186 new COVID cases reported

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Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported that, as of 8am Thursday, 186 positive COVID-19 cases had been confirmed from 1,098 PCR tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

Of those new cases, two were in travellers and 184 were from the community, according to the latest update issued Thursday evening.

These results brought the number of active cases of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands to 2,661, taking the total cases recorded since the start of the pandemic to 3,938.

There are 15 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalised in the Cayman Islands.

On Cayman Brac, Faith Hospital said there were 78 active cases in the Sister Islands, with two identified in the previous 24 hours.

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According to the update, 4,854 people were in quarantine either in government isolation facilities or at home.

The Public Health Department also confirmed 976 positive lateral flow test results since the introduction of that testing programme in the Cayman Islands.

As positive cases continue to emerge in the community, vaccinations are also on the rise.

There have been a total of 119,435 COVID-19 vaccinations given in the Cayman Islands. Of these, 57,357 people (81% of a population of 71,106) had taken at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 55,157 individuals (78%) had completed the two-dose course.

Additionally, 6,921 people (representing 10% of the total population) have received a third, or booster, dose.

Today’s vaccination figures include a recent update from the Sister Islands’ ongoing vaccination programme.

Local vaccine clinics will be closed from Thursday, 11 Nov., through Saturday, 13 Nov., and will resume on Tuesday, 16 Nov. Additional vaccine supplies are anticipated to arrive on Friday, 12 Nov. on the British Airways flight.

With the upcoming holiday weekend approaching, Lee urged people to limit social interactions and attendance at large gatherings.

“If you’re going to mix with people, please do so outdoors if you can. Hold off having big parties and big gatherings, especially in indoor spaces. Please do so because that’s the wise and sensible thing to do when we have such widespread community transmission.

“And, in particular, be careful of those who are unvaccinated, for example children, and for those who are elderly or vulnerable. Those people need particular attention with regards to scrupulous hygiene and mask wearing if appropriate,” Lee said in a video message recorded earlier in the day.

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