Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported eight new community cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, of which five are children.

He said there are also five cases among travellers, who tested positive at their quarantine exit test.

In a video update, Lee stated that 486 PCR tests have been conducted since last reported on Monday.

He added that the patient admitted to hospital last month remains hospitalised for issues unrelated to COVID-19, but is “very stable”.

Vaccination numbers

There have now been 109,302 vaccinations given in total in Cayman, Lee said.

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Of those, 55,654 are first doses, covering 78% of Cayman’s estimated population of 71,106, while 53,115 (75%) have completed the two-dose course.

A further 533 people have had a third, or booster, dose which represents 1% of the population. The October schedule for booster shots can be found here.

Lee reported that 49% of those vaccinated are women and he broke down the proportion vaccinated by age:

  • 12-18: 76%
  • 18-30: 82%
  • 30-40: 88%
  • Older than 40: well above 90%.

Lee’s report comes as the Ministry of Health and Wellness also revealed yesterday there are more than 1,400 people in isolation in Cayman, as the jurisdiction grapples with cases of community transmission connected to schools across Grand Cayman.

Watch the full update below:

Public Health changes isolation rules

Meanwhile, Public Health announced changes on Tuesday to the required isolation periods of known COVID-19 positive cases:

  • Positive cases isolating by themselves are to be tested on day 11 of isolation and will be released if negative for COVID-19
  • Positive case with vaccinated household members: if all are vaccinated persons, they will be tested on day 11 along with the positive case and will be released once everyone in the household test negative for COVID-19
  • Positive case with unvaccinated household members: If unvaccinated, they will be tested on day 15 along with the positive case and will be released once everyone in the household test negative for COVID-19. If a household member is fully vaccinated (i.e. parent of a child under vaccination age), the individual can test on day 11 and be released as long as they do not go back into the home until the positive case and other household members have tested negative.
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