Sadly, a ninth death was reported by the Ministry of Health this evening.

Of the 45 test results that came back today, a spokeswoman said there was one positive test result – the individual who lost their life.

There are currently 47 active cases out of a total of 122.

Seven people are in hospital as a result of this virus, two in critical care.

To date, a total of 66 people have recovered.

“In light of us suffering yet another death, it is timely to remind us all of how important it is to continue to shield persons who are extremely clinically vulnerable as Covid-19 poses particularly high risk for persons who already other health problems.

“The Ministry of Health would like to remind the public that as the overall restrictions on movement within the country are lowered, this group of persons very much still need to be protected by us — they are extremely clinically vulnerable.”

Health Minister Kim Wilson said: “We must all do our part to shield them from the exponential danger that COVID-19 places them in because of their conditions.

“We all have a duty to assist these persons to make sure they are not exposed,” she added.

The vulnerable group includes people who may have one or more of:

  • Solid organ transplant recipients ie Kidney, liver.
  • Specific cancers:
    • Currently undergoing active chemotherapy
    • Lung cancer currently undergoing radical radiotherapy
    • Blood cancers or bone marrow cancers i.e. Leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma at any stage of treatment.
    • Immunotherapy or continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    • Targeted cancer treatments, which can affect the immune system i.e. Protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors.
    • Bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last six months or are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
  • Severe respiratory conditions including ALL cystic fibrosis diagnoses, SEVERE asthma, SEVERE COPD.
  • Rare disease and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections i.e. Severe combined immunodeficiency.
  • Currently taking immunosuppression therapies that will significantly increase the risk of infections, [such as Severe combined immunodeficiency homozygous sickle cell]
  • Women who are pregnant with significant congenital or acquired heart disease.

To assist with shielding of this group, the general population should:

  • Stay home when you can
  • Wash your hands
  • Maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others
  • Wear cloth masks when in public places
  • If you know someone who falls into these categories, you can:
    • Assist with their groceries – leave them outside
    • Assist with their pharmacy needs
    • Call or email them to check in or reach out via social media

For the persons who are clinically vulnerable, they should ensure that they:

  • Stay home at all times. Do not leave your home or your outdoor property (eg porch or yard)
  • Minimize all non-essential contact with other members of your household
  • Avoid any face-to-face contact
  • Strictly avoid contact with anyone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus. These symptoms include high temperature and new or continuous cough
  • Visits from those who provide essential support to you such as healthcare, personal support with your activities of daily living should continue, however caregivers and healthcare professionals should stay away is they have any symptoms of COVID19
  • All people coming into your home should was their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds on arrival to your home and often while they remain in your home
  • Do not attend any gatherings ie Religious services

Shielding measures are more extreme than physical distancing as extremely clinically vulnerable persons should really not be in public at all until Phase 3 or 4 of the re-opening of Bermuda.

The Ministry of Health has published the guidance on our website and are reaching out to the various community organizations and physicians to contact and support this group of clinically vulnerable during this time.

Anyone who is vulnerable and needs support or advice can e-mail or call 444 2498.