Health Minister Kim Wilson confirmed yet another COVID-related death last night, taking the island’s death toll up to 30, with 29 new cases confirmed since the last update.

“I am sorry to report that another Bermudian has died from a COVID-related illness,” said Ms Wilson.

“I extend my heartfelt condolences to their family and loved ones.”

Three of the new cases were imported by non-residents “who arrived as mariners on April 29 and the other arrived on April 30.

Twenty of the new cases were classified as on-island transmissions with known contacts, and six cases – all in residents with no known links or recent travel history.

Six new cases are now under investigation.

“Additionally, since the last update, there were 146 recoveries and two deaths, one previously reported over the weekend.”

Of the 426 active cases, 406 are under public health monitoring with 20 in hospital and three in intensive care.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 2,422 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which a total of 1,966 have recovered, and sadly 30 COVID related deaths.

The source of all cases is as follows:

·         294 are Imported

·         1692 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   1430 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

o   262 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         436 are Under Investigation

Meanwhile, the ‘Close to Home’ vaccination programme continues today at the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre in St David’s from 10am – 2pm.

“This drive/walk through site is for residents who have not yet registered for the COVID-19 vaccine, do not have access to the internet and prefer to register in person, or have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine,” said the Minister.

“There are doctors on site to answer any questions and I urge residents in the east to take advantage of this opportunity. There was a great turnout yesterday at TCD helping us move closer to our goal of community protection. The Close to Home programme will be at Sandys Secondary Middle School on Thursday, May 6; and on Sunday, May 9, it will move to the National Sports Centre in Devonshire.

“The Bermuda College vaccination centre is also open this week for walk-ins from 9am to 1pm from Monday – Friday,” the Minister added.

“Those with appointments at the Bermuda College vaccination centre may be contacted to attend the Old Wing of KEMH for their vaccination. The vaccination hotline is doing follow up phone calls to confirm the date and time of those switched appointments.

“We are also offering free public bus transportation to Bermuda College for the walk-in vaccinations. If you live in the following areas: Glebe Road (Pond Hill), Friswell’s Hill, near St Monica’s Mission, Government Gate; Cedar Park, Frog Lane, Palmetto Road; or North Shore near Dock Hill, Grace Church, First Church of God, free buses will be available on Wednesday, May 5; Thursday, May 6; and Friday, May 7, to take you to the Bermuda College Vaccination Centre.

“The buses will leave from the top of Glebe Road (outside of Pembroke Seventh Day Adventist Church); Prospect Primary School; North Shore Road (Servicing the four inbound bus stops with the pink pole from Dock HilI to Docking Stool East, next to Clarke’s Lone).

“Buses will leave each day at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm. Once you have had your shot, the bus will return you to the bus stop at which you were picked up.

“For those persons who have registered already, please read your confirmation emails carefully to ensure that you get the correct information regarding the time and location of your vaccine appointment.”

In closing, the Minister said: “Each of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Follow Public Health guidelines, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance and download the WeHealth Bermuda app. Do the research, talk with your doctor and make an informed decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.”

For information regarding age distributions and overall transmission categories, please refer to https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-covid19-update.