Tag: Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez

No sick patients waiting on COVID-19 tests

No sick patients waiting on COVID-19 tests

| 28/03/2020 | 35 Comments

(CNS): Cayman has received a new batch of reagents, bringing local stocks of COVID-19 test kits to around 540, but this is not enough to increase the level of testing, according to local health officials. The question of how widespread the virus is in this community therefore remains unanswered, though at this stage there are […]

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Latest tests negative, few people sick

Latest tests negative, few people sick

| 27/03/2020 | 44 Comments

(CNS): Fifteen more samples tested for COVID-19 were negative and according to public health officials there has been a drop in the number of people reporting sick with anything that resembles coronavirus symptoms, meaning that so far there is little evidence of community transmission here. There is one case pending verification, which is unrelated to […]

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2 HCCI staff positive for COVID, 38 tests negative

2 HCCI staff positive for COVID, 38 tests negative

| 19/03/2020 | 85 Comments

(CNS): Two staff members at Health City Cayman Islands have tested positive for COVID-19 but another nine staff samples were negative. Meanwhile, 29 samples from members of the wider community were also negative, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee said Thursday. While there is no evidence that COVID-19 has taken hold in the wider community […]

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Testing for COVID-19 limited to sick people

Testing for COVID-19 limited to sick people

| 16/03/2020 | 19 Comments

(CNS): As Cayman began local testing on Monday for the novel coronavirus, officials stated that only those people who are sick and already showing symptoms of COVID-19 with a relevant travel history will be tested. With only five test results in for this virus at so far — four negatives and the fatal case at […]

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HSA bans most visitors, expands flu clinic

HSA bans most visitors, expands flu clinic

| 15/03/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The George Town hospital saw 300 cases of respiratory tract infections over a two week period last month, the Health Services Authority has said. The flu clinic at the hospital has therefore been expanded due to high numbers of people going there with flu-like symptoms, although it’s not clear if the HSA is testing […]

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Five people in Cayman tested for COVID-19

Five people in Cayman tested for COVID-19

| 09/03/2020 | 74 Comments

(CNS): Public health officials have confirmed that samples from five patients have been sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to be tested for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. All of the individuals who have became unwell have travelled recently to countries where outbreaks have occurred. Four of them remain isolated at home and the […]

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Team returning from DR ‘very low risk’

Team returning from DR ‘very low risk’

| 03/03/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): A local sports group travelling back to the Cayman Islands from the Dominican Republic has a very low risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the Public Health Department determined after consulting with the team about its itinerary during their visit to the country. There has been just one confirmed case of COVID-19 […]

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HSA plans flu clinic to manage coronavirus response

HSA plans flu clinic to manage coronavirus response

| 03/02/2020 | 65 Comments

(CNS): The Health Services Authority is preparing a separate flu clinic at the hospital to help it manage and treat any influx of people infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or other respiratory illnesses, as the latest flu-like virus spreads around the world. At a press conference on Monday, officials said Cayman has no confirmed […]

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HSA monitoring new virus after US case

HSA monitoring new virus after US case

| 23/01/2020 | 36 Comments

(CNS): With one case of a new strain of coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, now reported in the United States, public health officials in the Cayman Islands said they are monitoring the situation surrounding this new respiratory disease, which, it now appears, can be transmitted from human to human. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has […]

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Public health issues warning over regional dengue

Public health issues warning over regional dengue

| 09/01/2019 | 28 Comments

(CNS): Local health officials are urging Cayman Islands residents to be aware of an increase in reported cases of dengue in the Caribbean region. While there have been no reported cases for some time in Cayman, the frequency with which people travel to and from this jurisdiction always puts residents at risk during any outbreaks […]

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Officials try to contain hand, foot and mouth outbreak

Officials try to contain hand, foot and mouth outbreak

| 26/02/2018 | 11 Comments

(CNS): With more than 60 reported cases of hand, foot and mouth disease, the Public Health Department said it is “working robustly” with relevant partners to monitor, mitigate and contain the outbreak. Normally a summer virus impacting children, this highly infectious disease can also hit adults and there is no vaccine or cure. The symptoms are managed […]

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