At a press briefing on Friday (September 17), Governor Martyn Roper advised that close to 7,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 during the past few days in response to multiple outbreaks of the virus within the community.
Said the governor:
In recent days almost 10 per cent of our population has had a PCR test - and very few have tested positive. That is a remarkable achievement by Public Health and very reassuring. I believe it does show that the high vaccination rate stopped the virus in its tracks, as we expected it would.
Between Wednesday and Thursday alone, 1,214 COVID-19 tests had been carried out.
Fourteen positive test results were identified in this batch.
Of these, there were ten positive community tests which included nine George Town Primary School students. According to Governor Roper, “All the children affected are doing well. If school staff and parents are vaccinated they are much less likely to spread the virus to children. Until a vaccine is developed for children this remains the best way to help stop children becoming infected.”
One prison officer was also found to be positive for the virus and there were four positive tests in travellers.
The governor advised that Public Health personnel are “tirelessly working to perform and analyse PCR tests, those carrying out contact tracing, and those activating their response plans designed to keep us safe.”
There have been 104,609 COVID-19 vaccinations given in total in the Cayman Islands. Of these,...
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