People who have been staying at the government provided isolation facilities will be tested for COVID-19 disease prior to returning home.
Thanking the students for their willingness to protect the community by self-isolating, Government officials say the test is a final means to reassure the young people, their families and the community that they are free of the novel coronavirus.
In a message notifying those staying at the facilities, Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee said, “It is recognised that there can be asymptomatic carriers, particularly among younger members of our community. Each generation has a defining moment. This is yours. You and your families are being called upon to think of your community as we confront a pandemic threat that is unprecedented in modern times.”
Testing began on Friday, 3 April 2020, starting with those who arrived on island first and with each batch of students being tested after their 14th day of isolation. Results are expected within 24 to 36 hours of a sample being taken.
Students with negative results will leave the facility as soon as their results are received. At the same time, a positive test will result in a complete medical assessment after which an individualised plan will be developed depending on the circumstances of the case.
Most people staying at the facilities are university students who returned to Grand Cayman last month during the four day period prior to the airport closing in mid-March.
His Excellency, the Governor, Martyn Roper, along with Dr Lee and representatives from the Health Services Authority, spoke with all persons at the facility on a video call Friday evening. Officials answered questions about the testing process and related matters such as departure from the facility.
They also thanked the students and their families for their continued cooperation in the fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands community.
Students were also reminded that social distancing and good hand hygiene will remain their best protection against the virus for themselves and their loved ones once they leave the facility.
Given hard curfew conditions all Sunday arrangements will also be made to ensure the transport of any student who may require it.