pay the consequences (actually… I and my children will be paying for your consequences!).

    • Anonymous says:

      There is always someone who has it worse. It doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to complain about your current situation. Give me a break.

    • Casey Goff says:

      The problem with this analogy. . . Imagine if you did all of that and the bombs never actually came. The ‘world war’ that you were hiding from wasn’t actually taking place. That is what we are complaining about.

      With a highly vaccinated and protected population, and therefore a minute projected fatality rate, there is no reason for us to go through the suffering currently being inflicted on the island.

      • Anonymous says:

        Covid deniers even at this stage in the pandemic

        • Anonymous says:

          Yes. I see a shift in the comments! VERY, anti-vac; very pro-opening. The trolls are abundant now and dominant in the the Cayman media – not a good development. I detect this very recently, a shift in comments the past week.

          CNS: Am I wrong about this shift in opinion? I am curious if I am wrong or correct? Not a snarky question.

          CNS: It seems to me that it’s more a shift to pro-opening than anti-vax in the CNS comment section. I think it’s just because this is such an emotive topic. The anti-vaxers have always been there.

          • Anonymous says:

            I’ve def noticed the shift as well. I get it, but it’s so sad. That may be the reason I would want to leave, not us being shut down, but the selfishness that is so prevalent these days

      • Anonymous says:

        What’s a “minute fatality rate”? 1, 2, 5 people dead– Bermuda? Let’s just hope you or a member of your family do not become a sad statistic.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry what’s a “minute projected fatality”? 1 death, 2, 3, 64 (Bermuda)?

        Those imaginary people in your thought experiment above– acted and the bombs never came make a Type 2 statistical error and, although inconvenienced, lived. If they had made a Type 1 error — didn’t go to the shelter and bombs dropped. . .

      • Anonymous says:

        “Suffering currently being inflicted”. There you go! @8:32’s point made in four words.

      • Anonymous says:

        You know you can get COVID if you have the jab, right?

        With the high rate of jab here, one has to ask (and it’s not supplied in the story) were all of those COVID community cases in jabbed individuals?

        Ask THAT question.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’d love this if I could. A good reminder that civilization has braved catastrophic things in the past; it’s not all about us.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s awesome that you compare covid to V2 rockets. It’s like you are heroic or something for surviving covid.

    • Frustrated says:

      That is not a valid argument. There have undoubtedly been worse times and there have been many better times. What has caused the growing discontent and resentment in Cayman at this moment is the Government saying one thing then, hours later, with no explanation or logical thought process, bringing in draconian measure in the form of regulations that make absolutely no sense. That is why a vote of no confidence is now overdue.

      • Anonymous says:

        When you use words like draconian, you absolutely make @8.32 am point. Jeeze, you must really be sufferings from these dreadful social impositions.

    • SMH says:

      People aren’t moaning as they think they have it worse than Brits did at the height of WWII.

      People are moaning because the response was non-sensical and in direct contradiction to what Premier Lil’ Wayne stated on September 8th:

      “If we get to October 14 and there has, prior to that, been a decision to proceed with that phase, that’s when that risk goes up and it is quite likely that within a period of weeks we would have COVID reintroduced into our community and we will have to learn to live with it and manage it,”

      We’ve had an initial knee-jerk reaction, multiple confidence crashing press briefings and such a delay in introducing additional public health measures that they made no sense once gazetted.

      At z certain point you are what your record says and the P gov’t clearly lacks a unified view on the situation and therefore we get the embarrassing pressers and nothing close to a coherent plan.

    • Anonymous says:

      The intellect of the Cayman electorate is reflected by the sad number of ‘dislikes.’ In addition to their repeated election of admittedly corrupt politicians, some of whom should be in prison, or barred from public office. I comment your comments, your Mom is a wise woman.

    • Anonymous says:

      As disproportionate a hyperbole as this government’s response to covid positives in one of the most highly vaccinated populations in the world.

    • Anonymous says:

      Covid in a 90% vaccinated population vs the Nazi Wermacht intent on world domination, makes sense

      • Anonymous says:

        Read The Plague by Albert Camus (or a summary) to understand the juxtaposition of the Nazi invasion of Europe and the pandemic.

    • Anonymous says:

      WW2 was a battle for freedom for which there was no vaccine.
      To your story, no one stayed in their homes to avoid the V2 rockets because a few crazy people said the bombs were not real. The shot in the arm we need today equals freedom.

    • Anonymous says:

      You win the dumbest post of the day. Thanks for playing.

    • Miami Dave says:

      Interesting story. My 91 year old mother told me the same story early this year growing up in the early 1940’s in Liverpool.

      She said to me, “What is wrong with all these people moaning”? I did not have a good answer.

    • Anonymous says:

      You wanna complain now heres a complain

  4. Anon says:

    I reckon the source of this new community spread is North Side.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Government should be using this time to bring in ICU specialists with experience with treating multiple Covid patients. Bermuda’s situation with 17 dead and dozens hospitaiised including ICU within the past week shows what can happen when quarantine is dropped even with high vaccination rates. It is best to be prepared.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think recruiting of ANY kind atm is a struggle and in healthcare I think would be the worst.

    • Anonymous says:

      Bring in from where? Are you not aware of the outside world? Be prepared… After more than 18 months? LOL

    • Anonymous says:

      6:56 Government brought in vaccines. By the tens of thousands. That’s your ticket to not needing ICU specialists. Get one and stop spreading fear.

      Since you referred to Bermuda, please not that almost all of those deaths were UNvaccinated individuals.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Irrespective of low positivity rate it is good to keep social distance, and wear masks in crowds especially indoors when we open up borders instead of waiting for outbreaks

  7. Robert Mugabe IV says:

    Oops forgot…….meanwhile headline news in the UK is there might be a shortage of turkeys for Christmas, North Korea fired missile, German coalition

    They’ve moved on from Covid news like the rest of the world.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Please not another rambling three hour late to start news conference! They should be 15 minutes… once a month… here are the stats, and here are the new rules if any. Every time they talk forever but offer no policy or insight, and always start late.

  9. Robert Mugabe IV says:

    Why is this news?
    It only adds to the fearmongering. Still boggles the mind why people are surprised there are positive cases, we’re in a pandemic just like the rest on the planet, only difference is we have a huge vaccine rate but unfortunately a govt that listens to their friends, cousins and religious freaks instead of science. These are the people who are keeping the borders closed. People are fed up now.
    Open the borders.
    The argument that the unvaxxed are ‘holding us to ransom’ holds no water. It never did.
    Science is the only thing that should matter.
    Oh ya and Wendy, PLEASE, you need to put these cabinet members on the spot at the next press conference and ask the likes of Sabrina a question that she can’t answer off of a pre written speech.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes. Wendy, go girl!

      But this is what I wonder:

      As a journalist do you get shunned for asking the hard questions? Perhaps, they won’t invite you to the next news conference, put you in the back, refuse to let you ask future questions?

      Because, if so, I suggest all the journalists get together, set up a round Robin. One week, one journalist asks the between the eyes bulls eye question, then the next week someone else pitches the doozy, and then so on and so forth and then by the time it gets back around to your turn, all has been forgotten and you’re back in the game to sock it ‘em again…

      Again, big fan. Know you’re busy, keep on trucking’!

      CNS (Nicky): When Mac was in charge he did at one time refuse to allow Wendy into the press briefings but that hasn’t happened since. Really, if there’s anyone left who thinks she can be intimidated, they haven’t been paying attention. She’ll ask what she wants to ask, but it’s always for a reason, not to score points. She’s a good journalist who does her job.

  10. Anon says:

    No vaccination mandates for front line workers but mask mandates for five year old thereby impairing their learning (with damaging long lasting consequences). Entirely disproportionate reaction to a minor outbreak that was both predicted and predictable, imposing unjustified restrictions on our civil liberties, and being directed by a minority of people who think the earth is flat and COVID will leave them with a radioactive glow, this government had made a serious wrong turn. It’s time to tell the people who are paid from the public purse that they either get vaccinated or go on unpaid leave. Let’s get the seniors their boosters and then open the bloody borders, and be led by science and rationality. We cannot live in a bubble forever.

  11. Anonymous says:

    If you are unvaccinated, you can’t go to a gym. Instead, to get your exercise, go dancing in a packed indoor night club where you can drink unmasked and unvaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      Clearly the bar owners have better political connections to the UDP than the gym owners do. (UDP is not a typo – just calling the decision makers as they really are)

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, please all the unvaccinated… Congregate together, socialize together, hug together. Then go home and sleep playfully with your wife/husband/partner. I support your rights to not get vaccinnated! Covid will deal with your lot. A cruel statement, nope – those rights are what you want! Be careful of what you ask for. For me, I hope you enjoy all your desired ‘freedoms’ as long as you can… Life can be short.

      • Anonymous says:

        Spot on! Sadly, this may be the only way they will wake up, unfortunately the anti-vaxxers may just cause another variant that’s even worse that those vaccinated won’t be able to fight off and this is what they don’t see or care to understand.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s maddening! I can go sit at a table at a restaurant unmasked with ten people but my kids need to wear a mask all day at school? And don’t be fooled – even when sitting at their desks they are being made to keep their masks on.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Bermuda update. 10 more deaths over the weekend. 29 deaths in September alone. 66 in hospital, 10 in ICU (doctors/nurses exhausted). In the article below, health minister says over 90% of deaths are in unvaccinated.

    Bermuda – same population as Cayman, 66% vax rate. No quarantine for vaxxed travelers, just arrival testing. CDC in the US currently strongly advises avoiding travel to Bermuda.

    “Ten more Covid deaths, minister says people are dying at home”

    https://www.royalgazette.com/health/news/article/20210927/ten-more-covid-deaths/

    • Anonymous says:

      Dislikes from those who don’t like Covid facts and other types of trolls.

      • Nope says:

        Nah. The dislikes are from those who don’t swallow the propaganda hook, line and sinker.

    • Anonymous says:

      90% among unvaccinated, how much more proof do they need?

    • Anonymous says:

      9:44 Guess they should have opted for the vaccine. That’s all it takes to avoid serious illness, hospitalization and death. Very very very rarely does a vaccinated person get ill if they even catch Covid.

  13. Anonymous says:

    These two outbreaks indicate the behaviour of covid being like flu. Isolation of close contacts of known cases would have been sufficient with testing of any with even mild symptoms rather than 12000 tests to find a few and still asking them stay home .
    We have to learn to live with it just like as we cant live without work permit holders. It will be eupohoric to imagine to live in Cayman without covid. Yes that is possible if we decide no one out and no one in meaning complete cayman Isolation which is not possible nor feasible

  14. Concerned Citizen of George Town South says:

    I have just read in the Royal Gazette this evening that Bermuda had another ten people that died of Covid-19.

    This news brought the death toll to 62 and there were another 163 new cases. To all the anti-vaxers. You all are a bunch of clowns that need to run off to the circus. If you clearly do not see that people are dying from Covid and still want to make an excuse not to get vaccinated, you clearly have a serious problem. Majority of the unvaccinated are the ones that are suffering the most so please CAYMAN… Get vaccinated. Its only for the best that we go through this united, not divided. COVID is not a joke/hoax like someone people think it is.

  15. Anonymous says:

    A loud minority in Bermuda clamoured for dropping quarantine saying that Covid was a myth or did not make anyone sick and eventually their government gave in.

    Today Bermuda reported 10 dead over the weekend and dozens in hospital and ICU. That is in addition to the 7 dead they announced on Friday!

    • Anonymous says:

      And my friend in Bermuda will not get vaccinated. Doesn’t want to put crap in his body and his immune system will keep him healthy. Sound familiar???
      You can’t make this up!

    • Anonymous says:

      90% unvaccinated

  16. Anonymous says:

    We should all be very grateful for the level of control of Covid we have in Cayman. Bermuda has a 67% vaccination rate compared with our 71%. We have maintained quarantine and by comparison Bermuda’s lack of strict quarantine has produced 10 more deaths over the weekend in addition to the 7 reported last Friday and the dozens before that. This is the Bermuda Government statement this evening:

    Minister of Health, the Hon. Kim Wilson, JP, MP today stated, “It is with extreme sadness that I report that over the weekend, Bermuda has experienced ten more coronavirus-related deaths. My heartfelt condolences and prayers are extended to the families and friends who lost a loved one over this weekend.”

    There are 1470 active cases, of which:
    66 are in hospital, with 10 in intensive care

    https://www.gov.bm/articles/covid-19-update-27-september-2021

  17. Sheriff says:

    And what now? More fear? More restrictions? Forget the pause on reopening and make it a complete stop? Holy crap I can’t wait to see what PACT makes us do now. [insert eye roll]

  18. Anonymous says:

    Those of you who are bashing the government for making GTPS families isolate – just imagine if they were freely roaming in public, how many more cases of COVID-19 would be in the community now! And how many of those could have been quite sick and be hospitalized? We don’t know for sure, but the possibilities are big.

    • Anonymous says:

      There would be equal amounts if not more of people bashing them for not isolating. This is a no win situation for government. But I’m happy with their response so far, but do feel they need to set a date and stick to it.

  19. Anonymous says:

    The CIG is absolutely clueless. They have no idea of what to do!

  20. Anonymous says:

    They always close up the sports after we’ve made our payment for the term.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Cases- no one in hospital. Continue on.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why are there no cases in hospital? CNS – While the vaccine is not preventing breakthrough infections of the Delta variant of this coronavirus, it is preventing people from being seriously ill and also limits the period of time and ease with which they can transmit the virus.
      So, due to our incredibly high vaccination rate, we are less likely to get ill, harder to transmit and a shorter transmission period. This is science. These are facts. Government’s solution, lock the vaccinated up, not for zero days, like other countries do, you know the ones that have the scientific ability actually create a vaccine to save our lives, but for eight to fifteen days. I wish our government would refrain from speaking about science until they learn how to count days properly. The Cayman Islands. We are one of the most vaccinated counties on the world. World class. But we don’t trust the vaccines to actually work – even though our empty hospitals prove they do.

  22. anon says:

    When are our senior citizens getting their booster shots, and are the cluster cases the Delta variant?

  23. Anonymous says:

    How many suffering? By suffering I mean The bearing of pain, inconvenience, or loss; also, pain endured; distress, loss, or injury incurred.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m suffering just reading your insinuation. Cut the crap and just spell out your thoughts!

  24. Anonymous says:

    When are our senior citizens getting their boosters?.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Okay, so we stamped out the outbreak, we are all taking the precautions, we are now ready to open up safely to vaccinated tourists – and the virus.

    We all put up with the f___king around, waiting for all the unvaccinated people to stop dithering, time for them to get a chance to find out.

  26. Anonymous says:

    #November 15th.

    • Anonymous says:

      #oct1

      • Anonymous says:

        #nottodaybobo

        • Anonymous says:

          Just got my booster shot at CVS today ( in the US) and nope, no digital formatting for the vaccination card. The only thing they could do is print out my vaccination record and only of the booster shot since I received my other two shots at a state clinic. I can request my vaccination record from the state in paper format which will take approximately two weeks and they will notarize it, but that is it.

          No digital records possible. So, please Cayman, tell me how to get a digital record when none is possible? Now, I have three shots.

          • Guido Marsupio says:

            You can try sending that documentation to your health care organization/hospital. I did, and they entered them all into their system and issued me a SMART-health card referencing those shots. Warning, YMMV. Not all hospitals will do that – discretionary.

          • Anonymous says:

            YES Please Cayman. 3 shots at County/State USA, OH, USA agency, but no digital record – just US/Vaccine record. What provisions do you have for me to come to my Condo and SPEND MONEY??? crickets. crickets, crickets…

  27. Anonymous says:

    Let’s be honest about what is really happening. We have zero people sick FROM COVID (we have one lady that became sick WITH COVID, but not from COVID). Why? Because we have the best adult vaccination rate in the world.

    So… why did my child have to wear her mask at ALL TIMES today… even when seated at her desk?

    Why on the other hand were there people eating and drinking freely at restaurants across the island? How many masks were at the Marriott on Friday night at OcktoberFest? None. In fact, today at lunch, there were no masks being worn by guests and even by many staff members.

    A complete unmitigated fail of government.

    Protect the kids? Complete crap thrown at you as a distraction by those that do not understand math and statistics.

    Education minster I implore you to do the right thing and IMMEDIATELY remove the mask mandate for children.

    Stand up Cayman… NO MORE MASKS FOR KIDS.

    • Anonymous says:

      I would like to see Juliana wear her mask all day long while seated at her desk. She’d never make it. Come on Juliana…. Do exactly what you’re asking the kids to do. Wear it all day.

      • Anonymous says:

        I wear a mask all day. I have since July 2020. Not really a big issue unless I make it one. I realize it’s something I need to do to protect myself and those around me( at risk, essential job), so I just wear it.

        • Anonymous says:

          THANK YOU!

        • Anonymous says:

          Are you six years old? Are you trying to learn how to speak and interact? do you have any social or emotional cognitive development issues?

          Otherwise I’m not sure why you’re comparing yourself to kids?

    • Anonymous says:

      Sigh… Can’t fix stupid. Sorry to keep the kiddos safe and inconvenience them. Sit down Cayman!

      • Anonymous says:

        Kids are resilient. If parents don’t make a big deal about it, kids won’t either.

      • an says:

        8:08 here.

        I am sadly re-educated of my thoughts of the low Cayman IQ (a nasty remark? Suck it up and show me wrong) by the number of ‘dislikes.’

        One possibility: The CNS has been recently inundated by BOTS (please correct my terms CNS), or computer generated responses to questions trying to influence opinions. I have seen this trend on several recent threads.

        Second possibility: Cayman families actually don’t care about the health of their children (note: This is factually/legally you’re right).

        CNS: Am I wrong?

        CNS: Yes, you are wrong. Computer generated responses are caught by several layers of anti-spam software. I would normally delete this comment because of the “low Cayman IQ” remark. Yes, it’s offensive, as is your “second possibility”.

        • Anonymous says:

          8:08 Here

          CNS: I fully retrack my statement as the wording did not reflect my intent; and it was offensive. I also apologize to those I offended. I shall learn from this.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes! Are they even reporting how many cases are symptomatic? They’re terrifying everyone over kids getting sick and it seems like kids barely get symptoms ever.

  28. Anon says:

    Ridiculous this place. Just as others open up here is vlosing down. Riven by emotional and religious fear. The place is run by absolute idiots.

  29. Anonymous says:

    So what was the source of the outbreak? Everyone in Cayman knows but CIG refuses to acknowledge.

  30. Anonymous says:

    There is a small percentage of our population that do not see outside of their own irrational fear. People’s dignity and livelihoods seemingly don’t matter to them but hopefully we can break down the barriers by educating them on the realities of “the science” and let common sense prevail in the end.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Woop dee doo – not unexpected, and nothing to fear. Since we have all these restrictions in place again, can we at least open the border now?

  32. Anonymous says:

    Cases. Any symptoms? Anyone in hospital? I feel
    Like banging my head against the wall. We will have COVID cases forever now. It’s not going away.

    I am not scared of COVID, because I am vaccinated and trust the science that tells me that if I get it I will have a mild case and won’t need to go to the hospital.

    I am not scared of my kids (all 4 of them are under age 10) getting COVID, because I trust the science that they will have zero or mild symptoms.

    The only thing I am scared of is the government’s overreaction to cases. I’m scared of closed schools. I’m scared of forced quarantines of entire households well beyond close contacts. I’m scared of more restrictions on our daily lives.

    • Anonymous says:

      … It’s not the symptoms for your kids, it would be the possible life-long lung, etc problems!

      But hey, it’s your kids – let them get Covid with little/no symptoms and then hope they don’t need to drag an oxygen tank around when they are 40.

      Being careful is soooooooo inconvenient.

      • Anonymous says:

        If life-long lung problems were such a “possibility”, then why are kids all over the world out living their lives? Is the CIG the only government in the world aware of this clear and present danger to all unvaccinated kids?

        • Anonymous says:

          A truly stupid reply. A child that is 7 TODAY will not realize the lung damage for many years.

          Sheesh, I always forget to stop trying to educate (yes, I’m a former teacher) a rock, reason with a drunk, or lecture someone who is stoned… or a listener of FOX!

          Go ahead, play the odds game with your children.

          • Anonymous says:

            We play the odds game with ourselves and our children every single day, it’s called living. There is a reason the UK doesn’t mandate masks for 5 year olds or vaccines for that matter: because the odds are infinitesimally small

          • Anonymous says:

            I believe the previous poster was pointing out that other countries are not inflicting the same restrictions on children yet they are also aware of POSSIBLE life-long lung problems. Are all these other countries “truly stupid” as you called the previous poster? Are all parents of all children in most other countries of the world “truly stupid”? We are all aware here that we can’t predict what consequences of many of our actions today will be in 40 years. That doesn’t mean we wrap ourselves in bubble wrap and never leave our houses. Goodness gracious.

            I am also sick of posters playing the “Well, I guess you don’t care about your children’s lives” any time someone dares to question all the restrictions being inflicted on kids. Yes, because I question the mask mandate I don’t love my kids. You figured me out.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Run for the hills!

  34. Furious says:

    “Resentment” is an understatement..!!!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Absolute foolishness

  36. Anonymous says:

    I watch many traveling vlogs on YouTube, different countries, mostly European, how they are managing during pandemic 2nd year. All are doing fine. Capacity is reduced, staff wear face masks, visitors do not-river tours, sea tours, hotels..prices are reduced a bit, but in general tourism industry is recovering. Oh, there are no quarantines or special kind of restrictions for the visitors. Life is normal everywhere else, but Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      People are dying from Covid-19 in those countries including young kids BTW. Not many you say? Go to one of those countries and let one of your loved ones die from COVID-19 and then see whether you still think they “are doing fine”.

  37. Anonymous says:

    So…what’s the plan now? Just say that Cayman Airways will have 5 fights a week to Miami. GREAT news for everyone, however….what is the plan to deal with the influx of travellers. Whether tourists or residents they need to self-quarantine, which will end up in some more community spread because people can’t be trusted to isolate. Or COVID will get out on Day 10 by a vaccinated person who was cleared on Day 7 (which is really Day 9). Will an entire school, plus their families be quarantined again? Will even stricter restrictions come into play than what we currently just got re-introduced to? It’s all so absurd!!!

    Get vaccinated. Trust the science that if you are vaccinated your chances of hospitalization are very low and your chances of dying are basically zero. Trust the science that kids only have mild symptoms. Time to get on with the show like the rest of the world.

  38. Anonymous says:

    WTF – are we still trying for a zero Covid strategy? Until when? This stupidness needs to end…

  39. Angry parent says:

    Im a parent of one of the GTPS students. I got an email this morning saying that we did NOT need to be tested!

    It secificalky said that ONLY the families of the kids that originally tested positive needed to be tested and not the rest.

    It also said the same thing on the classroom dojo message that parents received. I would post the screen shot of this if I knew how to do so on CNS.

    Now, this info in the story above is totally different and says we all need to be tested?

    Mixed messages!!

    Which one is it? Government seems to be very confused with the left arm not knowing what the right arm is doing.

  40. Free Caymanians from tyranny! says:

    “With this very low positive rate from the more than 12,000 people tested this month, the apparent panic in the immediate wake of the GTPS outbreak has given way to resentment over the new limitations on social freedoms and mask mandates now imposed through government regulations.”

    Well put CNS, either open the borders on October 14th as originally planned or rescind these draconian regulations that make little sense.
    Even the minister of health struggled to understand them at the press conference.

    • Anonymous says:

      She just struggles to understand, her speechwriter needs to provider her with words she both understands and can pronounce. Otherwise she will continue to look very bad.

  41. Anonymous says:

    how many in hospital?…that is the only question.
    covid is not news. ignore it. ignore this clown government.

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