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The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority is expecting shipments of substantial amounts of personal protective equipment, including gloves and surgical masks, in response to COVID-19.
Health Minister Dwayne Seymour broke down the number of items already in stock on island and those on order. The items include:
- Gloves: 219,000 on hand and 938,000 on order
- Surgical masks: more than 106,000 on hand and 83,000 on order
- N95 masks: more than 3,500 on hand and over 300,000 on order
- Isolation gowns: more than 2,000 on hand and 71,000 on order
- Face shields with and without masks: 360 on hand and 52,000 on order
- Goggles – 500 on hand and more than 5,000 on order
The minister did not specify when the goods would arrive or where they are coming from.
“Beyond those initial preparedness activities and as we monitor the global situation and the challenges of other countries and healthcare systems our priority is on ensuring the availability of resources and to keep healthcare workers safe as they care for the public,” a press release read.
Regarding testing capacity, Cayman received 480 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, bringing the total to 520. These tests can verify if viral particles exist in a sample taken from a patient. More tests are expected to arrive this week from the UK.
CTMH Doctors Hospital has also been converting its chemo-compounding lab to enable it to offer COVID-19 testing, and expects that lab to be up and running possibly as soon as this week.
“The stringent measures already announced by the premier and the government, along with the plans being implemented by the National Emergency Operations Centre, have made a significant impact in our mitigation and containment efforts and placed the Cayman Islands ahead of other regions in the fight against this pandemic,” Seymour said.
“The HSA is taking action to not only keep our community safe but to provide an effective and sustained response to any significant community spread and is taking all necessary steps in order to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.”
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