Health officials have said they are monitoring a “very small” number of people on island who have travelled from China.
“These persons are all asymptomatic (not ill) and they are being monitored daily by the [Public Health] Department,” Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez told the Cayman Compass Tuesday in an emailed response to queries on local monitoring.
Williams-Rodriguez said the exact number of people currently being monitored is not going to be released, but it remains “very small”.
“They have been isolated at home,” he said, assuring that the Cayman Islands is prepared to manage the situation.
On Monday, health officials said there were no cases of coronavirus on island.
Williams-Rodriquez said that Customs and Border Control is conducting screenings, which includes looking at arriving passengers’ travel history and any symptoms at ports of entry.
This was confirmed by Deputy Director of Customs and Border Control Gary Wong during a media briefing on Cayman’s response to the global health emergency at the Government Administration Building on Monday.
He said all travel documents for arriving passengers are being scrutinised for travel history to coronavirus-affected countries, in particular China, where the virus originated.
He added that arriving ships are also being scrutinised.
“It’s also mandated that masters of vessels coming into the Cayman Islands must report to us anyone who they see or feel may be sick or may be coming from a country that may have this infection. We have a health declaration form that must be submitted to us before the vessel arrives and it gives us information on people who they suspect may be sick,” Wong said.
He added that the border control officers are keeping the Health Services Authority informed.
“Caymanians, residents, visitors, if you’re feeling ill … let us know,” Wong said Monday.
As of Tuesday, 427 people had died from the virus, with more than 20,000 confirmed cases around the world, most of them in China.
There has, thus far, been one death outside of China, a man from the Philippines.
On Tuesday, health officials were expected to deliver to Cabinet a request for just over $1 million in funding for coronavirus preparations, which include the purchase of equipment and beds for a quarantine room at the HSA.
The National Security Council was also expected to meet Tuesday evening to discuss further actions to be taken in the wake of the global spread of the virus.
On Friday, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour said the National Security Council would also consider whether travel restrictions would be implemented.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said Monday that anybody who has been identified as arriving from a coronavirus-affected country and who is within the 14-day incubation period has been contacted.
| For those who have not been contacted, he advised that they get in touch with Public Health on 244-2621.
Coronavirus symptoms (similar to common cold)
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- General feeling of being unwell