Sadly, Bermuda’s death toll from COVID-19 surpassed the 100 mark and rose by one to 101 last night, after another death from the coronavirus.

But only ten new cases were reported  in the latest round of 3,855 tests, with the number of active cases down to 84.

There are currently 16 people in hospital battling this virus with five in intensive care.

Health Minister Kim Wilson, while expressing  sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, urged members of the public to exercise caution over the Halloween weekend to prevent further outbreaks.

“Do not host or attend Hallowe’en parties with unmasked, large gatherings where you cannot maintain being more than six feet apart,” said Ms Wilson.

“Do not engage in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door or attend crowded costume parties held indoors. Avoid going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming and don’t participate in hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.”

There are low-risk activities to enjoy Halloween safely. These include:

• Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household

• Decorating your house

• A virtual Halloween costume contest

• A Halloween movie night with people you live with

• A trick-or-treat hunt (think Easter Eggs) with your household members in/around your own home

Moderate-risk Halloween activities include: (Only if you can do it safely)

• One-way trick-or-treating where individually-wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go (such as at the end of a driveway). *Wash your hands before preparing goodie bags

• A small outdoor costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart

• Visiting pumpkin patches where the use of hand sanitiser, mask-wearing and physical distancing is enforced

• Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart.

Minister Wilson added: “Please exercise caution over the Halloween weekend. Do not host or attend Halloween parties with unmasked, large gatherings where you cannot maintain more than 6 feet apart.

“Do not engage in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door or attend crowded costume parties held indoors. Avoid going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming and don’t participate in hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.”

Of the ten new cases reported, four cases were imported from overseas, with six classified as on-island transmissions or under investigation.

To date, the number of COVID cases recorded since the pandemic hit stands at 5,647.

Of the 84 active cases, 68 are under public health monitoring.

Since the last public report on Monday, there has been one admission and two discharges from the hospital.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 5,647 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 5,462 have recovered, and sadly 101 COVID related deaths.

The source of all active cases is as follows:

·         16 are Imported

·         50 are classified as local transmission

·         18 are Under Investigation

Active cases by vaccination status, transmission, and type:

·         Imported cases: 94% are fully vaccinated, and 6% are not vaccinated

·         Local/Under Investigation cases: 36% are fully vaccinated, and 64% 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:

·         655 are Imported

·         4,851 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   2,998 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

o   1,844 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         150 are Under Investigation

“Remember, if you have decided to get vaccinated, you can book an appointment or walk into the KEMH Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday and Thursday, 4 to 7 pm, and Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm,” added Minister Wilson.” Medical doctors will be at KEMH to answer any questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines.

“COVID-19 vaccinations are also available at the Hamilton Health Centre, 67 Victoria Street, every Tuesday from 2 – 4pm. 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.

“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.

“As a reminder, starting on November 8, foreign national air travellers to the United States will be required – with only limited exceptions – to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States. Unvaccinated persons contemplating travelling to the U.S. will not be allowed entry. The US travel restrictions may also impact persons needing to travel for medical reasons such as newborn babies whose parents may be unable to accompany them if unvaccinated. Gaining CDC approval to travel in an urgent situation may be extremely challenging. Right now the transfer of medical emergencies is dealt with just between the hospital, the insurer and, sometimes LCCA as well.”