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13 community positives reported, as first dose vaccinations cross 79%

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has reported thirteen community positives on Friday, including five children.

Premier: Border-reopening date to be announced next week

An announcement on a border reopening date is expected next week, Premier Wayne Panton said at a press briefing Thursday.

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.

First-time vaccinations drop again

Weekly first-dose COVID-19 vaccinations have dropped to an average of less than 300 over the past three weeks, after the first community transmissions in almost a year caused a brief but steep surge in vaccination numbers in September.

Five children among eight new local COVID-19 cases

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

More than 1,400 people in isolation amid uptick in community cases

A total of 1,415 individuals, including families impacted by the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in schools, remain in isolation, according to figures released by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Masks, school closures only increase fear of COVID-19 in students, says doctor

Mask mandates and school closures due to COVID-19 will only increase the fear of the virus among students in the community, especially when it will only make them mildly ill, local consultant paediatrician and neonatologist Dr. Sara Watkin has said.

COVID-positive infants released from hospital

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee announced Monday that two infants who were hospitalised with COVID-19 last week have been discharged. This news comes as Lee confirmed that there were 14 new local COVID cases, which include 10 children.

Cayman’s first lateral flow COVID-19 tests arrive Monday

Cayman's first batch of lateral flow tests, which are expected to be used initially for screening of those in isolation due to COVID-19 outbreak in schools, will arrive on the BA flight on Monday.

Education boss stands by mask mandate for schools

Despite resistance in some quarters, Director of the Department of Education Services Mark Ray is standing by the decision to mandate masks in schools for students age 5 and above.

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.

Explainer: Mandatory vaccines

Parliament this week passed two bills – the Customs and Border Control (Amendment) Bill and the Immigration (Transition) (Amendment) Bill – that mandate COVID-19 vaccines for certain categories of non-Caymanians in the Cayman Islands. Here, we take a quick look at what entails.

Lee: Rapid home tests may be here after mid-term break

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee says self-administered lateral flow tests, which can be used at home to detect COVID antigens rapidly, are expected to be available when schools return after the mid-term break.

COVID-positive child hospitalised amid 5 new cases

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.

Staff shortages prompt early mid-term breaks for gov’t schools

Government schools across Grand Cayman will begin mid-term break early as the number of students testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of staff in isolation relating to those cases continue to rise.

9 new community COVID cases reported

Nine new local cases of COVID-19 have been reported, including eight schoolchildren, in the latest results.

The Resh Hour with Mark Ray, Department of Education Services

Director of the Department of Education Services Mark Ray joins Compass journalist Reshma Ragoonath to discuss the recent outbreaks in schools, new COVID guidelines and mask mandates.

Governor supports mandatory vaccination bills

Governor Martyn Roper issued a statement Wednesday in support of the government's recent passage of two bills mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for non-Caymanians in the Cayman Islands.

Plans under way to bring rapid COVID-19 home tests to Cayman

Government plans to introduce new regulations that will pave the way for the use of rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests on island by the Health Services Authority and the private sector.

MPs pass bills mandating COVID vaccines for non-Caymanians

Members of Parliament on Tuesday passed two bills mandating COVID-19 vaccination for non-Caymanians in the Cayman Islands.

10 new local COVID cases reported

Cayman recorded 10 new cases of community transmission of COVID-19 on Tuesday and five in travellers, according to the latest update from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Gov’t: Assistance to be given to quarantiners in local outbreaks

Health Minister Sabrina Turner said in Parliament Tuesday that the government would be announcing plans this week to assist people who are in mandatory quarantine because of the recent local COVID-19 outbreaks.

Manderson: Civil service to mirror private-sector vaccination rules

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said, as head of the civil service, he would not be requiring mandatory vaccinations for Caymanian civil servants, including frontline workers, but provisions may be put in place mandating vaccines for non-Caymanian civil servants.

Businesses shift gears to live with COVID-19

As COVID-19 community cases are becoming more widespread, local businesses are preparing to 'coexist with the virus' by aiming for an operational and mindset...

38 new community COVID cases recorded

Cayman recorded 38 new cases of community transmission of COVID on Monday, the majority of which are school children, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said in his latest update.

Children, dependents of Caymanians dropped from mandatory vaccination bill

Children and dependents of Caymanians will not included in proposed amendments to the Customs and Border Control Bill, the government announced in parliament during a debate on the bill Monday.

‘Freedom of choice’ demonstrations held as gov’t debates vaccine mandates

Nearly 200 people gathered outside Parliament Monday to demonstrate against a pair of bills debated by parliamentarians Monday that would require COVID-19 vaccinations for non-Caymanians.

Politicians begin debate on mandatory vaccinations

Lawmakers on Monday morning began debating the first of two pieces of legislation that would mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for non-Caymanians.

COVID-19 vaccination schedule October 2021

The Public Health Department has published the latest schedule for the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for October 2021.

Opposition calls for withdrawal of ‘discriminatory’ vaccine law changes

Opposition lawmakers Monday morning called for government to withdraw proposed vaccination law changes just hours before Cayman's parliamentarians were set to debate a pair of bills that would require vaccinations for many of Cayman's residents and visitors.

Students, teachers from three schools to be COVID-tested on Sunday

Public Health announced that teachers and students from five classes at three different schools will be tested today that the Cayman Islands Hospital COVID-19 Testing Clinic, after a positive COVID-19 case was detected in each of these classes.  

Classes at multiple schools to self-isolate after more COVID found

Following the identification of additional positive COVID-19 cases in students, two more classes at Prospect Primary School, one class at John Gray High School and one class at Triple C will switch to remote learning on Monday.

Government releases new COVID protocol for schools

After Public Health confirmed on Friday that seven additional children have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, government published details of its new protocol for handling positive COVID cases in schools.

Study: Surgical masks more effective than cloth

A new study, the largest of its kind, by a group of scientists from Yale, Stanford and UC Berkeley universities and other institutions has shown that masks, especially surgical masks, are effective at protecting against COVID-19.

Positive COVID case ends private day cruise

A boat trip to Star Fish Point was cut short Friday when one member of the party, who was awaiting PCR test results to travel the next day, was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

11 new cases of community transmission reported

Officials from the Ministry of Health and Wellness have reported 11 new cases of community COVID-19 transmission, spanning four schools, a preschool and two instances in which there is no known connection to other positive results.

Poll: Do you support proof of vaccination requirements?

Would you favour or oppose businesses requiring people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

Businesses find ways to cope with new regulations

Several businesses across Cayman say the latest COVID-19 regulations, which once again mandate mask wearing, social distancing, crowd-size limitations and, in some circumstances, proof of vaccination before services can be accessed, have caused new hardships.

3 new local COVID cases reported

Health officials have announced that there are three new local COVID-19 cases, as well as two positive cases among travellers.

George Town Primary to reopen Monday

George Town Primary School, which has been shut since 14 Sept. due to a COVID outbreak, will reopen on Monday, the Ministry of Education announced.

11 new local cases, all connected to schools’ outbreaks

Health officials announced there are 11 new cases of community transmission of COVID-19 in the latest results, with five related to Prospect Primary School and six associated with George Town Primary.

The Resh Hour with Deputy Premier Chris Saunders

Deputy Premier Chris Saunders joins Compass journalist Reshma Ragoonath to discuss Cayman's COVID-19 response.

World Heart Day: COVID’s risk to the heart

With Wednesday, 29 Sept., being World Heart Day, the Cayman Compass spoke to a cardiology specialist in Florida who discussed the impact COVID has on heart patients, as well as the way the virus can attack the heart in patients who have no previous cardiac issues.

Prospect Primary student tests positive for COVID

A year six student at Prospect Primary School has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Public Health confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

5 new local COVID cases among 17 positive results

Five further cases of community transmission have been reported Monday, three of which are connected to the first local outbreak of COVID-19 since last year and two linked to the George Town Primary School outbreak.

Gov’t looking at mandatory vaccines for contracted civil servants

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has said the civil service will join the elected government in looking at developing legislation to require civil servants on government contracts to be vaccinated.

Primary school mask mandate counter to international advice

The requirement for children over age 5 to wear a mask in school, if they cannot maintain a distance of 6 feet from others, runs counter to guidance offered by the World Health Organization and the Department of Education in England.

Bill mandating vaccines for work-permit holders heads to Parliament

Government is moving ahead with plans to mandate vaccinations for new and renewing work permit holders in the Cayman Islands.

Gov’t mandates masks indoors

The Cayman Islands government Thursday evening published regulations that include mask mandates, restrictions on scuba gear rental and public gatherings. Many of the regulations were not discussed or announced by lawmakers during a nearly two hour COVID-19 press conference Thursday at Government Administration Building.

COVID outbreak in check after 10,000 negative tests

More than 10,000 people have been screened for COVID-19 and tested negative in the past two weeks, health officials revealed Thursday.

COVID contact tracing focusses on close connections

Testing and isolation for COVID-19 in the community is focussing on ‘primary contacts’ of people who test positive.

Cayman’s doctors ‘ready’ for COVID impact

Cayman's medical fraternity is ready for a potential increase in cases of COVID-19, should that situation arise as a result of opening Cayman's borders.

Poll: Do you support mandatory vaccination?

As government continues its push to vaccinate Cayman’s population, should Cayman consider implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations?

Police: File on COVID-positive airline passenger to go to DPP

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service says it plans to send a file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions shortly on a Cayman Airways passenger who entered the island despite testing positive for COVID-19 prior to departing from Jamaica.

No new community cases as first two people receive booster shots

Cayman's locally transmitted COVID-19 cases remained at 28 Wednesday morning as Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee confirmed there were no new local cases in the latest round of tests.

Unvaccinated Doctors Hospital COVID screener tests positive

Three more people have tested positive for COVID in community transmission cases, including an unvaccinated person working in the coronavirus screening service at Doctors Hospital, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee confirmed Tuesday.

What is the risk to Cayman from a COVID outbreak?

Once the borders reopen to vaccinated travellers, Cayman Islands leaders are anticipating that some degree of exposure to COVID-19 is inevitable. But what exactly is the risk from COVID at this point?

Eight travellers test positive in latest COVID-19 results

Eight travellers have returned positive COVID-19 results, in tests conducted since Saturday.

Government issues new mask mandate for all public schools

The Ministry of Education has mandated the wearing of masks in all public school in almost all circumstances.

Another George Town Primary student tests positive for COVID-19

One more child has tested positive form the George Town Primary School community outbreak of COVID-19 said Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee.

Governor: 11,000 new vaccines arriving this month

Governor Martyn Roper announced Friday that another 11,000 vaccines will be arriving on the 27 Sept. British Airways flight, which can be used for first and second doses, and for booster shots.

UK to remove pre-test for vaccinated travellers

United Kingdom Transport Minister Grant Shapps has announced to the removal of Britain's traffic list travel list and the introduction of a new two-tier plan which will ease travel requirements for the vaccinated passengers.

No new local COVID cases in most recent results

In an update on the latest COVID-19 results, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said there were no new local positive cases, but two travellers exiting from quarantine had returned positive results.

Editorial: It’s time to take the reopening leap

Cayman has done an exemplary job at every stage of this pandemic, but the days of prevention are now gone. COVID-19 is in our community, even with the borders closed. Handling the reopening is the final hurdle. We must have the courage to take that leap.

Ask the Experts: Cayman’s doctors talk vaccines & COVID-19

A selection of highlights from the roundtable discussion on vaccines and COVID-19.

WORC staffer isolated after COVID-19 contact

A Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman staff member has been placed in isolation and fellow co-workers sent on remote working and shift duties after contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Nine more George Town Primary School students test positive

Nine more children have tested positive in connection with the George Town Primary School outbreak, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said Thursday.

George Town Primary student and family flagged in suspected breach

Public Health has said a George Town Primary School student and family were placed in 14 day home isolation after a suspected breach in which three individuals traveled to Cayman Brac recently.

Mail Call: Face Masks

Editor-in-chief Kevin Morales explains why businesses can ask you to wear a face mask to enter their stores.

Prisons closed to public as staffer tests COVID-19 positive

The Cayman Islands Prison Service has closed the doors of Northward and Fairbanks to the public and restricted movement internally after a prisons employee tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday night.

Opposition continues calls for cooperation despite chilly response

Opposition legislators have renewed their offer of assistance to Premier Wayne Panton and his administration as Cayman navigates the reemergence of COVID-19.

Local COVID cases rise to 17

Cayman's locally transmitted COVID-19 cases have now crossed the double digit mark, to 17, as Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee confirmed that 10 people are now connected to the outbreak at George Town Primary School.

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