Health Minister Kim Wilson wished “everyone an enjoyable but safe National Heroes Day weekend”, as she urged residents “to please play it safe by keeping space (at least six feet) between yourself and others”.
As the summer season sets in, the Minister urged residents not to visit “crowded beaches or parks where you cannot stay at least six feet away from others at all times, no raft-ups, and in situations where you have to be in closer proximity to others not in your household”, and to “wear a mask”.
“We have to stay masked if we are going to be within three to six feet of other persons for more than 15 minutes,” she said.
“Practice everyday steps such as washing hands often and covering coughs and sneezes.
“Avoid gathering with others beyond your household, if you can or keep you ‘social bubbles’ small and limited to only a few individuals.
“And, finally, don’t socialize with others or visit parks or beaches if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19.
“I would like to encourage everyone to please use common sense in the coming days and weeks,” said Ms Wilson.
“Think before you commit to a social plan. Think: Is this safe? Am I being responsible? Is this plan putting me or anyone else at risk?
“If you hesitate for even a moment in answering these questions, then please, don’t do it.
“Remember – the more interactions you have with others and the more you are out and about, the more at risk you put yourself and those in your household.”
Meanwhile, only one of the 145 test results received by the Ministry on Friday came back positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 142.
There are currently six active cases, of which five are under active public health monitoring.
Only one person is in hospital and they are not in critical care.
To date, a total of 127 have now fully recovered from the coronavirus. The number of deceased remains at nine.
A Ministry spokesperson added: “The average age of all of our confirmed positive cases is 61 and the age range of all of our positive cases is from 18 to 101 years.
“The average age of all deceased cases is 74 and the age range is 57 to 91 years.
“Overall, 56 percent of all cases are Black, 41 percent are white and 3 percent are other or unknown.”
The source of all local cases is as follows:
- 41 are Imported
- 84 are Local transmission, with known contact
- 11 are Local transmission with an unknown contact, and
- 6 are under investigation
The estimated real-time reproduction number is below 1.
Members of the public were also invited to tune-in to a Facebook Live broadcast by the Government of Bermuda on Wednesday June 17 at 2pm, where Bermuda’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Cheryl Peek-Ball and BHB’s Chief of Medicine Dr Michael Ashton will answer any medical questions you may have regarding COVID-19.
Go to the link facebook.com/bermudagovernment and submit your question either in advance or during the live broadcast.
Residents are also encouraged to know their COVID-19 status and take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing being offered by the Ministry of Health at any of their pop-up locations or their drive-through testing site at Southside.
To make an appointment for testing visit bdagovcovid.resqwest.com/web or just show up.