First case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Cayman Islands

Mar

13

Dear Students,

The Public Health Department has confirmed the first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Cayman Islands.  At this this time, there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 at UCCI.

We recognise the level of concern that news of the first confirmed case brings to our students, faculty, staff and their families. We are taking the necessary precautions as recommended by HSA to ensure the wellbeing of the UCCI community and we adhere to the NEOC (National Emergency Operations Centre) directions that are currently being provided to Government departments.

Currently, all UCCI classes will continue as usual.  We are following the official Government updates and ask you to do the same. Should there be any changes to class schedules, you will be notified through official UCCI communications. During this time, you may find many other non-official messages confusing. However, please understand that you can expect to receive official directions through UCCI communications such as these. We encourage everyone to closely monitor reliable, trusted and official Government sources such as CIG https://www.exploregov.ky/coronavirus and the HSA https://www.hsa.ky/public-health/coronavirus/ for the latest news.

UCCI Campus Events and Large Group Gathering Protocol

Following government recommendations, we will postpone or cancel non-essential meetings or events and employ remote technology where possible to help avoid the spread of Coronavirus.

Emergency Care and Sick Protocol

Any student who has traveled abroad in the last 30 days, returned from a country with an outbreak of COVID-19, and you are experiencing these symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties are advised to stay at home to recuperate/self-isolate (you are NOT required to provide a doctor’s note). Obtain medical advice by your primary care physician or to arrange testing or call the HSA hotline (1-800-534-8600). Students should also notify Ms. Donnette Goddard, Director of Student Life @ +1 (345) 525-8985 or studentlife@ucci.edu.ky.

Preventative Measures 

Around campus, we are currently taking additional preventative measures:

  1.  We have added a cleaner during the daily shifts.
  2.  Cleaners are frequently cleaning and sanitizing high traffic areas including all door handles, stairs railings, washrooms, and indoor eating areas. Trash cans in washrooms are moved closer to entrance doors which will enable students, faculty and staff to open these doors with paper towel after they wash their hands and quickly dispose as they exit.
  3.  Our contracted daily service providers (Security and Janitorial) have submitted to the University their travel and health contingency plans to demonstrate the necessary precautions have been taken with their employees to reduce the risks of contracting or spreading illness.

Preventative Hygiene

Please continue to reinforce frequent hand washing and use the 35 hand sanitizer dispensers available on campus. Our current hand sanitizer product is as effective as an alcohol-based sanitizer. Studies have demonstrated that an alcohol-free hand sanitizer containing benzalkonium chloride as the active ingredient, at a concentration of 0.13%, is just as or more effective than alcohol at getting rid of bacteria. The product UCCI is using contains at least 3 X more bacteria destroying ability than required by the EPA.

  • Lets keep reminding ourselves of the correct way to cough or sneeze. The recommended practices to prevent and control the spread of illness include:
  • Frequent hand cleansing with soap and water or a hand sanitizer
  • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, ideally into the crook of the arm rather than into the palm of your hand
  • Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
  • Maintaining social distance; that is three to six feet of distancing between two persons
UCCI Executive Leadership Team