(CMR) Travel Cayman recorded 52 quarantine breaches in August, Minister of Health and Wellness Sabrina Turner revealed during a press conference on Wednesday.
She said while the severity of breaches differ, the number of breaches warranted a close review of the system, and some changes were made. Travel Cayman has since implemented additional protocols which aim to reduce quarantine breaches, Turner said.
“The Government has a plan for safely reopen the Cayman Islands and the success of this plan hinges significantly on each and everyone of us cooperating and complying with public health safety measures in that plan,” Turner said.
Governor Martin Roper said the police are currently investigating 20 of these suspected cases of quarantine breach; 8 of these reportedly happened since August 9. Two of these cases have been referred to the Director of Public Prosecution.
Governor Roper said in most of the cases, the suspected breaches were of persons visiting those in quarantine.
Meantime, Turner said the healthcare system is ready for the reopening of the country's borders on Thursday.
“Public Health and Health Services Authority in partnership with private sector health facilities have done a stellar job of helping to protect us from COVID-19… and I have no doubt that they will be ready to respond again when and if the virus enters our community,” Turner said.
She said throughout the past 18 months, the healthcare facilities have been strengthened to deal with any surge in the virus; this includes an increase in ventilator beds. There are 42 ventilators available, with 20 at HSA and 22 at Health City.
She said there is also an oxygen contingency plan is in place to prevent a shortage.