Faith Hospital open, COVID-19 patient isolates at home

Faith Hospital open, COVID-19 patient isolates at home

| 04/04/2020 | 0 Comments

The Health Services Authority wishes to inform the public that Faith Hospital is open and the confirmed positive COVID-19 individual in Cayman Brac is not an inpatient within the facility. The patient was seen in the dedicated flu clinic at the medical wing, Aston Rutty Centre which is equipped to treat persons with flu like […]

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HSA Maternity allows for one accompanying mother during labour

HSA Maternity allows for one accompanying mother during labour

| 04/04/2020 | 0 Comments

(Updated): The HSA understands the importance of having a partner during the labouring process, and as we improve and augment staffing levels in coordination with the private sector, the temporary restriction on visitors to the Maternity will be lifted effective Monday April 6. Visitors will be limited to one person accompanying a patient during labour.  Because […]

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CBC Extensions and Visa Counter remains closed

CBC Extensions and Visa Counter remains closed

| 03/04/2020 | 0 Comments

The Customs & Border Control (CBC) Extensions and Visa office on Elgin Avenue remains closed until further notice. However, anyone who is no longer working for their employers, or their work permit has been cancelled, are strongly encouraged to take the necessary steps to leave the island once an opportunity presents itself. People wanting to […]

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FDA Recall: Ranitidine Products

FDA Recall: Ranitidine Products

| 03/04/2020 | 0 Comments

The FDA has ordered a recall of all Ranitidine products, due to manufacturing issues. Patients taking any form of prescription Ranitidine (tablets or liquids) have been asked to discontinue and contact their doctor for an alternative. Persons have also been advised not to purchase over-the-counter Ranitidine products (e.g. Zantac®).

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Statement on telemedicine from health insurers

Statement on telemedicine from health insurers

| 03/04/2020 | 0 Comments

In support of the ‘Stay Home Cayman’ directive, the approved health insurers are working with qualified health professionals to facilitate telemedicine consultations where necessary. Telemedicine consultations are subject to the Standard Health Insurance Fee (SHIF) reimbursement, based on the duration of the calls. Please check with your individual health insurer for clarification if needed.

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HSA expands pharmacy services to new location

HSA expands pharmacy services to new location

| 02/04/2020 | 0 Comments

Starting Saturday 4 April, the Health Services Authority will be dispensing prescription refills for CINICO and private insurance members with 100% coverage from our new location at Smith Road Centre, first floor.

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Foster’s COVID rumours are false

Foster’s COVID rumours are false

| 02/04/2020 | 1 Comment

Recently, a rumour has circulated that team members at Foster’s have tested positive for COVID-19 and are still working. This rumour is unsubstantiated and completely false.

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Planning suspends all counter services

Planning suspends all counter services

| 02/04/2020 | 0 Comments

The Department of Planning, in the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, wishes to advise the public that it has implemented proactive steps for business transactions to protect employees, customers and the broader community from possible transmission of the COVID-19.

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CAL Sister Islands flights reduced to once-weekly

CAL Sister Islands flights reduced to once-weekly

| 02/04/2020 | 0 Comments

In accordance with the Cayman Islands Government’s ongoing measures to safeguard the Cayman Islands from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), commercial passenger flights between Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands have been reduced to one flight per week. These flights are restricted to essential travel only.

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Cayman Food Bank needs urgent donations

Cayman Food Bank needs urgent donations

| 01/04/2020 | 2 Comments

With an increasing number of people struggling to keep up with basic needs, the Cayman Food Bank desperately needs food and cash donations to keep up with demand. The Food Bank said that continuing to deliver hot meals and groceries to those in need “is a partnership with the community and cannot be done effectively […]

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OfReg’s operational changes in response to COVID-19

OfReg’s operational changes in response to COVID-19

| 01/04/2020 | 1 Comment

In an effort to protect the health, safety and well-being of our customers and staff from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg) has activated its business continuity plan to continue to provide services to our stakeholders. 

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Port Authority notice for the collection of cargo

Port Authority notice for the collection of cargo

| 01/04/2020 | 0 Comments

The Port Authority wishes to advise the public that due to space limitations it will issue an exemption letter to allow persons that have imported cargo to clear and collect their goods. The exemption letter will be for a specified date and time and is valid only for the collection of cargo.  

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CAL ticket offices now closed due to curfew

CAL ticket offices now closed due to curfew

| 30/03/2020 | 0 Comments

Due to the national “Shelter In Place” soft curfew currently imposed by the Cayman Islands Government, all Cayman Airways Ticket Offices are temporarily closed until further notice. Customers are asked to make any new bookings online on the Cayman Airways website.

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New supermarket rules and hours

New supermarket rules and hours

| 29/03/2020 | 1 Comment

Starting Monday, 30 March, until further notice, supermarkets will restrict shoppers from Monday to Saturday as follows: Those with last names starting A-K will be allowed to shop for essential supplies on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; those with last names starting L-Z will be allowed to shop on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Children are strongly […]

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Essential services continue during coronavirus

Essential services continue during coronavirus

| 28/03/2020 | 0 Comments

The national response to COVID-19 has required everyone to adapt their ways of working, including those of the essential services the public rely on to keep them safe. The Department of Public Safety Communication (DPSC), Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) and Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS) continue to offer their world class service […]

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CI Public Library Service provides e-books

CI Public Library Service provides e-books

| 28/03/2020 | 0 Comments

Further to the closure of all Cayman Islands Public Libraries due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Cayman Islands Public Library Service (CIPLS) announces an online eBook service to assist with educational and recreational reading. Accordingly, the CIPLS will provide library members and non-members of all ages, with access to over 33,000 eBooks and journals.

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Changes to external exams due to COVID-19

Changes to external exams due to COVID-19

| 28/03/2020 | 0 Comments

The Department of Education Services (DES) has announced a number of changes made to external examinations scheduled for this year for secondary-level students. While the City and Guilds examinations currently remain on schedule, examinations previously scheduled by Cambridge, AQA, WJEC and Pearson are all cancelled, as indicated by their respective boards.

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Supermarket hours

Supermarket hours

| 28/03/2020 | 0 Comments

Grocery stores and supermarkets will re-open on Saturday, 28 March, in line with the “soft curfew” hours of 5am to 7pm. The hard curfew hours of 7pm to 5am will remain for the next ten days. Non-essential persons flouting the curfew will be punished to the full extent of the Police Law.

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We have created a new system to help us address questions we receive from the public for the press briefings. We are getting hundreds every day and it’s impossible to read and deal with them while the PB is in process as there are a lot of moving parts to being able to do the Zoom meeting, take notes and respond to their info in real time.

So we are asking people to send their questions each day BEFORE NOON to: covid-questions@caymannewsservice.com

This will give us a chance to read, sort and consolidate the questions so that we get to the issues that people are most concerned about.

Thanks for your help. In the meantime the ones you have sent will be sorted and collated.