(CMR) Cayman now has 72 suspected cases of the Omicron variant after 18 more suspected cases were reported on Thursday, 23 December. Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton also reported 60 new cases of COVID-19, eight in travelers and 52 from the community.
Public Health reported 544 PCR tests were conducted on the previous day.
Genomic sequencing of potential Omicron cases is underway. The Public Health Department said it would provide the public with an update within the next few days. To date, there have been four confirmed cases of the Omicron variant found in the Cayman Islands.
The number of active COVID-19 cases in the Cayman Islands is now at 3,544 as of 12 am on Thursday, 23 December. Active cases are monitored by Public Health and include both cases found in the community and linked to travel. The total number of cases recorded since the start of the pandemic stood at 8,386.
The total number of persons in isolation linked solely to community transmission at midnight on Thursday, 23 December, was 3,506. In addition, 6 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized.
The Public Health Department also confirmed that on Thursday, 23 December, the total positive lateral flow tests, since the introduction of the lateral flow test program in the Cayman Islands, reached 2,204. These are included in the total positive numbers recorded.
There were two new cases of COVID-19 in the Sister Islands. To date, there have been 125 total cases recorded in the Sister Islands, with 120 having recovered. Out of the total number of cases in the Sister Islands, 66 were fully vaccinated, six were partially vaccinated, and 53 were unvaccinated.
There have been 132,101 COVID-19 vaccinations administered in the Cayman Islands. To date, there have been 58,694 people (83% of 71,106) who had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, 57,039 individuals (80%) had completed the two-dose course.
Additionally, 16,368 people (representing 23% of the total population) had received a third or booster dose up to that point.