CAYMAN CONTINUES ITS IMPRESSIVE COVID TESTING
Having surpassed 35,000 tests this week, Cayman continues to be one of the frontline countries in the region doing screening for the COVID-19 virus.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, reported on Friday that all of the 141 COVID-19 tests carried out across the previous day were negative.
It brings to 35,195 the number of coronavirus PCR tests done here.
There are currently two active cases being monitored. Of the 205 cases confirmed in Cayman since the global outbreak of the disease, 202 have fully recovered. There’s only been one fatality.
At present, 297 persons are in isolation either at a government facility or in their homes as required by the Medical Officer of Health.
The continued testing, both for the presence of the virus (PCR) and the antibody test for persons would have contracted the disease, is critical to plans to re-open the borders as well as suppressing the spread of the virus in the territory.
A wearable health-monitoring device for visitors called a bio-button is being trialled. It will check their vital signs while they are in isolation. Another gadget called a ‘geo-fencing’ tracker will monitor their movements to ensure that they remain within the isolation zone.
The government has also announced that it will be “significantly beefing up” the Public Health Unit with additional staffing and other resources as the battle against the coronavirus moves into another phase.
Just this week more restrictions were lifted and schools started resuming in-person classes.
Cayman remains at Level 2 Minimal Suppression until September 30th, the day before the first phase of the re-opening of the borders to visitors.