Around this time last month, the Cayman Islands were reporting fairly low new positive COVID-19 cases, for example, 57 on April 24, 2022 and 95 on April 25, 2022.
Fast-forward to May 20, 2022, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said that Public Health reported 141 positive cases for May 18, 2022 and 131 positive cases for May 19, 2022. This means that Public Health is now reporting almost twice the number of positives as last month.
One of the factors that could be influencing the new positives are that previous low numbers caused people to relax a little more and take less precautions. Also, as one member of the public put it, “while some places in Cayman post mask-wearing requirements at their place of business, this is not strictly enforced as customers go in and out of establishments in non-compliance with the locale’s posted mask requirement and without any consequence.” So, it seems that not only has the general population relaxed a bit, but businesses as well. The result is that more positive cases have crept in.
In terms of estimated active COVID-19 cases, these were reported by Public Health at 1,785 (compared to 970 around this time last month). Again, we see an almost doubling effect.
Regarding hospitalisations, Public Health said that eight persons are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 related causes, not far from the six hospitalisations reported this time last month. Of the current numbers, five people were unvaccinated.
In terms of the 7-day rolling average for April 26, this was 74, compared to 121 for May 20.
In relation to the Sister Islands, six new cases were reported, leaving total cases since the beginning of the pandemic at 924 (active cases in the Sister Islands are currently at 67).
While the numbers have almost doubled from last month, residents should not panic. Instead, residents should implement the measures learned over the past two years, specifically hand washing, periodic self-testing, social distancing and self-isolation where a person knows that he or she is positive. Maintaining these good practices, keeping oneself and other safe can avoid another lockdown and COVID-19 outbreak. It is really easy to do- for each person to do their part.