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Six children among 28 new community cases of COVID-19

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported on Thursday that there were 28 new cases of community transmission of COVID-19 in Cayman, of which six are children.

Business leaders call for November reopening

Business leaders across multiple industries are calling for Cayman's borders to reopen on November 22.

3 children among 15 new community cases of COVID-19

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported on Wednesday that there were 15 new cases of community transmission of COVID-19 in Cayman, of which three are children.

Gov’t to review COVID protocols for sports facilities

Less than a month since government mandated a range of requirements for gyms and indoor sporting facilities, Premier Wayne Panton has vowed to make...

Opposition hits out at ‘vague’ reopening plans

Government needs to outline a clear plan for how and when it will reopen the island’s borders, Opposition Leader Roy McTaggart has said.

14 further community COVID-19 positives reported

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported an additional 14 community cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

19 children among 42 cases of community transmission

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported on Monday that there are 42 new cases of community transmission of COVID-19, of which 19 are children.

COVID-19 lateral flow pilot programme launched

Nearly 70 families were signed up to participate in a COVID-19 lateral flow testing programme on Saturday 16 Oct.

Law mandating vaccinations for non-Caymanians in effect

Law changes that now require COVID-19 vaccinations for non-Caymanians have come into force, which means that, as of 14 Oct., any work permit application, new or renewal, must show proof of vaccination.

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.

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.

Tennis activities continue with COVID precautions

The Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands is continuing operations as normal despite the outbreak of COVID-19 in the community, according to head coach Tariq Jacob.

Explainer: How do lateral flow tests work?

As plans move ahead to roll out lateral flow tests in Cayman as part of screenings for COVID-19 in local schools, the Compass takes a look at how effective they are and how they work.

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.

Turner urges focus on mental health

Health and Wellness Minister Sabrina Turner has urged the community to pay close attention to their mental health as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in mental health cases.

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.

COVID-19 testing for Prospect Primary Year 6 on Tuesday

Public Health has said it will be conducting COVID-19 exit testing for students, their households and teachers of Prospect Primary School Year 6 (Harris) on Tuesday.

Caymanian teen recovering in Miami after rare diagnosis

Caymanian teenager Jacqueline Aubert is on the mend after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare condition which doctors said was triggered following her second COVID-19 vaccine dose last month.

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.

Guidelines issued for camps, events as early mid-term break begins

With schools out early for mid-term break, Public Health officials are encouraging local camps and those hosting sporting events to observe all the necessary protocols to slow the spread of COVID-19

First Baptist moves up midterm break as more students test positive

First Baptist Christian Academy officials have decided to take the midterm break early, starting Monday on the heels of three new cases at local school.

COVID regulations force sports entities to pivot

From caps on crowds to restrictions on equipment, Cayman's sports associations and athletes are having to pivot to keep in line with the country's COVID-19 regulations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

American Airlines cancels December return, flights to resume in 2022

American Airlines has confirmed it will not be resuming flights to Grand Cayman until February 2022.

PAHO/WHO appoints new representative to the Cayman Islands

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization has appointed Ian Stein to be the representative to Jamaica, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

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.

‘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.

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.

Demonstrators gather to protest vaccine bill

Hundreds of people gathered outside Government House, along West Bay Road on Saturday 2 Oct., to voice their opposition to a proposed bill that would amend the Immigration (Transition) Act to make a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for work permit holders.

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.

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.

The Resh Hour with Deputy Premier Chris Saunders

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

Additional step added after inadvertent quarantine release

Public Health has said an additional automated step is being implemented for the release of individuals who are quarantining after a COVID-19 positive traveller was inadvertently released from isolation.

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.

UK dry ice shortage delays vaccine shipment

Cayman's next shipment of COVID-19 vaccines has been delayed until Saturday due to a shortage of dry ice in the UK, the Governor's Office has confirmed.

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.

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.

All airport staff should be vaccinated

I am a quarantined triple-vaccinated visitor. I read everything in the Cayman Compass. As I passed through the airport, I asked the health workers and...

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.

Closed border is hurting Caymanians

We miss visiting . Our annual two-week trip was cancelled last year, and it looks like this year will also provide no joy.  Our...

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.

75% of vaccinated residents have access to digital certificates

Cayman's Health Services Authority has said nearly 40,000 individuals' securely verified digital COVID-19 vaccination records with QR code have been uploaded into its MyHSA Patient Portal.

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.

New quarantine rules kick in

Verified vaccinated residents and travellers will now have to quarantine for seven days starting Wednesday, according to the latest update to Cayman's COVID-19 protocols.

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.

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?

Quarantine breach case heads to court in October

Two West Bay men charged with breaching quarantine are due to make their initial Summary Court appearance next month.

Antigua and Barbuda mandates vaccines for gov’t employees

Antigua and Barbuda has announced that from today, 20 Sept., all unvaccinated government employees are required to remain at home, and will not be paid from 1 Oct. unless they can prove they have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Teachers and eligible students must also be vaccinated before being allowed to return to face-to-face classes.

Eight travellers test positive in latest COVID-19 results

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

George Town Primary parent investigated for quarantine breach

A George Town Primary School parent is under investigation by police, the Public Health Department and Travel Cayman for breaching quarantine.

Quarantining George Town Primary families receive assistance

Hundreds of families forced into an unexpected quarantine following a COVID-19 outbreak at George Town Primary School, some with little to no food and...
Curfew could be lifted on Little Cayman as soon as Tuesday

New rules coming for travel to Sister Islands and boating

Mandatory COVID-19 tests for unvaccinated travellers leaving Grand Cayman for the sister islands and strict boating restrictions are just some of the new COVID-19 regulations being implemented this week.

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.

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