(CMR) Public Health Department has announced that isolation/quarantine requirements have been reduced for COVID-19 positive persons and their contacts, effective Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
Vaccinated persons will now isolate for 6 days and become eligible for an exit PCR test on Day 7, while unvaccinated persons will isolate for 9 days and become eligible for an exit PCR test on Day 10.
COVID-19 positive persons and their unvaccinated (18+) household members currently in isolation/quarantine who are eligible for early release based should attend a special drive-through testing clinic at Truman Bodden Sports Complex parking lot (opposite John Gray High School walking track) on Wednesday 19 January & Thursday 20 January 2022.
- 7am – 8am – Surname A – D
- 8am – 9am – Surname E – K
- 9am – 10am – Surname L – R
- 10am – 11am – Surname S – Z
Persons attending the exit testing drive-through should enter Olympus Way via Walker’s Road. They should wear a facemask and bring a government photo ID showing their date of birth.
After testing, persons need to return directly home without making stops until your PCR test results have been received with further instructions. Public Health aims to have these early release exit tests result within 48 hours.
“I welcome the introduction of these reduced isolation periods as announced by Public Health,” shared Hon Sabrina Turner, Minister of Health & Wellness.
“We understand the difficulties many families have faced because of the COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, we know that there is a large number of persons in isolation and quarantine, and this new policy will allow many of them to rejoin the community sooner and safely.”
Daily exit PCR testing clinics for COVID-19 positives individuals will continue 10 am – 12 pm Friday 21 January at the following locations:
- Ed Bush Sports Complex
- Bodden Town Civic Centre
- South Sound Community Centre
“The continuous evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to consistently assess how we manage the spread of the virus while ensuring continuity for our economy”, said interim Chief Medical Officer Dr. Autilia Newton. “This change to the isolation and quarantine requirements is a step towards us improving the management of COVID-19 to best suit the needs of the Cayman community.”