Hospital numbers fall but 7th COVID patient dies

| 02/12/2021 | 184 Comments

(CNS): A seventh person has died “from COVID related causes”, according to Thursday’s report from Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee, but as with the previous death, no details were give about the patient’s state of health and whether COVID-19 was the primary cause of death. The number of COVID patients in hospital has dropped to just 14 from a high of 29 just over a week ago. Two patients are on ventilators and several others require extra oxygen.

The numbers of cases as of 8am Thursday were back up to 120, following a slight dip in Wednesday’s report. All the new cases were within the community as of 8am Thursday. There are now 3,867 active cases of the virus and 4,497 people in isolation.

Over on the Sister Islands, there were no new cases and Faith Hospital confirmed there are just 14 active cases on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Across all three islands, the total number of cases recorded since the start of the pandemic is now 7,444.

In a video message about the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, recorded on Wednesday, Dr Lee said it appears to be highly infectious but more information was still needed on how infectious the new variant is and how effective the vaccines are against it. As the world waits while scientists do their part to study Omicron, Dr Lee urged people to do all they could to protect themselves.

“Consider carefully whether you need to hold a party, or whether you need to go to a party, or whether you need to go to a gathering. I very much appreciate this is a festive time and a time for gatherings, but it’s also exactly for that reason that we need to give careful consideration to our decisions, and whether they may accidentally stir up or cause an increased threat or spread of SARS-CoV-2,” he said.

“For the vulnerable, of course, it’s particularly the elderly that we’re concerned about and anybody with an immune suppressed system. As we’ve seen with the outbreak at the Pines, and in other older people, there are big concerns that this virus is able to reach even people who we are trying to protect, so we really need to redouble our efforts in this regard.”

Referring to the new regulations relating to travellers requiring those arriving from certain southern African countries to quarantine for the full 14 days, he also said that all positive people who have travelled must seek a PCR test, and isolate with all their primary contacts until they are cleared.

He said health authority lab technicians are undertaking the necessary tests to detect Omicron and running gene sequencing as well. “We’re redoubling our efforts to try and look at these more frequently, because we’re well aware that looking to see what’s moving in our community is important in us understanding how we fight it both here and internationally,” the CMO added.

Meanwhile, the percentage of the population that has now had at least one dose of COVID-19 has increased to 82%, while 79% has completed the two-dose course and 16% has also had a booster. Next Monday all adults will be given access to booster shots.

See Dr Lees video on CIGTV below:


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Unvaccinated elderly person with no underlying conditions/comorbidities dies of Covid-19. Shocker…

    NOT…

    Get the vaccine…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Lots of information passed here. Some valuable and some worth the same as passing gas. Statistics are useful if you have critical thinking skills to quantify and use reason. The vaccinations have validity however there are US states that have high vaccination compliance and still have a high hospital admission amongst the vaccinated. This is fact. Whether it is the immunity wearing off or another reason remains to be determined but it should resonate with the superiority complex of those that have the vaccination. Judging by the numbers not many in these Islands have gotten a booster but constantly berate those that do not have any Covid vaccination. Hanging out in small areas in doors, grinding on the dance floor even with the vaccination will not protect many and the spread will continue. Allowing tourist free run while may be economic prudence will cause some spread of Covid no matter the vaccination status.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Shout out to the shoppers today! Masks below noses and people literally on top of each other with zero regard for the pandemic. It’s not just locals either. Merry Christmas from Covid 19!

    • Anonymous says:

      Masks lol. Makes no difference

      • And says:

        Look at this month’s BMJ meta-analysis. Mask mandates reduce effective R numbers by 53% and are the single most effective public health measure available.

        • Anonymous says:

          Shhhh, 10:00! Try not to confuse the Tin Hat Team with facts! Facts work best with rational people.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Travel restrictions stop making sense once a pathogen is in circulation locally, as a few introduction from abroad won’t contribute significantly to the local epidemic dynamic. They should be lifted as soon as local transmissions exceed the risk of introduction from abroad.

    • Anonymous says:

      That might be apt and applicable for larger populations with ample excess healthcare capacity and the ability to shift patients to other areas; however, in these islands, a small number of cases can make a significant impact on available beds and the burden to caregivers. Best to err on the side of caution.

  5. Caymanian says:

    To all the antivaxxers. To all the “this only kills people with precondutions”. To all those resisting the jab.

    https://caymanmarlroad.com/six-covid-19-death-reported-in-cayman/

    Although I never wish harm on any humanbeing I am hoping this death can be useful to send a message.

    Be clear. Be cryatal clear. Covid and its family does not care about what you think or read or heard. It wants to do as much damage as it can.

    Don’t let Dr Lee fool you. The end is nowhere near in sight. This will get a lot worse before it gets better. In front of us is cooler more flu friendly environment. In front of us is many newly introduced covid infections from countries just entering their flu seasons. Before us is Christmas celebration both locally and abroad leading to increased infections. Before us is Omicron which we know so little about but early indications is greater infection rates, even more so than Delta, greater reinfection ability, so had it before may not matter, greater vaccine evadeability.

    People if you or Dr Lee think this is over they and you are just stupidly naive.

    This fight against covid is in the early to mid rounds.

    • Anonymous says:

      Superspreader events over the Christmas already planned and will be well attended. Nobody cares about covid anymore, including government who allow it.

    • Anonymous says:

      According to the article doctors are warning people not to delay treatment if they experience acute symptoms. PSA, don’t wait for acute symptoms, there are treatments that can stop you from experiencing acute symptoms. It’s astonishing and abhorrent that doctors, apparently the authoritative ones, are still telling people to wait until your symptoms are acute (severe). Not all doctors are saying this, there are doctors who are following better protocols. I suggest everyone find out who they are and start treatment as soon as you experience any symptoms. If your doctor doesn’t offer meaningful early treatment, find a new doctor. Do a little research.

      • Anonymous says:

        Correct. It applies to people in a high risk group.

        By the away acute doesn’t mean severe. Acute illnesses generally develop suddenly and last a short time, often only a few days or weeks. Chronic conditions develop slowly and may worsen over an extended period of time—months to years.

        You are talking about treatments that prevent symptoms progression during acute stage of the illness from mild to severe which may require hospitalisation.

        They recommend paracetamol, aka acetaminophen which causes liver damage.

    • Anonymous says:

      Comedy Gold. The non stupidly naive putting up a link to CMR.

    • Anonymous says:

      Remdesivir will kill you

  6. Anonymous says:

    The problem 629pm and the statistic he fails to mention that they are mostly all Caymanians so they don’t matter in his post But Omicron is now in the UK soon to be here on our shores and now both the vaccinated and unvaccinated nutters will be infected. Time for testing on arrival for all passengers and 14 days quarantine to stop this from spreading and overwhelming this little place and that should apply to All eh GOv ???

  7. RealWorld says:

    Only one stat matters – deaths from covid of the vaccinated. So far in this wave there is no indication that number is anything but zero.

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you also deny that you are probably already dead?

      As they say, there are 2 types of persons that cannot change their minds – an idiot or a dead man – chose your poison.

      • Real World says:

        I can tell that of the two you are firmly in the former camp.

        The real idiots are the unvaxxed. I really do not care what happens to them. Life should not be put on hold for them.

        • Anonymous says:

          Oops, someone hurt you?

          Here in the Real World it is ain’t that easy at all, when hearts gets broken it’s real tears that fall…. or some shyte like that!

    • Caymanian says:

      Seven cases were under the age of one-year-old. Two hundred and thirty-six cases were under the age of 18 and 20 over the age of 70; most of the cases were in the workforce.

      • Anonymous says:

        Cases! Cases don’t matter,,, if you’re vaccinated or a kid likely that you have mild symptoms and recover quick. Only deaths matter.

        • Anonymous says:

          Might not matter to you but they matter to people that understand how infectious diseases work. Who are you to determine what matters and what doesn’t? You work for who? CDC? Are you a epidemiologist or virologist? Probably not but sure let’s let you determine what statistics matter right?

          Smh shame humility isn’t an infectious disease.

          • Smile says:

            Shame melodrama and vacuous argumentation without content were not Olympic sports. You’d be a real medal prospect.

    • Anonymous says:

      Strange how they tell us the age, gender of Covid infected people but not their vaccination status.

      There’s more on the sister islands double vaccinated with Covid.

      • Anonymous says:

        Considering the majority of the sister Islands are vaccinated, then the vaccinated cases would be high.

    • Anonymous says:

      I hear ya, 4:45. But looking at your Like/Dislike figures, the number morons here who dislike the truth is staggering. However. I will also add that hospitalisations are an important stat, too. Too many in the hospitals limits beds and care needed for non-Covid patients. In addition, more hospitalisations means a potential uptick in mortality.

  8. Anonymous says:

    With thousands of infections, the overall impact hasnt been that bad for Cayman. A small handful (but unfortunate) deaths where COVID may have just been an indirect factor. Hospitalizations havent been overwhelming and are decreasing.

    This is certainly a product of one of the highest vax rates in the world (shame that the UK is still dithering on the 5-11 pediatric vax, though).

    • Anonymous says:

      Cool that you’re kosher with “just a few” deaths of people you obviously have no relationship with. I’m sure their loved ones appreciate it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Stop being a drama queen, the poster is obviously saying that considering the seriousness of the outbreak, few people have succumbed whilst being infected with COVID.
        That is not the same as saying ‘oh well, a few dead is okay’.
        There isn’t any proof that COVID was the sole instrument in these poor peoples death, it was likely that their vulnerability to any infection was the final cause.
        In other words the senseless panic and knee jerk reactions are for nought. Just get vaccinated and protect yourselves.

      • Anonymous says:

        If they chose to not get vaccinated, I find it difficult to sympathize. Stupid decision.

    • Caymanian says:

      Seven cases were under the age of one-year-old. Two hundred and thirty-six cases were under the age of 18 and 20 over the age of 70; most of the cases were in the workforce.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Having signed the Plastic Free Cayman single use plastics pledge, I am unable to use Lateral Flow tests but I don’t feel great. Please advise next steps.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Blame China.

    • Anonymous says:

      No. Full stop. Blame the massive global demand for food that requires massive animal farms. Blame the global business community for allowing the virus to mutate and spread in the name of capitalism and massive profits for pharmaceutical companies.

      • Anonymous says:

        Massive animal farms? The virus most likely came to humans first at a Chinese wet market where they sell dogs, cats, bats, and every other animal you can think of all packed in cages together in wuhan. Not an industrial style animal farm. Then China covered it up and silenced anyone who talked about it, whilst it spread round the world. China are more to blame than anyone else. And they are communists, not capitalists.

        • Anonymous says:

          Do some research and you will find that China is a unique hybrid of communism and capitalism that has made them the preeminent global superpower. I imagine there are many people that have anti-China views and have prejudices against the country and its people influenced by mass media and a lack of critical thinking skills.

          • Anonymous says:

            I’m clearl more researched than you. China models a form of economic democracy and political communism, which in reality means you have no control over your business and free speech. Just look at the billionaires and news outlets they have killed and locked up in the last year. You have no human rights in China… you are at the mercy of Xi. Then you have the belt and road foreign approach which is killing developing nations. Suggest you are the ill informed and really need to do some research kiddo.

      • Anonymous says:

        Animal farms?
        Business community allowed the virus to mutate?
        🤯🤦‍♂️ I Thought I’d Heard It All

        I understand that we all have different perspectives on what is going on, still some opinions are truly shocking.

      • Anonymous says:

        Blame your government

      • Anonymous says:

        First, it wasn’t a massive animal farm or global demand for factory food that originated the virus but a Chinese street market specializing in wildlife – no massive global demand for bats I am aware of. Second, I like the assumption of a single business community all equally participating in the profits from big pharma. What about all those global businesses like aviation and tourism absolutely creamed by the virus? At least the usual conspiracy theories have some logical consistency to them. – like the engineering of the virus as a weapon, or big Pharma lobbying the politicians. You are just trying to squeeze the facts to suit your personal views against capitalism and meat consumption.

    • Anonymous says:

      IDIOT

  11. Caymanian says:

    This is all very premature.

    We opened Nov 20th and it takes about 3 weeks to see the effects of any measure.

    We open in US flu season which means we are about to start ticking upwards again and it will be cooler here so expect stronger infections aa we start to enter our flu season also.

    This data is silly crap meant to pacify people. This is when we need be on our p’s and q’s the most.

    Lets not start to talk about Omicron and what this could add in terms of breakthrough infections not just to vaxxed but to reinfections. We don’t even know how well vaccines will work IF THEY WORK AT ALL.

    So. Very premature.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Whose useless idea is the requirement to be fully vaccinated, being passed fit to travel with a gold standard PCR test, filling out a Travel Cayman declaration and receiving a permission to travel certificate if you then have to have a 3 LFT’s within 10 days without isolation?
    Firstly, the LFT isn’t diagnostic and should only be used for an indicator of possible infection. Secondly, without isolation taking tests over 10 days will obviously mean that for that ten days you have been spreading COVID that you almost certainly caught in Cayman.
    And thirdly, the U.K. supply 7 day LFT kits on demand for free. This assumes that we are all grown ups and can be trusted to test ourselves on a regular basis and take appropriate action should a positive test become apparent.
    But Cayman, as usual, turns a relatively simple process into a complicated money making exercise and lesson in discrimination that has no basis in common sense, let alone science.
    It seems to me that Cayman are hell bent on destroying their economy based upon irrational fear and knee jerk ‘policies’. Couple that with the rudeness and over officious CBP staff at the airport, (that are incompetent at the best of times) and you have a recipe for disaster.

    • Anonymous says:

      well which condo or Hotel do you manage.

    • Anonymous says:

      It annoys me that we are told ‘we are following U.K. advice’ when it comes to Covid & yet our quarantine /testing/protocols are different. Why make vaccinated families with young kids quarantine? That’s not U.K. advice!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      @10:28am..so what’s your plan? Throw the doors wide open? No more vaccination or testing?

      • Anonymous says:

        And there we have it, the predictable response from someone who cannot understand the premise of justifiable and effective testing.
        I am clearly not advocating the cessation of vaccinations, nor am I encouraging an open door policy that isn’t guided by responsible legislation.
        Take two minutes and re-read the post. I am questioning why, when all sensible precautions are taken prior to arrival, is a non-sensical LFT necessary for ten days. One could argue that a test three days after may be useful in the unlikely event of an infection acquired during travel with other cleared passengers. But it is obvious that after that period the likely cause of any infection is through local contact in Cayman and because you’re not isolated the chances are you’re infecting others. In effect you are not introducing new infections, rather joining the community with spreading the existing virus.
        Of course all tests are only valid at the moment you take them, as you may become infected before you even leave the testing area. But then what’s the point of having a pre-departure PCR when it’s not acknowledged on arrival? In that case why aren’t people LFT tested on arrival and placed in immediate isolation if they are testing positive?
        If Cayman places so much stock in the LFT result, why is the hugely expensive PCR test even necessary in place of a cheaper antigen or LAMP test?
        So you see, it’s not about a free for all approach and unhindered access, its about sensible and appropriate testing.
        But as is quite usual in Cayman it’s all about petty bureaucracy and finding work for paper shufflers to look important. If Cayman was serious about LFT’s it should have issued them free to all residents and visitors and trusted them to take regular tests. But instead there is a money making opportunity for someone and public health goes out with the trash.
        But none of this takes away from the fact that to be protected from serious illness or death, you must be vaccinated. All the testing in the world won’t save you if you fail to adequately protect yourself.

    • Anonymous says:

      Profits over people. Greed over health. Selfishness over empathy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Our immigration staff used to be very courteous compared to other caribbean destinations. But over the years they are like big officials loosing friendly touch especially new comers.

  13. Anonymous says:

    still zero deaths of healthy people under 70 who are vaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      There are still idiots who think deaths from Covid shouldn’t count if the person dying is old, unhealthy or misinformed.

    • Caymanian says:

      First it was…

      No one is getting seriously ill

      Next…

      Only 5 but no one on respirator

      Next…

      Only needing breathing assistance…

      Now…

      Only over 70 unvaxxed

      What’s the next line in the sand? Only babies dying?

      You guys keep redrawing lines in the sand. Wait Covid can find you and your family. Lets see what you think about your lines then

      • Anonymous says:

        Brilliant. It’s easy for people like that to be so bold when it’s not their family members affected. Truly evil people

    • Anonymous says:

      My grandmother lived to over 100. Until 96 she was still doing well in her own home. So how dare you suggest that people 70 and over don’t matter/don’t count/were going to die anyway so are expendable.
      Every unnecessary death is a tragedy that could have been prevented if things had been dealt with differently.
      Everyone who has needed hospital treatment, whether as an inpatient or outpatient has needlessly suffered because of covid, and some of them may end up with lifelong difficulties because of heart or lung damage, or long covid.
      Perhaps if these things were happening to you or your loved ones you wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Perhaps if they had gotten vaccinated I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss it. If you crash your car I feel sorry for you. If you crash your car whist drunk, not so much.

        • Anon says:

          It seems that the majority of comments are from people that don’t engage their brain before hitting the keyboard. Covid and the covid shots have changed so many Caymanians into selfish and disrespectful persons.

        • Anonymous says:

          Vaccinated people are dying too. I’m vaccinated but have empathy for families losing their loved ones no matter whether their loved ones were vaccinated or not. Have you noticed how quiet they have ben on some of these deaths? #7 no information. How much you want to bet that person was vaccinated?

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m certain the families and friends of those who have died and have permanent health issues from long Covid appreciate your lack of empathy to support your agenda, whether it be pro or anti vax, because both sides of this stupid war come to the same conclusions in the end

  14. I think through FEAR we are killing our economy! says:

    Our officials need to turn their focus to fully vaccinating vulnerable individuals (respecting their freedom of choice) and returning to preventative measures, including mask wearing and social distancing, to reduce transmission risk. Posting everyday on CMR of people dying in hospital is not going to help. What are you trying to accomplish? Pretty much everyone has made up their minds. Healthy people between the ages of 05 to 55, don’t need the vaccine or booster. Most people have immune systems that can fight Covid. As well, I wish our officials allow unvaccinated tourists between the ages of 05 to 55 to freely come into the country. What bugs me alot – why are we ignoring the SCIENCE when it comes to natural immunity?!

    • Caymanian says:

      Stupid post honestly. You don’t need it until you are breathing via a respirator.

    • STX says:

      The govt can’t control you if they allow natural immunity.

      Big Pharma can’t make any money if they acknowledge natural immunity.

      It will be booster after booster until everyone comes to their collective senses. Until then: Rinse, wash, repeat.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t know: Why are you ignoring the science and getting your information from dubious sources?

  15. Anonymous says:

    The deaths are unvaccinated by all accounts (from hearing multiple word of mouth from relatives and comments on here), or vaccinated but seriously ill with non-covid anyway. That is sad but incredibly careless with your health to not get vaccinated – vaccines have been around for a year, so people should now be on boosters. No excuse to not be.

    Omicron seems to give mild symptoms and the booster protects you well – so nothing to worry about and no need for additional quarantine or travel bans.

    Let’s be clear- if you are unvaccinated, healthy and die from covid, you only have yourself to blame.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Then let the government set the example with Christmas parties and cancel their departmental gatherings!

    • Anonymous says:

      The head of the Civil service needs to rapidly revise the policy on Christmas parties through government and SAGC, unless of course the CMO statement is one of those do as I say not as I do things.

    • Anonymous says:

      8:02 Ahh gotta love the anti-civil service rhetoric…Got to love it…Not! How about everyone just be miserable this Christmas season. No one gets a Christmas party be they civil servant or private sector employee. Let’s grinch it up and be unhappy together!

    • Anonymous says:

      They been booked long time.

    • Anonymous says:

      I should think that the most important example to set is government to require civil servants, members of government authorities and boards to be vaxed in order to continue their tenure.

      • George Towner says:

        Caymanians are protected by the Constitution, bill of rights. So they can only touch government contract workers.

        • Anonymous says:

          All residents and guests are covered by CI Human Rights, they don’t only apply to Caymanians.

          • George Towner says:

            Of course they have human rights, but they are under the Immigration law, and such protections are not spelt out for them. Whereas with Caymanians, we have a Constitution that spells out our rights in the Cayman Islands.

      • Anonymous says:

        to 10:56am: They do not force civil servants to vaxx but it becomes uncomfortable not to because there are testing requirements on the daily; for the unvaxxed it requires a pcr test at their expense, I don’t remember if weekly or biweekly.

        • George Towner says:

          That too can be seen as a form of harassment, and I believe it can be challenged. Because the vax can same way spread the virus.

      • Anonymous says:

        What’s wrong with you 10:56? You are being far too logical and rational for the Cayman Islands.

        Might also be a good idea for all health care workers be mandated to be vaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, they should follow the private sector lead.

  17. Anonymous says:

    this is on the head of wayne. hope it is worth it.

    • Anonymous says:

      You can hardly blame Wayne for a global pandemic that started with the ignorance of humans to begin with.

    • Anonymous says:

      No fan of Panton here, but seriously? You can take that sort of comment and go right straight to hell with it.

    • Anonymous says:

      why blame Wayne? He has been telling us to get vaccinated every chance he has gotten to do so publicly and I am sure he does it in private.

      The vaccination is the single best weapon to to reduce the spread, variations, sickness and will likely keep you from dying from covid.

      We can’t blame Wayne for our stupidity..

      Please go get vaccinated!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Does this new COVID-19 (Int’l) Travel Restriction, by the U.S. Government, include Cruise Line Passengers? Because Grand Cayman is supposed to be expecting its 1st Cruise Ship, since the pandemic, in port sometime this month.

  19. Anonymous says:

    appears to be… but more information was still needed… the world waits… Assumptions, assumptions, assumptions…

    97% over 12 are vaccinated. Either you trust the vaccines work or you don’t. You can’t vaccinate the entire population and demand more restrictions – doesn’t make sense at all.

    Appears the virus will continue its mutations. There’s very little humans can do about it other than common sense things. When 50% over 45 are metabolically unhealthy, just look at the photos to the CNS articles, the war must be against obesity and diabetes, yet absolutely nothing is being done about it.

    • Anonymous says:

      The reality is, the vaccines don’t work for long. They lose its power. So, you see where this is going. Vaccinations every year. I for one will not get a jab. Enough is enough!

      • Anonymous says:

        Great for you. Just stop hanging out with other people who may be close contacts of those who may not have the luxury of choice. But then again, it’s all about you, isn’t it.

        • Anonymous says:

          Those who don’t have the luxury of choice will get it from a vaxxed person. Your logic makes no sense. Or do you still think because you’re vaccinated you can’t catch and spread it? My vaccine was only 3 months old when I was infected and put in isolation so I don’t spread it. Vaccine mandates for C19 will not stop the spread and therefore are not justified or even good science. Only complete isolation for 3 weeks and closed borders will stop it.

    • Anonymous says:

      The world has tried it all, the virus keeps spreading….

      Kim Iversen: Austria MANDATES Vaccines For All And Begins LOCKDOWNS. Is The US Next?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wqEcUQkXtw&t=220s

      My sister and her husband were traveling from Europe to the US and back twice since the beginning of 2020 through July 2021, plus other countries, various airports in various countries. Remained COVID free.
      They are sick with COVID right now, in November 2021. How and where they have caught it, nobody knows. They are over 60 and mostly stay at home, wear face masks while shopping. My sister is feeling worse than her husband, yet, his D-Dimer and Trombocytes(PT) are worrisome, while hers are normal (TG in their country no prescription needed to do lab work in a private Lab). So they monitor his markers while he is taking supplements recommended by an alternative health care practitioner. His PCP had not even checked his D-Dimer and thrombocytes and when asked about blood clots preventative treatments, had noting to offer.

      “We recommend monitoring platelet count, PT and/or aPTT, D-dimer, and fibrinogen. Worsening of these parameters, specifically the D-dimer, indicates progressive severity of COVID-19 infection and predicts that more aggressive critical care may be needed” (COVID-19 and Coagulopathy: Frequently Asked Questions)

      God helps those who help themselves?

      P.S. No one in my immediate or distant family is vaccinated. We are not hesitant or ignorant. We are taking our chances. One will eventually die from something or natural causes. COVID is not the last infection that will hit humanity. We don’t want to mess up our innate immune system, so it won’t be able to fight other infections. Several family members already had COVID, for some it wasn’t a big deal, while one,40, was literally “out of commission” for 4 months and full recovery took a year.
      Call us derogatory names, spew vitriol, we are not sensitive to social media hatred.
      We are all educated: nurses (one quit her job due to vaccines mandate), pilot, engineers, CPAs, architects, AML, an app developer, University teacher etc.

      🌏Spread Love not Hatred!

      • C'Mon Now! says:

        Just out of curiosity if you get a cancer diagnosis are you going to treat that with supplements and alternative medicine?

        How about if the Rona gets you a little bit and the Docs want you to take supplemental oxygen?

        As educated people do you read the original source studies that have informed your view?

        Hope is not a strategy and as the great philosopher Mike Tyson once said “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”

      • Anonymous says:

        well which condo or Hotel do you manage.

      • Anonymous says:

        and Im sure you would be ready to give up your hospital bed for someone who needs it if necessary right.

      • Anonymous says:

        Did you consider the fact that not getting vaccinated has consequences for others as well as yourselves? I guess if one of you stopped being a nurse because of vaccine mandates the answer is no.

      • Anonymous says:

        Aren’t you all terribly smart. No Doctor I notice. Funny that. My friend who actually is a Doctor on a covid ward in the UK has smart people like you begging him for the vaccine as they die every day. Covid doesn’t care if you’re an architect SMH

        • Anonymous says:

          Exactly – All these anti-vaxxers act like they are so superior and my intelligent than all the scientists while bragging about how their good lifestyle habits and superior immune systems is all they need – until they are in the hospital unable to breathe, putting healthcare workers at risk and occupying resources that could be used for those injured or sick with other ailments. But now they can smugly flaunt their superiority.

      • Anonymous says:

        Spread the Virus you mean

  20. Anon says:

    So, ZERO travellers cases. But we still require these silly LFT tests after they already have a PCR.. and no children.
    No wonder Cayman is getting a bad reputation and all I see are reports of people that never want to come back, or never even made it due to TravelCayman and their 115 staff not being able to process 600 applicants a day. One staff member handling 1 couple every 3 hours is just too much work!!! Guess they hired those out of work Caymanian tourism workers??
    You are cooking the golden goose PACT.

    • Anonymous says:

      “Travelers” now consist only of those that arrive and have to quarantine, so mainly unvaxxed quarantining for 14 days and testing at end.

      Other arrivals go immediately into the community, and if test positive on day 2 LFT, that is considered a community transmission.

      • Anonymous says:

        True that. Mind you given all the restrictions the only travellers are relatives of residents or returning residents anyway.

    • Please stop making stuff up says:

      Cayman Travel has 125 staff…

    • Anonymous says:

      That is today’s statistics only. There were positive travellers in prior testing. We only need 1 positive traveller with omicron to have serious consequences. Look at how quickly the current variant is moving through the community.

  21. Anonymous says:

    So by the collective logic on this site, if you have a sore throat and are driving to the pharmacy for cough medicine, get hit by a dump truck and killed…you died of a sore throat???

    • Anonymous says:

      actually its more like a terminal cancer victim with 1 year left to live, catches COVID, immediately deteriorates, and can no longer breath, leading to death.

      The HSA will say he died from complications of his co-morbidity illness and as an after thought whisper, “oh, he also tested positive for COVID”

  22. Anonymous says:

    Covid: Pfizer and Moderna jabs give best overall boost, UK trial finds https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-59489988

  23. Anonymous says:

    A seventh death + omnichron. I repeatedly said on here and elsewhere that we should have maintained the 14 days quarantine until March. Omnichron is proving that the virus will evolve into a more harmless variant. I think these deaths if really from covid were unnecessary.

    • Anonymous says:

      So in March next year there would be no new variants? In March next year Covid would be gone? In March next year, in three months time, all would have been well. All deaths, with or without Covid, should be mourned. But we have a worldwide pandemic. A 14 day quarantine was just not sustainable. You can’t kick the cam down the road for ever.

    • Anonymous says:

      I repeatedly said you should remain hiding under your bed until June.

      Seriously, we lose more than we gain by keeping quarantine restrictions in place.

      • Anonymous says:

        The wanton lust for money and selfishness of people like you are one of the reasons the pandemic persists. Isolations have been proven to work across the world. You have to come to terms with the reality of an ongoing global pandemic that may continue for years. Adjust.

    • Anonymous says:

      omnichron?

    • Anonymous says:

      what happens after march in your magic plan?
      even with 100% vax rate…people will still get it and die with covid. no way of avoiding these deaths.

    • Visitor :) says:

      I always read the comments that gets the thumbs down on Cns. 👍🏽 Closer to the truth than the ones getting multiple high ratings.

    • Anonymous says:

      True, you did say that, but you’re not an expert nor in any position to decide on the freedoms of others.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Health City Camana Bay gave my PCR test results in 2 hours and they were very busy at the weekend. Total Health at Grand Pavilion did a LFT and after the result there and then signed a written report for entry into the US so there is absolutely no issues with getting quick results for travel. I don’t like the comments that Cayman better get it’s act together. There is a certain entitlement there but you are responsible for your health and travel testing is your responsibility time to adjust to this new normal and get on with it as the whole world has changed and if you sit around expecting things to go back to normal you will be wasting your time. Grow up peps act like adults and take your own responsibility for your health and travel. The Cayman Islands and it’s government has its act together do you?

    • Anonymous says:

      Tell that to residents who have returned to the island having to go to 4 or 5 different places to get a day 2,5,10 LFT. Imagine how tourists, who may no know the island, will put up with such an impingement on vacation time.

      • Anonymous says:

        Oh, the horror. It’s as if we live on a tiny island that would be doomed if a pandemic were allowed to spread

    • Hubert says:

      7:37, But you can mandate that all health care workers and CIG civil servants be vaccinated.

      Makes a lot of sense to the sensible.

    • Miami Dave says:

      7:37, But you can mandate that all health care workers and CIG civil servants be vaccinated.

      Makes a lot of sense to the sensible.

    • You only get one chance to make a 1st impression... says:

      You don’t get cookies and a gold star for getting your act together over time.

      Stranded travelers, testing chaos and a “Glitch” deleting hundreds if not thousands of travel requests do not equal having your act together.

      If your standards are this low, do you work for CIG?

    • Ted Lasso says:

      Completely agree.

    • Anonymous says:

      Cig and travel time are third world. The cayman civil service is appalling. Everything from licensing a car to getting a police clearance takes me longer than getting a new uk passport delivered to cayman! Got their act Together? You must be joking… cig almost never answer the phone or respond to an email. Wouldn’t last 2 days in the private sector most of them.

  25. Anonymous says:

    7,:56 pm yes you are right we are doomed, on the Brac people are doing the same wearing their masks down on their chins and NO 6 ft apart IN stores, even the manager in one store is doing that too wearing his mask down below his nose, with a notice on the entrance door saying ,” if you having flue simptions, we kindly ask you to wear a face mask,” other stores notices signs say, no face mask no entrance or face mask is required to enter this store. It’s so sad that common sense is NOT common any more.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Our company is planning a Christmas party…I’m nervous about going as will be about 200 people but if dont go the powers that be will frown upon, how do I get out?

  27. Anonymous says:

    If COVID takes away 1 minute of your life, Covid was the cause of your death at that time. Every minute on this earth is precious.

    • Anonymous says:

      Tell that to the “every dollar lost is precious” people and the “every good time lost is precious” people. It’s all about priorities.

      • Anonymous says:

        The pandemic will never end thanks to these types. History won’t be kind to their recklessness and selfishness

    • Anonymous says:

      So if you have terminal cancer, but then you catch covid and the additional burden on your body means you die a minute earlier than you would have if you had not caught covid you say covid is the cause of death? Even if, had you not had the cancer, the covid wouldn’t by itself have killed you? What if it was common cold? Or a mild infection? Or anything that wouldn’t be fatal in itself, but contributes to running down your body’s resistance? they are all the cases of death in your book?

      • Anonymous says:

        To take your comment to the extreme, everybody dies, so Covid shortening a life isn’t a problem? Besides this is a false analogy, a death certificate lists a primary cause of death and contributing factors and conditions. For a cancer patient the primary would be cancer, with contributions from things like age or any other factor that helped in the persons demise, including Covid if they had it.

  28. Miami Dave says:

    Cayman better figure out very fast how to make certain all tourists going back into America can have their negative test in 24 hours. They no longer accept the test within 72 hours in the U.S. as rules were changed today by Biden.

    If we can not do this test in time we are going to have a massive PR disaster on our hands.

    • Anonymous says:

      MD,

      I had my PCR test this morning and I received the results in 93 minutes. Seems to me that we have it figured out.

      G

      • Anonymous says:

        Multiple your experience by 700 daily and no. It won’t be the same outcome will it?

      • Anonymous says:

        Bet your boots it was a LFT test and not a PCR. Otherwise your sample would have had to go immediately ti the lab tech, the testing process run AND someone sign off on the verification – all within 93 minutes. Witha LFT where there is no interpretation of data just a yes no answer available in 5 minutes, maybe. A PCR – no.

    • Anonymous says:

      It shouldn’t be a problem as it doesn’t have to be PCR test. As long as it is a lateral flow done under supervision in a clinic (with a report) it’ll be accepted.

      • Anonymous says:

        This is correct

      • Anonymous says:

        Has anyone figured out how the logistics will work for visitors departing from the Sister Islands and catching the outgoing Miami flight from Cayman? Cayman Brac has one small HSA hospital and one private practitioner. Little Cayman has a very tiny HSA clinic usually staffed by a nurse.

    • Sea Wood says:

      The 24 hour PCR test requirement for travel to US does not take effect until next week.

    • Anonymous says:

      Does this new COVID-19 (Int’l) Travel Restriction, by the U.S. Government, include Cruise Line Passengers? Because Grand Cayman is supposed to be expecting its 1st Cruise Ship, since the pandemic, in port sometime this month.

    • Bob says:

      Can also have an approved LF test as evidence so it’s actually a non issue. With the roll out of LF tests it actually makes the entire process very easy. It’s also 1 day not 24 hours which adds some flexibility. Spend time reading the details of the guidance before sharing incorrect information.

  29. Anonymous says:

    The two go hand in hand.

  30. Anonymous says:

    But living with Covid is fine, apart from the dying part, and the do not go to parties or gatherings part, …and the reopening is safe and going swimmingly well. If only CITA could get all its minimum wage foreign workers and Biden would stop trying to prevent Covid from entering his country…

    • Anonymous says:

      Passing lightly over the facts that the community outbreak started before before we reopened and the overwhelming majority of cases are local. So whilst living with Covid ain’t great it’s not really down to the reopening, is it.

      • Anonymous says:

        It is absolutely down to the reopening. It came in through lax border and quarantine controls. It was not stamped out expressly because of the planned reopening. A planned reopening which we were promised was safe and that we were promised we were ready for. Not safe. Not ready.

    • Anonymous says:

      “…stop trying to prevent COVID-19 from entering his Country”? This almost sound like an administrative punishment i.e saction & nothing to do with potentially deadly strains of the virus that is a public health crisis. Get fully vaccinated & boostered, too. Furthermore, adhere to the U.S. safety travel rules, if you are scheduled to travel there.

  31. Anonymous says:

    COVID gives unhealthy people a big shove down the stairs. That’s the whole reason we should give a hoot about others, and why distancing, masking and washing hands has been the messaging for the last two years. When this is your family member, nothing else matters.

    • Anonymous says:

      My family went shopping today at 3 different stores to buy necessary things and I saw many people wearing masks below their noses, and no one was social distancing. We are doomed because people DGAF

      • caymanian says:

        I agree its disgusting. Even the security Guard ask you to move forward to the atm and break social distancing at the bank.

      • Anonymous says:

        Start coughing behind your mask and stare at them – they soon move

      • Anonymous says:

        It makes no difference

      • Anonymous says:

        COVID is NOT doom, the vast majority of people have a mild to medium illness, absolutely no worse than a case of flu.
        The trouble is that comparatively very few people have ever had REAL flu and have no idea how unwell it can make you feel, or for how long. But we don’t close down the entire country, even though flu can kill the vulnerable.
        Of course covid isn’t the flu, but we must learn to live and protect ourselves from serious illness. The only real protection is the vaccine and booster, washing hand is always important for general hygiene, but there is no proof that covid I’d generally passed by touch. Masks are more of a courtesy precaution because they know that passing contact is not as dangerous as prolonged contact in a confined, unventilated space.
        Get the jab or not, freedom of choice is important, but stop panicking if you choose not to and then expect everyone else to give up their freedoms to protect selfish you.
        Omicron looks like just more of the same. Infectious, yes, but looking no more deadly than Delta.
        Calm down people, protect the vulnerable, get boostered, and get on with living.

        • Anonymous says:

          actually I’ve had the real flu, and COVID lasts far longer and is a lot, lot worse, fever is higher and truly exhausting.

          Then there is the 20% chance of long term life changing sickness from COVID, about 1,000 time higher then REAL flu

      • Anonymous says:

        Crawl back under your bed for another couple years.

        • Anonymous says:

          Ignore science, pandemic history, and concern for others for another couple of years, or go to America with this nonsense

    • Anonymous says:

      This is why it is even more important for persons with health issues to be vaccinated!!!!

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