Another three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the latest round of 769 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update.
A spokeswoman said: “One of the new cases is classified as imported by a resident who arrived on AC 1818 from Toronto on 8 January 2021 and tested positive on their day four test. The remaining new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases.
“Additionally, since the last update, five cases have recovered.”
There are currently 84 active cases, of which:
• 77 are under public health monitoring and
• 7 are in hospital with 1 in critical care
The statement continues: “Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 667 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 571 persons have recovered, and 12 persons have sadly succumbed to COVID-19.
“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 45 years (median: 46 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 57 years (median: 54 years), and the ages range from less than 30 years (age group: 20-29 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).
“The mean age of all deceased cases is 75 years (median: 77 years), and the ages range from less than 60 years (age group: 50-59 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).”
The source of all cases is as follows:
• 183 are Imported
• 458 are classified as local transmission of which:
• 38 are local transmission with known contact/source and
• 70 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source
• 26 are under investigation
“As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change. Today’s update has 1 case moving from under investigation to local transmission with known contact/source and 3 cases 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 (0.58) and Bermuda’s current country status remains ‘Clusters of Cases’.”
The Ministry of Health is reminding the public that there are numerous locations across the island, offering COVID-19 testing to the community. All testing is by appointment only.
“I encourage everyone to please take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing that is offered by the Ministry of Health. If you haven’t already, get tested,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson.
“We have testing slots available, so sign up and make sure you know your status. Please note, the Ministry of Health cannot vaccinate people who are already infected with COVID-19 or quarantined as a close contact. If you or your family falls into one of the priority categories for early vaccination, we encourage you to get tested.”
“We have convenient COVID-19 pop-up testing at various locations around the island. You can book online at http://coronavirus.gov.bm or call the COVID-19 hotline at 444-2498 between 9 am – 9 pm.”
“If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your doctor. Your doctor will schedule you or direct you to the COVID-19 helpline at 444-2498 for symptomatic testing appointment slots.
“As well, If you are interested in registering for the vaccine, fill out the convenient online form at https://forms.gov.bm/covidvaccine. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, and the priority scheduling for the first batch of the vaccine, please visit www.gov.bm/vaccines.”
The Minister of Health encourages everyone to join the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s free, open-to-all webinar on Friday, January 15, from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm. This webinar will help Bermuda residents access COVID-19 testing before they return home from the United States. It will also explain Bermuda’s testing provisions for visitors and residents leaving the island for the US, UK and Canada under new protocols announced by those nations this week. This webinar will make travelling safely and responsibly a little easier. To register for the webinar, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6920402463779442701
Dr Carika Weldon will be on the panel. She will speak to the issue of Bermuda’s outbound passengers who will require negative pre-travel tests to return to the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.