Two police officers test positive for COVID-19


Two uniformed police officers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release issued Friday evening by Government Information Services.

Both officers are asymptomatic and are in isolation.

The results came by way of government’s screening programme for front-line personnel. A number of front-line and essential workers have tested positive in recent weeks, including those at supermarkets, restaurants and retail shops. Government leaders have said they expected to see more positive results as they’ve ramped up testing.

“Following news of the positive results we have worked closely with the Public Health Department to facilitate their usual investigations including risk assessment and contact tracing. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that we remain ready to serve and protect the people of the Cayman Islands,” Police Commissioner Derek Byrne said in the release.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee announced eight new positive results Friday at the government COVID-19 press conference, bringing the total number of positives in Cayman to 129, with 67 active cases, 61 people fully recovered and one death.

Byrne said all spaces have been robustly sanitised in the department where the officers who received the positive results are employed. Social-distancing protocols are also being strictly enforced across the RCIPS to reduce the chance for the viral infection to spread. People who worked closely with the COVID-positive officers in the last three days have also been recommended for testing, according to the press release.

“In addition we have implemented daily sanitisation protocols through our building janitorial functions and fleet management services. The health and wellbeing of our personnel remain of utmost importance and we thank Public Health for their work and guidance in assisting us,” Byrne said.

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