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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

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ARTICLES BY RESHMA RAGOONATH

Health officials have changed how they will be reporting COVID-19 cases in Cayman. It comes after confirmatory tests from the Caribbean Public Health Agency determined that a sample which had been found to be negative during testing at the Health Services Authority laboratory was, in fact, positive.

‘False negative’ prompts local testing change

Health officials have changed how they will be reporting COVID-19 cases in Cayman.
Health Services Authority forensic laboratory.

702 calls made to flu hotline

A total of 170 people have made use of the Health Services Authority’s flu clinic, which was created to separate patients with respiratory conditions from the general public as part of government’s COVID-19 response.
Police Commissioner Derek Byrne

One person arrested for breaking curfew

Police arrested one man and warned two other people for prosecution for breaking the first night of Cayman’s island wide curfew on Tuesday.
Cayman Islands labour law

Employers reminded to obey Labour Law

Government is warning local businesses that they are under an obligation to pay employees who have been terminated what they are owed under the law.
Jevaughanie Ebanks in isolation

Caymanian students settling into isolation

The last batch of Caymanian students travelling from overseas touched down Sunday night and are settling in at isolation facilities that will be their home for the next 14 days.
A number of workers have been reporting to the Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) office as Cayman closes its borders to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

WORC changes operations as part of COVID-19 response

The Workforce Opportunities and Residency department has implemented policy changes to reduce public interaction as part of its COVID-19 response.the Workforce Opportunities and Residency department has also implemented policy changes to reduce public interaction.
Buses line up at the airport to take returning students to isolation units

Isolated student taken to hospital

A student staying in one of the isolation facilities provided by Government has been placed in isolation after being taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital for assessment Friday evening, Government Information Services confirmed.
House Speaker McKeeva Bush

Coral Beach assault file with DPP

The police file on the alleged assault involving House Speaker McKeeva Bush has been handed over to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a legal ruling.
Health officials have changed how they will be reporting COVID-19 cases in Cayman. It comes after confirmatory tests from the Caribbean Public Health Agency determined that a sample which had been found to be negative during testing at the Health Services Authority laboratory was, in fact, positive.

Pharmacists warned against prescribing anti-malarial drugs

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has issued a strong warning to local pharmacists to “act responsibly” when it comes to prescriptions relating to the drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee

More reagents for COVID-19 tests headed to Cayman

A fresh batch of reagents has been dispatched to Cayman to supplement the current supply at the Health Services Authority for local COVID-19 testing, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee confirmed on Friday.
A number of workers have been reporting to the Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) office as Cayman closes its borders to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Gov’t mulls extending NAU support to impacted expat workers

Government has said it is considering extending one-off assistance to expatriate workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Police prepping for spike in domestic violence reports

Police Commissioner Derek Byrne has assured that law and order remains stable in Cayman even as thousands are facing dwindling finances in the wake of the collapse of the tourism industry due to border closures.
Brian Barnes

PTU drivers welcome incentive

“It’s very rough, it’s very hard.” This has been the refrain for many tour operators who are now feeling the pinch as the Cayman goes into lockdown mode in mere days.
Premier Alden McLaughlin and Overseas Territories Minister Baroness Liz Sugg pictured together during McLaughlin's UK trip last month.

UK commits to support Cayman, OTs’ COVID-19 efforts

UK Overseas Territories Minister Baroness Liz Sugg says the UK stands with its overseas territories as they continue to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Empty deckchairs at the Kimpton Seafire hotel lie empty.

Cayman facing ‘humanitarian crisis’ with expats

Thousands of expatriate workers have lost their jobs and may be stuck in Cayman as many countries close off their gateways back home.

$3m set aside for COVID-19 response

Government has tapped into the National Disaster Fund to the tune of $3 million as it readies to provide support for Caymanian workers facing the breadline due to the collapse of the tourism industry.

McLean urges gov’t, opposition effort in COVID-19 response

Opposition Leader Arden McLean has given his support to government’s ongoing efforts to suppress the spread of COVID-19.
George Town Post Office

International mail services suspended

Cayman Islands Postal Service has said it will be suspending all international mail services for three weeks.
With Cayman's tourism industry in free fall, financial services will be relied up to see Cayman through upcoming lean times

Premier: Tourism industry has collapsed

Cayman’s closure of its borders has sent the tourism industry into “free fall,” according to Premier Alden McLaughlin, who said at a press conference Monday that it is now up to the financial services industry to see the country through the upcoming months.
Residents and business-owners gathered for the meeting at the home of McKeeva Bush in West Bay.

West Bay MLAs meet with residents over virus

As Cayman continues to ramp up its suppression efforts to keep the COVID-19 virus from spreading in the community, House Speaker McKeeva Bush and fellow MLA Captain Eugene Ebanks have urged West Bay residents to remain calm as the two politicians sought to allay fears and answer questions.

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