Covid: Two New Cases, No History Of Travel

November 21, 2020 | 29 Comments

[Updated] The Ministry of Health confirmed “that two new positive COVID-19 cases have been identified,” saying that “both are residents – one symptomatic and one asymptomatic – with no history of travel.”

A spokesperson said, “Today, the Ministry of Health can confirm that two new positive COVID-19 cases have been identified.

“Both are residents – one symptomatic and one asymptomatic – with no history of travel. One of the newly identified positive cases has a close contact that is associated with a school, who has now become symptomatic.

“The two positive cases are currently under investigation by the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, with the necessary case isolation and contact tracing already underway.

“The workplace of the two positive cases has been notified and additional pre-emptive measures regarding the positive case with a close contact associated to a school are actively being evaluated.

“As we enter the holiday season – typically a time when family and friends get together – a resurgence in positive cases of COVID-19 overseas and a recent increase in positive cases locally, is cause for concern.

“Therefore, it is essential that the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 guidelines on mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing are specifically followed by residents as well as businesses.

“In addition, the Ministry of Health is reminding all travellers – including returning students – that they are subject to mobile quarantine restrictions on their movements and activities, until they receive a negative Day 14 COVID-19 test result.

“Therefore all travellers should:

  • Wear a mask at all times when in the company of others.
  • Avoid indoor spaces.
  • Not attend large family gatherings.

“In particular, returning students should be careful of mixing with local students and family members while on island, prior to their negative Day 14 COVID-19 test result.

“Similarly, those travelling for business should take the necessary precautions when returning and interacting with family and friends.”

Minister of Health Kim Wilson stressed the importance of continued vigilance and compliance with established COVID-19 guidelines, saying: “The surge of positive cases in other countries cannot be ignored and as a result, Bermuda’s mobile quarantine guidance is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

“As you’ve no doubt heard before – closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings should continue to be avoided and unnecessary travel is still strongly discouraged.

“However, festive celebrations will continue this year – but we must remain mindful that this year’s traditions will occur in the midst of a global pandemic.

“I urge all members of the public to continue to play their part by doing everything possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard those who are most vulnerable.”

Update 9.05pm: For full clarity, Bernews checked with the Ministry if this statement today is in addition to the statement yesterday, meaning there are now three cases with no history of travel and the Ministry confirmed that yes, that is the situation, the last three confirmed cases have no history of travel and all three remain under investigation

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  1. Question says:

    We all want to know whether we are at risk, and in order to know that the Min Health must tell us where the the transmission has been happening. What workplace was affected?

    The announcements they give us are incomprehensible mumbo jumbo. Just tell us what happened,

    • Paul says:

      Why not fine people who disregard the health protocols like the idiot who went to work while experiencing symptoms and infected half a dozen co-workers. And maybe fine the co-workers too for not observing social distancing and wearing masks. Why should the taxpayers who comply have to pay for testing and tracing of people who refuse to follow protocol?

  2. Concerned says:

    With the way USA looking It’s time to close our airport NOW!!!

    • Portia says:

      No, lockdowns are futile for a virus with a 99.99% survival rate. Many of those US cases are asymptomatic and the death rate has plummeted, so has the rate of hospitalizations. People just need to wash their hands, wear a mask if it makes you feel better, and if you are elderly or immuno-compromised take extra precautions. Common sense doesn’t need to fly out the window for a disease that is essentially a bad seasonal flu.

      • True_faith says:

        Where are you getting your fake news from?

      • wahoo says:

        The biggest concern in my mind is that the hospital becomes over crowded and once that happens the real panic sets in. Additionally people that recover tend to have a broad spectrum of side effects ranging from hair loss to reduced lung function. The Donald is in your camp though so there is that.

        • Portia says:

          The hospital has never been in danger of overcrowding, it wasn’t in March/ April at the height of the spread and won’t be now. We also have therapeutics now that are highly effective to make hospitalizations shorter or unnecessary. Also the majority of people have not reported any such side effects.

          • wahoo says:

            Oh….I feel much better now you have said this. Say hello to Donald for me.

          • Can’t be serious says:

            This is just a wildly wrong assumption the hospital isn’t huge it can barely support 100 bed ridden people what are you talking about?

      • Cncerned says:

        I said nothing about lockdown. Just close airport to stop people from bringing the virus here. People like you that gives typical answers like that is the reason why USA is in a mess.

        • Portia says:

          Less than 1% of all passengers coming in since the airport reopened have tested positive, most cases have beem caught coming in so travel is not the problem. Also many places in the US have had dracion lockdown measures so clearly it has not worked.

      • Gina Ingham says:

        The fact that you believe this is scary!

      • Sensible and well said says:

        Well said. Closing the airport is over the top and unnecessary.
        Take sensible precautions . If you are at risk, stay home.
        99.97% survival rate. Calm the panic please.

      • Andre Swan says:

        Your survival rate is incorrect. The danger actually lies in hat if you have a non vivid related emergency there are potentially no hospital beds. There is the danger!

      • Andre Swan says:

        Your survival rate is incorrect. The danger actually lies in that if you have a non vivid related emergency there are potentially no hospital beds. There is the danger!

      • anon says:

        99.99% survival rate? Really?

        If every single person in the US had it, 99.99% survival rate 328m * (1 – 0.9999) = 32,800 deaths so this is just fake.

        • Portia says:

          Majority of those deaths are NOT attributable to COVID, and yes, 99.99% survival rate for those under 50, slightly less for those over 50.

          • anon says:

            Excess deaths in the US this year exceed that of recoded COVID-19 deaths, indicating COVID-19 deaths are likely under recorded.

            In addition this will exclude those who survived, but will have long lasting complications.

          • Acegurl says:

            Portia, where are you getting your information? I need to read that source. Common sense refutes everything you are talking about.

          • Josh says:

            The source for your statement is missing from you reply.
            If you’re going to make such a claim it is your responsibility to bring the evidence to support it.

      • di shib says:

        are you for real, what dream world do you exist in, any room for a few billion

  3. Donna says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I thought Saltus School was mentioned. Students & staff are on quarantine.

    • lion says:

      Saltus was only one of the three cases of no travel history. What about the other two?

  4. Andre Swan says:

    Your survival rate is incorrect. The danger actually lies in hat if you have a non vivid related emergency there are potentially no hospital beds. There is the danger!

  5. knew it says:

    Well, it was just a matter of time folks, here we are with LOCAL transmission.
    Burt was all proud on how we managed our local situation WITH THE AIRPORT BEING SHUTDOWN.
    Now we have local transmission. How closely are these people being monitored?
    This S#@!t is going to get out of control.
    Burt is going to shut the barn door after the horse got out.
    We will all now watch our LOCAL TRANSMISSION SPIKE RISE.

  6. William... says:

    I have to point out…at Heywards in Warwick we have a security company really pAying attention…they are testing temperature with hand held digital tech.

  7. Wahoo nuggets says:

    Let’s all rally together and carry on with the great work and progress we have already made being one of the few countries in the world to be considered safe. Let’s continue in that vein of vigilance and common sense. Let’s be encouraging and thoughtful while continuing to brainstorm with our uniqueness. Have a lovely day Bermuda

  8. Wahoo nuggets says:

    Let’s all rally together and carry on with the great work and progress we have already made being one of the few countries in the world to be considered safe. Let’s continue in that vein of vigilance and common sense. Let’s be encouraging and thoughtful while continuing to brainstorm with our uniqueness. Have a lovely and safe day Bermuda

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