June 29, 2022

Cayman: Public Health Spotlight – Issue 4 – Epi. Week 24

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Grand Cayman, 23 June 2022 –  The Public Health department has published its weekly Public Health Spotlight on Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases tonight 23 June 2022.

COVID-19 – Epidemiological Week 24 | 12 – 18 June 2022 (Data as of 21-06-2022)

International Situation

Internationally, case detection continues to decline since the peak of new cases reported at the beginning of the year. However, for the first week in over a month, the weekly number of COVID-19 deaths has slightly increased by 4%. An increase in deaths occurred in the Region of the Americas and Western Pacific Region.

Cayman Islands Local Trends

The case rate has declined to 532 cases per 100,000 population from 681 cases per 100,000 population in Epi. Week 23. The number of new positive cases has fallen from 472 to 369, and the daily average of new positives from 67 to 53. The test positivity has slightly decreased from 28% to 26%, however, the number of PCR tests conducted has continued to decline by 12% to 1,467 from 1,659.

Regarding mortality, the Cayman Islands has still the lowest cumulative fatality rate among the Caribbean UKOTs and is among the lowest of all Caribbean countries.

The role played by vaccination, which has been successfully implemented in Cayman, needs to be recognised when looking at the low cumulative mortality rate in Cayman.

Reviewing epidemiological data throughout the pandemic and analysing among cases that were hospitalised, statistically, 56 hospitalised cases would have died if they had not been vaccinated.

Hospital Admissions

Five new admissions were registered during Epi. Week 24, a decrease from the previous reporting week where ten new admissions were reported. Of the five admissions, one was specifically caused by COVID-19 morbidity, with four patients detected on screening. A total of 9 patients required inpatient treatment, which decreased from 12 patients in the previous week.

Vaccination

During Epi. Week 24, a total of 53 children received the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine (16 first dose and 37 second dose), bringing the total of vaccines administered to children over the last two weeks to 114. There were 19 adults (aged 12 and older) who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Epi. Week 24, and 35 adults who received their second dose.

Key Message

Key metrics have started to improve again and the declining trend in cases noted prior to last week has since continued. Vaccination continues to be the key protective tool against COVID.

The full report can be found at the link below.

Web Title: Public Health Spotlight – 23 June


Link: https://www.gov.ky/news/by-category/health-nutrition-care

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