Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update January 28th

COVID-19 Daily Release 28 January 2021

Good day.

There were 489 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update, and one was positive for COVID-19. The new case is classified as under investigation, as it is a resident with no currently identified link to other known cases or history of travel in the past 14 days.

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

There are currently 28 active cases, of which;

·         25 are under public health monitoring and

·         Three are in hospital with none in critical care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 690 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 650 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 48 years (median: 47 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).

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:

·         199 are imported

·         483 are classified as local transmission of which:

·         397 are local transmission with known contact/source and

·         86 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         Eight are under investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.  Today’s update has 1 case moving from under investigation to local transmission with known 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 (0.18) and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Sporadic Cases”.

The Minister of Health, the Hon Kim Wilson is today reminding people about some of the Vaccination Centre’s challenges. Minister Wilson said: “The ministry has been informed by members of the Prospect Vaccination Team that they are encountering issues with traffic which is leading to residents experiencing delays when they arrive for their appointment time. We ask that you come to the Staging Area located in the parking lot of the Clyde Best Centre of Excellence, but please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.”

“Also, please do not come to the Staging Area if you do not have a scheduled appointment. If you do not have an appointment, please do not attend the Vaccination Centre at all.”

“Additionally, if you are transporting a family member, we ask you to please note that only one person is allowed to accompany a family member.”

To assist further in making the client experience smooth and prompt, the Vaccine Team asks that you read and familiarise yourself with the “COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Consent Form” before you arrive for your appointment. It can be found at www.gov.bm/vaccines.

Also, if you are presently being treated for a medical condition or are immunocompromised, you should consult with your physician and, if possible, bring to your appointment confirmation from your doctor that you can be vaccinated for COVID-19.

The British Airways flight BA2233, scheduled to arrive in Bermuda today, has been delayed by 24 hours. Those people arriving from London tomorrow instead of tonight will find that their pre-arrival test, which may be out of time due to the delay, will be honoured by the Bermuda Government. For those passengers needing a new test to depart the island to meet the UK’s 72 hour pre-test requirement, we recommend seeking an expedited test at one of the private labs, Helix or C & S West Limited as the Bermuda Government Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (MDLtest slots for tomorrow are already fully booked.