CMO deflects from high COVID cases to low admissions

| 11/11/2021 | 129 Comments
CMO Dr John Lee

(CNS): Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee sought to deflect attention from the very high number of positive COVID-19 cases recorded Wednesday toward the low hospital admissions, as he presented the updated figures in a video on Thursday. The CMO said that just 27% of the beds that could be set aside for COVID patients without impacting the usual service provision were being used, and that the Health Services Authority and its private sector partners could cope easily with the hospitalisation of 55 patients and had plans to cope with more if necessary.

In a video message about the large number of new community cases, Dr Lee said he “wanted to try and shift where we’re focusing our concerns, because… this really is more in terms of how our healthcare services are being used.”

He said that most people who were positive had no symptoms or mild symptoms and were managing well at home. “Many people with COVID will have very mild symptoms, maybe a fever, maybe a cough and will be able to take simple paracetamol, and after a few days… just like with many viral illnesses, will feel quite well again.”

On Monday senior staff from all three hospitals on Grand Cayman conducted a table top exercise via Zoom, along with Hazard Management, the Deputy Governor’s Office and the Cabinet Office, to discuss how they would manage 40 patients with COVID, then 100 patients, then 200 patients, in a stress test scenario to see exactly what they would do, he said.

“All of the hospitals already had plans, but we really wanted to see how these plans would work together as a whole, as part of our planning for the reopening process. What we discovered was that the number of beds that would be given over to COVID and still allow routine operations to go ahead would be 55. That means that the elective surgeries would continue, the clinics would continue and across all of the three hospitals 55 COVID patients could be looked after.”

This meant that with the current 15 admissions to the Cayman Islands Hospital, as there are none in the Doctors Hospital or Health City, only 27% of the available capacity that the hospitals have put aside to look after COVID-19 patients is being utilized at present.

“That leaves us in a good position,” he said. “We are managing the numbers that we have. We’ve been in this scenario with positive community cases for some nine weeks now, and you’ll be aware that in many countries around the world these so-called waves of infection as they travel through the community and a lot of people get infected often take around two to three months to begin to see them burning out.

“Ours may be burning out a little bit slower because we put in measures particularly to dampen down the infection. So masks, distancing, hand hygiene, our very high vaccination rates and also the lateral flow test being used and the policy being rolled out, all of these things will dampen down the spread of Sars-COV-2.”

Dr Lee also said that while there were 15 patients in the hospital as of Thursday morning, nine of whom had been admitted since Tuesday and eight had been discharged over the same period. So although more people have been admitted to hospital, some are going home, so the number actually admitted is fluctuating, “which is again good news because people are getting better, they’re being well-treated and they’re going home.”

With the long weekend approaching, Dr Lee urge people to keep their socializing outside where it’s safer and to hold off from having big gatherings, which was “the wise and sensible thing to do when we have such widespread community transmission”.

He urged people to be careful of those who are unvaccinated, such as children, and for the more vulnerable members of our elderly population.

See Dr Lee’s full video message below on CIGTV below:


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  1. Anonymous says:

    It shows just influential “talking heads” can be in todays media/social media! Out of nowhere but because of the pandemic, a year ago Dr. Lee became a star and now he’s crap! The fickle minds of the times! Shallow!

    Dr. Lee has been CMO before and throughout this pandemic, nothing more, nothing less. He is the Government’s most senior medical advisor. He has coordinated, advised on and presented two Government’s covid pandemic policies. Nothing more (I’m talking covid, not any DE case), nothing less. In other words, his job. No one is going to please everyone in any job, but apparently he did enough in some people’s eyes to deserve a royal award.

    I don’t believe that fulfilling the requirements of one’s post necessarily justifies such recognition but of course variables exist case-by-case and the pandemic clearly favoured this selection. But I don’t agree with the sentiment of Dr. Lee “handing back” his award. It is what it is.

    For that matter, some of our own blood Caymanians with royal awards, who have disgraced the dignity of what the awards once meant, should have theirs revoked too! I don’t hear anyone calling for certain MPs to hand back their gongs!

    • Caymanian says:

      The difference in Dr Lee is simple and its silly you cannot see this.

      A year ago Dr Lee was ahead of a pandemic lead by a competent government who knew what they were doing and did it.

      Today, sadly, Dr Lee is being lead by utter incompetency and is being pushed to be out front to say “the ship is not sinking, we are okay” as water is rising steadily all around him. No wonder he is looking forward to leaving. He is being forced to keep up the charades.

      People we are taking on water. This reopening will be a massive failure.

      • Anonymous says:

        Caymanian @ 15/7:02pm – My point exactly. Dr. Lee, as the designated “talking head” is bound to present the sitting Government’s position, for good or bad.

        Hence, I wouldn’t be blaming Lee but I would blame the Govt!

        Caymanian 2

  2. Anonymous says:

    I honestly thought we all have direct access.
    I cannot take a vaccine that may have involved the use of animals.
    I grew up with dogs, cats, chickens, pigeons, so I see them as pets not pests and it’s the humans responsibility to care for and protect them.
    My heart is hurting because they are being killed, but I know I need to take a look into my own life to eliminate that which is contributing to animal cruelty also.
    Therefore, I am no less guilty so I need to change me.
    Then will try to make you see and hopefully you will pay it forward.
    It’s obvious, I do not possess any special power, otherwise this would not be happening.

    For the unvaccinated, even recovered we should clean up the health.
    ⁃ obviously eliminate all animal protein to prevent sicknesses and to transition back to eating what we are to eat.
    ⁃ See the virus as testing your health, testing how healthy you are.

    My opinion
    Those with the propensity to change will be easier, as without propensity, there will be no need to change anything.
    Everything changes, as we are require to do right now, otherwise we create the they vs. them.
    We are responsible to change ourselves, so that we do not have to be told.

    This looks like selection to me.

    • Guido Marsupio says:

      Natural selection in action. Those who, for their own reasons, do not take the vaccine BY CHOICE will be judged by mother nature. If they are wrong in their choice, there will be fewer of them to reproduce in future, continuing the slow grind of evolution of the species, favoring survival of the fittest (mentally as well as physically). It’s a free country, make your choice.

      • Anonymous says:

        I will have to take my choice with Mother Nature, hope she favors me and understand the reason for my choice.

      • Anonymous says:

        The unvaccinated cannot survive?

      • Anonymous says:

        And all because the vaccine “may” have involved the use of animals. There’s an old saying that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and that’s what social media gives people – a little knowledge (often mixed with lies and half-truths in order to promote an agenda or sell snake oil alternative solutions). It was much easier to just go get the vaccines for polio, measles, hepatitis, typhoid, etc. when people didn’t have to get emotional about how they were made. Now these “enlightened” people are likely to turn their backs on centuries of medical progress and refuse any vaccine. In the not to distant future we could see the return of polio because they think their immune systems can fight anything if they take the right supplement or something. Evolution will indeed sort this out, and there will be a lot of needless suffering.

        • Anonymous says:

          I understand, I am forcing my will onto others and taking away their rights to choose. I am seeing I am in the wrong and disrespectful.
          I will fix this, my humblest apology to all.
          I hope you understand as well.

          In the higher self, you see you and you are always in the wrong, if there is a conflict.

          I guess, I am done as seeing oneself, one cannot interfere. I got it and I am also in the tiny minority.

          We can use technology for good as is being demonstrated here, as anonymity is important, as I should have no following.

          This is a transformation, and this is why I love this country, the people and the animals.

          I guess I will just go be an audience, as I wanted for the people here, but this goes against everything and the majority.

          I will change self; I have lots of work to do then. I got it.

        • Anonymous says:

          So many assumptions, it doesn’t make sense to respond. Are you seeing yourself?

          • Anonymous says:

            Ok anti-vaxxer – there is no bigger assumption that not taking the vaccination because it MAY have involved the use of animals. The decision is based on nothing but an uncertain assumption. That is logically stupid.

            • Anonymous says:

              What does chove means to you?
              I have no problem you taking the vaccine.
              Why are you bothered, really?
              You should be protected.

            • Anonymous says:

              Choice

            • Anonymous says:

              I am not imposing my views on you, check yourself.

              • Anonymous says:

                It’s now a pandemic of the unvaccinated, which is unnecessarily clogging up the hospitals and causing various covid mandates, so you are imposing on me for reasons not grounded in science,reason or concern for society as a whole. You are a selfish, misguided fool.

  3. Anonymous says:

    How many of the patients in the table top exercise were in need of advanced care (e.g. on a ventilator, etc.) and how many appropriately trained staff are available to take care of those patients working normal hours?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Can we revoke Dr John Lee’s MBE? He is clearly at fault for all the covid cases as the chief medical officer. It’s definitely not the fault of the ignoramuses that broke quarantine rules or the government trusting idiots to adhere to self quarantine rules.

  5. Experienced traveling nurse says:

    HSA is hiring nurses and other staff for part-time only. I guess they are no worried about anything.

    I will come to Cayman if your hospitals get overwhelmed, for a month or two if the pay is right.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Vaccination status, vaccination status, vaccination status…It doesn’t matter after 6 months.

    Study shows 80% COVID-19 antibodies lost six months after second Pfizer vaccine dose.

    • Anonymous says:

      Show evidence of this study… a reputable link, not some nonsense Facebook fake news.

      • Caymanian says:

        Its actually true. This is why there is a booster shot. It wanes after 6 to 8 months.

        There is actually many post on this. I this first article came out of UK in a study.

        This also goes for natural immunity. It starts to fade after 3 months.

        The best combo is a natural immunity followed by two vax shots.

  7. AZM says:

    Shame on you DR. Lee!. I have always lauded your expertise, your rational thinking and advising Government (PPM) and having substantial influence on policy. Where did your backbone go?

    It’s sad to read that you are now parroting this PACT’s rationalizations and deflections …. sounds like a Trumpian thing of misinformation and misinformation.

    Regardless of spin put on this positive increase, it is just a veil to hide the uncaring, money hungry, policy.

    Absolute shame.

    • Anonymous says:

      AZR @ 5:05 pm – I’m sure you realize that Dr. Lee is the Chief Medical Officer. Do you realize that he’s not a virologist nor an epidemiologist? He’s an anesthesiologist.

      But as the Government’s CMO his role is to advise on medical matters. In that role he was liaising directly with Public Health UK during the pandemic. Presumably he’s still liaising with PHUK and advising accordingly. Any Government he advises is not bound to follow it. They may choose to be told what they want to hear, and want us to hear..and he’s the mouthpiece!

      • Caymanian says:

        True. They control the narative and by extension the private sector. If they told us everything it might scare us.

    • Anonymous says:

      He just wants outta here!

      • Beaumont Zodecloun says:

        Who could blame him? He’s more than paid his bones. We should be thanking him for his service, not denigrating him. I wonder how many of us could survive the stress level so well.

        Be well, Sir. Travel safely as soon as you can.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This show is so interesting, Netflix has nothing on it.

  9. Anonymous says:

    It takes 2 weeks for a surge in cases to lead to a surge in hopitalizations, so over the next week expect these to rise sharply.

    • Anonymous says:

      The surge started a month ago.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hearing 3 are in ICU??

      • anon says:

        3.37pm More to the point, are any of them on ventilators?.

      • Guido Marsupio says:

        And how many of them are in ICU because of a pre-existing condition? And unvaccinated?

        • Beaumont Zodecloun says:

          Oh, I see. You’re from the “death with covid vs. death by covid” camp. Well, allow me to give you the answer to your questions. Ready?

          IT DOESN’T MATTER. These are the consequences of allowing a virus to rage within a community that has already demonstrated the ability to do the alternative.

          Do you think we’re now better off?

        • Anonymous says:

          If a terminal patient is assisted in death, the law calls it a murder.
          If a man with 3 weeks to live is killed in an car accident is it recorded as a vehiclar death.

          Everyone has a pre-existing condition, be it plague on their teeth, putting strain on the heart, through to anyone who has had bronchitis in their lives or even having high bad chlorosterol.

          The fact remains that nearly 100% of all deaths in the world from all causes have pre-existing medical conditions.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Anyone has some info on how many cases are caused by unvaccinated people ?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Governments and media around the world focused on “cases, cases, cases” and pushed that narrative and created a sense of fear around the world. Some people asked to focus on admissions and hospitalizations but they were talked down and ridiculed. They were overlooked and intentionally ignored. The push for “cases cases cases” continued from the majority of governments and media.

    A government is currently being scrutinized on the very metrics they harped on for months but NOW is the time to look at hospitalizations. ‘Now is when we need to look at the bigger picture.. Don’t call us out on our errors or mishaps, lets start broadening our scope’. You reap what you sow. You wanted people to be fearful and look to you for shelter and guidance, and now that it’s not going so easily as you planned you just want to breeze over the last several months of narrative you pushed.

    Whatever you feel about opening the borders is separate to what I’m trying to highlight. I get the feeling no-one in government is being upfront and honest. There is too many platitudes and even Kenny slipped up to admit there are lies being told in order to get the population to conform. None of them are speaking their true thoughts in these briefings and it always shows when the contradictions and hypocrisy are in the light for all to see.

    The fact we still take these governments and government officials seriously is dumbfounding. The majority is in consensus that government is largely inefficient and corrupt, yet we continue to play the same game and then defend them at all costs. We hate them, but we love them. Everyone is afraid of true change and that is exactly why KeeKee is still collecting his cheque from us every month.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hold to your belief and play along.

    • Anonymous says:

      The change needed is outside the realm of humans.
      True, to understand what is happening we need to look at the whole and not just the virus which is the catalyst.
      The truth is in plain sight to see, for those who understand.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you are understanding, the guidance we seek should come from with-in, not from another human.
      That human is only taking you to the river. We are responsible to change ourselves, and that is transitioning to that higher selves.

  12. Anonymous says:

    We should continue full steam ahead, no reason yet, to change the re-opening date.
    We all just need to have a healthy respect for the virus.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Last official reports said that 4500 people were in isolation because of covid exposure involving them or their contacts. That is around 1/12 of our population.

    Meanwhile our Government has not delayed next week’s full re-opening. Government MUST have some criteria where they will make crucial decisions on covid’s continuing impact. Either:

    A. They have decided a “trial” opening until say, Jan. 1 to see what the effects of Christmas gatherings will be;

    B. They will just pick an arbitrary point and say, “that’s enough” sickness and death, let’s do something else”. Is that when 1/10, 1/8, 1/5, 1/4 of the population get sick..what?;

    C. …or they will use the impact on our health services as a gauge and decide to “do something else” when the hospitals are becoming overwhelmed.

    I hope they have some contingency instead of just leaving people to wantonly get sick and die, from covid.

    Or worse, wait until all hospital beds a taken up by un-vaccinated covid patients and other people with covid or other serious medical issues can’t get treated!!

    CIG, please let us know what are your contingencies??

    • Anonymous says:

      Government has bought into (or been bought) by the ‘open at any cost’ brigade. The only possible contingency is that they will be told to change course by the same people which won’t happen unless that change will produce more profits for the few.

  14. Anonymous says:

    john Lee is that stunt pilot we’re all waiting for at the airshow, – the one who writes messages in the sky, our gaze captured for a moment, and then ‘poof’ they’re gone.

  15. Anonymous says:

    If you see the releases and postings for last one month,
    Public has commented on isolation, quarantine ,pcr ,lfts, sickness vs vaxed ,based on experience from other countries,always prior to CMO statements. CMO statement should be ahead of public postings to gain confidence.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Finally right approach taken.
    Numbers are ok in the beginning to be aware of. Now no diff between 200 or 300.
    What matters is the result of being positive. If most of positives are mild just with fever and cold or no symptoms we need not worry.
    Just good to know only few are hospitalised and getting discharged. Ii is a comfort that vaxed are not that sick.
    Let us do our part of masking and social distancing along with covid to manage it as elimination is not the strategy now.

    • Anonymous says:

      I will tell you more unvaxed are not that sick either.

    • anon says:

      we cannot stay locked away for ever. we are a year behind the rest of the world. we have to get on with it like everywhere else has we have better better vax numbers than most places

  17. Anonymous says:

    They need to Closed this place down pact before it gets out of hand. This ain’t know sniffles you jack @$$!

    • Anonymous says:

      Feel free to stay inside. The rest of us will keep your power, your water, and your food coming in.

      I mean, how else do you expect to survive living indoors without all the nice amenities you enjoy? Oh wait, did you think those things will continue willy nilly? You realize we do not produce anything ourselves so the money to purchase goods, in this ridiculous systems, needs to come from somewhere and that somewhere will be tourists or foreign investment? And foreign investors do not simply give money to us for nothing. They are either taking land and other resources in exchange. So I say, let the tourists come in as opposed to more condos, villas and townhouses that no-one making under 150k p.a can’t afford.

      Or did you think we can get CIMA to print some more money and pay for things that way?

      • Anonymous says:

        Ummm. I don’t know about you but my world has changed. My money comes from the tokens and coins that someday v soon are going to replace 75% of the concrete and steal that is being poured today. A new world is being built, its called work from anywhere, anytime and even soon from a different reality (the meta verse) that require chips not blocks. London, New York are being replaced by the desk at the foot on my bed… But foreign investment you say… Not where the world is going and going v fast v v fast

  18. MackB says:

    There seems to be a loss of trust as it relates to the information being provided to the public from politicians and government entities. It will be important for competent and trustworthy entities and individuals to take over the management of the COVID-19 public health response and the border reopening processes.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Lots of hysterics, not even the sniffles.

    • Anonymous says:

      Quite smug considering the pandemic has killed over 5 million people to date and is raging in Eastern Europe and here now.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sniffles? So, you haven’t heard that 4 patients are now on ventilators?

      • Anonymous says:

        Even if that were true, life is full of choices.

      • Anonymous says:

        One (1) and that is because they are NOT offering Early Treatments to the high-risk group, in the 1-3 days only.

      • JTB says:

        Four out of how many thousands infected?

        Four who chose not to vaccinate.

        And for those bleating about keeping the borders closed, have you noticed that the virus is becoming endemic here already, before we have opened the borders? Just what do you think will be achieved by keeping them closed, beyond further economic ruin and hardshio?

        It’s here. We have to live with it. Get the fcuking vaccine!

      • Anonymous says:

        4 on ventilators? Where did you get this number from?

      • Anonymous says:

        8.34am Being on supplemental Oxygen is not being on a Ventilator. 3 of your 4 are not on Ventilators.

  20. Anonymous says:

    @ 8:15 pm. Do we know the vaccination status of the 3 people in the Critical Care Unit? Oddly Dr. Lee did not present additional information such as age and pre-existing conditions which would have made his report more meaningful. The larger take away is that out of 2485 active cases, only 3 people or 0.1207% are in critical care.

    It is good news that the remaining 2,470 people who have Covid and are managing their mild symptoms at home. Wishing the 3 people in Critical Care a speedy recovery.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Covid free bubble. Level 4 bubble. Recession bubble.

  22. Anonymous says:

    If 15 in the hospital represent 27% of available Covid beds, that means Cayman has a total 56 Covid beds. Elsewhere, hospitalizations typically lag about two weeks behind testing positive. The hospitals are about to get crazy.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are about to get crazy

    • Anonymous says:

      80% are vaccinated, aren’t they? Then why are you still not sleeping?

    • Anonymous says:

      Indeed they are, especially after this long BH weekend. HSA better be ready for all beds to be occupied in 2-3 weeks time.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hopefully that will not happen because the vaccination rate is so high, especially amongst the elderly. I’d hate to see people with other illnesses not getting the proper care because they are overwhelmed with covid patients.

      • Anonymous says:

        Its also a shame that my health premiums are through the roof because people live such an unhealthy lifestyle here that they constantly go to the doctors for easily preventible diseases and ailments. hmm.. I wonder if we should start calling for those that choose unhealthy lifestyles to be barred from health services… I mean they made their choice, right?

        • Anonymous says:

          Not sure I see the connection. It is too bad that insurance rates are high because of people getting sick from preventable diseases. But you having to pay a lot for insurance doesn’t really compare to someone not getting needed care in hospital because the healthcare system is overwhelmed.

          And obviously those diseases that you refer to are not contagious and don’t threaten to overwhelm hospitals. I’m not sure if you are aware of the international news but this has happened in many countries because of unvaccinated covid patients.

        • Beaumont Zodecloun says:

          Your and my health premiums are through the roof because there are no controls on the insurance companies.

          Every time I actually use my insurance, it goes up. I and my family have always had regular checkups.

          Your narrative is angry, ugly, and unfair. You reallllly wanted to find yet another way to persecute those who made a different choice than you, right?

          Why don’t you just say it? You want the unvaccinated rounded up. There. Now don’t you feel better?

          For whatever it isn’t worth, I and my family are fully vaccinated. I hate the hate that some of you carry around. Don’t you have any fun anymore? Can’t you find a better enemy than your own people? Disgusting.

  23. Anonymous says:

    I feel for Dr Lee. Leaving in Jan. Must be hard being the only voice of reason amongst idiot government officials who should have opened the border 6 months ago. He’s the only sensible voice ever in the press conferences, I would have left the first time I had to listen to Alden and Jesus donkey man.

    • Beaumont Zodecloun says:

      I feel for him also. He is an educated and intelligent man, and perhaps too gentle for this difficult place. I wish him and Jasper well.

      Disagree that we should have opened six months ago. Disagree that we should open now. The CIG coffers are doing okay. Those that wanted to come here could, and those that wanted to leave were able. We had a very precious thing that appears now lost.

      Was it reasonable to expect that we’d continue to hold our safety bubble? Perhaps not, but we didn’t have to throw it away. I wonder if the spread wasn’t intentional. I don’t feel that the average resident is better off now than six months ago. I don’t expect that the trickle of visitors will benefit us enough to justify what we’ve lost. I was always willing to do whatever was necessary to help the good residents of the Cayman Islands.

      Where are we now? Are we better off?

      • Anonymous says:

        As a fully vaxed resident, I feel a million billion times better off knowing I can have visitors and travel without quarantine, it’s a horrible restriction, the unvaccinated should be the ones paying the price as they are 90 per cent of deaths and hospital cases. Yes it is their right and their choice, but we should not hav to pay for it.

        • Beaumont Zodecloun says:

          So, your focus is on persecuting those you perceive as the enemy.

          I feel sorry for you.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you. The reopening should have waited until January. Even CARPHA doesn’t recommend opening with a community spread. https://carpha.org/THP/COVID-guidelines-training-and-Infographics-for-Tourism

        ” Please read “Guidelines and Checklists for Reopening of Caribbean Tourism and Travel” on page 10.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Does no one think of the antivaccers ?

    • Anonymous says:

      The morgue does

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t care. Should you?

    • Anonymous says:

      What is happening to them?

    • Mumbichi says:

      Antivaxxers is construct made up by smug, self-congratulating people who chose to get the vaccine. There are no real antivaxxers. I chose to get vaccinated. It didn’t make me any smarter. If you got vaccinated, and you believe in it, then nobody is a threat to you, no matter how much you try to twist hypothetical situations into a danger. You’re protected.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Twelve out of the 15 in hospital are unvaccinated with three in the Critical Care Unit.
    Chickens coming home to roost for the anti-vaxxers!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Finally a shift in focus to what really matters, hospitalizations. There was always too much “noise” in headline case numbers to make them meaningful in a post vaccine era and so they ended up being a harmful distraction.

  27. Anonymous says:

    So we have the highest infection rate in the world and our hospitals aren’t overrun?

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m not a doctor, even though I sometimes play one on CNS. However, without even staying at a Holiday Inn Express recently, I do know that there is a period of time between exposure to Covid-19 and the onset of symptoms. I hope that the hospitals never get overrun, but a worse case scenario of three new patients per day in the ICU would very quickly cause it to be overrun. Unless you think the ICU is a place where patients go in one day and out the next.

    • This says:

      This should be the global headline on every report 🥰🥰🥰

    • Anonymous says:

      Good Lord, seriously? It’s because a) the infection rate is how many people become infected each day, not how many people are infected in total, and b) we have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.

      • Anonymous says:

        It almost sounds like you are wishing for more hospitalizations. You sound angry.

      • Anonymous says:

        3.5% of the entire population in 1 month. That’s equivalent to about 12 million cases in a single month in a country like the US. That’s roughly 100% greater than any single month in the US by rate comparison. You were saying?

        • Anonymous says:

          We are #1! And our civil service is world class. #ReadytoOpen. Kenny B says none of this matters to tourists and cruise shippers soon come. It’s all good!

    • Anonymous says:

      We also have one of the highest vaccination rates. So this shouldn’t be surprising that the hospitalizations are low.

    • Anonymous says:

      #science

    • Anonymous says:

      Overrun? Not yet but soon come, Bobo.

      • Anonymous says:

        I mean, people pushed for the vaccinations first because “do it for grandma” and then because we need to keep HSA alive. Now, you have your 80% vaccination and you STILL think the world is going to end.

        This is why I keep saying here, you people are afraid of something but we can never actually talk about it because there is too much division on both sides.

        Millennials, GenZ and some of the GenX are currently in a world where we can no longer see the other end of the tunnel. We are constantly being reminded of death and fear from the 24h news cycle, conflicts and death across the globe and the most dismal financial outlook ever. We spend so much of our days working for someone else and can barely save for land or houses here after struggling to buy groceries and pay rent.

        We are all questioning the purpose of our lives at this point BUT, if we take a step back and not let fear rule our thoughts, we might be able to start fleshing out a way forward. But we need to start talking about things instead of the constant “OMG 1000 cases, death will take us in 2 weeks… cases cases cases… we will all die when even 1 covid case is passed on”

        We need to force ourselves to calm down in order to have real dialogue.

        • Anonymous says:

          Just go get vaccinated. There is nothing to talk about. Most people can see from the numbers why people should be vaccinated.

          • Anonymous says:

            You didn’t read what he said. You only responded. Great knee-jerk. At least your reflexes are still working.

    • Anonymous says:

      They will be. Give it 3 weeks. There is always a lag between cases and hospitalisations.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Wheel out Dr. Lee for that reassuring feel good factor when there’s a dumpster fire behind the scenes.
    He just wants to go home im sure.

    • Anonymous says:

      Can you blame him? The only oasis of common sense in a desert of stupidity and incompetence.

      • Anonymous says:

        Are you 100% certain about Dr. Lee’s competence and intelligence.

        He has a soothing voice but as the CMO he is in charge of this right now. Either he thinks what is being done is a good idea or the PACT are muzzling him.

        Given that he is already leaving I can’t understand why he is acting this way.

        Plus we have the whole Dr. Express stuff and his questionable approach to the Pandemic observed here over time.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think you mean fire at the dump, which was actually true!!

    • Anonymous says:

      I suspect he’s being ‘guided’ on what to say and how to say it. He tows the line. Doctors Express comes to mind.

  29. Anonymous says:

    The next super spreader event will be at Lions Centre on Tuesday if a plan is not put in place to better handle the demand for booster shots.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes thats so true… I don’t know why they cannot give out the vaccines & boosters at the civic centers in each district, you can only get the vaccine/booster in the district you live in & on certain days, A-K Mon, Wed & Fri & L-Z Tues, Thurs & Sat, a bit like during lockdown with going out on the road/grocery shopping etc… it will minimize the queues & gatherings…

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s a staffing issue. Now ask why private medical clinics can’t administer them.

        • Anonymous says:

          I thought we had a serious Caymanian unemployment problem.

          Why can’t Caymanians be trained? Administer shots is not rocket science.

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