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Lateral Flow Test Guidance For Parents

Cayman Islands Government
Published: October 29 2021
Last Updated: November 28, 2021

The following guidance relates to lateral flow testing for children or students in the Cayman Islands.

Children under two years old should not be a group of interest for the National Lateral Flow Testing policy. Children under 2 years old may continue to attend nurseries and play groups provided they have no symptoms suggestive of possible COVID-19 disease. If they are unwell they should be withdrawn until well again.

If children under the age of 5 years old are a primary contact of a positive case (e.g. in the classroom, or at home) they can continue on regular twice weekly schedule rather than on daily testing if they are not comfortable with daily testing.

 

Has your child tested positive following a lateral flow test (LFT)?

Contact Public Health immediately and inform your child’s school of the result. Your child must stay at home. Public Health will advise when it is safe for your child to return to regular activities (school, sports, etc.).

Has your child tested positive following a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test?

Vaccinated 

If your child is asymptomatic or has common symptoms, they must isolate at home and undertake remote learning for 10 days. Your child must produce a negative PCR test before returning to in-person learning.

If your child is symptomatic, they must isolate at home for 10 days. Your child is not required to undertake remote learning until they are well enough to do so. Your child must produce a negative PCR test before returning to in-person learning and regular activities.

Unvaccinated

If your child is asymptomatic or has common symptoms, they must isolate at home and undertake remote learning for 14 days. Your child must produce a negative PCR test before returning to in-person learning.

If your child is symptomatic, they must isolate at home for 14 days. Your child is not required to undertake remote learning until they are well enough to do so. Your child must produce a negative PCR test before returning to in-person learning.

What should my child do if a classmate or teacher has tested positive from a PCR test?

Your child should take daily LFTS for 10 days.Your child may continue to attend regular activities (school, sports, etc.) if results continue to be negative.

If your child is under the age of 5 years, they can continue on the regular twice weekly schedule rather than daily testing. This is permissive if some younger children are happy to do the daily testing. 

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