December 10, 2023

Cayman: Increase in respiratory illnesses expected

Grand Cayman, Thursday, 7 September 2023–    Following growing concern in the community about an increase in the spread of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nick Gent, would like to advise the general public of the following:

  • Respiratory illnesses overall have increased;
  • Not all respiratory illnesses are caused by COVID-19;
  • This overall increase is not only normal but expected during this time of the year, especially in light of the upcoming flu season;
  • There has been a small increase in hospital admissions testing positive for COVID-19 in August;
  • Current hospitalisations due to respiratory illnesses are in line with previous years;
  • The Ministry of Health & Wellness is maintaining vigilance on current and emerging trends and will issue a public advisory if/when necessary.

All persons who are suffering from a respiratory infection, whether caused by COVID-19, influenza or the common cold, are advised to:

  • Remain at home if symptomatic (febrile (having or showing symptoms of fever), coughing, running nose, muscle aches, chills)
  • Return to work after being symptom free for a minimum of 24 hours (if febrile, 24 hours from when the fever breaks)
  • Practice respiratory hygiene (cover mouth/nose when coughing/sneezing, use masks when appropriate, use tissues and dispose of them properly, wash/sanitise hands before/after touching mouth/nose)

 Residents and visitors needing additional guidance are encouraged to contact the FLU Hotline on 1-800-534-8600, 947-3077, or email [email protected]

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