Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update January 14th

COVID-19 Update Daily Release – 14 January 2021

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Good day,

There were 769 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update, and three were positive for COVID-19. One of the new cases is classified as imported by a resident who arrived on AC 1818 from Toronto on 8 January 2021 and tested positive on their day four test. The remaining new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases.

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

There are currently 84 active cases, of which;

• 77 are under public health monitoring and

• 7 are in hospital with 1 in critical care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 667 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 571 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 45 years (median: 46 years), and the ages range from less than 20 years (age group: 10-19 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all currently hospitalized cases is 57 years (median: 54 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).

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:

•        183 are Imported

•        458 are classified as local transmission of which:

•        38 are local transmission with known contact/source and

•        70 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source

•        26 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 and 3 cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact/source.

Of the over 150,000 test results reported, the mean age of all persons tested is 43 years (median:  42 years), and the ages range from less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.58) and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Clusters of Cases”.

The Ministry of Health is reminding the public that there are numerous locations across the island, offering COVID-19 testing to the community. All testing is by appointment only. 

“I encourage everyone to please take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing that is offered by the Ministry of Health. If you haven’t already, get tested,” said Minister of Health, the Hon Kim N. Wilson.

“We have testing slots available, so sign up and make sure you know your status. Please note, the Ministry of Health cannot vaccinate people who are already infected with COVID-19 or quarantined as a close contact. If you or your family falls into one of the priority categories for early vaccination, we encourage you to get tested.”

“We have convenient COVID-19 pop-up testing at various locations around the island. You can book online at http://coronavirus.gov.bm or call the COVID-19 hotline at 444-2498 between 9 am – 9 pm.”

If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your doctor. Your doctor will schedule you or direct you to the COVID-19 helpline at 444-2498 for symptomatic testing appointment slots.”

“As well, If you are interested in registering for the vaccine, fill out the convenient online form at https://forms.gov.bm/covidvaccine. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, and the priority scheduling for the first batch of the vaccine, please visit www.gov.bm/vaccines.”

The Minister of Health encourages everyone to join the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s free, open-to-all webinar on Friday, 15 January, from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm. This webinar will help Bermuda residents access COVID-19 testing before they return home from the United States. It will also explain Bermuda’s testing provisions for visitors and residents leaving the island for the US, UK and Canada under new protocols announced by those nations this week. This webinar will make travelling safely and responsibly a little easier. To register for the webinar, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6920402463779442701

 

Dr. Carika Weldon will be on the panel. She will speak to the issue of Bermuda’s outbound passengers who will require negative pre-travel tests to return to the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update January 13th

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

There were 966 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update, and three were positive for COVID-19. All three of the new cases are classified as imported. One of the new imported cases is a resident who arrived on AA308 from Miami on 7 January 2021 and tested positive on their day four test. The second imported case is a resident who arrived on BA 2233 from London on 10 January 2021 and tested positive on their arrival test. The third new imported case is a resident who arrived on S46227 from the Azores on 11 January 2021 and tested positive on their arrival test.

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

There are currently 86 active cases, of which;

• 79 are under public health monitoring and

• 7 are in hospital with 1 in critical care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 664 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 566 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 45 years (median: 45 years), and the ages range from less than 20 years (age group: 10-19 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all currently hospitalized cases is 57 years (median: 54 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).

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:

•        182 are imported

•        452 are classified as local transmission of which:

•        385 are local transmission with known contact/source, and

•        67 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source

•        30 are under investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change. Today’s update has seven cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact/source.

Of the over 150,000 test results reported, the mean age of all persons tested is 43 years (median: 42 years), and the ages range from less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.61) and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Clusters of Cases”.

The Ministry of Health has been informed that there are social media posts currently circulating with misinformation about the Vaccination Centre accepting walk-ins for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Minister of Health, the Hon Kim N. Wilson, refuted this saying: “This is absolutely not true. Vaccinations are being given in accordance with the ministry’s Vaccine Allocation Strategy, which has been shared with the media, and posted on-line.”

“Vaccinations are only given to residents who have a confirmed appointment, and the Vaccination Centre is NOT OPEN to walk-in traffic.”

“If you are interested in registering for the vaccine, fill out the convenient on-line form at https://forms.gov.bm/covidvaccine. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, and the priority scheduling for the first batch of the vaccine, please visit www.gov.bm/vaccines.”

Additionally, the Minister has been asked by the media to provide detailed data on the vaccination process and priority groups. Minister Wilson stated: “The primary focus of the Vaccination Centre team is to ensure everyone, who has an appointment, receives a vaccination. After two days in operation, the Ministry of Health can provide limited statistics, which have already been given. In the coming days, and as processes become more routine, additional statistics will be provided. While getting information to the public is always a priority, we ask for patience as we gather the data that has been requested.”

The Minister of Health is also encouraging everyone to join the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s free, open-to-all webinar on Friday, 15 January from 3:30pm to 4:45pm. This webinar will help Bermuda residents access COVID-19 testing before they return home from the United States, and will make travelling safely and responsibly a little easier. Dr. Carika Weldon will be on the panel and will speak to the issue of Bermuda’s outbound passengers who will require negative pre-travel tests in order to return to the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update January 11th

COVID-19 Daily Release January 11, 2021

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

 

There were 1427 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update and four were positive for COVID-19.  Two of the new cases are classified as imported. One of the new imported cases is a non-resident who arrived on DL 584 from Atlanta on 4 January 2021, and tested positive on day four. The other new imported case is a resident who arrived on DL 617 from New York on 8 January 2021, and tested positive on their arrival test.

The remaining two new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases.

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

There are 90 active cases, of which;

•        82 are under public health monitoring and

•        8 are in hospital with 1 in critical care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 656 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 554 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 age range is less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 43 years (median: 43 years), and the age range is less than 10 years (age group: 5-9 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all currently hospitalized cases is 57 years (median: 54 years), and the age range is less than 30 years (age group: 20-29 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all deceased cases is 75 years (median: 77 years), and the age range is 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:

•        174 are Imported

•        443 are classified as local transmission of which:

•        385 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

•        58 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

•        39 are Under Investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.  Today’s update has 8 cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact/source.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.63), and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Clusters of Cases”.

The first doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine were administered today, and the Ministry of Health has received numerous calls from people trying to register. Unfortunately, this did cause a slight delay in the team being able to respond to all of the calls.

Minister of Health, the Hon Kim N Wilson explained: “We apologize for the delays being experienced as persons try to get through to the vaccine registration number. Our team is working extremely hard to answer as many calls as possible, and we appreciate your patience. We are placing more resources in this area to accommodate the demand – a demand which is most welcome.”

“We want to vaccinate as many people as possible so that we can help protect them, their loved ones and, also, help the Island to achieve herd immunity. According to most experts, if we are able to vaccinate 60 – 70% of the population, we can halt the transmission and spread of the virus.”

If you are interested in registering for the vaccine, fill out the convenient on-line form at https://forms.gov.bm/covidvaccine.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, and the priority scheduling for the first batch of the vaccine, please visit www.gov.bm/vaccines.

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update January 9, 2021

COVID-19 Daily Release 9 January 2021

Saturday, January 9th, 2021

Good day,

There were 886 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update and six were positive for COVID-19.  One of the new cases is classified as imported by a resident who arrived on DL 584 from Atlanta on 7 January 2021 and tested positive on their arrival test.

The remaining five new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases.

Additionally, since the last update, 11 cases have recovered.

There are currently 89 active cases, of which;

·         82 are under public health monitoring and

·         7 are in hospital with none in critical care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 652 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 551 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 age range is less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 42 years (median: 42 years), and the age range is less than 10 years (age group: 5-9 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all currently hospitalized cases is 57 years (median: 54 years), and the age range is less than 30 years (age group: 20-29 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all deceased cases is 75 years (median: 77 years), and the age range is 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:

·         172 are Imported

·         433 are classified as local transmission of which:

·         383 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

·         50 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         47 are Under Investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.  Today’s update has 5 cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact/source.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.60) and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Clusters of Cases”.

Yesterday, 8 January 2021, the first shipment for 9,750 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived, as scheduled, on the British Airways flight.

“We are quite pleased that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has arrived in Bermuda,” said the Minister of Health, the Hon Kim N. Wilson.

“Once landed in Bermuda, the vaccine was immediately taken to a secure storage facility. The Ministry of Health will begin administering the vaccine doses from the Vaccination Centre on Monday 11 January 2021, to essential frontline workers such as healthcare workers, fire fighters, police officers, corrections officers, personnel at the ports of entry and teachers, all of whom may be at risk for higher levels of exposure to the coronavirus.”

The Ministry of Health is training rest homes nurses to administer the vaccine to the residents in the individual rest homes. There will also be mobile teams administering the vaccine in some group homes.

Additionally, the Ministry has set up a secondary hotline specifically to answer questions about getting the vaccine and to register members of the public who fit into high risk categories so the vaccine can be administered to them. The Ministry is inviting people who are aged 65 years and older to register their interest in taking the vaccine by calling the hotline. The Ministry is prioritizing vaccine recipients by age and vulnerability. People who should call the hotline should fit into the following categories:

People 65 years and older, with preference given to those who are over 80 years old.

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable which includes people who have:

  • Immunosuppressant for example chemotherapy or after organ transplant;
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE);
  • Severe Asthma;
  • Severe COPD

Anyone suffering with:

  • Heart disease;
  • Chronic kidney disease;
  • Liver disease;
  • Diabetes.

The phone number is 444-2498 – option #2. Operating hours are Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm.

As a reminder, the Ministry of Health is hosting ‘Vaccine Awareness – Join the Conversation’ on the Government’s Facebook page, YouTube,and CITV, live, tonight, Saturday, 9 January 2021, at 6 pm. This is an excellent opportunity for those who may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine specifically, and vaccines in general. This programme will allow viewers to post their questions online to have them answered by medical professionals.

For trusted sources of information on COVID-19 visit www.gov.bm, and for information on vaccines and how the COVID-19 vaccination will be administered in Bermuda, as well as frequently asked questions on the vaccine, visit www.gov.bm/vaccines

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update January 8, 2021

COVID-19 Daily Release 8 January 2021

There were 896 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update and five were positive for COVID-19.  One of the new cases is classified as imported by a resident who arrived on BA 2233 from London on 6 January 2021 and tested positive on their arrival test.

The remaining four new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases.

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

There are currently 94 active cases, of which;

·         88 are under public health monitoring and

·         6 are in hospital with none in critical care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 646 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 540 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 age range is less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 42 years (median: 43 years), and the age range is less than 10 years (age group: 5-9 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all currently hospitalized cases is 53 years (median: 54 years), and the age range is less than 30 years (age group: 20-29 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all deceased cases is 75 years (median: 77 years), and the age range is 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:

·         171 are Imported

·         423 are classified as local transmission of which:

·         378 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

·         45 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         52 are Under Investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.  Today’s update has 7 cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact/source.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.60) and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Clusters of Cases”.

With regards to the persons feeling ill or exhibiting COVID symptoms, Minister of Health, the Hon Kim N. Wilson said: “It is important that if you begin to exhibit or feel some or any symptoms of having COVID-19 – fever, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, headache, congestion or runny nose, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat – you should contact your doctor in the first instance, and have your symptoms assessed.”

“Your doctor can assist with next steps, which, depending on the outcome of the assessment, may involve booking you in for a COVID-19 test at their office or at one of the Government’s testing sites. If you have already contracted COVID-19, continue to stay in touch with your doctor so that decisions can be made about your care.”

The Ministry of Health also reminds the public that it will host ‘Vaccine Awareness – Join the Conversation’ on the Government’s Facebook page and CITV, live, tomorrow, Saturday, 9 January 2021, at 6 pm. This is an excellent opportunity for those who may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine specifically, and vaccines in general. This programme will allow viewers to post their questions online to have them answered by medical professionals.

For trusted sources of information on COVID-19 visit www.gov.bm, and for information on vaccines and how the COVID-19 vaccination will be administered in Bermuda, as well as frequently asked questions on the vaccine, visit www.gov.bm/vaccines

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update January 7 2021

COVID-19 Daily Release 7 January 2021

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

There were 781 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update and five were positive for COVID-19.  One of the new cases is classified as imported by a resident who arrived on BA 2233 from London on 1 January 2021 and tested positive on their day four test.

The remaining four new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases.

Additionally, since the last update, seven cases have recovered and sadly one has died.

There are currently 91 active cases, of which;

·         85 are under public health monitoring and

·         6 are in hospital with none in critical care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 641 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 538 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 age range is less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 41 years (median: 40 years), and the age range is less than 10 years (age group: 5-9 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all currently hospitalized cases is 53 years (median: 54 years), and the age range is less than 30 years (age group: 20-29 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all deceased cases is 75 years (median: 77 years), and the age range is 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:

·         170 are Imported

·         412 are classified as local transmission of which:

·         374 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

·         38 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         59 are Under Investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.  Today’s update has 6 cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with known contact/source and 1 case moving from under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact/source.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.60), and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Clusters of Cases”.

On the recent COVID-19 related death, the Minister of Health, the Hon Kim N. Wilson said: “This loss is devastating. My heart is heavy with the news of another death due to COVID-19. I mourn with the family, friends and co-workers of this most recent victim. I am so sorry for this loss.”

As a reminder, the Public Health (COVID-19 Emergency Powers) (No 3) Amendment Regulations 2021 went into effect today (7 January 2021) at 6 am.

·         The hours of curfew will be from midnight until 5am;

·         Businesses will be required to close at 11pm, whereas they’re currently now required to close at 10pm;

·         Personal services restrictions will be relaxed, to allow for any personal care services that require masks to be removed (beards, facials, electrolysis);

·         In gyms, physical distancing requirements will be reduced from ten feet, between patrons, to six feet; and

·         The number of people who can attend an outdoor funeral will be increased from ten to 20.

All other restrictions remain unchanged, including gatherings remain restricted to no more than ten people, and indoor bars and nightclubs will remain closed.

The Minister of Health is also reminding the public of the availability of COVID testing.

“Please take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing that is offered by the Ministry of Health,” said Minister of Health, the Hon Kim N. Wilson.

“We have testing slots available, so sign up and make sure you know your status. The Ministry of Health cannot vaccinate people who are already infected with COVID-19, or quarantined as a close contact. If you or your family falls into one of the priority categories for early vaccination, we encourage you to get tested.”

“We have convenient COVID-19 pop-up testing at various locations around the island. You can book online at http://coronavirus.gov.bm or call the COVID-19 hotline at 444-2498 between 9 am – 9 pm.”

The Ministry of Health will host ‘Vaccine Awareness – Join the Conversation’ on the Government’s Facebook page and CITV, live on Saturday 9 January 2021, at 6 pm. The ministry recognises that there are those in Bermuda who may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine specifically, and vaccines in general. This programme will allow viewers to post their questions online to have them answered by medical professionals.

For trusted sources of information on vaccines and how the COVID-19 vaccination will be administered in Bermuda, as well as frequently asked questions on the vaccine, visit www.gov.bm/vaccines

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update January 6, 2021

COVID-19 Daily Release 6 January 2021

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

There were 650 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update and four were positive for COVID-19.  One of the new cases is classified as imported by a resident who arrived on DL 617 from New York on 4 January 2021 and tested positive on their arrival test.

Two of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contacts as they are associated with known cases.

The additional new case is classified as under investigation. This case is among a resident with no currently identified links to other known cases or history of travel in the past 14 days.

Additionally, since the last update, 9 cases have recovered.

There are currently 94 active cases, of which;

·         89 are under public health monitoring and

·         5 are in hospital with none in critical care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 636 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 531 persons have recovered and 11 persons sadly succumbed to COVID-19.

The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 43 years (median: 40 years) and the age range is less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 41 years (median: 41 years) and the age range is less than 10 years (age group: 5-9 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all currently hospitalized cases is 53 years (median: 54 years) and the age range is less than 30 years (age group: 20-29 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

The mean age of all deceased cases is 77 years (median: 80 years) and the age range is 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:

·         169 are Imported

·         401 are classified as local transmission of which:

·         364 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

·         37 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         66 are Under Investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.  Today’s update has 13 cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with known contact/source and 2 cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact/source.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.60) and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Clusters of Cases”.

The Ministry of Health would like to remind returning residents that, per Quarantine (COVID-19) (No 3) Order 2020, travellers landing in Bermuda without a pre-arrival test will be charged $300 at the airport. There are no refunds, so you are advised to plan ahead and, carefully consider if you should be travelling at all. The Government’s policy has not changed in this regard; we encourage residents to be tested before returning and have your test results with you on arrival to avoid the $300 fee.

If you are using the Costco/AZOVA Health test, please read the company’s testing procedures very carefully. The BTA has a handy outline of the process on its website, gotobermuda.com, with links to the Costco site.

The Ministry would also like to remind the public that they will begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses on Monday, 11 January, 2021, to healthcare and essential workers who agree to take the vaccine. In this context, essential frontline workers are those who provide services which prevent social disruption and allow society to function and who are also at risk for higher levels of exposure to COVID-19. This includes firemen, police, corrections officers, personnel at the ports of entry and teachers.

They will also administer the first batch of the vaccine to our most vulnerable, seniors in rest homes and long-term care facilities, who have given their consent. There is no cost for the vaccine and they will be administered at sites arranged by the Department of Health and with primary care physicians who have been approved by the Department of Health.

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update January 4 2021

COVID-19 Daily Release 4 January 2021

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Good evening.

There were 1,566 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update, and two were positive for COVID-19.  One of the new cases is classified as local transmission with known contact as it is associated with a known case.

The additional new case is classified as under investigation. This case is among a resident with no currently identified links to other known cases or history of travel in the past 14 days.

Additionally, since the last update, 41 cases have recovered.

There are currently 95 active COVID-19 cases in Bermuda, of which:

·            91 are under public health monitoring and

·            4 are hospitalized with none in critical care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 624 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those 95 are active cases, 519 persons have recovered and 10 persons sadly succumbed to COVID-19.

The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 43 years (median: 40 years), and the age range is less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 42 years (median: 41 years), and the age range is less than 10 years (age group: 5-9 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 age range is 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:

·         164 are Imported

·         380 are classified as local transmission of which:

·         346 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

·         34 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         80 are Under Investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change. Today’s update has 6 cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact/source.

The seven-day average of our real-time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.60) and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Clusters of Cases”.

The Ministry of Health would like to remind the public that per Quarantine (COVID-19) (No 3) Order 2020, travellers landing in Bermuda without a pre-arrival test will be charged $300 at the airport. There are no refunds, so you are advised to plan ahead and, carefully consider if you should be travelling at all.

As well, per Public Health (COVID-19 Emergency Powers) (No 3) Regulations 2020, no person shall assemble in a group of more than 10 persons for any reason in any public or private place. Although indoor ceremonies and services are limited to 20% of the capacity of the church, this does not apply to receptions and wakes. A funeral service held outside at the gravesite is limited to a maximum of ten persons.

Regarding current Coronavirus restrictions, the Minister of Health, the Hon Kim N. Wilson said, “I need to remind everyone that the Coronavirus restrictions, including the curfew, remain in place until the legislation is amended. They do not expire tonight. The Cabinet will review recommended changes to the restrictions at tomorrow’s meeting, and an update will be provided at tomorrow’s COVID-19 Update Press Conference at 5:45 pm.”

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update January 2 2021

COVID-19 Daily Release 2 January 2021

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Good evening:

There were 1,925 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update and 18 were positive for COVID-19.

Seven of the new cases are classified as imported with details as follows:

Ø  1 non-resident who arrived on B6203 from Boston on 26 December 2020 and tested positive on their day 4 test.

Ø  2 residents who arrived on BA2233 from London on 30 December 2020 and tested positive on their arrival test.

Ø  1 non-resident who arrived via private jet on 27 December 2020 and tested positive on their day 4 test.

Ø  3 residents who arrived on BA2233 from London on 23 December 2020 and tested positive on their day 8 test.

Seven of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as associated with known cases.

The additional 4 new cases are classified as under investigation. These cases are among residents with no currently identified link to other known cases or history of travel in the past 14 days.

Since the last update, 33 cases have recovered. Bermuda now has 622 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows.

There are 134 active cases, of which:

  • 131 are under public health monitoring and
  • 3 are hospitalized with none in critical care
  • a total of 478 have recovered, and;
  • the total deceased remains at 10.

The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 43 years (median: 40 years) and the age range is less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 41 years (median: 40 years) and the age range is less than 5 years (age group: 1-4 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 age range is 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:

– 164 are Imported

– 373 are classified as local transmission of which:

– 345 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

– 28 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

– 85 are Under Investigation.

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change. Today’s update has one (1) case moving from under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact/source. The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.59) and Bermuda’s current country status is “Clusters of Cases”.

This evening the Minister of Health, the Hon. Kim Wilson, JP, MP, said, “We are once again urging members of the public to please take the necessary precautions to protect you and your families. We have been made aware of some disturbing social activities over the New Year’s holiday that saw a significant number of individuals at a location who were not engaging in safe practices.

“Reckless behaviour such as this is unfortunate, and we understand that the Bermuda Police Service is investigating the incident. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of making sensible and responsible decisions. Please avoid closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings. As a final reminder, group sizes are restricted to 10 persons.”

 

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Update Dec 31 2020

COVID-19 Update Daily Release 31 December 2020

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Good Day Members of the Media,

There were 942 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update and 2 were positive for COVID-19.

One of the new cases is classified as local transmission with known contact as associated with a known case.

The other new case is classified as under investigation. This case 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, 15 cases have recovered.

Bermuda now has 604 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows.

  • There are 149 active cases, of which
  • 145 are under public health monitoring and
  • 4 are hospitalized with none in critical care;
  • a total of 445 have recovered, and
  • the total deceased remains at 10

The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 43 years (median: 40 years) and the age range is less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 39 years (median: 37 years) and the age range is less than 5 years (age group: 1-4 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 age range is 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:

  • 157 are Imported
  • 365 are classified as local transmission of which:
  • 338 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
  • 27 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 82 are Under Investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.  Today’s update has 3 cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with known contact/source.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.57) 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 remind members of the public that, despite erroneous social media posts, the 11pm to 5am curfew is in effect tonight – New Year’s Eve.

“Additionally, ‘sleepovers’ at households other than your own are strongly discouraged. The objective of the curfew restriction is to minimize the mixing of households, especially if there is a risk of COVID-19 transmission due to recent travel or the ongoing outbreak. Please, Bermuda, celebrate safely this year. A safer end to 2020, helps ensure a safer start to 2021.”