A total of 40 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were recorded this weekend in the latest round of 2,181 test results, bringing the total number of active cases up to 184 – 182 of them are being monitored by public health officials.

According to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Health, there were 36 cases with no history of travel or links to other known cases, which are all under investigation.

Included in that group was one visitor who arrived in Bermuda on a private jet from the United States last Thursday, who tested positive on their arrival test.

Another worrying trend emerging in the latest figures was the fact that three cases resulted from on-island transmissions.

Those three cases had identified contacts associated with other known cases or clusters of the viral infection.

A Government spokesperson said: “The remaining new cases are classified as under investigation. These cases are among residents with no history of travel or currently identified links to other known cases or clusters.”

To date, the total number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Bermuda is 431, with 209 classified as on-island transmissions with known contacts – 130 were imported through the airport from overseas.

Two are currently in hospital – one in critical care.

The status of the 431 total confirmed cases recorded to date:

  • 184 active cases, of which
  • 182 are under public health monitoring and
  • 2 are hospitalized with 1 in critical care
  • a total of 238 have recovered, and
  • the total deceased remains 9

The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 45 years (median: 41 years) and the age range is 0 to 101 years.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 35 years (median: 31 years) and the age range is 0 to 74 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:

  • 130 are Imported
  • 209 are Local transmission, with known contact/source
  • 21 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source, and
  • 71 are Under Investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is greater than 1 (1.92) and Bermuda’s current country status is ‘Clusters of Cases’.

As of this weekend 170 new cases have been announced during the month of December alone.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Kim Wilson issued another reminder for “people to please be patient about the receipt of test results due to the high volume of tests we are currently doing”.

“And, to those individuals who attended the funeral of Charles Henry Eugene Eberly on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Malabar and have previously been tested at Perot Testing Centre, please note that you must test out at day 14,” she added.

“Those who must test out at day 14 can do so tomorrow (Monday, Dec 14) at Perot Testing Centre.

“Specific details will be sent to those individuals via their emails this evening (Dec 13)  to enable them to make an appointment for tomorrow (Dec 14).

“For those individuals who are waiting to test out, please remain in quarantine and adhere to the public health guidelines. Your actions are critical to reducing the amount of COVID-19 cases in our community.”