The Ministry of Health reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 in Bermuda in the latest round of 7,434 test results since the last update.
Six of the new cases were classified as imported with history of travel in the previous 14 days, with details as follows:
· 1 non-resident who arrived on American Airlines AA 2044 from Charlotte on August 8 and tested positive on their day 8 test
· 1 resident who arrived on Delta Airline DL 617 from New York on August 14 and tested positive following onset of symptoms
· 1 resident who arrived on American Airlines AA 914 from Miami on August 14 and tested positive on their day 4 test
· 1 resident who arrived on British Airways BA 159 from London on August 15 and tested positive following onset of symptoms
· 2 residents who arrived on Delta Airlines DL 584 from Atlanta on August 17 and tested positive on their arrival test
22 of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as associated with known cases.
The additional seven (7) 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.
Additionally, since the last update, there were 24 recoveries and 0 deaths.
There are 124 active cases, of which:
· 123 are under public health monitoring and
· 1 is in hospital in intensive care
Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 2,750 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 2,593 have recovered, and sadly 33 COVID related deaths.
The source of all active cases is as follows:
· 39 are Imported
· 64 are classified as local transmission of which:
o 64 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
o 0 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
· 21 are Under Investigation
Active cases by vaccination status, transmission, and type:
• Imported cases: 28 (72%) are fully vaccinated, and 11 (28%) are not vaccinated.
• Local/Under Investigation cases: 22 (26%) are fully vaccinated, and 63 (74%) are not vaccinated.
• Of the active cases by variant type: 0 are Alpha, 0 are Beta, 102 (82%) are Delta, 0 are Gamma, 0 are wildtype, 15 (12%) cannot be determined, and 7 (6%) are not available.
The Ministry also confirmed that since July 1, “there have been a total of 35,891 arrivals at the Airport. Out of those arrivals 98 percent of those arrivals have been vaccinated persons, and 2 percent have not been vaccinated”.
“Since July 1 0.22 percent of all vaccinated travellers have tested positive on or after arrival, while 1.04 percent of unvaccinated travellers have tested positive. This means that unvaccinated travellers are 4.6 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus. It is important that when looking at the data we look at the percentage of cases, and not the total volume and vaccinated travellers outnumber unvaccinated travellers by a factor of 52 to 1,” a spokeswoman added.
The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:
· 418 are Imported
· 2.304 are classified as local transmission of which:
o 1,805 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
o 499 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
· 28 are Under Investigation
“As a reminder, the vaccine clinic at the King Edward Memorial Hospital is open for appointments and walk-ins, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-7pm, and Saturdays from 8am-4pm,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson.
“Additionally, you can go to the Washington Mall on Saturday, August 28, between 10 am and 2 pm. Medical professionals will be available to answer your questions. You don’t need an appointment. Just show up to talk to someone or to get the vaccine.
“As always, to decrease the odds of getting the coronavirus, avoid the three “Cs”: closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings.”