(CMR) Dr. John Lee shared at today's press conference that there were two new positive results from travelers who were in quarantine.
He did not state if the persons were in a government quarantine facility or part of the test group that came in on the September 17 British Airways flight.
Careful to not divulge any details about the individual he did mention that one of them was having tests done because of a hospital admittance unrelated to COVID and a routine test was performed that returned a positive result.
The second person was having an exit test done at the end of their 14-day quarantine period. Both will now remain in isolation.
Once a person is positive for COVID they remain for a further 10 days of being symptom-free.
The comment came after CMR received numerous reports today of a rumor in circulation that there was “wide local transmission” of the virus. The rumor appears to be created and circulated by people who are anxious about Cayman re-opening its borders.
However, they have proved to be entirely false. Despite that, Dr. Lee stressed that this phase should not be considered “business as usual” and that the government and people of the Cayman Islands are placing a lot of trust in persons coming into our island this month.
He noted that Travel Cayman will be doing their part to ensure compliance. However, compliance was largely dependent on participants being honest and adhering to the rules put in place.
Whilst no breaches have been reported he also noted the importance of understanding that whilst in-home quarantine there could be no routine household services booked by outsiders and that any emergency work that is required needs to first be pre-approved by Travel Cayman.
Additionally, all of the persons who entered the island Thursday, October 1, the first day of the phased re-opening, have all had an initial negative COVID-19 test.