COVID-19 Daily Release 5 March 2021

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Good day.

The Ministry of Health received 425 test results since the last update, and one (1) was positive for COVID-19. This new case is classified as local transmission with known contact as associated with a known case.

Additionally, since the last update, there was (1) recovery.

There are currently 22 active cases, of which;

  • All 22 are under public health monitoring and;
  • None are in the hospital.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 722 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 688 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 43 years (median: 47 years), and the ages range from less than 30 years (age group: 20-29 years) to greater than 50 years (age group: 50-59 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:

  • 214 are imported
  • 508 are classified as local transmission of which:
  • 416 are local transmission with known contact/source and
  • 92 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • None are 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 approaching one, and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Sporadic Cases”.

This past Wednesday, the Ministry of Health reported an excess of COVID-19 vaccine doses needed to be used immediately. In response to an invitation to the public to get vaccinated to avoid wastage, hundreds of residents responded by waiting patiently in the rain for their first dose.

“Between the two vaccination centres, we administered about 600 more vaccines than was scheduled for the day,” advised the Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, JP, MP.

“Prior to opening up the extra doses to the broader population, we did call people on our back up list, and the Ministry of Health and some of our stakeholder agencies phoned persons 65 years or older whose contact details we had. Most were either already booked for their vaccine or had had their first dose.”

In response to why there were extra doses available, the Minister explained. “We continue to investigate the matter, but it appears more vaccine was thawed out than could be anticipated by the confirmed appointments.

“Thanks again to everyone who showed up to get vaccinated and to all the health professionals and administrative staff who worked 12 – 14 hours that day to get the job done.”