Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update January 20th

COVID-19 Daily Release 20 January 2021

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

 

 

There were 875 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update, and none were positive for COVID-19.

Additionally, since the last update, eight cases have recovered.

There are currently 61 active cases, of which;

  • 56 are under public health monitoring and
  • Five are in hospital with none in critical care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 684 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 611 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 one year to greater than 100 years.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 47 years (median: 47 years), and the ages range from less than 20 years (age group: 10-19 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all currently hospitalized cases is 69 years (median: 76 years), and the ages range from less than 50 years (age group: 40-49 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

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:

  • 195 are imported
  • 472 are classified as local transmission of which:
  • 392 are local transmission with known contact/source and
  • 80 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 17 are under investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.

Of the over 150,000 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 1 (0.33) and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Clusters of Cases”.

The Minister of Health is encouraged by the number of people interested in taking the COVID vaccine. The Minister of Health, the Hon. Kim Wilson said: “Almost 8,000 people have registered their interest to be vaccinated. I want to thank those who have already registered and remind people that you do not need to register yet if you are not in Priority Group 1(A) or 1(B). All submissions must be reviewed manually by the medical team, and then appointments are scheduled based on age and those who are extremely clinically vulnerable. As well, people who are registering online must use their legal name to do so. Not your nickname, not your middle name or an initial. Please, for the sake of accuracy, use your legal given name.”

“As we receive more doses of the vaccine, we will be moving to the next phase in the allocation strategy which can be found on www.gov.bm/vacines, and this will be widely communicated to the public.”

“Our goal is for 19,000 residents to be administered both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by the end of March which equates to 36% of the population who are eligible to be administered the vaccine at this time (16 & over). This is an aggressive goal, but with your help, one we know we can meet.”

The Minister of Health is also reminding the public to get tested for the coronavirus.

The Minister said, “Testing, along with rigorous contact tracing, is essential in protecting our community against the novel coronavirus.

“I am quite pleased that the daily positive cases are reducing and we do not have community spread, but we must continue testing. There are persons out there who may have mild or no symptoms of the coronavirus, and they could be infected and spreading the virus.”

“Testing is free, and there are plenty of testing slots available. If you haven’t already, get tested so that you can know your status,” said Minister of Health, the Hon Kim N. Wilson.

“We have convenient COVID-19 pop-up testing at various locations around the island. You can book online at https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-get-tested  or call the COVID-19 hotline at 444-2498 between 9 am – 9 pm.”