The Ministry of Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 in Bermuda for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday (June 2), as the number of active cases dropped to 19.

This after the latest round of 1,679 tests results reported since the last update.

Of the 19 active cases, 18 are being monitored by health officials, only one patient is in hospital battling the coronavirus. The good news is that they are not in intensive care and 17 cases are under investigation.

Since March 2020, a Ministry spokeswoman said: “Bermuda has recorded 2,494 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 2,442 persons have recovered, and sadly, 33 COVID related deaths.”

The source of all cases is as follows:

·         305 are Imported

·         2,173 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   1679 are Local Transmission with known contact/source and

o   494 are Local Transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         17 are Under Investigation

Meanwhile, Health Minister Kim Wilson issued another reminder that “Bermuda’s supplies of Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines expire on June 30”.

“The Pfizer vaccine requires three weeks between doses,” said Ms Wilson. “This means the last, first dose can be given on June 8, six days from today (June 2).

“To be sure you can receive two (2) doses of the Pfizer vaccine, please either register for an appointment at gov.bm or attend the walk-in facility at the Bermuda College or attend one of the Close to Home locations before the 8th of June.

“The AstraZeneca vaccine can be administered up to 12 weeks after the first dose. Therefore the first dose can be given until June 30, with the second dose administered from a new batch of vaccines received from COVAX,” she added.

“As I have said previously, there are enough COVID-19 vaccines available in Bermuda for anyone who wants to be vaccinated. Once the current batches of vaccines have expired, more will be sourced in the coming months. For those who wish to get the Pfizer vaccine, now is definitely the time. There are no guarantees of Bermuda getting more doses in the immediate future.

“The Close to Home mobile vaccinations will be at TN Tatem school field tomorrow, Thursday, 3 June from 10 am – 2 pm, and; Victor Scott Primary School on Sunday, 6 June from 10am – 2pm.”

“At the Close to Home mobile vaccination sites, there will be doctors on site to answer any questions you have, and you don’t need an appointment. You can just show up and roll up your sleeve. We recommend the Close to Home mobile vaccination programme as an ideal opportunity to learn more for those people who want to hear about the COVID-19 vaccine from a trusted source.”

The Minister also thanked the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, “which has provided the vaccine team with an additional location to vaccinate the public”.

“Each person that is vaccinated at this location will receive a $50 gift card from the Frontline Foundation. As well, their name will be entered into a raffle draw generously hosted by the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club for a two-night stay in Fairmont Gold, as well as a 50% voucher for the buffet that takes place at the hotel.

“In less than 24 hours, the Vaccine Team has been able to set up a location at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club for the next couple of days. I want to thank each of you personally for your assistance,” she said.

The Hours of Operation for this site will be June 2, 3 & 4, 2021, from 3 to 7 pm, located in the Princess Ball Room. The Fairmont Hamilton Princess will also provide refreshments in the observation area.