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Take a look at the latest news, press releases, and updates from the Cayman Islands Government on COVID-19 detailed below. For verified announcements, new regulations and policies click here.

News & Updates

Wednesday 19 January: As part of a comprehensive review of its COVID-19 reporting practices, the Public Health Department has issued its first weekly COVID-19 Situation Report, or sitrep. The report covers an epidemiological week, from Sunday at 12:00am to Saturday at 11:59pm explains interim Chief Medical Officer Dr Autilia Newton.

From 9 – 15 January 2022, 2,200 new cases were reported including 76 from the Sister Islands. This represents an average of 314 cases per day across all three Cayman Islands. Of these new cases, 1,361 were of the Omicron variant. There were 3,967 known active cases during this period, representing 3.09 per cent of the population. There were also two deaths during this period, bringing the total deaths since the onset of the pandemic to 15. Read more

Monday 17 January: 843 new positive results for COVID-19 since the last report. While the number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the Cayman Islands remains at 132, the number of probable Omicron cases reached 2,836 during the reporting period.  Fifteen COVID-19 patients were hospitalised in the Cayman Islands as at midnight (12am) on Monday, 17 January. Seven new admissions were included in this number. Meanwhile 11 new cases of COVID were reported in the Sister Islands.

Friday 14 January: A 15th person has passed away from COVID-19 related causes public health officials announced today. Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton also reported 488 new positive PCR tests for COVID-19. While the number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the Cayman Islands remains at 132, the number of probable Omicron cases reached 2,427 during the reporting period. 

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Thursday 13 January: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton today reported 380 new positive PCR tests for COVID-19.
While the number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the Cayman Islands remains at 132, the number of probable Omicron cases reached 2,058 during the reporting period. Read more

Tuesday 11 January: Two more persons have died of COVID-19 related causes Public Health Officials reported today. Also today Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 440 new cases of COVID-19. This included 10 in travellers and 430 from the community. Read more

Tuesday 11 January: The Public Health Department has revised isolation and quarantine requirements for residents and visitors with a travel declaration who are not required to quarantine. The procedural changes, which take effect immediately, are intended to minimise the impact on families and businesses of the recent increase in community cases of COVID-19, as the Omicron variant has become the dominant variant in the Cayman Islands.
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Monday 10 January: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 608 new cases of COVID-19, 22 in travellers and 586 from the community. Meanwhile the Public Health Department reported 1,522 PCR tests were conducted since the last report on Friday, 7 January, of which 344 were positive. Two hundred and sixty four positive lateral flow tests (LFTs) were also reported during this period. Read more

Friday 7 January: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 432 new cases of COVID-19, 29 in travellers and 403 from the community on Friday, 7 January 2022. Public Health reported 1,007 PCR tests were conducted since the last report on Thursday, 6 January, of which 301 were positive. One hundred and thirty-one (131) positive lateral flow tests (LFTs) were also reported during this period. Read more

Thursday 6 January: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 466 new cases of COVID-19, 41 in travellers and 425 from the community on Thursday, 6 January. Public Health reported 1,125 PCR tests were conducted since the last report on Tuesday, 4 January of which 317 were positive. One hundred and forty-nine (149) positive lateral flow tests (LFTs) were also reported during this period. Read more

Wednesday 5 January: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 211 new cases of COVID-19, 19 in travellers and 192 from the community on Wednesday, 5 January. Public Health reported 538 PCR tests were conducted since the last report on Tuesday, 4 January of which 108 were positive. One hundred and three positive lateral flow tests (LFTs) were also reported during this period. Read more

Tuesday 4 January: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 491 new cases of COVID-19, 62 in travellers and 429 from the community on Tuesday, 4 January. Public Health reported 1674 PCR tests were conducted since the last report on Friday, 31 December 2021, of which 271 were positive. Two hundred and twenty positive lateral flow tests (LFTs) were also reported during this period. Read more

Friday 31 December: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 137 new cases of COVID-19, nine in travellers and 128 from the community on Friday, 31 December. Public Health reported 751 PCR tests were conducted since the last report on Thursday, 30 December, of which 88 were positive. Forty-nine positive lateral flow tests (LFTs) were also reported during this period. Read more

Thursday 30 December: There has been a 12th death from COVID-19 Public Health officials noted today (Thursday, 30 December 2021). In addition Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 68 new cases of COVID-19, all from the community on Thursday, 30 December. Public Health reported 421 PCR tests were conducted since the last report on Wednesday, 29 December.
There have been 44 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the Cayman Islands to date, meanwhile the number of probable Omicron cases reported locally reached 284 on Thursday, 30 December. Read more

Wednesday 29 December: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 361 new cases of COVID-19, 78 in travellers and 283 from the community on Wednesday, 29 December. Public Health reported 1504 PCR tests were conducted since the last report on Friday, 24 December. There have been 44 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the Cayman Islands to date. There were 198 probable Omicron cases reported on Wednesday, 29 December. Read more

Friday 24 December: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 71 new cases of COVID-19, 11 in travellers and 60 from the community on Friday, 24 December. Public Health reported 459 PCR tests were conducted on the previous day.
There have been 40 newly confirmed cases of the Omicron variant, bringing confirmed cases of the variant to 44. There were 25 newly suspected Omicron cases on Friday, 24 December bringing the total suspected cases of the variant to 59. Read more

Thursday 23 December: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 60 new cases of COVID-19, eight in travellers and 52 from the community, on Thursday, 23 December. Public Health reported 544 PCR tests were conducted on the previous day. There were 18 newly suspected Omicron cases on Thursday, 23 December bringing the total suspected cases of the variant to 72. Genomic sequencing of potential Omicron cases is underway. The Public Health Department will provide the public with an update within the next few days. Read more

  • The Cayman Islands Government has approved the cancellation of the Holland America Nieuw Statendam cruise ship that was scheduled to call on Grand Cayman on 28th December 2021. Read more

Wednesday 22 December: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 52 new cases of COVID-19, three in travellers and 49 from the community, on Wednesday, 22 December. Public Health reported 682 PCR tests were conducted on the previous day. The Cayman Islands recorded two additional COVID deaths on Tuesday 21 December, bringing the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 to 11. Of the total deaths, two were in 2020 and prior to the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

Tuesday 21 December: Customs and Border Control Officers at Owen Roberts International Airport alerted Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers to a man travelling from Cuba, who had been refused entry after supplying a suspected false travel certificate. Read more

Monday 20 December: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported 148 new cases of COVID-19, seven in travellers and 141 from the community. To date, there have been 4 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant found in the Cayman Islands. There are currently 31 suspected cases of the Omicron variant. Read more

Saturday 18 December: This evening the Public Health Department reported that a further 23 potential cases of the Omicron variant, which causes COVID-19 have been identified. Read more

  • Public Health has developed new isolation guidelines due to the discovery of the Omicron variant in the community. Read more

Friday 17 December: On Friday, 17 December Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported that 760 PCR tests were conducted from midnight 15 December to midnight 16 December. The Public Health Department reported an additional 35 positive results from tests, three in travellers and 32 from the community. Public Health has amended the epidemiological day to be considered as midnight to midnight to simplify reporting processes and to present findings for complete days. Read more

Thursday 16 December: Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported that 782 PCR tests were conducted from midnight 14 December to midnight 15 December. The Public Health Department reported an additional 26 positive results from tests, three in travellers and 23 from the community. Read more

Wednesday 15 December:  Chief Medical Officer (Interim) Dr. Autilia Newton reported that 864 PCR tests had been conducted since 8 a.m. on Tuesday, 14 December. The Public Health Department reported 29 positive results from these tests, two in travellers and 27 from the community. Read more

Tuesday 14 December: Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported that 1029 PCR tests had been conducted since 8 a.m. on Monday, 13 December. The Public Health Department reported 47 positive results from these tests, two in travellers and 45 from the community. Read more

Monday 13 December: Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported that 2,128 PCR tests had been conducted since 8 a.m. on Friday, 10 December. The Public Health Department reported 85 positive results from these tests, all coming from the community. Read more

Friday 10 December: Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported that 1132 PCR tests had been conducted since 8 a.m. on Thursday, 9 December. The Public Health Department reported 30 positive results from these tests, two in travellers and 28 coming from the community. Read more

Thursday 9 December: Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported that 697 PCR tests had been conducted since 8 a.m. on Wednesday, 8 December. The Public Health Department reported 45 positive results from these tests, all coming from the community. Read more

Wednesday 8 December: Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported that 1170 PCR tests had been conducted since 8 a.m. on Tuesday, 7 December. The Public Health Department reported 70 positive results from these tests, two in travellers and 68 coming from the community. Read more

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