23rd patient with COVID-19 dies

| 17/03/2022 | 107 Comments

(CNS): Public Health said there was another “COVID-related death” last week, bringing the total number in the Cayman Islands to 23. The latest patient was one of two who died sometime between 5 and 12 March, both unvaccinated and suffering from severe comorbidities.

Among those who have died was Oscar Lee Watler, a prisoner at HMP Northward who was just 36 years old and had been serving a 12½-year term for drug offences.

The latest weekly report released by the Public Health Department on Wednesday evening shows that during the seven-day period a total of 13 people were admitted to either the Cayman Islands Hosptial or Health City Cayman Islands. PHD said that 50% were vaccinated, a rounded percentage reflecting either six or seven people.

So far 237 people in the Cayman Islands have been treated in hospital since the start of the pandemic two years ago from 20,336 cases, which means that around 1% of those infected became severely ill.

There were just 205 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Public Health from 1,162 tests, reflecting the significant decline in community spread of the virus. The daily positive case average fell last week from 34 to 29.

Despite the overall drop in the spread of the virus, the PHD offered a word of caution in the weekly report, pointing out that a surges in cases is being registered in several countries around the world, driven largely by the Omicron BA1 and BA2 variants.

This latest wave comes as many countries in the world are lifting all restrictions, though lockdowns are being re-introduced in China and other parts of Asia. The United Kingdom, which has lifted just about all COVID prevention measures, is currently seeing a surge in the BA2 strain.

Public Health said the vaccination statistics have been adjusted to reflect the 2021 census number of 69,350, replacing the previously estimated figure of 71,106.

Using this figure 90% of the population over five years old has had at least two doses of a vaccine but only 34% has had a booster shot. For people over the age of 20, the booster rate is 39%.

See the full weekly report in the CNS Library.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Public Health England as authorized a second booster for at risk groups as of this week in anticipation of another potential surge in cases as immunity from the first booster declines. When is the second booster going to be authorized for Cayman? Only after the cruise ships or something else brings the next wave?

    • Randall Flagg says:

      Today’s report. UK reports 226,524 new coronavirus cases for a 3-day period, up 32% from last week. Number in hospital up 22%, reaching 14,948

      • Anon says:

        And life is going on as usual. UK health secretary said in an interview that those with covid should “socialise less”. Less dangerous than flu now.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How Europeans Are Helping To House Ukrainian Refugees.

    Ukraine War: Refugees head back home despite considerable risk.

    How many people do you see wear face masks?

    My sister just made to Warsaw on 24HR charter bus. 🙏. I asked her if people wear face masks. No one was wearing on her packed bus, and hardly anyone wears it in Poland.

  3. Anonymous says:

    “If you want to know who’s controlling you, find who you can’t criticize.” Voltaire

  4. Anonymous says:

    Covid is not different to fly now. We always knew it will be here in 10, 20 and 100 years. Nothing has changed. Just take your annual jab like we do for flu and live your life.

    • Anonymous says:

      Or don’t take it like we didn’t with the flu unless there was some elevating reason to do so.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Starting tomorrow, thousands of untested cruise passengers, of questionable vaccination status, are allowed to disembark HERE from “yellow” and “orange” ships under current active CDC review for non-compliance, outbreaks, and breaches.

    Meanwhile, QR-verified and card-carrying fully-vaccinated air travellers must pay fees and submit a negative test result before flying here, and apply via Travel Time for permission to board their plane.

    Pick a lane CIG. One or the other.

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed. I had to pay for verified tests because I flew. Covid cases are rising in areas where these floating petri dishes are, and I assure you that I most likely spent more money here than the cruise sheep will.

      • Anonymous says:

        No masking in USA embarkation ports, and good luck enforcing that on the ships or on shore once they get here. PACT urgently needs to correct their BS, and by that, we mean: not parade out the acting CMO to invent a new kind of Cayman-specific BS exposure grading.

  6. Covid is now another flu says:

    It is atrocious that CIG does not report deaths by splitting the fully vaccinated from the rest. If people are too stupid or selfish to get vaccinated that should not be our problem or impinge in our freedoms. Total fully vaccinated deaths from covid are running on low single figures at most.

    • Anonymous says:

      Definition of atrocious

      1 : extremely wicked, brutal, or cruel : barbaric prisoners subjected to atrocious treatment. 2 : appalling, horrifying the atrocious weapons of modern war an atrocious accident. 3: utterly revolting : abominable atrocious working conditions atrocious weather

      • Union Jack says:

        Darling, you went to Merriam Webster, and alas, there is a fair gulf between the English meaning of the word, and the Americanised version (note there is no “z” in Americanised, and that letter is pronounced “zed”).

        Cambridge English dictionary

        “atrocious : adjective (VERY BAD, of very bad quality;
        – an atrocious film/piece of acting
        – The weather has been atrocious all week.
        – Conditions in the prison were atrocious.

        Oxford dictionary:

        “atrocious : adjective very bad or unpleasant

        – She speaks French with an atrocious accent.
        – Isn’t the weather atrocious?”

        So what was your point? Queen’s head on the money, Union Jack on the flag, Queen’ English please.

    • anonymous says:

      As loath as I am to come down like a ton of bricks on those exercising their free will, I agree with the poster’s overall sentiment. There should be a differentiation. We have to impress on those who for some reason choose not to get vaccinated the deadly consequences, if only to save them from the same fate. It is the responsible thing to do.

  7. Anonymous says:

    When will people get a grip and realize all these deaths people comment about in Hong Kong or s Korea are unvaccinated. If you are triple jabbed and healthy omicron won’t kill,you. Grow up

    • Randall Flagg says:

      Austria reimposes mask mandate as coronavirus cases continue to rise. The wave is coming whether you are vaccinated or not, whether you believe in Covid or not.

      • Bert says:

        Yawn. This “wave” is a wave of cases, not serious illness or deaths. Those days are passed unless you are too stupid to get the vaccine.

    • Bobo Fett says:

      More and more reports of BA2 starting to spread & accelerate in other countries.

      I hope everyone understands that cases are reported AFTER people get sick, which means it’s actively spreading *now*, BEFORE people start becoming symptomatic. Please be proactive & take precautions early.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, but keep in mind we are on the front lines now. We had Delta, BA, and BA2 all sequenced here back in January with those tsunamis “washing over us” with close to 20% of our population in quarantine. All the easy social targets have had their “4th booster” dose now. Those that luckily duck-dived under that 1 in 4 wave are now pretty much free to go about their business until the next credible threat. Let’s try to enjoy this lull, armed with the knowledge that anyone, vaxed or not, can still get and spread COVID if something else resurges.

  8. CayCay :/ says:

    🔴And some ignorant people persist and say these people died because they were unvaccinated. Look here! These tender souls DIED UNDER “THEIR” CARE! And that is the absolute truth! Public health refused Ivermectin and other treatments, but approved only “THEIR” treatments and ventilators! WHAT A SAD TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS. NEVER SEEN SO MUCH IGNORANCE IN MY LIFE! HELP US! My condolences for the grieving families.

    • Caymanian says:

      You mean the horse medicine?? STOP SPREADING GARBAGE!!@

      • Anonymous says:


        Declaration of Helsinki

        “In the treatment of a patient, where proven prophylactic, diagnostic and therapeutic methods do not exist or have been ineffective, the physician, with informed consent from the patient, must be free to use unproven or new prophylactic, diagnostic and therapeutic measures, if in the physician’s judgement it offers hope of saving life, reestablishing health or alleviating suffering.”

        • Smith says:

          Aside from the proven interventions for covid, you only quoted part of the text and even that part was edited to be misleading. You cheeky Fox News with your cut and paste fake news! The paragraph is really about research for new treatments and in fact provides;

          37. In the treatment of an individual patient, where proven interventions do not exist or other known interventions have been ineffective, the physician, after seeking expert advice, with informed consent from the patient or a legally authorised representative, may use an unproven intervention if in the physician’s judgement it offers hope of saving life, re-establishing health or alleviating suffering. This intervention should subsequently be made the object of research, designed to evaluate its safety and efficacy. In all cases, new information must be recorded and, where appropriate, made publicly available.

          • Anonymous says:

            This intervention SHOULD SUBSEQUENTLY be made the object of research, designed to evaluate its safety and efficacy. 1️⃣So saving life, reestablishing health or alleviating suffering COMES FIRST.
            2️⃣ I believe the word should does not express a legal requirement here. And who said it’s not being done anyway?

            In all cases, new information must be recorded and, where appropriate, made publicly available
            3️⃣I am not sure what you’re trying to say here.

            Nothing is misleading in the Declaration of Helsinki as presented and your 2 additional sentences don’t change its meaning.

            To be taken seriously stop insulting people you know nothing about.

            • Anon says:

              I note you skipped the part about “proven interventions” of which there are many, when, in comparison, the evidence on the horse medicine is unsupportive of it having any effect.

              To be taken seriously, stop pushing snake oil beloved of the far right media.

      • CNN avid viewer are you ? . That has already been debunked. It was approved for human use in 1987 . It is used to treat various diseases in HUMANS . Look it up, and would YOU please stop spreading ignorance and lies.

      • Anonymous says:

        Stop calling it horse medicine – that is just misleading!

        There are human and animal versions of the drug. We are talking about using the human version, which has been proven as safe and harmless when taken in the correct doses on humans.

        • Caymanian says:

          Ooh you mean because it is??

        • Anonymous says:

          You mean the use for parasitic infections, right? From the FDA:

          Even the levels of ivermectin for approved human uses can interact with other medications, like blood-thinners. You can also overdose on ivermectin, which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (low blood pressure), allergic reactions (itching and hives), dizziness, ataxia (problems with balance), seizures, coma and even death.

          • Guido Marsupio says:

            Who cares? The whack-a-doos that take their medical advice from other whack-a-doos deserve what they get. Death is just another Darwin award!

        • Anonymous says:

          19 @ 6:56 pm – Ok, we can stop calling it horse medicine and call it dog medicine! Please take a look at your pack of Heartgard to prevent heartworm infestation in dogs – it’s Ivermectin!!

          • Anonymous says:

            Exactly, and we should call penicillin dog antibiotic because it’s used on dogs. Derp

          • Anonymous says:

            Again, it is used in humans and animals. More than enough public information for you to do your own research rather than taking what Panton says for face value.

        • Anonymous says:

          Oh but it is not a drug you take to prevent or help you if you have covid.

      • Anonymous says:

        Caymanian- your ignorance is world class.

    • Anonymous says:

      Can you point me to one study that shows Ivermectin works? One that hasn’t been made up?

    • Anonymous says:

      You would prefer these people were prescribed junk medicine? You really believe that all the doctors in the world are standing by, sticking their hands in their pockets and saying ‘no we don’t want the drugs that work, we would prefer to see our patients die?’. If you filter out all the crap you won’t find one credible drug test to support it. If it was effective every study would show it working.

      • Anonymous says:

        Since you appear to be a thinker 244, please answer a few questions I have.

        Was covid natural or man-made?

        Who funds the bio weapons labs across the earth?

        Who profits when these viruses/bacterialogical weapons are released?

        Who controls the licensing of doctors worldwide?

        Find the answers to these questions and you may find disappointment and disgust but if you have courage, you can help humankind.

        Otherwise, stay naive and uninquisitive and just go with the flow and remain comfortably numb.

    • Doc says:

      Ignorant crap spouted by the likes of you is what kills people.

    • Anonymous says:

      Likely they were not triple jabbed which is their own fault, How do you know they were vaccinated 1.06pm?

    • anonymous says:

      My God, are you so stupid as to not have drawn a statistical connection between not being vaccinated and being hospitalized and dying? Look at the numbers in the U.S., for example, then go figure who is being “ignorant”.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Really poor management at Cayman Prep this week with (17) cases in the high school!!!

    Covid has spikes but we know children (teens!) spread quickly so hopefully the alert is out for family members to LFT daily?

    Final exams and graduation is approaching quickly.

    • Anonymous says:

      Seriously how is it the school’s fault where the students mix and mingle when they aren’t in school….. you’re having a giraffe.

    • Yawn says:

      Wow! 17 kids catch highly infectious but very mild respiratory cirus which will do no harm to any of them.

  10. Anonymous says:

    can we have the pneumonia death stats as well.

    you know….just to compare them both.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I go on live web cam in seoul south korea every day…everyone on the cam that i see are wearing masks? Abd virus still exponential? Omg! Do it..go youtube..u will see they are wearing masks…

  12. Bert says:

    So no addition to the tiny number of deaths of among the fully vaccinated then?

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you really gloating? Sickening human attitude!

      • Anonymous says:

        @7:00pm..most certainly..go get vaccinated..Omicrons child is on its way from the UK to visit us soon..

        • Poppin says:

          I just had “Omicron’s child”. I hardly noticed. Went on with life as normal. Let’s stop whingeing.

          • Mumbichi says:

            No you didn’t. Not yet. It might be coming, we don’t know. It is causing havoc elsewhere, but hopefully we will be able to keep it out.

      • Rusty says:

        Buddy, the point being made is that we can’t stop living our lives only to protect those who refused to help themselves. As vaccinated mortality rates are now well below that of the common flu we need to move on.

        • Anonymous says:

          You lost me at “only to protect those who refused to help themselves”

          • Anon says:

            So we should all be subject to restrictions to protect those who do not get vaccinated? Nonsense.

            • Anonymous says:

              Have you read the court released Pfizer/Moderna Docs on the trials?

              CNS: It’s 450,000 pages of material. No one has read them.

        • Randall Flagg says:

          UK reports 90,349 new coronavirus cases, up 24% from last week. Number in hospital up 22%, reaching 14,671

          • Anon says:

            About 40% of the number in hospital were there for other things and happened to test positive for covid. COVID in the UK is now less dangerous than the flu. Everyone in England is getting on with life as normal now, and you don’t even have to isolate if you test positive.

  13. Randall Flagg says:

    South Korea reports 621,328 new coronavirus cases, by far the biggest one-day increase so far, and a record 429 new deaths.

    1.2% of South Korea’s population has tested positive for COVID-19, in just one day.

    New wave soon come.

  14. Randall Flagg says:

    17 March 2022
    UK reports 89,717 new coronavirus cases, up 26% from last week. Number in hospital up 20%, reaching 14,078.

    New wave soon come.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Public Health using a known undercount as the population figure is negligent, and very dangerous.

    • Anonymous says:

      Shhhhhh!!!!!!!! Its tourist season!!! Covid doesnt matter now!

      • Anonymous says:

        And how many of those count of vaccinated people were visiting parents or siblings or others on work permit who have already left the island. And how many students who got vaccinated here but have gone away to study. So we have a ghost vaccinated percentage…..of course it is cruise ship time!.

  16. Anonymous says:

    said it before… no-one who is relatively healthy, under 70, who is vaxxed, will die from covid.
    get vaxxed.

  17. Anonymous says:

    To be accurate, 20,336 is known cases and therefore the figure that became severely ill is less than 1%.

    • Anonymous says:

      Much less

      • Anonymous says:

        Your maths needs checking. 237 cases needed hospitalization. With 20336 known cases, that’s 1.1% of the known cases. Guess it depends on how you define seriously ill .

        • Anonymous says:

          Survival rate greater than 99.89% survival rate of known cases. Even greater rate when you consider unknown cases.

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