(CMR) The cause of three COVID community cases remains a mystery according to Medical Officer Dr. Williams Rodriguez of the Health Services Authority. It was revealed that one additional person in the local community had been confirmed as being COVID-19 positive at Friday's press conference.
This brings the number of re-emerged local transmissions now to three with none of them having any known travel history in the past month. This person is not vaccinated and is said to be asymptomatic and a contact of one of the two persons confirmed on Thursday as also being positive.
495 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since this was last reported on Thursday, 9 September 2021. Three positive test results with two in travellers and the one local person. Thus far, 49 contacts of the initial two positive individuals have been tested and found to be negative for COVID-19. Additionally, of the contacts identified from yesterday, 29 are fully vaccinated and two are partially vaccinated.
Of the two positives announced yesterday, the Health Services Authority has discovered through genomic sequencing that both are infected with the same viral strain of the Delta variant.
No one is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 such as respiratory distress, including the one medically admitted patient. All three individuals are being monitored and all known contacts are in isolation. Further contact tracing will continue. So far, no child has tested positive but Public Health remains stumped by how the infections arose.
While two students were removed from school on Thursday, 9 September for testing and subsequently tested negative, no further children of interest or connected to schools have been discovered to date as part of the ongoing investigation.
Also, the Cayman Islands will be able to start a booster vaccination programme shortly, details of which will be announced when clearer information on current supplies and delivery dates is obtained. The prioritisation of booster recipients will be determined by levels of vulnerability, immuno-compromised conditions and seniority of years.
To assist the Government with their deliberations on the five-day quarantine and plan of action after 14 October, a conference call has been arranged with two leading medical experts from Public Health England.
Following a breach in protocol on Thursday evening saw a traveler who tested positive for COVID-19 allowed to board a Cayman Airways flights, protocols are being tightened to ensure such a breach does not take place in the future. Further investigations are underway and consequent prosecutions are possible for those involved. The passenger and her companion are now in quarantine in Grand Cayman.
A further press conference will be held early next week to provide updates on all relevant matters.