(CMR) COVID-19 case detection and testing continue to decline in the Cayman Islands, the Public Health Department has reported. According to the Department's recent weekly report, detection of COVID-19 cases declined by 25%, with 240 cases detected in Epi Week 31 (as of August 8) compared to 322 in the previous week.
The case rate has fallen to 345 per 100,000 population from 464 cases per 100,000 population. PCR testing has decreased by 22%, with a testing rate of 785 tests per 100,000. Genomic sequencing data indicates the dominant variant circulating is BA.5 and its subvariants (data from early July).
Eight new hospital admissions were registered during Epi Week 31, the same as the previous week. Of the nine new admissions, 4 were admitted due to COVID-19 morbidity, and 4 patients were detected on screening. A total of 11 patients required inpatient treatment, the same as the previous week.
During Epi Week 31, there were 88 adults who received a COVID-19 vaccine (34 first dose and 54 second dose) and 10 children (8 first dose and 2 second dose).
The reported weekly cases globally remained stable during Epi Week 31, and the reported weekly number of deaths decreased by 9%.
Public Health officials reiterated that measures to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to others include good hand hygiene, staying home when symptomatic or positive, and getting your booster vaccination.