21 new community COVID cases; 16 are children

As of Friday morning, 8 Oct., 21 new cases of local transmission of COVID-19 have been reported out of 763 PCR tests processed since Thursday.

In the latest COVID update, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said the new cases include 16 children, one of whom is an infant.

According to Lee’s statement, the infant has been admitted to the Cayman Islands Hospital and is in stable condition, as is the infant who was hospitalised on Wednesday, 6 Oct. Neither child has required breathing support.

The Health Services Authority, in response to questions from the Cayman Compass, said the two infants are aged 10 months and 11 months. “One child is from the household of a known positive. The other child is not from a house of a known positive,” the HSA said.

The Accident and Emergency Unit at the hospital has an isolation room for anyone coming in who has tested positive or is suspected of being positive for COVID-19, the HSA told the Compass.

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“This room (and ambulances if used for transporting) undergoes a deep sanitation process,” the HSA said.

Lee’s Friday update also noted there have been 108,614 COVID-19 vaccinations given in the Cayman Islands. Of these, 55,530 (78% of a total estimated population of 71,106) have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 52,822 (74%) have completed the two-dose course.  Additionally, 262 people (0%) have had a third, or booster, dose.

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