Three more COVID cases from school outbreaks

| 30/09/2021 | 73 Comments

(CNS): In the latest results released Thursday by Public Health officials in relation to the two school COVID-19 community transmissions, three more cases have been identified: another Year 6 student at Prospect Primary and one child and one adult connected to the George Town Primary School outbreak, who both tested positive during the exit testing of families that have been in isolation over the last two weeks. Chief Nursing Officer Dr Hazel Brown said two travellers in quarantine were also COVID positive.

Government officials have confirmed that GTPS will reopen on Monday for children who have been cleared by Public Health, while online classes will continue for those families still in isolation. Prospect school is open today, since currently only the Year 6 class is impacted. Those children and their families as well as staff are in isolation and have moved to online learning.

Dr Brown said that all of the children who have been infected are doing fine and the only person with the virus among the 68 active cases reported yesterday who is in hospital remains in stable condition and continues to improve. The other 24 people with symptoms are recovering at home. There are currently 1017 people in isolation and quarantine.

The vaccination numbers are steadily increasing, with 51,645 people (73% of the population) having have the two-dose course, while more than 78% have had at least one shot. The booster programme continues, despite a delay in the arrival of more vaccines from the UK as a result of a shortage of dry ice for traveling purposes.

The vaccine clinic is open tomorrow and Saturday at Camana Bay but it will also be operating out of the Lions Centre next week. This evening shots will also be available at the clinic in West Bay between 5pm and 8pm serving patients in alphabetical order.

See the updated COVID-19 guidance for educational institutions in the CNS Library.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s quite clear now Covid-19 in our community. The more we test the greater the hysteria.
    It’s time to accept it, respect it and live with it. Get vaccinated and be sensible in your personal hygiene and social distancing and start moving forward.
    The horse has now bolted, keeping ourselves locked away from the rest of the world is now a pointless and futile exercise

  2. Anonymous says:

    To be honest this “vaccine” is a shot and its immunity will fade even after your 3rd shot. By then hopeful scientists have secured a medical solution, or COVID doesn’t get stronger, which would allow us to be able to live a life with COVID. This is nature in motion and for once we are all equal.

  3. Anonymous says:

    We need to stop putting vaccination and the control of spread together. They are unrelated . Vaccination does nothing to stop the spread.

    CNS: The Atlantic – No, Vaccinated People Are Not ‘Just as Likely’ to Spread the Coronavirus as Unvaccinated People

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why doesn’t the government introduce the Lateral Flow Test for COVID; where a person can test themselves prior to going out in public and if they are positive they go and get a PCR test for confirmation from a medical facility. I believe that this may give majority of the persons worried some peace of mind.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why don’t people stop living in fear and learn to live within a world that has Covid?

      We got the best vaccines available and yet we’re still acting like we’re at risk of some crazy outbreak of a plague.

      Many more people on island have had it without even knowing they’ve had it. I

      We WILL continue to have cases no matter what and that’s okay because people are doing well when they catch it. 96% of our most vulnerable have had double jabs and many in that group are about to get boosters.

      Relax, people. Trust our vaccines to do their job…..keep us from moderate to severe illness. We ARE going to be okay.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Now that it is apparent to everyone just how dire Bermuda’s situation is after dropping quarantine with more than 20 deaths in the past 10 days with 20% of those dying being fully vaccinated, some are now suggesting that we should follow the TCI no quarantine model where only 1 person is dying per week with a population about 1/2 ours. Sorry but even 2 dead residents is too high a price in my view for the convenience for some of no quarantine.

    • Anonymous says:

      How long should we remain closed? Until there is no risk at all? Until the money runs out?

      According to your idea, we should ban people from driving and force them to eat healthy and exercise. Yes I know those things aren’t contagious but people will still die because of them.

      • Anonymous says:

        How much is a death avoided worth to you? How much is a disabling case of Long Covid worth to you?

        • Anonymous says:

          How many people have been killed or injured on the roads here this year. Is the risk worth it to you to go on the roads? Do you still go on the roads???? Don’t you care about life????

          • Anonymous says:

            Covid is highly contagious. Driving – not so much.

          • Anonymous says:

            Nonsense argument. Don’t take all the precautions possible over a cause of death because there are other causes of death? What type of position is that to take? Furthermore, we have years of data on deaths caused by road traffic accidents, what to TRY to do about preventing them, but we have absolutely no idea how many people in Cayman are likely to die of Covid-19? One thing we do know: it’s a f@#king virus!

    • Anonymous says:

      Your twisting the data to support your hysteria. TCI has had 6 deaths in the last six months. They currently have one case in hospital and their daily cases are declining. Their vax numbers are also about 10% lower then here. There is no such thing as zero risk in life and now that the virus is in the community (which it probably has been for some time) its not going be eliminated.

  6. Anonymous says:

    And yet they are going to open up the schools so quickly….:: madness…

  7. Anonymous says:

    There’s no “panic”, just sensible precautions being taken.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Never fear, pfizermectin and merckmectin soon come. Unlike the horse de-wormer It’ll cost you plenty though.

  9. Anonymous says:

    To the 62% who click the snooze button: Be glad it’s not your child you selfish gits.

    • Anonymous says:

      its the bored button actually.

    • Anonymous says:

      I get your point but then people don’t usually jump up and down when a kid gets the flu either. The flu is actually a larger threat to kids when you look at the statistics.

      • Miami Dave says:

        10:49, When COVID started in March / April last year you were no doubt one of the people arguing like Trump and his supporters that COVID was no worse than the flu.

        Perhaps over 700,000 COVID deaths later you would have become more enlightened.

      • Anonymous says:

        And I get your point but you still do all you can to stop your children from getting the flu, AND there’s nasal spray flu vaccine for children.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Very sadly Bermuda announced yesterday that they have had another 10 Covid deaths. That is in addition to the 17 in the few days before that.

    Contrary to the propoganda from the open the borders Cayman has nothing to worry about vocal minority, 19% of those who have died were double vaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      The problem with the last three generations is they’ve never suffered real hardship. This reality is compounded by instant gratification technology. The only app that doesn’t exist is one for funeral homes. What ages were the people that died? What underlying illnesses? Not all deaths are equal and we are all going to die, despite the current prevailing belief that we actually have a say as to when we die. So live life to its fullest while you have it. Covid isn’t going anywhere. It’s seasonal and delta lasts approximately 45 days in a community. Notice no news about India, Florida anymore? It’s the northern states next.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is too bad that Bermuda didn’t wait until they had a higher vaccination rate before they opened up allowing covid to spread.

      Interestingly their borders are still open. You only need to quarantine until your negative covid test comes back. I guess they realize that countries can’t stay closed forever.

      T&C is doing well with their reopening.

      • Anonymous says:

        Rubbish – T&C has about 1 death per week from Covid with half the population. Is that your definition of doing well?

        • Anonymous says:

          23 deaths total, 6 in the last six months, one person currently in hospital, daily cases and total cases declining all with lower vax rate, open borders since July 2020 and no quarantine.

    • Anonymous says:

      Last poll I saw had 77% in favor of opening 20% opposed. Not exactly a minority.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It is evident that the vaccine is working as parents r not getting sick. If Public health can issue figures of parents infection rate if any among vaccinated and unvaccinated parents that will be reassuring

  12. Anon says:

    Welcome to Cayman, dealing with Covid in September 2021 like the rest of the world did in September 2020. ‘We need to learn’ says the government in a press conference last week… which lasted 3 hours again… well March to September 2020 was truly terrible worldwide I agree. Then we and they got vaccines in December 2020 and the world moved ahead of us, but we also got them! And they moved on a year ago. And we are stuck in a pathetic panic a year on. It’s embarassing.

    • Anonymous says:

      100% agree!

    • Anonymous says:

      and chasing every “virus”…

    • Anonymous says:

      Two problems with those health and safety assumptions:

      (a) there are as yet no available EUA vaccines for dominant and materially evolving variants of concern (hopefully that changes towards year end), and

      (b) the full vaccinations from months ago, may not have the same remaining antibody levels and protection value that many assume is static

      We are lucky that we again are ahead of the planet with booster availability.

      Those over 6mos from 2nd, and over 50, should definitely think about getting one, before they meet COVID in the community.

    • Anonymous says:

      The government of Bermuda (which now regrets dropping quarantine) announced yesterday that 19% of those dying of Covid were fully vaccinated. They also announced 10 more deaths in addition to the 20 in the previous few days. Tell me – which country has handled things better – Bermuda or our beloved Cayman Islands?

    • Anonymous says:

      Did you read how many of the positive cases in Cayman WERE vaccinated?

      • Anonymous says:

        whats your point?…that is to be expected.
        how many vaccinated are getting seriously sick???

        • Anonymous says:

          Exactly, no deaths and no severe sickness. Most were asymptomatic.

        • Robert Mugabe IV says:

          More to the point, how many of the Vaxxed OR Unvaxxed are getting seriously sick ?
          This Govt has made people believe in FEAR over SCIENCE.
          Third world politics, and third world vioodoo and religious bullshit stopping us from living our lives.

    • Anonymous says:

      There’s no “panic”, just sensible precautions being taken.

  13. Annie says:

    And? What did they anticipate? The bubble is burst. Allow vaccinated persons liberty. Those that are not vaccinated and whom refuse to do so can live a restricted life of there own choosing.

    • Anonymous says:

      If we have a vaccine passport system with the hsa qr code app to enter everywhere, our health system will never be threatened. So simple, but sadly the voters win. WP holders mandated makes no difference… they aren’t anti vax, they want to see their family for the first time in years.

      • Anonymous says:

        So sick of hearing you can’t see your family! Of COURSE you can! I get it, the quarantine sucks but you still have CHOICES so stop with the not being able to see your family already!

      • Anonymous says:

        Sadly I think you’re right. So simple to implement a vaccine passport system and then open the borders. PACT must be afraid of losing their anti-vaxx voters.

        • Anonymous says:

          No – they simply don’t want dozens of Caymanians to die the way they have in Bermuda after Bermuda dropped quarantine. Bermuda has almost the same vaccination rate we do btw and 19% of those who are dying are fully vaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      The unvaccinated should not be able to enter bars restaurants and shops. Let’s get in the real world.

      • Anonymous says:

        I am vaccinated, but I support the rights of those who don’t want it, and I won’t go anywhere that requires proof of vaccination. NO to vaccine passports.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hey, the rest of the world is either doing it or moving towards it. Include all sporting events and concerts. Seems to be working in the real world.

    • Anonymous says:

      The trouble is, the unvaccinated are most likely to be those who will flaunt the guidelines on masks, hand-washing, and social distancing.

  14. Anonymous says:

    And assuming the parents are vaccinated as they should be, no one is getting seriously ill it seems from the delta variant cases in these schools. So the vaccines work. And it’s not a concern. Carry on and open up.

  15. Anonymous says:

    And all 3 of them will be fine. The hysteria over this virus is insane around here. Masks sure, washing hands sure, social distance sure, there is ample evidence that shows all these things work. Quarantining an ENTIRE school and their families for 14 days however… there is absolutely no evidence out there that these draconian measures are even needed. The borders should have been reopened LAST MONTH!!! This is absolutely ridiculous now. Clowns, the lot of them…

  16. Anonymous says:

    Open the border!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Open the border? It’s being said that we’re going back to 15 day quarantine for everyone. Travel will be limited to medical reasons only. The logic is the current steps have failed to keep Covid out. Opening for April / May 2022 maybe considered, but not before because of the North American winter season.

      • Anonymous says:

        Who ever thought we needed to keep Covid-19 out? It is all about managing risk and ensuring hospital capacity.

        • Anonymous says:

          Out idiotic governments, that’s who! They genuinely believe 15 days quarantine is the best method of preventing Covid from entering the community. Just because you don’t want to hear something doesn’t make it false.

      • Sheirff says:

        @5:59 p.m. Who is saying we are going back to 15 day quarantine for everyone and travel will be liminted to medical reasons only? Opening for April/May 2022 may be considered? Where the heck are you getting this information????

      • Anonymous says:

        15 day? Make it 30 days to be sure. April/May 2022…..why so soon? Let’s wait until at least 2025 or the existing vaccine immunity wears off so we can start all over. Close the airport, kick out the permit holders and keep sending those stipend checks! Let’s party like it’s 1658!

      • Anonymous says:

        Well done for posting both the biggest conspiracy theory in cayman and the least justified policy in one sentence, ever heard on these threads. Assume you’re on a stipend and never worked.

      • Anonymous says:

        Are you saying that you agree with this? Or that you’ve simply heard it on the marl road? It’s a stupid idea because the “logic” suggests that in order to keep covid out, we’d have to be closed permanently – with nobody arriving – AND nobody leaving to go on shopping trips to Miami. If you are fine with spending the rest of your life in Cayman, I suppose you’re entitled to be, but most people would prefer to be able to leave occasionally, and as long as that happens, we will keep on getting new cases. And just about every case will recover and live to see another day.

        Time to start acting like normal people; get vaccinated if not already; wash your hands and get on with life.

        • Anonymous says:

          More nonsense. If the quarantine was 14 days we wouldn’t have these cases. It’s obvious that when the government reduced the quarantine period to 5 days for those who took an EUA injection that the covid cases rose. It’s direct cause and effect. Now you have these selfish people who don’t want to quarantine in the midst of a plague whining that it’s here already so let’s open up so I don’t have to spend 2 weeks in my house. They are selfish as their traveling affects others. The people already here don’t affect them. If you can’t sit at home for 2 weeks then don’t travel!

      • Anonymous says:

        NO! The logic in the current steps are sound. Breaches in quarantine by irresposible idiots, and the unscientific 5-day quarantine period are most likely to blame for the community spread. Expect “reopening” in January

    • Anonymous says:

      Open that shell to see your peanut brain.

    • Anonymous says:

      Fix the traffic!

  17. Anonymous says:

    No one is panicking, closing for a day and cleaning is just taking reasonable precautions.

  18. Anonymous says:

    This is a MUCH better approach — kudos to government on this one.
    I think if the Grade 6 kids at Prospect could get rapid testing on a daily basis, they could also return to class. Hopefully that could be part of the next stage of keeping kids in school.

    • OK says:

      My child tested negative on rapid tests the morning and evening of the day they tested positive on a PCR. Just saying. Lots of false negatives with rapid tests.

    • Anonymous says:

      You want to put a stick in these kids noses every day ?
      Think about the trauma….idiot.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I hope the Ministry of Education respects parents’ choice to take up online learning from their children. Do not force parents to send their children to school if they do not want to.

    • Anonymous says:

      I hope the CIG respects parents’ choice to have their children in school learning. Do not force parents to send their children to home school if they do not want to.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for keeping the school open and empowering people in their ability to protect themselves rather than succumbing to panic.

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