The death of a COVID-patient during the week of March 20 to 26 2022, might be attributed long COVID-19, according to Public Health. This brings total deaths related to COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands to 25 since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.
This is according to the COVID-19 Situational Report for Epidemiological, or Epi., Week 12 (March 20-26) released on Wednesday March 30.
According to a study published in the journal, Nature, long-haul COVID-19 patients face many health threats — including a higher chance of dying — up to 6 months after they catch the virus.
According to the study, COVID-19 patients have a 59 per cent higher risk of death up to 6 months after infection, compared to non-infected people. Those findings translate into about eight extra deaths per 1,000 patients over 6 months.
During the reporting period, Cayman also recorded an uptick in the virus as compared to the prior epi. week (March 13-19).
The total of 266 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Public Health was 59 cases more than were reported in the previous week. This brings total cases since the onset of the pandemic to 20,833.
Officials noted that 1,179 tests were conducted in Epi. Week 12, 1,253 tests in Epi. Week 11 and 1,162 tests in Epi. Week 10.
Cayman experienced a 50 per cent reduction in hospitalizations during Epi. Week 12, when there were seven hospital inpatients going through the Health Services Authority in the Cayman Islands (no admissions to Health City Cayman Islands). There is currently one person in intensive care.
More in-depth analyses of genome-sequencing of local positive samples since the beginning of the year are being carried out and should provide a clearer picture on predominant variants currently circulating in Cayman. A careful monitoring of data will continue to allow an understanding of current trends to adjust policies accordingly.