Drive-through COVID-19 testing for uniformed services and other high risk essential workers is set to begin later today, at 2pm and will continue throughout the weekend.

More details will be released at the next government briefing to be held later this evening.

The good news in the interim – the 61 test results received on Thursday all came back negative.

The total number of confirmed cases to date, remains at 99.

Their status is as follows:

  • there are 55 active cases, of which
  • 44 persons are under active public health monitoring, and
  • 11 persons are hospitalized
  • a total of 39 have now recovered, and
  • the total deceased remains at 5

A Ministry of Health spokesperson noted that the average of all confirmed cases is 56. The age ranges from 18 to 91 years.

The age range of persons hospitalised as a result of this virus runs between 57 and 91 years, and the average age is 74.

The Government portal, coronavirus.gov.bm, has been updated to reflect the latest results.

Earlier this week, Premier David Burt said a “multi-lane drive-through facility” would open at Southside in St George’s.

He also noted that large-scale testing was “a necessary prerequisite” to reopening Bermuda’s economy.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of National Security was preparing for the arrival later today, of the British Airways charter flight airlifting Bermuda residents left stranded in Britain back home.

Testing over the next few days will include the police, the Royal Bermuda Regiment, the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, as well as customs staff and prison officers.