Hospital workers placed in isolation after treating COVID-positive patient in Cayman

Eight hospital workers have been placed in isolation in the Cayman Islands after they came into contact with a COVID-19 positive patient, according to a release from the island’s Health Services Authority (HSA).

In the release on Tuesday (June 22) the HSA described the move as necessary, after the staff members came into contact with a ” highly symptomatic” COVID-19 patient.

It was later revealed that at least one staff member was not wearing an isolation gown or shoe protection at the time of contact.

“It is our top priority to keep our patients and staff safe, therefore out of an abundance of caution, anyone potentially exposed directly or indirectly has been placed in isolation,” said HSA CEO, Ms Lizzette Yearwood. 

“These persons in isolation will be monitored and tested following standard Public Health protocol,” she added.

The patient, who has been described as an unvaccinated traveller, had been nearing the end of their mandatory 14-day quarantine when they were transferred to the hospital’s Critical Care Unit, suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.

In a subsequent release the Public Health Department said the patient was now in stable condition.