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30 days without positives; Cayman’s COVID level moves from ‘sporadic’ to ‘no cases’

Cayman has officially marked 30 days of no COVID-19 cases and with it came a change in the Pan-American Health Organization's transmission level for the country from 'sporadic' to 'no cases'.

Travel in a COVID-19 world

Countries throughout the world have introduced specific entry requirements for anyone crossing their borders, as governments continue to grapple with COVID-19.

Cayman continues COVID-free streak

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported 128 negative test results and zero positive results for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday.

No new cases in latest batch of COVID tests

Cayman has started another week with no active COVID-19 cases as the latest batch of tests have return negative results.

25 days of negative COVID-19 results

Cayman has marked 25 consecutive days without a positive COVID-19 result, as of Friday, 7 Aug. Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported that the latest 191 PCR tests were all negative.

Time lost on temporary work permits to be recompensed

Following a cabinet directive Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) has commenced recompensing time loss on temporary work permits impacted by government’s “shelter in place” restrictions.

Daily COVID-19 tests return negative results

Cayman continued its negative COVID-19 tests stretch Tuesday as no new cases were reported in the latest batch of tests, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

No new COVID cases for 14 days

The Cayman Islands has gone 14 days without a single positive COVID-19 case, health officials confirmed Monday.

Eastern district businesses find innovative ways to survive

With Cayman’s borders still closed to international travel, businesses are having to make some tough and innovative decisions.

Cayman’s active COVID-19 cases down to zero

All of Cayman's COVID-19 cases now have fully recovered and the latest batch of tests have returned only negative results.

Government releases more details on ‘BioButton’

The Cayman Islands government said Thursday it is working with a US biotech company called BioIntelliSense to use its health monitoring 'BioButton' device as part of Cayman's phased border reopening plan.

Cancer patient fights COVID

Being strong in the face of adversity is not a new concept for cancer patient Winston Powell, so when he was diagnosed with COVID-19, it was no surprise that he drew on his strength to fight the virus and keep his family’s morale up.

Gov’t considering extension of health insurance payment scheme

Health Minister Dwayne Seymour has said government is considering an extension of its health insurance payment assistance programme.

COVID fears could impact Cayman’s cancer cases

Local cancer experts are projecting a potential spike in newly diagnosed, late-stage cancer cases amid concerns that people were reluctant to visit their doctors during the COVID lockdown.

Fact check: Knowns and unknowns about COVID-19

For everything we currently know about the novel coronavirus, many more aspects remain to be revealed and understood. Here are some of the areas where COVID-19 knowledge has evolved or where unknowns remain.

COVID-19 cases remain low, as no new positives reported

All 117 COVID-19 tests reported by Cayman’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Lee, on Thursday were negative.

Active COVID-19 cases remain at 2

No new positive COVID-19 test results were reported Wednesday by Cayman’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Lee. A total of 287 COVID-19 tests were included in Wednesday’s results, all of which were negative.

Insurance companies: Premium invoices submitted to government

Health Minister Dwayne Seymour and the Cayman Islands Health Insurance Association have sought to allay concerns that people who have applied for government assistance in paying health insurance premiums are adequately covered.

COVID lockdown pushes imports increase

Online shopping during COVID-19 restrictions fuelled an increase in imports, as the Customs and Border Control agency reported a record-breaking amount of imported goods.

Cancer and COVID

While medical professionals continue to analyse the COVID-19 strain, it is clear those with compromised immune systems – like cancer patients – are at risk, and local patients are not chancing contracting the virus.

Stingray City, Sandbar unlocked for tour operators

Commercial vessels with wildlife interaction zone (WIZ) licences for Stingray City and the Sandbar can now access the popular sites under specified conditions, according to new regulations released Friday evening.

Cayman continues its streak of COVID-free test results

The streak of no new COVID-19 cases continues as Medical Officer for Health, Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez reported 437 negative results Friday, according to a Government Information Services press release. 

Starfish emerge in numbers in North Side

Popular nature attraction Starfish Point has seen a resurgence of its namesake animal during the COVID-19 lockdown, and the Department of Environment is urging the public to take extra care when visiting the site.

Mixed emotions as 270 Indian nationals depart Cayman

It was a bittersweet moment for many of the 270 Indian nationals as they left Grand Cayman Friday on the first Indian airbridge flight organized by the Governor’s Office and Cayman Islands government.
All passenger flights in and out of Cayman will be suspended for 3 weeks.

Hurricane evacuations unlikely

As the country prepares for what is expected to be an active hurricane season at a time when borders remain closed both locally and internationally, there are concerns that evacuation flights will not be an option if a large storm heads Cayman’s way.

108 days: Inside Cayman’s COVID-19 response

The National Emergency Operation Centre has been the central organ coordinating Cayman’s COVID-19 response for 108 days and has since been deactivated. The Cayman Compass takes a look inside the operations of the entity behind the response.

Summer camps and daycares to open 5 July

Schools and daycare facilities will begin reopening on 5 July, as Cayman moves into Suppression Level 2 of the COVID-19 crisis. Eased public health protocol, announced by Premier Alden McLaughlin on 17 June, will allow tutoring centres, preschools, summer camps and bible schools to receive children in person.

Sir John A. Cumber students urged to ‘aim high amidst the storm’

Sir John A Cumber Primary School held a special virtual Year 6 school leaving ceremony which was broadcast live on YouTube. It was the first of its kind for the West Bay school.

Postal Service extends operations

The Postal Service has said it will be extending its opening days as of next week.

Churches welcome reopening with praise and precautions

After three months of lockdown, local churches will be allowed to reopen their doors on Sunday for worship as Cayman enters Level 2 (minimal suppression) on government’s COVID-19 control tier.

COVID-19 brings new pollution challenge

With face masks now mandatory in many indoor areas during the COVID-19 crisis, the careless dumping of these disposable items has become the latest...

Schools to reopen in September

Cayman’s schools are set to reopen in September, Premier Alden McLaughlin confirmed Wednesday.

No new cases of COVID-19 for second straight day

For a second consecutive day Cayman has recorded no new cases of COVID-19.

Premier: Border reopening proving ‘great challenge’

Government continues to maintain 1 Sept. as the date to reopen Cayman's borders to international travellers, while acknowledging the process poses a 'great challenge'.

Stem cell study aims to fight the COVID-19 ‘storm’

Through a new stem cell treatment, Dr. Javier Perez says doctors at Baptist Health and Miami Cancer Institute hope to control the magnitude of COVID-19 ‘storms’ and mitigate the virus’s effects in the most severely affected patients.

Nicaraguan borders remain closed, but some nationals allowed in

Stranded Nicaraguan residents in Cayman are hopeful they may be able to return home soon, as their government has begun accepting a select few of its residents back across its border.

New sanitation guidelines for tourism industry published

New sanitation guidelines have been issued for businesses within the tourism industry to ensure the safety of visitors to local shores and guard against the spread of COVID-19.

RBC Royal Bank announces second phase of relief options

RBC Royal Bank is offering financial-relief options for its personal-banking clients impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with measures including payment deferrals on auto and instalment loans, as well as mortgages.

Three pregnant women among those who beat COVID-19

Three pregnant women were among Cayman’s positive COVID-19 cases, according to statistical data released by Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

West Bay church helps to feed the needy

The Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church in West Bay is one of several churches that have stepped up to help assist members of their community during these difficult times.

Police: Crime drops by a third during COVID-19 crisis

Overall crime in the Cayman Islands fell by nearly a third while COVID-19 hard and soft curfew restrictions were in place between the last week of March and the end of May, according to statistics released Friday by police.

Gov’t issues RFP for $500M line of credit

Government has issued a request for proposal for a standby line of credit of $500 million which it intends to use as a contingency plan should its reserves be significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourism accommodations pay out millions in refunds

Cayman’s accommodation sector seemed to be on track for another profitable year at the start of 2020, but this came to a screeching halt with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last three months, those within the industry say they have refunded millions of dollars in rental bookings.

RFA Argus crew runs through hurricane response on Colliers Beach

Royal Navy officers from RFA Argus sprang into action Thursday as officers initiated a medical evacuation scenario as they executed a mock response exercise at the scenic Colliers Beach in East End.

Let overseas students self-isolate at Christmas

While for the most part I have been in agreement with how everything has been handled during this pandemic, I have recently found myself...

Four new COVID-19 cases reported

Cayman’s COVID-19 cases have increased by four, according to the latest test results released by Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee on Wednesday.

Vampt Motors reports one case of COVID-19

A staff member at Vampt Motors has tested positive for coronavirus, the company stated on Wednesday.

OECD: Extraordinary policies needed to overcome recession

World economic output is forecast to plummet 7.6% this year, before climbing back 2.8% in 2021, if a second outbreak of COVID-19 triggers a return to lockdown measures. If a second wave of infections is avoided, global economic activity is expected to fall by 6% in 2020 and OECD unemployment to climb to 9.2% from 5.4% in 2019.

Cayman Wine Fairies spread the joy of gifting

What started as a group of friends coming together in Facebook as the Cayman Wine Fairies to support each other through the fallout of coronavirus restrictions, has become a movement of women paying it forward through anonymous gifting.

2,700 unemployed tourism workers apply for help

Nearly 3,000 people left without work amid the collapse of the tourism industry have applied for a stipend from government. They are being offered $1,000 a month for up to three months to help get them through the lean period ahead.

Beauty salon owners keep fingers crossed for reopening

As Cayman’s domestic economy slowly returns to a level of normalcy, those in the personal services industry, like beauty salons, barbers and aestheticians, say they are hopeful they will be given the green light to get back to work this month.

Plea to allow diving again 

Dear Governor’s Office and Cayman Islands government, I want to start by thanking you for your bold and decisive actions taken early on in the...

Tourism Recovery: Caribbean islands begin to welcome back visitors

Around the region, many countries are still facing COVID-19 challenges, including the damage to the economies of the impacted islands. This week, Antigua and Barbuda reopened its borders to international travel, the first in a string of Caribbean countries looking to restart the region’s most significant industry.

Outdoor bars and restaurants set to reopen

Outdoor restaurants and bars will start reopening as soon as Sunday, providing that they meet the necessary safety requirements.

4 new COVID cases reported as bars/restaurants prepare to open

Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday as Cayman's bars and restaurants prepare to open their doors on Sunday for the first time since March.

Marathon still on as organisers monitor COVID developments

The 2020 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon remains a go for December as organisers continue to monitor COVID-19 developments.

4 new COVID-19 cases reported

Cayman’s COVID-19 cases have increased by four taking the national tally to 160, according the latest report from Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

Butterfield staffer tests positive for COVID-19

One of Butterfield Bank's employees has tested positive for COVID-19, the bank stated in a press release on Tuesday evening.

Using face masks can cause a health issue

While more studies and information are becoming available on the real impact of COVID-19 on our health, no research or explanations have been done...

Economy should be fully opened

I find it very sad that our people are divided over the dangers of COVID, and the response of our government. This began as a...

Howell: Elections Office gears up for 2021 polls

Although the 2021 general election is almost a year away, elections officials are already figuring out how voting will take place if the COVID-19...

No new positive cases in latest COVID test samples

No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Cayman Islands on Thursday.

Brac Lions Club treats Faith Hospital staff to lunch

Cayman Brac Lions Club members showed their appreciation for health workers at Faith Hospital on Friday by treating them to lunch.

Giving comfort to COVID-19 warriors

Local boutique Vy's Closet is looking to help local nurses rest easier through a new initiative that honours their call to duty.

DOE records first wild green turtle nest of 2020

Department of Environment has recorded its first wild green turtle nest of the 2020 nesting season on Monday along Seven Mile Beach.

Protect the mental health of our children

I am writing this letter to raise my significant concerns on the impact of COVID-19 on the long-term mental health and overall well-being of children.

Can Cayman reopen using masks and social distancing?

My wife and I visited your wonderful island one year ago. We fell in love with Grand Cayman and by the time we left...

No reason to maintain the lockdown

The lockdown was implemented to ‘flatten the curve’ and prevent our hospitals being overwhelmed. Instead of a curve, we had a blip of one...

Realigning our priorities post-COVID

I wish to write on a few issues that I think are pertinent to where we, as a people and a country, find ourselves...

Two A. L. Thompson’s employees test positive for COVID-19

Two staffers at A. L. Thompson’s have tested positive for COVID-19, the local hardware store said in a statement on Sunday.

Turning Cayman’s tourism around in a COVID world

Department of Tourism Director Rosa Harris says she is confident in the Cayman's tourism industry’s resilience and ability to bounce back.

Premier steadfast in holding off on border reopening

While some Caribbean countries like Aruba, Antigua and St Lucia are looking to reopen their borders to tourists in the coming weeks, even as early as next month, Cayman will not be going that route.

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