(CMR) As Cayman continues to test a significant portion of its population it was revealed today that one person has now been hospitalized due to COVID-19 disease – stressing the seriousness of the virus and why ongoing vigilance is required.
The person has been admitted to the Health Services Authority (HSA) and is said to be in stable condition. They had previously been tested but presented with symptoms subsequently and tested positive again. There are 2 additional persons who are symptomatic at this time. It is believed this another community transmission case.
At today's press conference it was revealed that there were 599 additional test results shared with one positive community-acquired case. This brings the total number of persons tested to 17,227 with 187 overall positive cases.
There are 1,000 test samples awaiting testing with roughly 500 pending results that should be available tomorrow.
Dr. Lee shared that since the positives we are getting are relatively weak in terms of a low viral load it is unclear how infectious those persons truly are. The benefit of the antibody testing is that it will give a clearer picture of how the virus has been transmitted in the Cayman Islands. The intent is to have the antibody testing available alongside the PCR tests so both are being conducted on individuals.
The antibody testing will begin this week and will be managed by the HSA's clinical pathology laboratory with the existing analyzer that they use. Supplies have only recently arrived on the island for those tests.