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Ministry Suspends Visits to Group Homes

Published 18th March 2020, 7:6pm

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has suspended all social visits until further notice to the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre, Cayman Brac; Golden Age Home and Maple House in Grand Cayman.

Older people and vulnerable individuals have increased susceptibility to the upper respiratory complications caused by coronavirus. Some are immunosuppressed with chronic ailments including heart disease, diabetes and asthma. Other residents have a range of underlying health conditions; therefore this decision is being undertaken in the best interests of the home's residents.

Mindful that this decision will be difficult for some residents and their families, DCFS is exploring alternative methods of maintaining contact between residents and their families. Staff are also keeping residents engaged through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities within their respective facilities.

Given the rapidly evolving situation, this isolation measure will be reviewed periodically and will be lifted once the threat is known to have diminished sufficiently.