Unlike recent updates, there were no new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the latest round of 601 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update earlier this week.

“Additionally, since the last update, five cases have recovered,” a spokeswoman said.

There are currently 49 active cases, of which;

·         44 are under public health monitoring and

·         Five are in hospital with none in critical care;

“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 686 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 625 persons have recovered, and 12 persons have sadly succumbed to COVID-19,” the spokeswoman added.

“The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 43 years (median: 40 years), and the ages range from less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

“The mean age of all currently active cases is 49 years (median: 47 years), and the ages range from less than 20 years (age group: 10-19 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

“The mean age of all currently hospitalized cases is 74 years (median: 78 years), and the ages range from less than 50 years (age group: 40-49 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).”

The source of all cases is as follows:

·         196 are Imported

·         477 are classified as local transmission of which:

·         396 are local transmission with known contact/source and

·         81 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         13 are under investigation

“As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.  Today’s update has two cases moving from under local transmission with unknown contact/source to local transmission with known contact/source and one case moving from under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact/source.

“Of the over 150,000 test results reported, the mean age of all persons tested is 43 years (median:  42 years), and the ages range from less than 1 year to greater than 100 years.

“The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.28) and Bermuda’s current country status is ‘Sporadic Cases’.

“The Ministry of Health would like to advise that travellers scheduled to get their COVID-19 test at the Perot Post Office location will need to get tested at the Bull’s Head car park location. The Perot Post Office is currently undergoing emergency maintenance.

“Additionally, as the Bermuda Government accelerates COVID vaccinations in the coming weeks, the Bermuda Hospitals Board will have a vaccine centre to assist in the vaccination programme. Vaccinations are by appointment only.”

Health Minister Kim Wilson added: “Please tune in on Saturday, January 23, for the Ministry of Health’s ‘Vaccine Awareness – Join the Conversation’ on the Government’s Facebook page, YouTube and CITV, live, at 6 pm.

“If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine specifically, and vaccines in general, this live programme is the place to go for reliable information. This programme will allow viewers to post their questions online to have them answered by medical professionals. This week, our panellists are Dr Shammah Williams, and Dr Michelle Spencer, both young Bermudian doctors working overseas.”

For more information on the vaccine programme, please visit www.gov.bm/vaccines.