We are nowhere near out of the woods yet, but the Health Ministry reported a drop in the number of active COVID cases on-island to 258, with 26 new cases in the latest round of 6,137 tests.

There are currently 29 people in hospital battling the virus, with six in the hospital’s Intensive Care unit.

But no further deaths have been reported since the last update and the death toll stands at 95.

Of the 26 new cases, four were classified as imported and the remaining 22 cases were listed as on-island trnsmissions or under investigation.

There have also been 118 recoveries from the illness since last Friday.

The breakdown on the 258 active cases: 

·         229 are under public health monitoring and

·         29 are in hospital, with 6 in intensive care

Since Friday’s update, there have been four (4) COVID hospital admissions and five (5) COVID discharges.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 5,593 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 5,240 have recovered, and sadly 95 COVID related deaths.

The source of all active cases is as follows:

·         18 are Imported

·         68 are classified as local transmission

·         172 are Under Investigation

Active cases by vaccination status, transmission, and type:

·         Imported cases: 82% are fully vaccinated, and 18% are not vaccinated

·         Local/Under Investigation cases: 27% are fully vaccinated and 73% 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:

·         634 are Imported

·         4,228 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   2,725 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

o   1,503 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         731 are Under Investigation

Since January 11, Bermuda has administered a total of 89,029 vaccinations.

Of the 89,029 vaccinations given as of October 16:

·         52% are women and,

·         48% are men

  • 85.7 percent of all residents over the age of 65 years have had at least one vaccination  and 83.4 percent are fully immunized.

To date, 70.0 percent of the population has been vaccinated (1 dose), and 67.6 percent of the population has been immunised (2 doses).

“It is encouraging that we have reached 70% of the population vaccinated,” said Health Minister Kim Wilson.

“This is good news indeed. If you want to be vaccinated, please register your 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,” she added.

“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 to accelerate the booster programme. The dates and hours of operation for the next three weeks are:

·         Wednesday 13 October to Friday 15 October 12pm -6:30pm

·         Tuesday 19 October to Friday 22 October 12pm -6:30pm

·         Monday 25 October to Friday 29 October 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.”

Minister Wilson 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.

“I would ask all residents scheduled to receive their second dose, please do not miss your appointment! If you do have to change your appointment, we ask that you call the Vaccination Hotline at 444 2498 (option #2) or email vaccine@gov.bm as soon as you can so that we can re-schedule your appointment.”

The Minister concluded: “We must all do our part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“As always, to decrease the odds of getting the coronavirus, avoid the three ‘Cs’: closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings. Follow Public Health guidelines, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance and download the WeHealth Bermuda app.”