Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update February 19, 2021

COVID-19 Daily Release 19 February 2021

Friday, February 19th, 2021

Good day.

The Ministry of Health received 337 test results since the last update, and none were positive for COVID-19.

Additionally, since the last update, there were no recoveries.

There are currently eight active cases, of which;

  • Seven are under public health monitoring and;
  • One is in the hospital, with none in critical care.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 699 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 679 persons have recovered, and 12 persons have sadly succumbed to COVID-19.

The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 43 years (median: 40 years), and the ages range from less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 40 years (median: 35 years), and the ages range from less than 20 years (age group: 10-29 years) to greater than 70 years (age group: 70-79 years).

To protect privacy and confidentiality, age information will not be provided on the hospitalized cases.

The mean age of all deceased cases is 75 years (median: 77 years), and the ages range from less than 60 years (age group: 50-59 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The source of all cases is as follows:

  • 205 are imported
  • 493 are classified as local transmission of which:
  • 402 are local transmission with known contact/source and
  • 91 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 1 is under investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.

Of the over 170,000 test results reported, the mean age of all persons tested is 43 years (median:  42 years), and the ages range from less than one year to greater than 100 years.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than one, and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Sporadic Cases”.

The Ministry of Health is reminding the public that we are currently in Phase 2 of the National Vaccination Allocation Strategy.

“Phase 2 is for anyone 50 years or older, an essential traveller (medical or school travel), persons with heart disease, chronic kidney disease or diabetes, for example, as well as those with disabilities, to register their interest to receive the vaccine,” explained Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, JP, MP.

“And please remember that there is no cost to get the vaccine. I will also remind everyone that after you are vaccinated, you should continue to wear a mask, continue proper hand hygiene, avoid crowds and practice social distancing. There’s a small chance you could get sick even after you’ve been vaccinated.”

“It is also possible that you could carry the virus after you’re vaccinated and silently transmit it to others, even though you don’t develop symptoms yourself.”

“Wearing a mask and keeping your distance are the best ways to protect yourself, the people around you, and to slow the spread of the disease.”