Ministry of Health COVID Update December 10 2020

COVID-19 Daily Release 10 December 2020

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Good Day Members of the Media,

There were 1239 test results received by the Ministry of Health yesterday (9 December 2020), and 24 were positive for COVID-19.

14 of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact/source as associated with known cases or clusters.

The remaining 10  new cases are classified as under investigation. These cases are among residents with no history of travel or any currently identified links to other known cases or clusters.

Bermuda now has 364 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows:

·there are 126 active cases, of which

·124 are under public health monitoring and

·2 are hospitalized with 1 in critical care;

·a total of 229 have recovered, and

·the total deceased remains 9.

The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 46 years (median: 43 years) and the age range is 0 to 101 years.

The mean age of all active cases is 34 years (median: 26 years) and the age range is 0 to 68 years.

To protect privacy and confidentiality, the average age and age range of the hospitalized cases will not be provided.

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:

·129 are Imported

·179 are Local transmission, with known contact/source

·21 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source, and

·35 are under investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is greater than 1  (1.57) and Bermuda’s current country status is “Clusters of Cases”.

The Minister of Health the Hon. Kim Wilson JP MP said: “I would like to provide clarity on what steps a person should take when they are linked to a positive case of COVID-19. If you live with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 then you must quarantine at home for 14 days and test at the start and on or after day 14. If you are a non-household close contact of a positive case and were within six feet of them with no mask for 15 minutes or longer, you must quarantine at home for 14 days and test at the start and on or after day 14. If someone you live with is a close contact of a positive case, you must ask yourself whether you can safely separate at your home. If the answer is ‘no’ then you must quarantine at home for 14 days. If the answer is ‘yes’, then you must wear a mask and avoid the 3 Cs – closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings. If someone at your workplace or school is positive, what you must do depends on whether or not you are a close contact. If you are a close contact then you must quarantine at home for 14 days. If you are not a close contact, then you must wear a mask and av