(CMR) An employee at the Owen Robers International Airport (ORIA) has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA), which owns and operates(ORIA) and the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CKIA) made the revelation in a release late Wednesday evening (June 3)
“The COVID-19 positive team member is in isolation for the recommended period as set out by the Public Health Authority,” read a release from the CIAA.
The CIAA further said that contact tracing was underway to identify other staff members who may have worked closely with the COVID-19 positive employee.
“Contact tracing is being carried out and any CIAA team members who have worked closely with the COVID-19 positive team member in the past seven days have been guided according to contact tracing guidelines set forth by the Cayman Islands Government,” said the CIAA in the release.
“The team member is asymptomatic and was tested as part of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority’s company-wide testing,” added the airport company in the release.
According to the CIAAA, close to 300 airport personnel have been tested, including team members of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority and some other partner companies that provide services at the Airport, and the test returned were all negative.
The CIAA said the health and safety of passengers, colleagues, and partners are of utmost priority to them.
Upon receiving confirmation of the one positive case, our teams immediately carried out additional safety measures throughout the terminal.
We employed a professional cleaning service to conduct deep cleaning of the areas where the positive team member may have travelled or made any type of contact and intensified our normal airport cleaning regime for all areas.
Additionally, the CIAA, have implemented new procedures and safety measures at ORIA, including:
· Social distancing 6-foot distance markers placed on the floors where passengers queue
· Distanced seating in the departure lounge
· Only passengers are allowed to enter the terminal – family and friends must say goodbye outside the terminal
· Disinfectant provided for passengers to disinfect their hands and luggage upon entering the terminal, and portable hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed throughout terminal building
· Mandatory that masks are worn prior to entering the airport terminal and while inside any CIAA buildings
· Increased cleaning and sanitization schedules throughout the terminal with advanced cleaning after each repatriation flight
· Cleaning of each bin after it’s used at the security checkpoint
· Temperature checks conducted on all passengers arriving on repatriation flights
· Development of a Local Operating Procedure for COVID-19 Pandemic Response procedures