Another Milestone moment for the Cayman Islands – After almost 32,000 tests 30 days of no new COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday 13th August, along with PAHO’s (Pan-American Health Organization) transmission level designation for Cayman from sporadic to no cases.
Aside from New Zealand and two other British overseas Territories (Anguilla & Monserrat), very few first-world countries can genuinely claim to be COVID-19 Free.
Dr John Lee, the Cayman Island’s Chief Medical Officer reported yesterday at the Cayman’s Government Information Service that another 111 COVID-19 tests had been carried out in Cayman since his last report on Tuesday afternoon, and all were returned as negative results.
To date, Cayman has conducted 31,992 tests through an extensive screening program of the roughly 65,000 of the population, within that number of tests some were repeat tests for active cases and frontline workers. On that note, since the pandemic broke in January 2020 Cayman has only found 203 active cases (although most were asymptomatic) and the first and only death was of one elderly Italian cruise ship tourist in March.
Under WHO (World Health Organisation) parameters, there are four levels of transmission – no cases reported, sporadic, clusters, and community transmission.
The Statement from PAHO;
The Cayman Islands started preparedness for any possible introduction of the novel coronavirus – COVID-19 in early January 2020, immediately following identification of the novel coronavirus on 7 January 2020 in China.
The national level Committees / Councils continue to guide all sectors in the required preparedness and response actions.
No immediate needs were identified during dialogue with the CMO on 15 May 2020. However, strengthening of the disaster risk management programme and surveillance were noted as priorities to enhance the COVID-19 and any other responses for health emergencies."
Cayman has long established itself as a world-class base for HNWI's and corporations, as soon as the borders reopen we expect from recent enquiries that with our track record of flattening the curve and then maintaining a COVID-19 Free situation in Cayman, that there will be an influx of more investors as a safehaven for their families and companies to base themselves in.