MINISTRY OF HEALTH COVID-19 UPDATE NOVEMBER 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update 2 November

Monday, November 2nd, 2020
There were 2561 test results received by the Ministry of Health from 30th October through 1st November, and seven were positive for COVID-19. 
The new cases are all classified as imported.
  • One case is a resident having arrived on AA308 from Miami on 29 October who tested positive on arrival.
  • One case is a visitor having arrived on BA 2233 from London on 24 October who was tested due to onset of symptoms. This individual tested negative on arrival and on Day 4.
  • One case is a visitor having arrived on Jet Blue B6203 from Boston on 31 October who tested positive on arrival.
  • The additional four cases (1 visitor and 3 residents) arrived on BA 2233 from London on 27 October 2020 and tested positive on their day 4 test.
Case isolation and contact tracing has begun for all cases.
Bermuda now has 206 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows:
§  there are 21 active cases (all imported, consisting of 8 visitors and 13 returning residents), who are
§  all under public health monitoring, and
§  none are hospitalized or in critical care;
§  a total of 176 have recovered, and
§  the total deceased remains 9.
The average age of all of our confirmed positive cases is 54 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 and the age range is 57 to 91 years.
The source of all cases is as follows:
§  95 are Imported
§  90 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.
The Ministry of Health wishes to remind members of the public that flu vaccinations are available for the month of November at the Hamilton Health Clinic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2pm until 4pm. The public are advised that this will be a walk-in service and NOT a drive through like the one provided at Flu Express. Clients may park in the clinic’s car park. For further information call 278-6460.
The public are advised that on 1st November 2020 two visitors to Bermuda broke the requirements of paragraph 12 of the Quarantine (COVID-19) (No. 3) Order 2020 (‘the Quarantine Order’). The individuals willfully broke their quarantine to attend a celebratory gathering, prior to receiving the results of arrival COVID-19 test as provided for under paragraphs 9 and 10 of the Quarantine Order. Both pleaded ‘guilty’ to the offense. The Crown asked for a fine of $3000 dollars to be paid by defendants who appeared in court today. The defendants stated they didn’t mingle with anyone during the gathering. Their COVID-19 test has since returned a ‘negative’ result. The court has made the decision to fine them $2500 dollars each or face 250 days in prison.  
 
The Minister of Health the Hon. Kim Wilson JP MP said: “Although it is disappointing that two of our visitors broke their quarantine requirements this weekend, I commend the outcome of today’s court decision. The prosecution of these individuals demonstrates that Bermuda takes the protection of our borders and the health of our people extremely seriously. I greatly hope that further breaches will not occur and potential offenders are now dissuaded from such actions.”