Only one confirmed case of COVID-19 turned up in the latest round of 593 test results received by the Ministry of Health on Thursday (November 19).

A spokesman said: “The Ministry of Health can confirm that the most recent case is in a symptomatic resident with no history of travel and remains under investigation by the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

Case isolation and contact tracing is already underway and it has been determined that the newly identified positive case has a close contact that is associated with a school, who has now become symptomatic.

“Therefore, the relevant businesses visited by the case and the school of the close contact have been notified – with relevant persons instructed to quarantine – as a pre-emptive measure.”

Minister of Health Kim Wilson stated: “The Ministry of Health has taken these actions out of an abundance of caution in this instance. My team continues to work diligently with the case and we will provide further updates once there is new information.

“I would like to take this opportunity to once again remind the public that the Ministry of Health will contact you only if you have been identified as a close contact and need further instructions to quarantine or get tested. Otherwise, I continue to urge everyone to wear their masks, wash their hands, avoid closed spaces, crowded spaces and close contact settings.”

 Bermuda now has 227 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows:

  • there are 18 active cases, who are
  • all under public health monitoring, and
  • none are hospitalized or in critical care
  • a total of 200 have recovered, and
  • the total deceased remains 9

The average age of all of our confirmed positive cases is 53 and the age range of all of our positive cases is from 7 to 101 years.

The average age of all deceased cases is 74 and the age range is 57 to 91 years.

The source of all local cases is as follows:

  • 113 are Imported
  • 92 are Local transmission, with known contact
  • 21 are Local transmission with an unknown contact, and
  • 1 is under investigation

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