BHB: Six Employees Test Positive For Covid-19

November 24, 2020 | 16 Comments

Bermuda Hospitals Board today confirmed that “six employees in a non-clinical department have tested positive for Covid-19″ and that “as a precaution, the entire department has been tested and quarantined.”

A spokesperson said, “Bermuda Hospitals Board today has reported that six employees in a non-clinical department have tested positive for Covid-19. BHB’s Employee Health Services department is working closely with the Department of Health to ensure contact tracing and investigations are completed. As a precaution, the entire department has been tested and quarantined.”

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Dr Michael Richmond, CEO, comments: “Our thoughts are with those employees and their families who are impacted. We are doing all we can to support them, while ensuring all our other employees and patients are safe.

“These cases were not in a clinical area, but we still take them very seriously. Patient care services and visiting at this time will continue with all the usual Covid-19 precautions that are currently in place, including wearing masks and testing of all patient admissions and elective surgery cases.

“We are working diligently through our established processes with the Department of Health and information will be shared if needed as these actions and investigations are completed.”

“Alongside the usual testing of employees identified as contacts of the positive cases, BHB is also close to rolling out an on-going programme of staff surveillance testing using saliva and front of nose testing, rather than the more invasive nasopharyngeal tests.

Dr Richmond adds: “Although we are excited by the good news about up-and-coming vaccines, and improvements in treatments based on global developments, we are not out of the woods yet.

“As Bermuda’s only hospital we have stayed at a higher level of alert throughout the pandemic, despite Bermuda’s success in preventing transmission of Covid-19. This is an insidious disease, however, that can spread without people knowing they’re infected.

“As we have seen throughout the world, even the most successful countries in tackling the disease have had outbreaks. The surveillance testing will help us identify asymptomatic cases early, as we continue to do all we can to keep our vulnerable patients and employees safe.”

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  1. Here we go! says:

    Time to lockdown again Bermuda!!!

    • Southampton says:

      It sure is coming. People will just not adhere to what is required.

    • Hmmm says:

      What a terrible idea that would be. People are already struggling, the government is already having to bail out companies as well as pay millions on the airport contract.

      Keep Bermuda open and vaccinate high risk as soon as possible.

      This is where we need real leadership, not just people who bend to public hysteria.

  2. enough says:

    is this another 6 from what they reported yesterday. Can they tell us all the workplaces that are affected please.

  3. Toodle-oo says:

    Seeing that all of this starts with arrivals at the airport it’s time we got serious with everyone returning home or ‘wanting to visit’.
    A mandatory and enforced (supervised) quarantine at home , wherever that may be , where there is NO chance of coming into contact with any family members or anyone else for 14 days until the final negative test.
    Visitors who book hotel/guest house time and don’t like this regimen and only have 14 days of holiday time ..too bad , stay where you are.
    We cannot go back to an island wide shutdown again thanks to people who are determined to travel and are too selfish to wait until we can get the vaccine and things are safer.

  4. Concerned Momma says:

    Okay so how many more cases need to be sitting under investigation until we get some real safety measures put into place?? Close our border!!!!

  5. Einstein says:

    Lockdowns would destroy our island. only the rich will survive or benefit. all else will be eroded into utter poverty. the risk of 0.05% of population becoming ill is not worth destroying the hopes, dreams, and futures of every other Bermudian. Surely this is not a planned, forced, global economic destruction…

    • In Mark's Opinion says:

      I agree, surely this is a political plandemic. We have a pandemic every year called the Flu but governments don’t ask people to lockdown. Everyone has a sickness in this world and they know it. The World Economic Forum has come out and said “It’s The Great Reset”.It amazes me how willing people are today to so easliy give up their freedom. The plan is Soon you will own nothing and be happy.

      • Phil says:

        “The Great Reset” is a conspiracy theory, no different from QAnon, Pizzagate, or the idea that the moon landings were faked. Do you believe those too?

        If a lockdown is not put in place when needed (and I’m not sure we’re at the point where we need another one now), then much of the island could be infected with Covid-19 and won’t be able to work anyway. And the fear will cause the well to stay at home. So the poor will lose in that scenario too.

        We’re in a global pandemic, the likes of which the world hasn’t seen since 1918. There will be damage. It’s unavoidable.

  6. Early morning says:

    I agree its time for Lock down. The UK are under lock down until December 3,2020 and also Canada. If there are going to be several case e.g. 6 per day just imagine how many in a week. As one person can infect at least 1 other maybe two…. I have noticed the carelessness of others with mask wearing. Not over there nose etc. Its not a safe place. I must admit that the grocery stores take it seriously. I wish everyone to be safe I will be home most days and only out to the grocery when I need to twice a week. Early Morning

    • Dawn Thornhill says:

      As stressful as life is these days d/t the COVID virus problem even in Bermuda, everyone when outside one’s residence should be wearing a mask, and constantly washing one’s hands including children. Also, as difficult as it’ll be people should not be having the usual gatherings at Christmas, New Years Eve/Day & other religious, and usual cultural celebrations & parties this year or longer until scientist get the dinemics of this virus under control. I know it’ll be hard and I don’t say this lightly but we all , globally including Bermuda have to take these measures to succeed. Also be supportive and kind to each other during these trying times to keep mentally healthy and strong!

      Best wishes and GOOD HEALTH TO EVERYONE!!!

  7. red rose says:

    were these travel related or not?

  8. Imjustsaying says:

    Lockdowns are unnecessary!

  9. knew it says:

    Of all the places to no follow the guide lines. BHB, you should be ashamed of yourselves, we the populous of Bermuda come to you for urgent care and now you have 6 persons testing positive? Generally speaking our hospital sucks. No confidence in the care and attention from the BHB.

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