5 positive COVID cases among travellers

Five people have tested positive for COVID-19 among the latest batch of samples, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported Friday.

All are travellers who have arrived in Cayman in the past fortnight. None of the five are symptomatic, Lee said.

The results were among 261 tests carried out since Thursday.

This brings to 250 the total number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the Cayman Islands.

Of those, 236 have recovered. Thirteen cases are considered to be active, but 12 are asymptomatic. The one person who has symptoms remains hospitalised, officials said.

The five people who tested positive in the latest batch have been in quarantine since arriving on island. They will remain in isolation until they return a negative test.

As of Friday evening, the total number of people in isolation, either at a government facility or in their homes, was 721.

Support local journalism. Subscribe to the all-access pass for the Cayman Compass.

Subscribe now


  1. This really shows the importance of the quarantine period. These 5 people could unknowingly have spread this all over the island.

    But why aren’t we testing before people get on the plane? I realize that someone could still test negative and be incubating nonetheless.
    But it would surely eliminate 2/3 of the carriers before they got on plane to infect people in the next seats.

    Another question. Is it possible for the Department of Health to release anonymized results for returned travelers?
    For example:
    Traveler 1 was negative on arrival, positive after 5 days but negative on 14th day.
    Traveler 2 was negative on arrival and remained negative on 5th and 14th day.
    Traveler 3 was positive on arrival and on 5th day but negative by 14th day.
    Whether they were asymptomatic or symptomatic when positive would be very useful too.

    There’s an opportunity here to produce results that would be useful worldwide.