Average daily COVID cases increased to over 200

| 17/11/2021 | 56 Comments
Cayman News Service
Deputy Medical Officer of Health Dr Eryka Simmons

(CNS): Acting Director of Primary Healthcare Dr Eryka Simmons, who is also the deputy medical officer of health, revealed that last week the positive cases of COVID-19 in the Cayman increased to an average of 202 per day, up from of 178 during the previous week. Delivering the weekly video update from the Public Health Department on COVID-19 data trends for the week of 7 to 13 November, Dr Simmons said that there were 1,413 new cases, up from 1,251 the week before.

The gender divide was nearly equally divided with 51% of cases in women. The ages of positive cases ranged from two months to 96 years, with an average age of 31 years.

While the virus has been spreading through the schools, children under the age of 18 accounted for one quarter of the cases (354), and just 17 were over the age of 70. Dr Simmons noted that the majority of people infected with the virus were in the workforce.

The statistics also show that 67% of new cases were unvaccinated, 31% were fully vaccinated, 3% had received one shot. Dr Simmons did not break down the vaccinated/unvaccinated ratio for cases in adults and children, but with a very high vaccination rates for all ages here, which is over 90% for adults, it is notable that two thirds of new cases are in unvaccinated people.

There were no details in this latest trends report of the hospital admissions.

Dr Simmons urged residents to continue with personal prevention measures to reduce the ongoing community transmissions.

“In the context of wide community transmission, Public Health is advising enhanced vigilance in prevention strategies,” she said. “If you are isolated or quarantined, you may still prevent ongoing transmission if you adhere to the recommendations. Wear your masks, use hand sanitiser and practice physical distance where possible.”

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  1. Caymanian says:

    Death by a 1,000 cuts. This is what PACT has put us in for.

    They have been reckless. People will die due to the negligence.

  2. Anon says:

    In real news, average daily deaths from covid among the vaccinated remains zero.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Contrary to the reopen gang, the pandemic is far from over. Plan accordingly.

  4. Anonymous says:

    just a day ago Deputy Police Commissioner Kurt Walton said ‘crashes can be avoided by exercising due diligence on the roads’ after revealing 45 crashes per week since January

    Today ‘Dr Simmons urged residents to continue with personal prevention measures to reduce the ongoing community transmissions’

    Now I’m not educated enough to fill either of the these two already respectfully filled roles, but I do believe I’m educated enough to figure out nobody is f%^*ing listening anymore ! You’re more than welcome to use the last four words there Deputy Commissioner & Dr Simmons when reporting back to your Directors with a brief to illustrate the point.☝🏽

  5. Anonymous says:

    I really hope the governments failure to take action on this uncontrolled spread isn’t going to result in us all being locked down for the holidays. Countries with a lot lower infection rates are taking action.

    • Anonymous says:

      A failure to take action in the circumstances is astounding. It appears very likely to cost lives. History will not be kind to them.

      • Anonymous says:

        It literally isn’t going away so hiding from it isn’t the answer. Lives will be lost but many will be able to finally live again. Get vaccinated.

        • Anonymous says:

          I was living just fine. We are not ready, and this is not safe. People have lied to the public, and people are going to die.

        • Anonymous says:

          So you just support giving up and letting anyone die?
          I’ve not been hiding, and I’ve been living my life as best I can. Am I missing things? family? Absolutely, but I’m not selfish enough to think that my comforts and conveniences are more important than someone’s life!

        • Anonymous says:

          Well, there it is. The most selfish posting of the day.

      • Anonymous says:

        What action do you recommend einstein?

        • Anonymous says:

          Action alternatives are all around you in many other countries.

          Can you read?

          Can you count to 10?

          If yes, do so, then go sit in your corner and suck a finger!

        • Anonymous says:

          Maybe any number of the steps that have worked to slow spread in other countries.

          How about closing indoor dining or mandating offices work from home where possible.

          Close the bars for a few weeks and place lower capacity numbers on other businesses.

          Or we can cancel Christmas and see how we do with just vaccination and requests for people to wash their hands.

          There are a lot of measure that could be put in place without going back to a lockdown.

          • Anonymous says:

            This makes so much sense. Interestingly, the countrywide lockdown was also successful, and yet, the powerful and wealthy just wouldn’t have that again. Why? Too selfish. Too greedy. Too motivated by personal profits with little concern on who suffers in the race to the top.

        • Anonymous says:

          He/she told you: get vaccinated. I have been in isolation for 2 weeks with my 6 year old who was positive and wife who is positive. I keep testing negative. Although my wife received her 2nd shot in March, she still picked it up as expected from our little one.

          I recently had the booster which I think has made difference.

          BTW: my double vaccinated wife is asymmetric accept for she has lost her sense of smell. I pass wind with impunity and she can’t smell.

          Win- Win

          Vaccinations work.

    • Anonymous says:

      It isn’t uncontrolled. I don’t have Covid.

    • Anonymous says:

      This Government and the last have been taking action the whole time this pandemic has been going on..

      67% of these people positive for Covid chose not to be vaccinated. What else can the government do if people won’t listen? I for one don’t want to be locked down again. I have kept myself healthy and have had all my shots, wear my mask, don’t involve myself in crowds, wash my hands every chance I get, and social distance. Knock on wood at 56 years old covid hasn’t come to visit me yet and fingers crossed, I will remain safe.

      Everyday, I look on social media and blogs like these and I see people still posting their stupid conspiracy stories, telling people not to get vaccinated, not isolating, not even promoting great hygiene and just not caring to do anything to protect themselves and their loved ones. Instead they are out there spreading it around and being totally selfish.

      I didn’t wait for the Government to tell me what to do and still don’t need them to implement any law to force me to do the things I know I need to do to protect myself and my loved ones.

      Those of you out there blaming the Government and demanding lockdowns should just start taking responsibility for your own selves and we will see these numbers come down.

      • Anonymous says:

        To be crystal clear – since the government is not – it isn’t 67% of them as not vaccinated by choice. You have to take out the 354 under 18’s who could not be vaccinated and that brings that total down to 41%.

        Been rather aggravated that they haven’t been honest with their numbers for a while now. My questions for you to think about are:1. Are they not releasing the numbers because they are trying to control the narrative? or 2. Are they not releasing the numbers because they don’t think you are smart enough to understand? or 3. Are they just not smart enough to know what the numbers mean?

        All three are possible and I wonder which is the case.

        • Anonymous says:

          Vaccines are available for over 12.
          It’s the poor primary school kids who are going under the bus as directed by the UK

          • Anonymous says:

            The poor primary school kids who are seriously ill? Going under the bus indeed. You would prefer that they gave up their education indefinitely, and lost the opportunities to develop their social interaction with others As opposed to a tiny risk of being seriously ill, which is what drives the UK policy. Or are you one of the hermit kingdom advocates- we just shut out the rest of the world forever so we can pretend Covid doesn’t exist.

    • Anonymous says:

      yawn…quit the hysteria.
      trust the doctors…who are not panicking.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Based on Bermuda’s numbers, this would appear to equate to as many as 80 deaths downstream this wave, provided it does not get worse. Do our authorities believe our experience is going to be dramatically different? If so, why?

    • watcher says:

      To do the same thing as other places and expect a different outcome is unreasonable. We the people, have no choice but to hope and pray for the best.

      • Anonymous says:

        We are apparently trading 80 lives, in one wave, for more convenient travel, and a failed tourist season? Is this really what we have come to?

        Merry Christmas.

        • Anonymous says:

          6:07 pulls that 80 figure out of their butt and it’s now gospel as far as you are concerned. But let’s assume he’s right – opening the border results in 80 deaths. What do you suggest is the alternative? Reman closed indefinitely? In which case it’s not a failed tourist season, it’s the end of the tourism industry, along with the significant difficulties our main economic driver, financial services, will face if they don’t get “more convenient travel” restored so they can access staff and market to clients. Or do you think something will magically change – Covid will go away, or those 80 people won’t still die if you open in 2022 rather than now?

          • Anonymous says:

            6.07 did not pull that number out of their but. It is the WHO number for Bermuda based on their September wave, which peaked at a 7 day average around 150. We have blasted past that and the number of new infections seems to be growing.

            • t says:

              Was Bermuda 80% vaccinated at the time of those numbers? How many people were in the hospital at that time? How many on ventalators?

              If we’re going to compare ourselves to Bermuda then let’s use some criteria that will draw a real comparison. Anything else is just scaremongering.

              • Anonymous says:

                Ok. 70% vaccinated. 106 dead. 15 dead vaccinated people. All now off ventilators and no longer in hospital. Is that how you define success?

      • Hubert says:

        watcher. Hope and praying is not the solution.

        What today is the most successful country in Europe in terms of dealing with COVID?

        SPAIN

        What Spain has are done are basically 2 things:

        1. A 90% vaccination rate the highest in Europe.

        2. Mandated mask use indoors.

        That is what distinguishes Spain from everywhere else with COVID.

        They are doing something right.

        • Anonymous says:

          Spain is planning to introduce vaccine passports for cafes, bars and restaurants because they are also seeing an increase in cases, albeit less than other European countries. They have averaged 88.6 cases per 100 000 people the last couple of weeks. So they have a lot less cases than us and still planning to take action.

        • Anonymous says:

          We still have people going into crowded elevators without masks where I work.

      • Big Bobo In West Bay says:

        watcher, although we might like to think we are a unique people we are not.

        We need to learn from others. That is NOT / NOT unreasonable.

        We can start by having all health care workers and CIG servants vaccinated or they can stay home with no pay.

      • Guido Marsupio says:

        No, your choice is to get vaccinated and damp this down, or to listen to the tin foil hat crackpots and keep the infections going, causing more deaths in the elderly, diabetic, overweight and otherwise medically compromised population. Mother nature!

    • Anonymous says:

      I think a few hundred deaths is realistic long term. And normal. Next complaint?

    • Anonymous says:

      14 people in Cayman will die with covid based on the global average

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