No one has said it officially yet, but the threat of community spread of the deadly coronavirus in Bermuda is the new reality, now that are five new cases of COVID-19 – two resulted from person-to-person contact on island.
The total number of cases to date is now 22.
National Security Minister Wayne Caines confirmed that out of the five new cases, two passengers arrived on a British Airways flight.
The other passenger who tested positive arrived on board a Delta flight.
But the remaining two new cases was the end result of person-to-person contact here in Bermuda.
That’s the seriousness of this deadly virus considering the fact it is now moving from person-to-person now.
And while community spread was not considered to be a significant factor two days ago, chances are that it is going to get worse before it gets better.
Generally, we don’t know whose got it or where they have been.
Based on the latest figures, it’s not just passengers arriving from overseas we have to worry about.
In the latest official update on Saturday, Minister Caines reiterated the statement made arlier this week by Premier David Burt, who said: “We must do everything in our power to stop the spread of Covid-19 in our community.”
As of March 28, 36 test results were received, which turned up “five more confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 31 negative results.
“Three of the confirmed cases were imported and two had close contact with a confirmed case and are limited local transmission.
“One of the confirmed cases arrived in Bermuda on the British Airways flight BA2233 on 15 March 2020. Another arrived on flight BA2233 on 18 March, 2020 and the third arrived on BA2233 on 20 March 2020.”
If you were on one of those British Airways flights, here’s what you need to know:
- If you arrived on 15 March your monitoring period ends tomorrow – March 29, 2020.
- If you arrived on 18 March your monitoring period ends on April 1, 2020.
- If you arrived on 20 March your monitoring period ends on April 3, 2020
“If you are feeling fine and have no symptoms, there is nothing for you to do except to remain in your house and continue to observe the self-quarantine guidelines.” said Mr Caines.
“If you have any respiratory symptoms, such as a cough or even a mild fever, please contact your doctor. Explain that you were on one of the mentioned British Airways flights and that you would like medical guidance. Do not go to your doctor’s office or the hospital. Please call ahead.
“There are currently two confirmed Covid-19 patients in hospital in stable condition.”
Premier Burt, is scheduled to give another update later today.
In the interim, he said: “The steps we are taking as a Government is to ensure the health of each person who lives here.
“You have the ability to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by washing your hands, staying six feet away from other people and encouraging others to follow all the guidelines that have been put in place. You are the person who will make the difference.”
Highlights of the Full Statement on Saturday, March 28
The legislation that supports both of these actions can be found within the Public Health Act 1949 in addition to the Public Health (COVID19) Regulations 2020.
- separating himself from others at his home or accommodation in such manner as shall be required under Ministry of Health (COVID-19) Guidelines; and
- remaining at his home or accommodation at all times (except to seek urgent medical care)
- complying with self-monitoring and reporting requirements of a Public Health Officer; and
- immediately returning to his home or accommodation when so ordered by a Health Officer or police officer
- On Monday there were 90
- Tuesday there were 1106
- Wednesday there were 925
- Thursday there were 291
- Friday there were 376
- Saturday, March 28th as of this press conference there were 138
- On Thursday 16 visits were completed. Two persons were not at home
- On Friday 70 visits were completed. Three persons were not at home
- Today at the time of this press briefing there were 54 home visits and 4 persons were not at home
We have received considerable feedback regarding the safeguarding our vulnerable persons.
The Premier said that will give another update on Sunday March, 29th at 5:30pm.