Seven more GTPS kids positive for COVID

| 15/09/2021 | 174 Comments
Cayman News Service
CMO Dr John Lee

(CNS): Contact tracing and testing continued Wednesday in relation to a case of community transmission of COVID-19 at the George Town Primary School, where another seven students tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total to eight. Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee that all the children were asymptomatic except for the first child diagnosed, who was doing fine.

Altogether there were nine more locally transmitted cases Wednesday, which included the children plus two adults who were found to be primary contacts, which brings the total of community transmissions to 17 cases in two separate outbreaks, spanning 12 households with no travel connections.

Of the eight children from GTPS who tested positive, five are from Year 6, one from Year 5 and two from Year 4, none of whom have a travel history.

One of the adults testing positive today is understood to be the healthcare worker at the East End Clinic but it is not clear if that person is connected to the GTPS outbreak or the first community transmission, which is understood to be in North Side.

Overall there appears to be now 43 active cases of the virus among people in isolation including travellers as there were two more people in quarantine who tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday after the HSA ran 1,752 tests on Tuesday.

People awaiting tests relating to GTPS outbreak or those who are positive must remain in isolation until told otherwise, officials said. The school will remain closed school Thursday.

Meanwhile, the first person to test positive in the community remains in hospital but the CMO said she was stable and although unwell, as she was when admitted to hospital, she is not requiring oxygen to help her breathe.

These two separate community outbreaks have served to stimulate the vaccination levels. Currently, 53,934 people or 76% of the population, have had at least one dose and 71% (50,370 people) are fully vaccinated.

See the message form Dr Lee below:

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.

Anyone with flu symptoms is urged to stay at home in the first instance and contact the 24 hour Flu Hotline or your general practitioner to speak to a health professional about those symptoms before visiting the flu or testing clinic.

Flu Hotline: 1-800-534-8600 or 345-947-3077 or 345-925- 6327 or email flu@hsa.ky
Callers will be screened for travel history and advised on what to do next.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Stop closing schools for “ in an abundance of caution due to Covid”.Students not feeling well, stay home and get tested. Those who test positive, stay home and quarantine. Contact trace to those positives and the rest go to school!!!!!!!! The whole school does not need to stay home. Follow and trust in the Covid guidelines.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If 7 days isn’t enough time to stop community spread, then why 7 days? If it is enough to stop community spread then what’s the point of getting vaccinated?

  3. Anon says:

    Emirates are recruiting 3000 cabin and airport staff if anyone is interested in flying anywhere and enjoy your freedom

  4. Anonymous says:

    1. Covid is here and will be here for years
    2. Everyone here will get.
    3. Majority protected but vaccinated =spreaders
    4. Cayman economy is ready to tank
    5. Cayman has no credibility with rest of world on reopening or tourist — they have options.

    • Anonymous says:

      The most worrisome places re. Covid is the prison system, nursing homes, and the hospitals. Just read about covid in the prison. Would mandate all prisoners/prison staff to get the jab. Same with nursing homes /elderly and hospital staff. Once covid gets in those high populated areas, very hard to stop the circulation.

      Everywhere else, get vaccinated. Masks when you can’t social distance. Hand washing. The border can and should be open. Only quarantine those positive w/ covid. The rest can move about their daily routine.

    • Andy says:

      American cancelled all flights until new year and southwest until 10th March next year
      Everyone happy now ????! More to follow

      • Anonymous says:

        Cayman tourism done for a long, long time due to this reopening change. People thought it was really going to happen this time with the new government laying out the phased plan. Backing out, adding days to quarantine for something that is here to stay shows it was just done out of fear. No reopening date in sight. Starting at phase 3 in January still has a quarantine shows people that the real reopening is far into next year. No one will put money down on a trip because now no one believes any date put out there.
        What a farce.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just test at the other schools and see if the kids have anti-bodies. you’ll see that a substantial number of kids had or have COVID. A lot of kids had ‘colds’ over the last 3 weeks. COVID is here to stay. That’s why you have vaccines. The government should start to use the correct population count of 65,000. The government does not understand the statistical terms of standard deviations and confidence intervals. A government that is panicking destroys livelihood of many people and makes life miserable for many.

    • Kevin says:

      What a whole hunk of unsubstantiated garbage.

      And you know this how?? You ran test? Kids showing up at flu clinics?

  6. Anonymous says:

    HOW MANY ARE SICK WITH IT???
    How many hospitalized for COVID reasons???

  7. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP says:

    These Islands have not had to bury thousands of bodies due to Covid-19. We have not had Nurses and Doctors falling down from exhaustion or patients unable to receive the needed oxygen tanks to enable them to breath.

    We have not had entire families die or children orphaned from this pandemic. We have existed in our little bubble with the mentality that Covid-19 is not so bad or indeed is a made up scare tactic.

    All those who are angry with the Premier and the new PACT government and crying out in anger for our borders to open, be careful what you wish for. The vaccine is NOT 100% effective against transmission of the virus so please do not get complacent.

    I agree that this pandemic is not going away any time soon and that community transmission was inevitable. That said there is still the need for caution in our tiny little nation of The Cayman Islands, a country of which I am so proud.

    Make good decisions and stay safe….PLEASE

  8. anon says:

    Interesting news from the UK regarding children and young adults any dont forget the vast majority of children in the UK have not been vaccinated and yet they have the anti bodies which probably means they have already had covid !! that makes this decision stupid to say the least.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9997271/Almost-90-16-24-year-olds-Covid-antibodies-official-data-suggests.html

    CNS: You read this bit and not just the headline, right? “The presence of coronavirus antibodies suggests someone has been infected in the past or has been vaccinated. But they are not a perfect measure of whether a person is protected against Covid. Other parts of the immune response are involved in fighting the virus, such a T-cells.”

  9. Say it like it is says:

    If all these adults had been vaccinated we would not be in this situation. This sounds like Delta so all our anti vaxers are going to have serious health problems.

    • Anonymous says:

      clearly, my two sense is needed here.

      My fellow Caymanians ….. The “vaccine” does not stop the spread of the virus, it only helps reduce the amount of hospitalized patients. Therefore, you can still spread COVID to your unvaccinated children and to vaccinated adults the same way you would if you were not vaccinated. This foolishness about take the vaccine to protect your families is garbage. Take the vaccine so that you do not become severely sick and die, and also so that we don’t overflow our healthcare facilities. THE VACCINE DOES NOT PROTECT ANYONE BUT THE PERSON WHO TOOK IT. To put the cherry on the top, it will only work for 10-12 months, hence the boosters.

      You’re welcome!

    • Anonymous says:

      Not true – vaccinated people can still catch and spread the virus

      • kevin says:

        But at a much lower %. Only 5% to 10% chance. Yes they do spread at same level as unvaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      The vaccine was developed 2 years ago for a variant that probably doesn’t exist anymore.

    • Anonymous says:

      please.. UK reports are claiming 70% of newly infected with covid are already vaccinated.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Get vaccinated

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2021/09/16/covid-vaccine-mandate-international-travel-restrictions-us/8360307002/

    The Biden administration is considering requiring vaccinations against COVID-19 and contact tracing of international visitors

    • Anonymous says:

      However, the Biden administration will welcome you without testing or vaccinations if you come across the southern border “illegally”.

    • Anonymous says:

      But as we hear ad nauseam on this site, the world has moved on, so this must be fake news. Even if it is true, we don’t have to follow the US. We are better and smarter than the US, so we don’t need to worry. Open up with no restrictions and after a few of us get the sniffles, we can go back to leading our normal, selfish, money-grubbing lives.

    • Anonymous says:

      Never going to happen

  11. Anonymous says:

    I understand that this is new for Cayman, but this is how life is everywhere else.

    Masks are a part of life but people can move about freely. COVID exists everywhere and there are lots of cases, but people are vacc’d and life goes on.

    The government is just unnecessarily delaying the inevitable and putting additional stress on families already struggling.

    I know that nobody cares about expats, but there are a lot of them here that contribute greatly to this country. They need to be able to go home and/or have visitors for their sanity.

    • Anonymous says:

      No one is saying that you can’t have visitors and family come here. As a matter of fact the current restrictions offer a wonderful opportunity for all of you to have a lovely and very close time as you quarantine together at your place. No one here is stopping you from going home either. What exactly is your beef?

    • Anonymous says:

      You can go home, and you can have visitors. You just have to quarantine for the wellbeing of the greater community.

      • Anonymous says:

        And if you only get a certain amount of leave, then you cant go home and do the quarantine as well, can you? And if you can’t get a flight you cant go home, can you?

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is SUPPOSED to happen!

    Covid isn’t going anywhere, you can’t in a f*ing bubble for the rest of eternity!

    Time for new leadership on this.

    • kurt ma says:

      no one has really explained why we can’t keep a bubble with 2 week quarantine for eternity….

      • Anonymous says:

        If you need to ask that question there really is no cure for stupidity.

      • Jotnar says:

        Because:

        1. the quarantined people come in contact with Caymanians who dont quarantine – quite apart from the breachers, there are the flight crews, the airport staff, the taxi drivers that take them to quarantine, the staff in the quarantine facility and the HSA staff doing the exit screening. Sooner or later it will leak out from the quarantine bubble.

        2. There are people entering the country illegally, who don’t quarantine

        3. Because if you don’t let the white collar expats the financial services sector depends on travel, they will start leaving/refusing to be based here. Plenty of other offshores they can be based in with lo to zero tax, nice lifestyle and the ability to travel. FS is the main thing keeping our economy going.

        4. If you don’t let the FS people travel to market cayman and service clients, the FS will start to leak business to other jurisdictions where that is not an issue.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Are these break through cases could give us some answer. The guys coming in illegally by boats is only one possibility, all others should be considered.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Covid never went away. They just stopped testing so no cases. Now they’re testing so finding cases. It’s politics, not science.

  15. MEER says:

    The Government is being governed by fear! Fear is not something a government should have when dealing with C19 which is global and not going away for years.

    Cannot continue to govern in fear by minority, let the science govern and stay on track with the 14th Oct boarder opening!

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you have a crystal ball to lend?

    • Anonymous says:

      The Science gives us some great forecasting tools and modeling that can be used to produce an opening model for the Cayman Islands. One of the numbers to crunch is this: How many deaths and how many permanent disabilities of people here per month are you willing to tolerate in order to open up? Give us your number in each category. 1? 2? 5? 10? 20? What? This is where the rubber meets the road. Your answer is?

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is ridiculous. What was the point in the UK wasting vaccines on us and having a reopening plan if we are just going to panic and not proceed with the plan over a few community cases.

    Cayman is becoming a huge embarrassment. COVID going nowhere – do we stay closed forever? What difference does it make opening the borders in October 2021 or October 2025! This is shocking leadership.

    When will people realise Cayman is now over a year delayed vs other countries in appropriately dealing with this? Why is there not a widespread self-testing programme and vaccine passports? Disgraceful.

    • Anonymous says:

      They do not know what is happening, the border has to be close to find the root cause of the outbreak, if they are searching.
      Why everyone insisting we open and not knowing what is coming in.

    • Anonymous says:

      We do need to all have a supply of rapid lateral flow tests where we can test ourselves at home with a highly accurate result within 15 mins.

      Many schools and workplaces in the US and UK have people do this once or twice a week.

  17. anon says:

    american airlines have cancelled all their flights up to new year. Others to follow.
    RIP Cayman islands

    • Anonymous says:

      United Airlines still has up their newly posted Cayman flights direct from/to Houston IAH, starting October 31st and then running each Saturday and Sunday…

      ….sadly I expect these to be cancelled….

  18. Kevin says:

    I swear all you reopen people do no reading at all. You talk and have no clue what you are talking about. READ DAMN IT READ before typing anything.

    It’s not the 5 or 10 cases we are worried about. This batch will not put 50 to 100 in a hospital. It’s the next stage. Do you think we have all the people infected? Do you realize we still do not know who was patient zero in either group? Do you know what that means? It mean there is someone maybe multiple people in our community walking around with the virus as we speak infecting others. 7 to 10 days from now it sets in. Then we start to see people showing up.

    Everyday is a day when anywhere between 5 and 10 new people are infected and we don’t know. These people take time to show symptoms or pass it on.

    You see the government knows this but you do not realize what’s coming. You think it’s panic by the government. You just too naive to see what’s next.

    You think Bermuda got to 150 in a week. It took a few weeks to build up.

    • Anonymous says:

      Kevin, they do not understand. If they do they all be cowering in fear.
      All travels should stop actually until the source of the outbreak is identified.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are completely missing the point. Cases are to be expected and yes they wont stop at the current amount (and are highly likely to never completely burn off as they did when we were in fact locked down April to June 2020).

      But that is why we have gone through a 7-month vaccination program and achieved one of the highest vax rates in the world. So when we do introduce risk, we can live with it.

      A zero-COVID policy is not sustainable, which is why we need to move on.

    • Anonymous says:

      Kevin – please sit down.
      We are all reading and reading. Have YOU read global news? I don’t think so. Don’t get stuck in just reading the regional news, Jamaica, Bermuda and whatever else you read your news.
      The WORLD is moving on, one way or another.
      And we need to do the same.
      Most people are asymptomatic so they don’t know they have it unless they go get tested.
      Go get your vaccine and read GLOBAL news!

      • Anonymous says:

        12.21pm The world is moving on because most of the world that is opening ALREADY had covid and has so much of it that it’s uncontainable. They literally have no other option. Cayman does, at least for now. You’re saying let’s just all get covid right now and move on. Scr*w you!

      • Anonymous says:

        Are you saying he cannot state his opinions, and what authority you have?

      • Anonymous says:

        Just because the world has given up on trying to stop the spread of COVID doesn’t mean Cayman has to or should.

      • Big Bobo In West Bay says:

        12:21, You should look closely at the COVID news today from Alberta, Canada and Florida and Texas.

        We are seeing a total breakdown today of their public health systems. Could happen very easily in the Cayman Islands.

        Watch the Miami news or the Canadian news tonight to find out what is going on. You obviously watch too much FOX News.

  19. Kevin says:

    There are numerous flaws in Dr. Lees statements about infections namely the 6ft and 15 mins.

    This theory to virus safety comes from the 1800’s can you believe that?? Let’s address them.

    Covid spreads via an aerosol style approach. There have been studies showing virus droplets traveling up to 6 to 8 metres. https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3223

    Next point is the 15 mins. A simple cough or sneeze by someone and in 5 to 10 seconds covid can be transferred.

    The problem with operating by the theory is that you eliminate potential carriers of the virus artificially. Then days later you get another spread and you wonder why.

    If are to not just snuff this spread out or any future spreads we need to be operating by more updated guidelines.

    I am not against reopening but I am against reopening stupidly because people screaming with no thought process.

    No one wants to lose a child or an elderly family member. And most certainly no politician wants to lose his job in 3 years time. This is where we are at and until we learn how to fight this and effectively we SHOULD LOCK DOWN.

    Learn or suffer.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Stop with the testing and temporarily keep the border close. Luckily we have the choice of not to go into battle and to live with the virus.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Government did the right thing except that a 7 day quarantine is still too short. Not even PACT can negotiate with a virus and this virus has an incubation period of 14 days.

  22. Anonymous says:

    The government did the right thing by pausing re-opening. Those that were advocating that we copy Bermuda should note that yesterday Bermuda announced 150 new cases as well as a lockdown including a curfew. Anyone doubting how bad it is there should read their Minister of Health’s statement:

    https://www.gov.bm/articles/covid-19-technical-briefing-minister-healths-remarks-15-september-2021

  23. Anonymous says:

    Welcome to the real world Cayman.
    Now that Covid is in the community just like everywhere else in the world, it is time to resume our normal lives.
    Open up for tourists.

    • Anonymous says:

      But the rest of the world hasn’t resumed normal lives, so why should we?

    • Anonymous says:

      Many of us here on island have had the great fortune of being able to lead our normal lives for the last year and a half. That is now in jeopardy because certain people can’t follow the rules our government had put into place to protect our ability to lead those normal lives.

    • Anonymous says:

      Completely agree. We have to learn how to live with this like the rest of the world is. We were never going to keep our cases at zero forever.

    • Anonymous says:

      You do not want what is coming in. What is here is mild.

    • Anonymous says:

      Like Canada? (Which does not allow tourists), or Australia or New Zealand? Or like Bermuda, BVI and Turks (which have collapsing healthcare systems and are appearing on international red lists)?

      • Anonymous says:

        Canada does allow tourists, so you are wrong on that. And tourism makes up a tiny fraction of Canada’s economy.

        And Canada doesnt require vaccinated residents to quarantine upon return.

      • Anonymous says:

        You mean Australia and New Zealand who are heading for their worst recession in at least 50 years?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Simply not enough attention has been given to Dr. Lee’s six weeks jaunt off island along with his five day quarantine. And he’s FINE! Those of us who have travelled know that the fear level here is off the charts. Perhaps the media could do a comprehensive interview with Dr. Lee as to how people LIVE with Covid. Otherwise the real fear we ought to have is how far we will decline as a country. We cannot take expats, Caymanians with families abroad for granted. We cannot assume money will always be there to pay our civil service. We cannot assume people will continue to buy properties that they cannot visit. The list goes on and on. Sure we may get our island back, but in what state of disrepair?

    • Sheriff says:

      @7:18 am – you speak the truth

      • Anonymous says:

        Will there be anything left at the rate of destruction and the poverty that is being created all around us. This is not acceptable.

    • Anonymous says:

      my property is in excellent repair ever since the pensions drawdown.

      That new roofing meant that TS Grace didn’t put me in hole so its like I just hit a flock and I’m up!

      Plus the beaches have been great!

      Novel thought, we can just try to reduce the population like back in the 1980’s and wages will soar!

  25. Anonymous says:

    And……..no one has died. And now everyone of these kids are immune and safe for life.

    Thank you covid.

    • Kevin says:

      Shows how much you know about immunity. NO. Read. Catching covid does not mean you are immune for life. FFS.

      1. Their immunity wanes within 1 year.
      2. They can still catch the same exact covid within weeks. Many did before. See reinfections.
      3. There are multiple strains and each are different which means you can catch Covid Alpha but still be susceptible to Delta.

      Read people read before opening mouth or typing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Unless they’re one of the 11% who have long Covid.

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly, we should be looking at people in the hospital vs the number of cases. By my count we have one elderly person in hospital who should be okay.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Does there need to be a little more clarity on our approach to reopening the borders?

    If we are going to close schools and keep parents and children home whenever a test returns a positive result then this whole thing is going to quickly get out of control. If reopening the borders is not also an understanding that the virus will get introduced into the community and that there is a small possibility that some people will get sick and maybe even die then you might as well just keep the borders closed and the suppression measures in place.

    The decision is to accept the risk associated with the virus or the costs of keeping the borders somewhat restricted and the suppression measures in place. I don’t see where there is any other options.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m totally confused with all of this. What was the vision of the opening in October? Community spread was going to happen, but it just happened a couple of weeks earlier than anticipated. Did they think the Delta variant would be gone by then or something? This seems like a mismanaged knee-jerk reaction to everything.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree, we will be at 80% very soon judging by the queues of people wait to get vaccinated.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Nothing new Covid been here since at least January 2020. Just imagine how many people haven’t bothered getting a Covid test done – not just here but everywhere on the planet.

  28. Anonymous says:

    If there had been no local Covid transmission and we opened our borders in October we would undoubtedly have seen local transmission within a few weeks. We planned to open the borders because most people would be vaccinated and less likely to suffer life threatening illness. Children would have still been unvaccinated. Cayman has done everything that can be done to protect its people. We cannot hide away from this disease forever by keeping our borders closed and going into lock-down whenever someone catches the disease. I do not see the local cases as something we should run in fear of. We can all minimize our own risk by facemasks and good hygiene but as a country we need to accept we will eventually have to deal with it within Cayman. Personally I would rather catch it sooner than later before it mutates into something worse than the Delta variant

    • Anonymous says:

      There is a difference between reopening at a sensible time and reopening when cases of COVID are surging globally…

      Yes, we will likely have to learn to live with COVID at some point, but it doesn’t mean that point is right now.

  29. Anonymous says:

    All who had got it are doing fine. Stop the panic and open the border as planned!

    • Anonymous says:

      In the meantime, while all you idiots insist “the world has moved on,” the Canadian province of Alberta declared a public health state of emergency last night. It’s not a lockdown, but vaccination passports have been introduced as well as restrictions on the sizes of gatherings. Some places in the world are doing better than others, but many places have not “moved on” from COVID.

    • kevin says:

      lol.

      Too funny.

      Fine until a child dies.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I left Cayman 2 years ago sadly. Now I live in a country where until recently it prided itself on almost having no Covid19 cases. Suddenly out of seemingly nowhere, a few cases appeared and within a couple of weeks, there were thousands and then the Government acted, too late and we are suffering.
    This is the first time I believe that there has been a large sudden outbreak, no one can accurately predict what the next couple of weeks will bring. Cayman has done so well, but now err on the side of caution – keep lockdown in place for a couple of weeks to see what happens. If nothing, okay open up. But if it gets worse, then you made the right choice.

    • Kevin says:

      This is far smarter an approach than “open up already”.

      There needs to be a pause to understand what we are looking at.

  31. Anonymous says:

    How many in hospital..that is the only question

  32. Anonymous says:

    Let’s shut everything…. Close schools .. no one leave their property …. Let’s not learn to live with a world wide pandemic but over react to situations as they develop. Get vaccinated, wear masks. Learn good hygiene and learn to live with a disease that can be controlled but not defeated. Or just panic which seems the order of the day 🙄

  33. Anonymous says:

    Big woop. One with the sniffles, the rest. I idea they are even “sick”.

  34. Anonymous says:

    The government should listen to the science and not the 3 anti vax voter.

    • Anonymous says:

      You mean like the incubation period of 14 days reduced to 5? They forgot to tell the virus that

  35. Anonymous says:

    Why are people quarantined when this is in the community?

    • Kevin says:

      Because we do not need more??? Because THE IDEA is none. Heard about that concept??

      • SMH says:

        The idea is NOT none.
        The idea is reduce the impact and move on with life.
        How many positive cases are truly sick?
        Pull your head out of the sand and consider the impact of letting fear of COVID rule us.

  36. Anonymous says:

    The opposition should be standing up for the majority of caymanians who want to open up and get back to business. They need to oppose the ridiculous moves by this government and move a no confidence vote ASAP. Wake up opposition. You got our island through COVID and your way back into power is to propose a sensible now reopening plan. Give the people what that want! It’s staring you in the face and all you can do is criticize the shortened quarantine???? I thought you were smart

    • Anon says:

      the opposition has spoken. They are even more ardline that PACT. Hard to imagine – but apparently true.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Send them all to the Brac

  38. Anonymous says:

    Why are we making such a big deal about this and letting the fear control our lives. No one is I’ll. No one even knew they had the virus. This is a success for the vaccines and a cause to be celebrated not a disaster that should be mourned. This proves that we can (and have been) living with COVID for a long time now with no ill effects. The solution is to get vaccinated and return to normal life. We mustn’t be controlled by fear! The premier can’t see for forest for the trees. I hope he is reading the blogs and listening to sense.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Typical childhood COVID pattern. Easy spread, but asymptomatic or mild symptoms. Serious issues with children remain extremely rare.

    Adult population is 94% vaxxed (almost highest in world). We are in great shape.

    At least these cases are getting the remaining scaredy cats to get the jab!

  40. Tony Stank says:

    Standby for the CITA, finance, real estate coalition to cry more

  41. Anonymous says:

    So glad none are seriously ill. Only one with symptoms is great news! This is a good reminder to stay calm.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Oh no let’s freak out. Oh no too late, oh no Dr Lee is a puppet of the UK. Oh no Wayne and team have zero experience.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Time for mask mandates in all schools. We have to protect our children.

    • Anonymous says:

      Where are the mandates for the flu and the other health issues, and issues affecting the country, such as; fast food mandate, sugary food mandate, alcohol mandate, poverty mandate, crime mandate, etc,

      • Anonymous says:

        yeah Burger King and Pepsi two biggest viruses on island spreading like crazy..really eating junk food or drinking alcohol is a choice. Getting covid isn’t..idiot

      • Anonymous says:

        It would actually make a lot of sense to wear masks during flu season… many countries do this.

    • Anonymous says:

      Next month we will have mask mandates in schools. Just waiting for a couple of kids to die.

      Very sad but true. Only way to wake stupid people up.

  44. Anonymous says:

    They must increase the prizes and money to incentivize people to get the vaccine. It’s only solution

  45. Anonymous says:

    I do believe the vires came in by ocean!!!!!!!. Just my take.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Are other schools being tested to see if this is more widespread? Is there a common connection between these kids/families?

  47. Anonymous says:

    We are doomed now, Covid is everywhere.
    Urgently get Honorable Alden and Honorable Seymour back in power as they are the only people who can control this disaster.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stop over reacting. You are not doomed. Yes, covid is everywhere. The whole world has it. Cayman has it. Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Social distance.

      • Anonymous says:

        Exactly this. We are not doomed. COVID does NOT equal death for goodness sake.
        Get vaxxed, take the appropriate precautions.

    • Anon says:

      What!? Covid was always going to enter the community whatever any government did. Why can’t people get their heads round the fact that it’s here for ever, unavoidable and we have to live with it??

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you implying Sabrina doesn’t know what she’s doing?

    • Anonymous says:

      I think this person was being facetious…

    • Anonymous says:

      You must want another lockdown and more free money.

    • Poor advice says:

      We need to get rid of this man. He is giving the government bad advice. That’s why we have covid agIn in the community.

    • Anonymous says:

      We are definitely not doomed. We are in completely different position than 18 months ago. 75% of our population is protected by vaccine and children experience mild, if any, symptoms. Please do not cave to hysteria. Look at statistics.

    • N says:

      Oh no, not Seymour….he’ll come riding in on donkey and make an ass of himself….then invoke some power from long, long time ago with some unintelligible gibberish LOL

    • 99.7% recovery rate F F S . Get a life and stop being a drama Queen .

    • Anonymous says:

      Doomed to a life of ignorance.

    • Anon says:

      this is hysterical. Our govt – past and present – are suffering from god delusions and have infantilised the population to the extent that some seem unable to return to any level of rationality.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stop the fear mongering. The only disaster is the government’s decision to delay the border opening … again!

    • Anonymous says:

      What the hell did Jon Jon ever do except read a scripture and tell you how to stay home in different language??

    • Anonymous says:

      You must be smoking crack!

    • Anonymous says:

      I think 8.02pm was a joke, but it has a record number of dislikes. Dramatic irony at its best.

  48. Anonymous says:

    7 children with covid should be placed in quarantine and whomever else tests positive. The rest of the students continue with their education. The reopening plan should stay on task. No need to be changing the plan. Covid not going anywhere. What is the difference between October, November, December or next year? Covid will still be here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Our children would be vaccinated by then.

      • Anon says:

        (1) No they would not
        (2) children do not need to be vaccinated. None of these kids even know they had it.

        • Anonymous says:

          Children DO need to be vaccinated. In the United States they have children who are dying from the Delta variant of COVID.

          • Rabbie Burns says:

            Two in a million infected children require hospital treatment, you ignorant person . The so called Delta variant is supposed to be more infectious, but it is weaker. How do you not know this. Try looking at the stats, instead of listening to CNN

    • Anonymous says:

      No NO NO – we must seal up and lock down. Covid will leave because we will starve it out.

      • Sheriff says:

        @9:13 do you really believe we can starve out Covid if we “seal up and lockdown?” In order for that to happen the border would have to be completely closed, with no access for ANYONE to leave and return for any reason. At what point would you propose we reopen? After everyone is held captive here long enough to get rid of Covid on this island? Then open? And when that happens guess what comes in? COVID. That’s right, it isn’t going anywhere, at some point it will become endemic, just like the flu, but it is not going to be irradicated from the world. The truth is we will have to live with it.

        Or maybe your comment should be taken as sarcasm?

    • Anonymous says:

      Should not all primary contacts of a positive person also be isolated for 14 days? During that time they may test positive themselves and would otherwise have been at large in the community causing further spread.
      So if my wife tests positive for example and I do not (yet), should I be allowed to carry on life as normal, going to work, going to the shops, school etc until I get a negative test? How many people will I have infected in the meantime?

    • Anonymous says:

      Send children to quarantine on their own? False positive tests? Are they ill? Hospitalised? Let’s have facts rather than speculation and panic!

    • Anonymous says:

      You understand your proposal would leave hundreds with Covid, within, 10 days?

    • Kurt ma says:

      what’s the difference? hopefully vaccination rates amongst children….

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you understand the concept of incubation periods? Your approach would be masterful, if spreading the virus were the aim. Thankfully, that is not the aim.

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