Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update January 25th

COVID-19 Daily Release 25 January 2021

There were 1689 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update, and none were positive for COVID-19.

Additionally, since the last update, 12 cases have recovered.

There are currently 34 active cases, of which;

· 29 are under public health monitoring and

· Five are in hospital with none in critical care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 686 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 640 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 51 years (median: 50 years), and the ages range from less than 30 years (age group: 20-29 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all currently hospitalized cases is 77 years (median: 78 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:

· 196 are imported

· 480 are classified as local transmission of which:

· 396 are local transmission with known contact/source and

· 84 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source

· 10 are under investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.  Today’s update has 3 cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact/source.

Of the over 160,000 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 (0.25) and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Sporadic Cases”.

The Minister of Health, the Hon Kim Wilson, reminds the public that Bermuda meets the COVID-19 testing requirements for outbound travellers going to the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.

“Most Bermuda visitors returning to the United States, United Kingdom or Canada will have their outbound testing requirements met within the existing testing regime, which provides automated appointments for travellers and results via email,” advised Minister Wilson.

“Any visitor in need of an outbound test not covered by the existing testing programme, is automatically booked for a return home test based on the return date indicated on their Travel Authorisation, to ensure compliance with the 72hrs timeframe required by the UK, US and Canadian Governments.”

“Outbound test results will contain the following information: name, birth date, gender, date of test, type of test and test credentials, lab name and address. This will satisfy the entry requirements in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada – the three countries for which Bermuda has direct air service. There is currently no additional cost for the outbound COVID tests, though an additional fee may be introduced later.”

“As announced by the UK Government, travellers to the UK must isolate for 10 days upon arrival and are also required to provide, evidence of a negative COVID19 test, as well as a Passenger Locator Form, and in accordance with UK regulations failure to provide proof of a negative test or a failure to complete the passenger locator form are offences for which you may be fined, and you may not be allowed to board the flight.”

“Residents travelling to any of these countries can be assured that the Bermuda Government Molecular Diagnostic Lab (MDL), where the majority of test samples are processed, can handle the additional demand within the required 72-hour turnaround time. The lab operates seven days a week, which covers all traveller contingencies, including weekends and public holidays, and their current performance standard is results in less than 24 hours.”