The Health Services Authority has said eight of its staff members, along with family members, are now in isolation due to potential exposure to a highly symptomatic COVID-19-positive patient at the Cayman Islands Hospital.
HSA confirmed the action in a brief statement Tuesday morning.
The patient – an unvaccinated traveller who had been nearing the end of the mandatory 14-day quarantine – is being treated at the hospital’s Critical Care Unit, suffering from symptoms of COVID-19.
The Public Health Department, in a statement issued Monday afternoon, said the patient was in stable condition.
In its emailed response, the HSA said all members of staff who had come into contact with the patient had been wearing personal protective equipment.
However, “one staff member did not have on an isolation gown or shoe protection”.
A full investigation, the HSA said, had been undertaken, “leading to the decision to isolate those involved”.
HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood, in the statement Tuesday announcing the isolation of the staff, said, “It is our top priority to keep our patients and staff safe, therefore out of an abundance of caution, anyone potentially exposed directly or indirectly has been placed in isolation.”
She added that those staffers now in isolation “will be monitored and tested following standard Public Health protocol”.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said the COVID-19 patient had been quarantining alone at home.