COVID cases climb with 30 new local positives

| 22/10/2021 | 67 Comments

(CNS): This is what living with COVID looks like, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee said Friday, as he revealed that there were 30 new positive cases of SARS-CoV-2 in the community, including eleven children, from a batch of 574 tests results for the day. Exit tests for three travellers in isolation were also positive. This means that there are around 290 active cases of the virus now, predominantly the Delta variant and most of which were acquired in the community.

More than half of those who are positive have symptoms but are not seriously ill. Just two people have been hospitalised but are both stable and neither of them requires breathing support.

Dr Lee urged people to wear masks and socially distance as well as to get vaccinated in order to live safely with the virus. He urged younger people, who are the most likely to be socialising widely, to get their shots.

Over 56,100 people have now had their first dose and 53,813 people, or 76% of the entire population, have had two shots.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Choosing to be unvaccinated will require sacrifices and loss of personal freedom. Otherwise you will be playing a game of rolling the dice.
    I am not a pastor, not a prophet, I am nothing actually.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It is time to accept the situation. Stop the testing, which is mostly for the statistics.
    When you have a cold, stay home.
    Wear a mask when around non immediate family.
    Get the vaccine to save your life and others.
    It is simply not going away.
    Please stop the testing and putting people under house arrest.

  3. Anon says:

    Cases don’t matter. No one is in hospital because the vaccines work. Covid will be here for many years, correct decision to end this island lockdown on November 20.

  4. Daniel Johns says:

    Annnnnd the beat goes on, yeahhh the beat goes on,…. Hospitals are not set up for the impending doom that opening the borders will cause… Many in the U S with 2nd, or 3rd homes, here, who believe this is all a hoax, will not wear masks, nor quarantine, or even worse, not get vaccinated, I know a few of them, chomping at the bit for the Islands to open. So just pray for the best, but prepare for the worst.

    • Anonymous says:

      The island will be spared the worst, God will be looking at the unvaccinated favorably and they are taking their own health seriously.

      • Anonymous says:


      • Daniel Johns says:

        Not sure what you are on, but definitely deluded… 700,000 plus dead so far in the U S, who believed God was taking care of them.. Welllll I guess he is now, or maybe in the Southern region… Get vaccinated for your community…

      • Anonymous says:

        If unvaccinated because of belief in God, you should be receiving the intuitive guidance to stay away from the general public and public events.
        If unvaccinated because of God, you should be receiving the intuitive guidance on how to live, and what to eat.
        If unvaccinated because of God be prepared for change, the knowledge will come from within.
        Even within the unvaccinated there will be many sub sets to get to the final set where everyone will be of homogenous thoughts.
        If you believe in God, the true God, you will understand it’s true existence.
        If you believe in God, you seek health, the wealth will come after for your happiness.

        • Anonymous says:

          You might want to brush up on your history. Many vaccines and wonder drugs were invented by believers.

      • Anonymous says:

        Kneel before ZOD

      • Anonymous says:

        Indeed. I’m sure all of the believers and their families prayed for a good outcome and their prayers were not answered.

    • Beaumont Zodecloun says:

      the unvaccinated will be the safest for us, because they will have to quarantine.

      • Anonymous says:

        The unvaccinated should not be traveling, and mixing with the general public for their own good.
        Those who chose to get vaccinated should have the right ti get back to their lives as it were.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not really. Government is not requiring people who are not fully vaccinated to quarantine as long as they come from places like the US states with the lowest rates of vaccination. Check it out on the Government Youtube channel at 1 hour: 21 Minutes.

        Actually the government stated that not only was quarantine being dropped but so was the requirement for full vaccination, particularly for people coming from the US states with the lowest vaccination rates. If you did not see it check out Mr. Bryant’s statement at 1 hour 21 minutes on the Youtube record.

        • Pete says:

          actually tourist have to be vacinated. caymanians returning work permit holders and other property owners may come unvacinated but may/will have quarantine to deal with.

        • Anonymous says:

          Please. Listen to the whole thing in context. Reshna was asking about the national partial vaccination percentage threshold numbers that relate to how well trusted the vaccination paperwork would be. Nothing more. Nothing less.

          There is no suggestion that partially vaccinated people will not have to quarantine.

      • Anonymous says:

        or die. Either way its win win.

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly. Their self indulgent greedy lifestyles must go on at all costs and its easy to spot these cretins

  5. Anon says:

    It need to be reported the ratio of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons suffering from Covid ?

    Why is this never reported and why is this question NEVER asked

    I think we may all be surprised with the answer
    This scare tactic reporting isn’t helpful at all

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s asked all the time snd reported in most major countries. Basically 90%+ of the people in ICUs and dying are unvaccinated. There isn’t the slightest reason to believe things will be any different here. And, in a population where most people are vaccinated, there will be plenty of cases where vaccinated people get sick, simply because there are fewer unvaccinateed people around.

      Everything else really doesn’t matter. If you are too dumb to understand this or you want to find some kind of story to fit some other narrative go ahead. There is nothing anyone can say that will convince you.

      Vaccination does not work 100%. There are potential side effects (which are rare but they exist). But the bottom line is they provide additional protection. If you think you don’t need to avail yourself of it, that’s fine. No one should force you and best of luck.

  6. Anonymous says:

    From British Medical Journal.

    • Beaumont Zodecloun says:

      Broken link there, mate, which goes to a story which has nothing to do with your perceived point.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Because he’s jealous and poor

  8. Anonymous says:

    If I’ve read this correctly, 30 out of 33 (91%) cases are from the community. But we put into quarantine 100% of the travelers. Can somebody buy this government a 2021 calendar as they seem to be stuck in March 2020?

    • Anonymous says:

      because travelers can further accelerate the amount of community transmission, leading to a faster rate of compounding effect. Can someone buy this anon a elementary school book, cause they seem to be stuck in kindergarten.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Excellent – Thanks to the reduction of quarantine to 5 days Cayman will soon be on the CDC Level 4 Red List. It is impressive getting on that list before dropping quarantine. Just imagine what we can do after 20 November!

  10. Anonymous says:

    History is unlikely to be kind to them. Living with Covid is a temporary phase. Some of our people will shortly be dying with it. And they didn’t even attempt the alternatives (including being the only bubble in the western hemisphere).

    • Anonymous says:

      But Covid is never going away so what is your alternative to living with it?

      • Anonymous says:

        Living without it. As a safe bubble, welcoming long term tourists and wealthy residents. The demand is there and it would have been far more lucrative for the Caymanian people and the economy than short term visitors. What we are doing is more lucrative for hoteliers, intensive care facilities, and funeral homes. We will soon however be on the CDC red list, so the tourism side of things will be interrupted soon enough anyway.

        • Anonymous says:

          “far more lucrative”? I’m prepared to believe it but let’s see your numbers or did you just make it up?

          • Anonymous says:

            A long term snowbird family will easily spend $10,000 a month in rent, groceries, restaurants, excursions, taxis and car rental. That money is divided more widely amongst the community than would be the case if they stayed in a hotel. The family coming for 3 to 6 months (or longer) requires exactly the same infrastructure as one coming for 3 to 6 days.

        • Anonymous says:

          Exactly. What is happening is the result of classic “Group-Think.” The decision makers put themselves in an echo-chamber with hoteliers and foreign business interests, and didn’t even consider alternatives. We have missed a wonderful opportunity. At least most of us will live to regret it.

        • Anonymous says:

          NO ONE is going to quarantine there on holiday. Get it thru your head. People can and will go elsewhere. The world is open. WHY on earth would they come to Cayman and quarantine for any amount of days?????

          • Anonymous says:

            And yet hundreds are willingly coming through quarantine every week, and hundreds more have tried and been turned away because they do not own property.

          • Anonymous says:

            Why on earth, exactly. Trash littering the sides of the roads, horrible local drivers, and not much beach left at SMB

        • Anonymous says:

          Is your middle name naive?

      • Anonymous says:

        8:13, Get friggin vaccinated. That is the alternative.

      • Anonymous says:

        If covid doesn’t go away then the vaccine doesn’t work either. Every other pandemic in history has passed.

    • Elvis says:

      Im fully vaccinated and agree we have to move forward carefully.
      Im more concerned about the neigh sayers and amount of people here with underlying medical issues. I mean 45% of the island are diabetic im sure.
      Get vacced or stay home its coming

    • Anonymous says:

      Umm….These cases are happening with a bubble in place. Its not November 20th yet….

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s what people don’t understand. They readily blame the 5 day quarantine but have no proof. It’s ignorant, shameful and embarrassing! Covid was always going to get in, somehow. In fact, being a pandemic, the probability was extremely high. In stark contrast is a racoon. The odds of that happening are near impossible, yet it did! So if we couldn’t stop the near impossible from happening, how were we to prevent the inevitable from happening?

        • Anonymous says:

          I don’t know anyone blaming quarantine. Everyone knows how it came in, why it wasn’t caught by *any* quarantine and why it spread across districts almost instantly without any connection anyone would admit to. Get real! If it was caused by the short quarantine it would be all over CIS/Prep/Etc too.

        • Anonymous says:

          Impossible to live without it. Whatever we did we would have had community spread. And it will be here forever so you suggest a bubble for 20 years or what?

      • Anonymous says:

        Right, break through cases.

    • Anonymous says:

      Bubble only possible, if there is no tourism interest. The Caribbean islands are tourism dependent, the work force is uneducated and mainly poor.

      • Anonymous says:

        Other islands are tourism dependent. We are not. We had another option. We didn’t even attempt it.

        • Anonymous says:

          You’re expat dependent, depriving people of their family for 2 years is enough. People will leave/not move here if cayman keeps reverting to fear. We’re all tired of a small minority who are easily brainwash by social media holding us all hostage.

          • Anonymous says:

            So you want to risk killing members of your host’s families so you can more easily visit your own?

            • Anonymous says:

              Explain to the poster how you propose to run the financial services sector without expat staff. Especially when the funds managers and law firms can readily switch that work to offshore jurisdictions where their expat teams can travel. Sure, the expats are being selfish. But guess what – they are entitled to be since we don’t make them welcome or invite them to consider cayman as a long term destination. We subject them to discriminatory vaccination policies, reapplication for work permits, exclude them from public education, deny them any voting rights respective of whether they have been here for years, and you expect them to buy into a commitment to Cayman.

              • Anonymous says:

                Doesn’t the Legal Practitioner’s Act make it an offense to practice Cayman Law outside of Cayman without a practicing certificate? And everyone is free to travel. They are just asked to ensure a short period of quarantine (which with a laptop they can work right through).

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, sounds like the ideal moment to open the borders.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Boring. Open the damn border.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is what you all must get used to so that people can make a living and not expect to live in a welfare state of monthly Cheques called “stipends” from the Government.

  13. Anonymous says:

    “This is what you all must get used to for the business owners, property owners and developers to thrive” GREED rules everything

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s a pandemic, science does. You’re way behind the times. If you’re so afraid stay home. I had to for 18 months because of people like you. It’s your turn!

    • Anonymous says:

      You aren’t making sense. The borders haven’t been open and won’t for four weeks. So how can you imply the current active cases have anything to do with greedy business and property owners??

      • Pleb says:

        Do we have to spell it out for you?

        Geesh! It’s painfully obvious the lax approach to quarantine even though the bloody science says otherwise, was the malicious intent to slowly allow covid to drip into our community even, after Caymanians like myself sacrificed our freedom to keep it out so, that a few can appease the dickhead developers and business slave masters.

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