(CMR) The government has confirmed 17 new positive cases to report today which covers pending results over the past four days. Those results include several from the prison system and two more on Cayman Brac and two confirmed from a local grocery store.
The positives account for results out of a total of 1,182 tests that were available today. This now brings the total to 111 and the results include a mixture of construction workers, frontline employees, and essential workers. Most were either entirely asymptomatic or had mild symptoms that did not require medical treatment.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lee stressed that the takeaway from this is that the virus “hides away and is much more prevalent” than initially realized.
The premier once again stressed the lesson here is that the virus is still very much with us and is across the community and is not isolated to any particular areas. He further noted that:
“the numbers underline the importance of the government's strategy that we have adopted and are sticking to – a controlled and managed approach where all measures and sacrifices will be for naught”
if we do not stay the course. He stressed that we will be guided by the results and how to move forward in another two weeks time.
The legislative assembly will be meeting tomorrow to consider several bills related to the financial services industry.
He also stressed that workers without employment should be leaving the Cayman Islands. Speaking to the requirement that work permit holders pay for their stay at the mandatory isolation facility he shared that it's important that only people who have employment return to the islands for the foreseeable future. Any persons who have no employment should leave the island.
The governor confirmed the positive results at the prison and that all measures are being taken to ensure the safety of the general prison population. The majority of prisoners and employes have now been tested. He also confirmed that the weekend flight to Manila, Philippines is completely full. There will be additional flights in the future to Miami, Florida.