(CMR) Tighter restrictions have been put in place for incoming travelers who test positive for COVID-19 on their return to the Cayman Islands as the world continues to monitor and track the Omicron variant. All household members and primary contacts of travelers who test positive for COVID-19 on their return to the Cayman Islands, are now required to isolate and undergo PCR testing as part of testing exit screening protocols.
The duration of the isolation period for travelers, their households and primary contacts is 14 days, or until cleared by Public Health.
Where the traveler is found to be most likely infected with a strain other than the highly contagious Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, household members and primary contacts who continue to test negative on daily certified lateral flow tests will be permitted to leave isolation.
These changes to Public Health policy are already in effect and apply to all travelers regardless of any destination. Officials explain they are a response to Omicron, which has been declared a Variant Of Concern by the World Health Organization.
Noting that positive travelers, their household members, and primary contacts will be required to wear wristbands, Medical Officer of Health Dr Samuel Williams says: “The objective of these new measures is to protect our residents should the strain reach the Cayman Islands. This will also allow us to more easily detect and manage any cases.”