This story has been updated to reflect information from Public Health that the travellers testing positive at exit screening had not been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine.

Since Friday, 12 travellers have tested positive for coronavirus, with about half of these results coming from people at the end of their quarantine, according to Monday’s COVID-19 update from Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

Around half of the 12 positives from today’s COVID-19 update came from travellers tested at the end of their quarantine period.

The positives were part of 702 total tests carried out since Friday.

The update says around half of the dozen positives were found in arriving travellers; the remaining positives came from those who were being tested at the end of their designated quarantine period, in order to be released.

Public Health confirmed to the Compass on Tuesday that none of those people were travellers who had “been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine”.

The positives connected to the exit screening were all found in travellers at the end of the requisite 14-day quarantine period, in persons who had not been fully vaccinated.

The Compass had asked for clarification on that matter as well as the exact number of people who tested positive at the exit screening.

All of the positive travellers will remain in quarantine until they are considered fully recovered, by returning a negative PCR test.

Monday’s results bring the number of current active cases in Cayman to 18, of which all are asymptomatic.

The total number of people in isolation today, either at a government facility or in their homes as required by the medical officer of health, is 792.

On Saturday, in a renewed push to get people vaccinated, five members of the new government got their first jabs at the Owen Roberts International Airport vaccine clinic. As part of the drive, the government has also organised a prize draw for residents getting their first shots.

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  1. Please provide a follow up article on if any of the positives were from fully vaccinated persons on the reduced 10 day quarantine period. Given your previous article on the UK / Bermuda data it is doubtful. Hopefully information such as this will reduce vaccine hesitancy.

  2. Five members of the new government are only now getting their FIRST vaccine jab.

    Why not months ago when they first became eligible?

    It’s funny how it many countries people are begging for vaccines yet here in Cayman we have doses going to waste.

    These cases of people testing positive after 10/14 days are worrying. Were they positive when they boarded the plane? Positive when they arrived and still positive 10/14 days later? Or did this develop while in quarantine?

    Were they quarantining at home? I believe that anyone who tests positive on arrival should NOT be able to quarantine at home but must stay in a government hotel until negative.

  3. These new data points of the positive tests clearly prove that pre-departure negative tests do nothing to prevent the arrival of COVID on our shores. People get tested 3 days before departure, then contract the virus sometime between their test and their arrival, and we locals are put at risk as a result.

    • You are missing THE key point with respect to the COVID vaccines. They do not prevent you from catching COVID, but are intended to reduce severe symptoms and the probability of death. If you are exposed to COVID post vaccination, you may get COVID but will experience mild symptom or none at all.

      In other words, you can be fully vaccinated, have COVID and be asymptomatic.

  4. It is proven that being vaccinated does reduce your likelihood to transmit the virus. The best thing anyone can do is get vaccinated. Our quarantine restrictions are tough enough. So long as people do as they are supposed to, we are in good shape. Get vaccinated and get on with it.

    • Our quarantine restrictions are tough but unsustainable for the long term if we wish to have a tourism industry.
      No one will come here on a 2 week vacation at $500 per day for a hotel if they need to spend the first 10 days inside their hotel room in quarantine.

  5. Some questions for Mr. Lee…

    1. Is Cayman using the same threshold for positivity as the USA, UK, Jamaica or other territories?
    2. How many of the positives found “on exit” were children? We note that children are not currently required to be tested prior to travel and cannot yet be vaccinated.
    3. If any were children, were all of these children tested on arrival AS WELL as on exit? Please check to confirm, as I’m 100% sure that not all children are tested on arrival. It would mean their exit test is their first PCR test.
    4. Given that “recovered” travelers with a previous infection can be PCR positive for up to 90 days, how do Cayman labs distinguish between active infections and mere low grade positives that are due to past exposure and therefore no longer infectious?
    5. When borders are reopened, how do you plan to deal with visitors who are tested and happen to fall in this “already recovered” category?
    6. Can Mr. Lee consider having threshold data for positive cases available to the press to help the public get an understanding of the phase of any new positives detected? Ie. To be transparent about how each is determined to be new, old or recovered.
    7. Although PCR tests are more sensitive, that sensitivity may not be as useful in determining infectiousness. It is said that antigen tests are a better indicator of whether a person is actually infectious. Can Dr. Lee offer an opinion on this? Would Cayman be considering accepting antigen tests from vaccinated travellers?