COVID-positive child hospitalised amid 5 new cases

Lee: Child doing 'satisfactorily'

The latest COVID-19 test results show there are five new community transmission cases of COVID-19, all involving children, one of whom has been admitted to hospital.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee, in his latest update, said the child was hospitalised on Wednesday evening, and is doing “satisfactorily” today.

This brings the total number of local cases reported over the past month to 124.

The latest results, from 731 tests, also include four positive cases among travellers exiting from quarantine.

There are currently 132 active cases of COVID-19 in Cayman, 52 of which are symptomatic.

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As well as the child hospitalised on Wednesday night, one other person with COVID remains in hospital. That person, an adult who tested positive after being taken to hospital on 8 Sept., was the first local case reported in Cayman in a year.

Roper: ‘Shock to community’

Governor Martyn Roper, in a statement, said the news of a very young child testing positive for COVID and being hospitalised “will be a shock for the community”.
“I understand the child is doing well. I send my very best wishes to the family,” he said.
The governor said Cayman was fortunate that no one is seriously ill from the virus and that many of the current cases linked to schools are asymptomatic.
“There is no doubt that our successful vaccine rollout has had a strong impact on limiting spread of the virus,” he said. “We all know that vaccines don’t stop individuals getting infected. But we do know that they reduce transmission and significantly reduce the risk of sickness and death. They are the most important tool we have to defeat Covid.”
Vaccinations

As of today, 55,496 people, or 78% of the estimated population of 71,106, have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 52,783 (74%) have completed the two-dose course.

Officials also confirmed that 222 people had received a third, or booster, dose.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. If you are dissatisfied with the response, what would you have had them do differently? The containment efforts have been prompt. I for one would have liked to see the border opening continue as planned. No evidence that would have changed the path of spread in the community if all incoming folks were tested, vaccinated, and quarantined.

  2. The problem is PACT said they were prepared for the unavoidable community spread of Covid when we moved to the next phase of reopening on 14 October. It is abundantly clear they were completely and totally unprepared. If they were prepared for community spread as of 14 October they would have been prepared on 8 September and we would not be flying by the seat of our pants right now.