MINISTRY OF HEALTH COVID-19 UPDATE NOVEMBER 13, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE 13 NOVEMBER 2020

Friday, November 13th, 2020
There were 905 test results received by the Ministry of Health yesterday (12 November 2020), and two were positive for COVID-19.  These most recent cases are classified as imported with details as follows:
  •  1 resident who arrived on a B6203 from Boston on 7 November 2020 who tested positive on their day 4 test, having had a negative pre-test and arrival test
  • 1 non-resident who arrived on DL 617 from New York on 7 November 2020 who tested positive on their day 4 test, having had a negative pre-test and arrival test
Bermuda now has 222 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows:
  •  there are 24 active cases, who are
  • all under public health monitoring, and
  • none are hospitalized or in critical care;
  • a total of 189 have recovered, and
  • the total deceased remains 9. 
The average age of all of our confirmed positive cases is 54 years and the age range of all of our positive cases is from 7 to 101 years.
The average age of all deceased cases is 74 years and the age range is 57 to 91 years.
The source of all cases is as follows:
§  110 are Imported
§  91 are Local transmission, with known contact
§  21 are Local transmission with an unknown contact, and
§  none are under investigation
Bermuda’s country status is “Sporadic Cases”. The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1.

Contrary to erroneous reports printed in a local media outlet today, the Ministry of Health would like to clarify that Bermuda does not have community transmission of COVID-19. We have one case of local transmission with a known contact. In this case, the contact was a household contact of an imported case.

There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in Bermuda where the Ministry of Health does not know the origin of those cases. Further, Bermuda has never been classified as having community transmission by the World Health Organisation. We have requested a correction to be issued.

Bermuda is currently classified by WHO as ‘Sporadic cases’:
“Countries/territories/areas with one or more cases, imported or locally detected.”
 
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Please note the transmission classification from the World Health Organisation:
No cases: with no confirmed cases;
• Sporadic cases: with one or more cases, imported or locally detected;
Clusters of cases: experiencing cases, clustered in time, geographic location and/or by common
exposures;
• Community transmission: experiencing larger outbreaks of local transmission defined through an assessment of factors including, but not limited to: large numbers of cases not linkable to transmission
chains; large numbers of cases from sentinel laboratory surveillance; and/or multiple unrelated clusters
in several areas of the country/territory/area.