Bermuda sadly recorded another death due to COVID on Friday, taking the death toll up to 96 this weekend. But the number of active cases are down to 171, with 19 new cases reported in the latest round of 5,419 tests.

Hospital cases also dropped to 26 from the 29 reported on Tuesday.

Of the 19 new cases reported, five were classified as imported with the remaining 14 listed as on-island transmissions or under investigation.

There are currently 79 cases under investigation.

Since Tuesday there have been 105 recoveries with three hospital admissions and three discharges.

The source of all active cases is as follows:

·         20 are Imported

·         72 are classified as local transmission

·         79 are Under Investigation

Active cases by vaccination status, transmission, and type:

·         Imported cases: 95% are fully vaccinated, and 5% are not vaccinated

·         Local/Under Investigation cases: 30% are fully vaccinated, and 70% are not vaccinated

·         Variant typing is not available at this time due to the prioritisation of test results

The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

·         643 are Imported

·         4,414 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   2,821 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

o   1,593 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         555 are Under Investigation

Starting on Tuesday, October 26, COVID-19 vaccinations are available at the Hamilton Health Centre, 67 Victoria Street, every Tuesday from 2 – 4 pm.

Health Minister Kim Wilson also noted that these vaccinations are by appointment only, no walk-ins.

“You can get your 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Call 332-8906 for assistance in scheduling an appointment, or you can book online at www.gov.bm/vaccines.

“I encourage anyone who wants to get vaccinated to register their interest as soon as possible on gov.bm/vaccines.

“The COVID-19 vaccine remains our best defence in preventing the spread of this virus. It will decrease symptoms and severe illness and, in most cases, prevent death,” said Ms Wilson.

“You can request an appointment or walk into the KEMH Vaccination Clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 to 7 pm, and Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm. Medical doctors will be at KEMH to answer any questions about the coronavirus and the COVID-19 vaccine. To request an appointment, click “COVID-19 Vaccine Registration” on www.gov.bm  or contact the vaccine call centre at 444-2498 option #2.

“There is also a second vaccination centre at the National Sports Centre for those eligible for the booster dose. Next week’s dates and hours of operation are Monday, October 25 to Friday, October 29 12pm -6:30pm.

“Those 65 and over as well as pregnant women who have had their second dose at least six months prior, are eligible to make their own appointments. To book your own booster appointment, please visit  https://www.gov.bm/vaccine-booster or click the link at the top of gov.bm that says “Book a Booster Vaccine Appointment,” she added.

“If you do not have access to the internet or need assistance in making appointments, please call the Vaccine Centre on 444-2498-option #2, where the team will assist you with booking your appointment.  You can also contact your doctor for assistance.”