Possible Omicron Cases Reach 23, CMO Issues Emergency Order
As of this evening, the Public Health Department confirmed there is now a total of four cases of the Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.
A further 23 potential cases of the Omicron variant have also been identified. Of these likely cases, seven are in persons with no travel history which is suggestive of local community transmission of the Omicron variant.
“In response to possible community transmission of the Omicron variant”, notes Premier, Hon. Wayne Panton, “the Chief Medical Officer has issued an Emergency Order to cancel a large event planned for this evening. In light of this rapidly evolving situation, I want to appeal to members of the community to carefully consider your attendance at any large gathering and to adhere to all safety protocols. The Omicron variant is extremely contagious and we must do all we can to slow the spread.”
In keeping with global concerns about the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, Medical Officer of Health Dr Samuel Williams Rodriguez urges Caymanians, residents and visitors to strictly practice COVID-19 prevention measures, including hand washing, mask wearing and social distancing throughout the Holiday Season.
“These simple guidelines, combined with the full vaccination course and booster, offer the best chance of protecting ourselves and those we love”, Dr Williams says.
Further updates will be shared with the public as more details become available.
Issued by: Public Health (CIG)