Covid-19: Ten New Positives, 288 Total, 63 Active

December 5, 2020

The confirmed positive cases continues to climb, with the Ministry confirming there have been 10 more positive results — 1 imported, 4 classified as local transmission with known contact and 5 under investigation — so the island now has 63 active cases.

Copy of Covid TC 1 DEC 5 2020

A Government spokesperson said, “There were 1062 test results received by the Ministry of Health yesterday [4 December 2020], and ten were positive for COVID-19.

“One of the new cases is classified as imported with details as follows:

  • 1 resident who arrived on DL 617 from New York on 29 November 2020 and tested positive on their day 4 test, having had a negative pre-arrival test and a negative arrival test

Four of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact with details as follows:

  • 4 residents who were under quarantine as close contacts (1 household, 1 workplace, 2 social) of known cases

“The remaining 5 new cases are classified as under investigation. These cases are among residents with no history of travel or currently identified links to other known cases or clusters

Bermuda now has 288 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows:

  • There are 63 active cases, of which
  • 61 are under public health monitoring and
  • 2 are hospitalized with 1 in critical care;
  • A total of 216 have recovered, and
  • The total deceased remains 9.

“The average age of all confirmed positive cases is 51 years and the age range is 0 to 101 years. To protect privacy and confidentiality, the average age and age range of the hospitalized cases will not be provided.

“The average age of all deceased cases is 74 years and the age range is 57 to 91 years.

“The source of all cases is as follows:

  • 128 are Imported
  • 122 are Local transmission, with known contact/source
  • 21 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source, and
  • 17 are under investigation

“As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.

“The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is greater than 1 (1.08) and Bermuda’s current country status is “Clusters of Cases”.

“The Ministry of Health wishes to advise members of the public of a potential COVID-19 exposure and provide guidance regarding further appropriate action.

“An individual who attended the funeral of Charles Henry Eugene Eberly on Saturday, 28 November 2020 at Malabar has since tested positive for COVID-19.

“We are advising any member of the public who attended this event to call the COVID-19 hotline 444-2498 to arrange COVID-19 testing on Sunday afternoon. In the meantime, we are advising individuals who attended this funeral to quarantine from others outside of their household until they are advised by the Ministry of Health.

“We are issuing this advisory out of an abundance of caution as the most expedient way to contact all those individuals who may have attended the funeral.”

Update: We know people are wondering if the 63 active cases is the highest, and by Bernews calibration [we have been keeping all stats since March on] we believe the 63 active cases is one of highest, second only to April 25th, when we had 65 active cases.

However it should be noted that is Bernews calibration, not an official statement and while we have triple checked and do believe it’s correct, we asked the Health Ministry for confirmation and will update as able. And to also mention a nuance, in April the testing capacity was far lower, with approximately 2,300 tests done in total that month. Testing capability is now almost x10 higher, with almost 22,000 tests done in last 30 days.

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  1. Stop Pussy-Footing says:

    Stop pussy-footing: Cut the airlinks and lockdown like we did in the Spring, until this is brought under control.

    Santa, the best gift you can give us is a Covid free New Year, so a fly by will be just fine.

    A single life is worth more than any amount of lost revenue.

    • Scientist says:

      You must must work a Government job. Lock down or not you get paid. Some my friends over seas had COVID and it was like a seasonal cold or flue. COVID is not going anywhere it’s here to stay. The media has everyone freaking going crazy.Studies have revealed that although people die of COVID they had other pre-existing health conditions such as high blood pressure, cancer, type 2 diabetes, asthma, HIV/AIDS….. but lets blame it on COVID!

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        “The media has everyone freaking going crazy.”

        1.5 million dead people might differ with you.

        “Studies have revealed that although people die of COVID they had other pre-existing health conditions such as high blood pressure”

        What studies? Please provide a link, otherwise we have no option but to conclude that you are imitating Donald Trump.

    • Nope says:

      Why don’t you lock down! Tell the boss your going into LOCK DOWN for a month and someone else can have your job. Be prepared to be lock down for 3 years plus OK!!!

      • Unbelievable says:

        By this point, I think it’s a balancing act for everyone in Bermuda and we all have a part to play. Everyone needs to do their part with masks, social distancing and hand sanitiser. The Govt will do theirs by trying to catch and contain the virus where and when it appears.

    • John says:

      Look at the death line. If you haven’t noticed most folk get over this. It you are old and sick then shield yourself. I haven’t been paid since March. All my money goes into propping up my small business just trying to make it through. How about all you folk that want a lockdown pay into a fund that will support us small hospitality businesses so that we can put food on our tables and maybe buy our children some gifts for Christmas? Thought not. Now shut up and go lock yourself down. Moron!

      • Tom Treefrog says:

        If the price to pay for letting “small hospitality businesses” run is to let (few) people die and (more than a few) bear permanent health consequences, then my view is that it is a too high price. I like the idea of a fund that subsidizes such small business, it would be a socially responsible thing to do. Some (not me) may object that “small hospitality businesses” have prospered for the past 40 years, without contributing to any social security fund, and a couple of bad (or very bad) years are part of the game plan.

        • Get Help says:

          You’re insane

          • Tom Treefrog says:

            I beg your pardon, but would you be so kind to clarify which part of my reply makes you believe that I am “insane”? All?

    • OkayThen says:

      By that logic nobody should ever drive, since it also leads to deaths. If you cant even think on a basic level maybe don’t try dictate policy to the rest of us.

  2. Unbelievable says:

    Far as I can tell, these stats are worse than what Bermuda experienced in the Spring.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      The current statistics do not show us doing as badly as in the spring, but the increase in reported cases from a few new cases every few days to between 5 and 10 new cases reported in each of the last 5 days is worrying, and should be worrying to everyone in Bermuda.

      It suggests people are not taking care the way they should.

  3. Tom Treefrog says:

    Can I please ask to consider abolishing the expression “out of an abundance of caution”? It gets used and abused in every article over Covid, while what I see wherever I walk is just an abundance of irresponsible behaviours. And the results are now clearly visible to everyone.

  4. Concerned says:

    Stop saying “clusters of cases.” This is clear community spread and people need to adjust accordingly. Also, tourists should not choose to come here thinking they will get a break from Covid.

  5. Enough says:

    Please don’t refer to it as clusters anymore it is now most certainly community spread and the next thing is our classification worldwide will change. Sorry but close the darn airport we were at zero until we opened that. What is the government so scared of. Just do it because if you don’t we will be in really serious trouble

    • Raskarr says:

      Sure, close the airport, destroy the economy. Besides, at this point it’s community spread that has nothing to do with visitors.

  6. lion says:

    Gov is allowing the fox into the chicken coup then blaming the chickens if they get killed.

    • Curious says:

      Well said!

    • hmmm says:

      If this is so bad not locking down the country why are
      the surrogates in the obaubp not saying anything????

      • Mark says:

        Cause nimrods like you still drink the KoolAid

      • BIll says:

        Because their OBA team is spineless.

      • Question says:

        30-6. You don’t care what the opposition thinks.

      • trufth says:

        Because, NEWSFLASH, they didn’t get the job remember? This is “THIS Govt’s job.”

  7. trufth says:

    Bernews: in addition to the line chart you created above using Govt numbers, can you create a bar chart per day the number of daily positive cases since the beginning?

    Thanks in advance. If it already exists somewhere can you post a link?

    • Bernews1 says:

      Yes, we agree, that is something we are working on!!

      • Question says:

        Bernews, I appreciate this and the ‘update’ paragraph in the article. It helps to provide valuable context for what is going on.

    • Phil says:

      Not sure what you mean by “daily positive cases”, but if you’re looking for a graph of the number of *new* daily cases over time, just Google for “bermuda coronavirus” – it appears at the top of the search results.

      A graph of the number of *active* cases over time would be great though. I think we’ve now almost surpassed the highest number of active cases that we saw in the spring? Maybe that would help people realise what a serious situation we’re now in.

  8. Dread says:

    No lockdown means more covid 19 case’s, but don’t listen to me.

  9. Imjustsaying says:

    How many tested positive as a result of not wearing a mask. They don’t wanna release those stats or they don’t have a clue is it because it may put doubt in the publics mind and they could lose faith in the governments ability to keep the them safe.

  10. St. David's says:

    The difference now is “social” spread. I hate to say it but once it gets into the younger bar hopping population, it’s a whole other ball game.

    • Not true says:

      No one has contracted COVID from a bar or restaurant! This is 100 percent BS and an attack on the hospitality industry at large!

  11. Cloud says:

    Numbers of Covid per day are now unacceptable. Suggest a two week pre Christmas lockdown be considered

    • Answer says:

      Hey the Government is not controlling you if you want to lock down ……..well go lock down. Remain in your house for the next 50 years.

      Plenty of people will take up the extra employment most people desire to WORK!

      This new World is here to stay COVID isn’t going anywhere for long time.

    • OkayThen says:

      Feel free to do so yourself, and we will decide what is best for our families. This notion that we all need to martyr our livelihoods and the island’s economy to protect people who are vulnerable, who should be taking steps themselves, is preposterous.

      We make calculated decisions vs deaths EVERY DAY. We generate electricity even though it creates pollution, we drive even though it leads to road accidents, we swim even though some drown. Stop with the every life BS.

  12. YaboySoNSo says:

    Oh itz more then 63… think of the people who will not get tested or vaccinated. The bitchers need to stop encouraging ignorance. This virus gets so much support from you. Stop passing it off as nothing. People have died. Remember you can be living unaware of some of the illnesses that covid19 is attacking. I dont believe in the testing or vaccinations but I believe that if the guidelines to prevent spreading are followed we wouldn’t need for much more then that. Stop encouraging ignorance on the matter of this covid19

  13. Bright and Early says:

    For someone to says its not a serious issue is not true. Those people who say that are with “The Donald Trump’s” gang. He is a nut case and thank goodness he was voted out. The virus has traveled all over the world killing many people and not just people with Pre Existing conditions but healthy people get your facts straight. In fact about 1.5 Million so far. I am a person with Pre existing conditions and it is very scary for me now that we have 10 people daily contracting Covid. After all we are all human beings and because of genetic issues have some of these conditions. I hope all are safe and be careful out there wear your mask its important.

    • John says:

      With the Donald Trumps gang? Are you serious? Do you realize how ignorant you sound? So what you’re saying is small business lives must suffer because you don’t want to shield yourself. You want all hospitality to suffer because you want your life to be completely normal. Not happening. Small hospitality business has suffered enough this year. Wear your mask, wash your hands. Social distance.

      • Bright and Early says:

        Read what I said?????

      • Hey mate Donald downplayed wearing a mask in a ignorent and stupid is that?
        But …really …I don’t have splain anything to you.Here is how I see it….John…you are a fool.
        You don’t approach a bull to the front…
        Smule from behind…
        Or a fool from any direction…
        Samuel Clements.

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        John, look at what is happening overseas. The US and UK politicians are not taking COVID1-9 seriously and look at their numbers.

        Taking the statistics on a per capita basis, in the US, you would be 9 times more likely to die from a COVID-19 related virus than if you are in Bermuda. In the UK that number is 8 times more likely to die from a COVID-19 related virus than if you are in Bermuda.

        In Canada, where it is hard to enter, the number is 3 times more likely to die from a COVID-19 related virus than if you are in Bermuda.

        To suggest that simply wearing a mask, washing hands and social distancing is enough is naive at the least. There is a reason 10 new cases were detected yesterday, only 1 of which was imported.

    • Question says:

      If you think you are at risk, you should take all the precautions you want. No one is stopping you.

      • Exasperated by the ignorance says:

        By your logic

        I should be allowed to smoke wherever I want. If you don’t want to inhale my smoke you should self isolate.

        I should be able to drive my car without restrictive safety checks. If you don’t like it, don’t get a lift with me.

        My restaurant should be allowed to operate as I see fit without all those silly health regulations. If you think you are at risk, don’t eat at my restaurant

        Regulations – in the case of covid, temporary regulations – are imposed to protect society. Wear your damn mask and wash your hands.

  14. Bermudian says:

    WEAR A MASK AND DISTANCE! Pretty simple. In my opinion. Once you’re out in public you should be wearing a mask. Regardless if youre 6ft away or not.

  15. Curious says:

    Bernews, please clarify whether the “remaining 5 new cases” that are “among residents with no history of travel or currently identified links” were symptomatic or asymptomatic. Thank you.

  16. John …you brought up the topic of small business bright and early mentioned nothing of the sort…somewhat off topic I suggest you apologise. Right Away…you cunning stunt!

    • John says:

      William, after rereading the post, you are correct. It was off-topic. Apologies (for the off-topic remarks, not the Trump remarks) bright and early. My response was more after a collective read of all the posts and lockdown was clearly on my mind as it would be so disastrous for so many hospitality businesses. Thank you for pointing this out.