Cayman has recorded 24 new COVID-19 cases, more than half of which were unvaccinated individuals and included 11 family groups, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported Monday evening.

With Monday’s new positives there are now 35 active cases, none of which have required hospitalisation.

However, 14 of the patients with the virus are displaying symptoms while the majority, 21 patients, are asymptomatic.

These new positives take Cayman’s total COVID-19 cases to 715. According to the stats, 678 of those cases are fully recovered.

Lee, on Monday, said 784 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since the last coronavirus report was issued on Friday, 3 Sept.

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Of the latest positives, 23 were travellers and one was a person quarantining with a traveller.

Monday’s total by the numbers
24 positive cases
– 11 family groups
– 3 single-member households
Positives by vaccine status
15 unvaccinated
9 vaccinated

This total ranks among the highest number of cases registered in a single day since COVID-19 first touched local shores last March.

In the statement issued by the Ministry of Health,  officials said the 24 cases included 11 family groups and three single-member households.

“Fifteen individuals were unvaccinated against COVID-19 and nine individuals were vaccinated,” it added.

Premier Wayne Panton, commenting on the significant number of positive cases, said, “based on everything we see happening internationally we know there will be an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community”.

He pointed out that the public needs to consider this increased risk and get vaccinated, as the Cayman Islands moves to reopen its borders .

Premier Wayne Panton.

“The high number of positive test results today, reinforces why it is so important that we get the vaccine and encourage our loved ones to do the same. While it is still possible to contract COVID-19 if you are vaccinated, the vaccine is our best defense against severe illness and death,” he said.

Health Minister Sabrina Turner, in the statement, stressed people should remain vigilant.

The high number of positive test results today, reinforces why it is so important that we get the vaccine and encourage our loved ones to do the same. While it is still possible to contract COVID-19 if you are vaccinated, the vaccine is our best defense against severe illness and death. – Premier Wayne Panton

“We understand that everyone is very apprehensive, and will remain guided by the overall health and safety of our people. This is also an excellent reminder of the need to follow COVID-19 prevention protocols, including frequent handwashing and wearing masks as added protection,” she said.

To date, 102,052 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered in the Cayman Islands, according to the statement, with 52,158, or 73% of an estimated population of 71,106, having at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

As for those completing the two-dose course, that total stands at 49,894, or 70% of the estimated population.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. A good question I would like answered, which has never been answered before is: which vaccine have the vaccinated people people received entering the nation, who test positive for the Covid 19 Virus??? This is definitely an important question to answer, as some vaccines are definitely not as good as others.

  2. I am as eager to see my overseas family members as anyone. But after such a brilliant job of keeping local transmission of coronavirus to zero, now is not the time to eliminate quarantine for incoming visitors.

  3. I understand we have the ability to test arrivals for the Delta variant. Are we doing so, and if we are why are the results not published?. Delta positives could have very serious implications for Cayman so the public have a right to this information.

  4. This is just more proof that if the government sticks with their plan to remove quarantine requirements it is just a question of when, and not if, Caymanians/residents will be in hospitals due to COVID, we will have Caymanians/residents that will die from COVID, and we will be locked down again, killing our local economy again. As well, this will be the end of this government, and sadly they will be a 1 term government as no one will forget at the next election, that our first deaths were on their watch.

  5. Additional useful info would be what countries are infected travellers originating from, which variant, and for breakthrough infections which vaccine was used.

    Because vaccines are less than 100% effective, seems reasonable for public health to change Phase 4 Reduced Quarantine Restrictions to also require vaccinated travellers be quarantined for one (1) day and be tested at start of quarantine. Such minimal quarantine requirement should catch some breakthrough infections of vaccinated travellers and remind all air travellers to continue being cautious in CI and follow safe practices.

    Today, Wednesday, 8th of Sept, Covid Tracker shows 5 more fully vaccinated at 49,899 and 36 more partially vaccinated at 52,194. Based on latest ESO reported CI population, more than 74% are fully vaccinated and more than 78% are partially vaccinated which likely become fully vaccinated in a few weeks.

    One more day remains for unvaccinated to get their first jab in order to be fully protected by start of Phase 4 on 14th of October.