More than 200 COVID cases a day in second week of November

The content originally appeared on: Cayman Compass

Last week the Cayman Islands has seen an average of 202 positive COVID cases a day and a weekly total of 1,413, according to Acting Director of Primary Healthcare and Deputy Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eryka Simmons.

The weekly trend data presented by Dr. Simmons largely mirrored the statistics from the previous week.

For the week of 7 to 13 Nov., the average age of those infected was 31, compared with 30 a week earlier. The ages of positive cases ranged from two months to 96 years.

A quarter of positive cases affected those under the age of 18, down from one third.

Only 17 cases were above the age of 70. This is only one more than in the first week of November.

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Vaccination figures were also very similar to last week with just over one third (67%) of positive cases among the unvaccinated.

Given Cayman’s estimated vaccination rate of 78% and 81% for full- and first-dose vaccinations, respectively, this once again means that the unvaccinated are about eight times more likely to contract the virus.

Dr. Simmons urged residents to continue with personal prevention measures. She said, “In the context of wide community transmission, Public Health is advising enhanced vigilance in prevention strategies. If you are isolated or quarantined, you may still prevent ongoing transmission if you adhere to the recommendations.

“Wear your masks, use hand sanitiser and practice physical distance where possible.”

She also noted that COVID-19 vaccination clinics continue at Camana Bay, as well as district events as advertised on the HSA and government websites and social media platforms. You can see the latest vaccination schedule here.

Meanwhile, the Public Health Department reported 714 new positive cases between Friday and Tuesday morning. This brings the total number of active cases to 3,340.

During the four-day period, two COVID-19 positive patients died. 21 people remained in hospital, as of Tuesday at 8am.

The share of tests that return positive results also continued to rise to 17.8% during the period.

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