Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update December 19

COVID-19 Update Daily Release 19 December 2020

Sunday, December 20th, 2020

Good evening,

There were 1374 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update and 11 were positive for COVID-19.

Three of the new cases are classified as imported. This includes one resident and two non-residents who arrived on BA 2233 from London on the 13 December 2020 and tested positive on their day 4 test

Three of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact/source as associated with a known cases/clusters.

The remaining new cases are classified as under investigation. These cases are among residents with no currently identified links to other known cases or clusters or history of travel in the past 14 days.

The mean age of all new cases is 40 years (median: 27 years) and the age range is 15 to 92 years.

Additionally, 9 cases have recovered since the last update.

Bermuda now has 527 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows.

·         There are 242 active cases, of which

·         238 are under public health monitoring and

·         4 are hospitalized with 1 in critical care;

·         a total of 276 have recovered, and

·         the total deceased remains 9.

The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 43 years (median: 39 years) and the age range is  zero to 101 years.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 35 years (median: 31 years) and the age range is less than five to 92 years.

To protect privacy and confidentiality, the average age and age range of the hospitalized cases will not be provided.

The average age of all deceased cases is 74 years and the age range is 57 to 91 years.

The source of all cases is as follows:

·         145 are Imported

·         300 are classified as local transmission of which:

·         278 are Local transmission, with known contact/source and

·         22 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         82 are Under Investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.

Today’s update has 7 cases moved from under investigation to local transmission with a known contact/source as associated known cases/clusters.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is greater than 1 (1.21) and Bermuda’s current country status is “Clusters of Cases”.

“I urge everyone to continue to wear their masks, wash their hands, avoid closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings. Our community is protected only when everyone does their part and plays by the rules, “said the Minister of Health, the Hon Kim Wilson.

“Stay safe Bermuda, keep your contact bubbles small and remember, I wear a mask to protect you and you wear a mask to protect me.”