Eight children among 13 new community positives

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported on Wednesday that there are 13 new cases of community transmission of COVID-19, of which eight are children.

This is in addition to two travellers, who returned positive results at their quarantine exit tests, he said.

Since Tuesday, 618 PCR tests have been conducted in total since Tuesday, when 13 total positives were also reported.

Speaking in a video update, Lee confirmed that the first delivery of lateral flow tests arrived on Monday and are being stored at the Health Services Authority, “while we work out the plans to deploy them”.

“Obviously this first deployment will be in school children, as that’s where we know we have a current outbreak,” Lee explained.

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He added he would be working on a video shortly, to show how easy the tests are to use. The Compass explainer on how the tests work can be found here.

Vaccination update

There have now been 109,668 vaccinations given in total across Cayman, Lee said.

Of that total, 55,723 are first doses, representing 78% of the estimated population; 53,258 people, or 75%, have completed the course.

In addition, 687 people have had a third, or booster, dose.

This comes as a Compass analysis shows weekly first-dose COVID-19 vaccinations have dropped to an average of fewer than 300 over the past three weeks, down from a brief but steep surge in September, when the first cases of community transmission in a year were reported.

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