Following a COVID-19 risk assessment at Dellwood Middle School, the Ministry of Education has temporarily stopped “in-person classes”, which means it’s back to remote classes after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.
A government spokeswoman said that “out of an abundance of caution” eight co-workers were told by the Ministry of Health to quarantine and were not in school on Friday (Nov 27).
“Those in quarantine were subsequently tested and one additional member of staff has tested positive for the coronavirus,” she added.
All teachers and parents who attend the school have been notified by the Ministry of Education.
Moving forward, she said: “Guidance will be given by the Ministry of Health on when the school will reopen for in-person classes following a risk assessment and review of all the evidence.”
A special testing site was set up on Friday, which was carried over today from 2pm to 6pm and again on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.
Meetings were also held today by the Ministry, to advise parents, teachers and staff on the plan as it relates to remote learning come Monday morning.
More information was expected to be announced at some point today.
Meanwhile, the Bermuda Bistro at the Beach in Hamilton confirmed on its Facebook page that a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Management said the bar will be closed until early December.
The owner also stated that any customer who may have been at the Front Street restaurant last Saturday night or on Sunday shuold get a coronavirus test. A middle school and two companies have closed their doors temporarily after staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.
Meantime. a private school was also closed after a potential exposure to the virus.
In the interim, the Government announced that restrictions on visitors have been put in place at all of the island’s senior care homes to protect the island’s most vulnerable residents.
This as five more cases of coronavirus were reported to the Ministry of Health on Thursday (Nov 26) – two imported from overseas.
According to the statement released by the Ministry of Health, one of the new cases was a returning resident who arrived here on the Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta on Tuesday, who left Atlanta without having a pretest.
They tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Bermuda. The other case was a visitor who arrived on the Delta flight from Atlanta last Saturday, who initially tested negative on their pretest but tested positive on the day four test.
According to the Ministry spokesperson, three other cases are residents with symptoms who are under investigation.
“As yet, these cases appear unrelated with no links to travel or the current known clusters,” she added.
As for other closures due to the coronavirus in Bermuda, Aspen Re it had closed its office after a staff member got a positive test result on Thursday.
A spokesman said the business was closed immediately “with all staff now working from home out of an abundance of caution”.
“The employee experienced symptoms Monday evening and did not return to the office pending their test result,” he added.
“They are doing well and we are not aware of any other staff members experiencing symptoms.”
In the interim, he said: “Aspen is providing at-home testing for our staff and their households, and we will continue to take every precaution to ensure the health of our employees as well as that of the broader Bermuda community, and are working with the Department of Health.”
Other closures include the Chatmore British International School, in Smith’s Parish, which closed due to the possible exposure to the virus.
And the North Village Community Club has suspended activities after two of their youth football team members and a coach were caught up in the quarantine requirements.
In follow up to the case of Paget Primary School, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Education said after the assessment of close contacts, the Chief Medical Officer “has instructed that the students, families, teachers and staff from Paget Primary and West End Primary schools may be released from quarantine and resume normal activities”.
“This includes returning to school.”
Meanwhile at Saltus Grammar School where a Year 1 group was ordered to quarantine last week, the students and their families have been told that they can return to normal activities.