Saturday 19 September, 2020

Cayman joins only 12 countries in CDC's lowest risk ranking

Today, upon learning that the Cayman Islands received 256 negative COVID-19 tests, the country also was the recipient of news that it had joined a handful of countries in the Centers for Disease Control's lowest risk ranking, "No Travel Health Notice (COVID-19 Risk is Very Low). This comes just two days after the Pan American Health Organisation and the World Health Organisation changed Cayman's transmission level from sporadic to no cases.

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Since mid-March, the CDC has warned travelers to avoid non-essential travel to all international locations, but earlier this month it revised its advice and released a list of destinations where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is 'low' or 'very low' 

The CDC's COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country highlights that while the vast majority of countries worldwide remain at Level 3 (COVID-19 Risk is High), there are very few countries the CDC assesses at Level 1 (COVID-19 Risk Is Low) or no Travel Health Notice (COVID-19 Risk is Very Low). There are currently 20 countries across the two lowest rankings; 7 in the "low" ranking and 13 in the "very low" ranking.

At level 1, the CDC recommends that "older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness talk to their healthcare providers before traveling. Destimations in this risk ranking include Bonaire, Fiji, Saba, New Zealand, Saint Barthelemy, Sint Eustatius and Thailand.

Countries for which there is no travel health notice include British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, Greenland, Laos, Macau SAR, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Taiwan and Timor-Leste.

Cayman has recorded no positive cases of COVID-19 since July 13- a month ago yesterday- and no active cases since July 24.

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