Covid-19: 1,487 Test Results, None Were Positive

August 3, 2020 | 1 Comment

There were 1,487 test results received and none were positive for COVID-19, so the total of confirmed positive cases remains at 157, with 4 cases remaining active.

A Government spokesperson said, “Between Sunday and today there were 1,487 test results received by the Ministry of Health, and none were positive for COVID-19.

“Bermuda has 157 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows:

  • there are now 4 active cases, who are
  • all under active public health monitoring, and
  • none is hospitalized or in critical care;
  • a total of 144 have recovered,
  • the total deceased remains 9, and

“The average age of all of our confirmed positive cases is 59 and the age range of all of our positive cases is from 18 to 101 years.

“The source of all local cases is as follows:

  • 53 are Imported
  • 85 are Local transmission, with known contact
  • 19 are Local transmission with an unknown contact, and
  • none are under investigation

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

The Minister of Health Kim Wilson said, “The holiday weekend was a time for fun and relaxation for the country as a whole – a much needed and deserved respite. However, my deepest thanks goes to the COVID-19 testing teams who continued to work diligently throughout the holiday weekend to ensure traveller testing continued to take place and results could be delivered as fast as possible.

“We are aware that at times there were longer than usual waits for testing and results over the long weekend, but we beg the public’s patience and understanding while our small teams handle an increasingly large volume of tests.

“Bermuda is a very small jurisdiction and we are testing approximately 500 people a day. This is a very significant number for a population our size. We return the vast majority of results in less than 24 hours, which is far better than most jurisdictions, as many travellers complain they can’t get results overseas in 7 days to obtain approval to travel to Bermuda.

“Our testing is also free to non-travellers and, while there are lines waiting for the testing, we have worked hard to ensure we avoid the multi-hour queues that are reported in some other jurisdictions.

“People should attend for testing per their scheduled time, to minimize wait times; however, we ask for your continued patience as Bermuda’s Ministry of Health team handles significant volumes of testing to keep the country safe.”

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  1. Ringmaster says:

    It all sounds so good, but are these results 100% accurate? If yes, then let’s dispose of the masks etc and get back to normal life, but I doubt this is the situation. How many were residents; how many were incoming residents; how many are visitors, how many are retests. Retests should be negative so maybe all 1487 are retests. How accurate are the tests? What is Government holding back? Please stop the R is below 1 foolishness. Of course it is because there have been no new cases, just like the average age and band of ages for deaths. It hasn’t moved since March.
    From today, residents who went abroad over Cup Match will be returning. What if the tests stay negative? Why have any restrictions?

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