Covid: 16 New Positive Cases, Now 68 Active

March 20, 2021 | 21 Comments

The Ministry received 1137 test results and 16 were positive for Covid-19 — three classified as imported by residents, eight as local transmission with known contact and five as under investigation — so the island’s tally of active cases has now increased to 68.

The 16 new cases come as the Government announced stricter regulations, including the curfew time changing to 11pm until 5am and the permitted gathering size being reduced to 10 persons.

A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Health received 1137 test results since the last update, and 16 were positive for COVID-19: Three [3] of the new cases are classified as imported by residents who arrived on American Airlines AA308 from Miami on 8 March 2021.

“Eight [8] of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases. The additional five [5] new cases are classified as under investigation. These cases are among residents with no currently identified link to other known cases or history of travel in the past 14 days.

“Additionally, since the last update, there were no recoveries.

“There are currently 68 active cases, of which;

  • All 68 are under public health monitoring and;
  • None are in the hospital.

“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 789 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 709 persons have recovered, and 12 persons have sadly succumbed to COVID-19.

“The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 42 years [median: 39 years], and the ages range from less than one [1] year to greater than 100 years.

“The mean age of all currently active cases is 29 years [median: 26 years], and the ages range from less than 10 years [age group: 0-9 years] to greater than 70 years [age group: 70-79 years].

“The mean age of all deceased cases is 75 years [median: 77 years], and the ages range from less than 60 years [age group: 50-59 years] to greater than 80 years [age group: 80-100 years].

“The source of all cases is as follows:

  • 225 are imported
  • 553 are classified as local transmission of which:
  • 461 are local transmission with known contact/source and
  • 92 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 11 are under investigation

“As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.

“Of the over 180,000 test results reported, the mean age of all persons tested is 43 years [median: 42 years], and the ages range from less than one [1] year to greater than 100 years.

“The seven-day average of our real-time reproduction number is above one [1], and Bermuda’s current country status remains ‘Sporadic Cases’.

“A year ago today, the Bermuda Government made the difficult decision to suspend services, close businesses, and impose restrictions in our efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in Bermuda,” said Kim Wilson, JP, MP, Minister of Health.

“Today, we find ourselves having to roll back our current restrictions to again, reduce the spread of the highly contagious UK variant. So many people’s lives are now being impacted as a result of a few irresponsible people. This is very disappointing, and again I strongly urge everyone to do their part to stop this virus from spreading.”

“Follow the rules, get tested for the virus and if you can, get vaccinated. As well, please download the WeHealth app if you do not already have it. If you know of people violating the rules and putting the country at risk, please call 211.”

As of Monday, 22 March, Bermuda will be in Phase 3 of the vaccination allocation strategy. Phase 3 allows everyone over the age of 16 to register to be vaccinated.

“Although priority will be given to those aged 65 and over, everyone is now invited to register to be vaccinated,” explained Minister Wilson. “If you are unable to register online, please call the Vaccine Hotline at 444-2498 and select option #2. If you are aged 50 and over, you can also call Age Concern for assistance on 238-7525 between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday.”

“Additionally, we would ask that you please do not register your interest if you:

  • Have had any other vaccination within the last month
  • Have recently travelled. If so, please wait until your negative day 14 test results to complete the online form to register your interest
  • Are receiving therapy for any medical conditions. Please consult with your doctor prior to registering your interest
  • Are on quarantine. Please complete quarantine, and then you may register your interest.”

“Information on the Ministry of Health’s strategy for the initial allocation of the vaccine, and the priority groups, along with additional information on the vaccine itself, can be found on www.gov.bm/vaccines.”

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  1. Gaz says:

    More than ever, please get yourself vaccinated. Don’t be selfish, don’t get wrapped up in the backward conspiracy nonsense. Just do it.

    And Burt you need to start rewarding those that have by allowing them to do things that the idiots can’t.

    • Ummmmmm....no says:

      Woah there, buddy. Who do you think you are imploring people to get vaccinated and accusing them of being selfish for not doing what you’ve done? What gets put into someone’s body is entirely their choice, not yours.
      Do what is right for you, but don’t expect all others to think like you, and don’t judge others for not thinking like you.

    • Dirk Gentley says:

      You do realize that this vaccine was neither designed nor tested against the UK variant that is currently running rampant in Bermuda. Nor the Brazilian and South African variants for that matter. Remember back in the old days when the flu shot worked some years, and other years not so much?

    • LOL (original) says:

      Dr. Fauci seems to disagree with you on what you can do after vaccination or have you not been paying attention to the chief scientist.

      LOL mind you I never trusted the man as he had a hand in or knew about the research into angiotensin-converting enzyme 2. See reports of his speeches in 2016.

      • sandgrownan says:

        I call BS on that, you had never heard of him in 2016.

          • sandgrownan says:

            You, I said you.

            I can google-search him, just like you. I call BS you even knew who he was in 2016. Not a chance.

          • Unbelievable says:

            @LOL (original), By posting those links, you’ve fallen for exactly what so many think about the media: the hype game. Of course, Fauci is going to predict a pandemic. And you know why? BECAUSE HE’S A SCIENTIST WHO SAW THE DATA GOING THAT WAY! It’s why the Obama Administration has a plan in case there was a pandemic. If we’ve had so many epidemics over the last 20 years, a pandemic was bound to happen.

            Now the media see what Fauci did and go and publish it as click bait and you and all the other conspiracy nuts FALL FOR IT.

            The Daily Mail and the NY Post are conservative papers that peddle whatever nonsense to “getcha”. And boy, do they have you.

            You would do well in getting a lesson in civics and re-doing your science classes from high school.

            • LOL (original) says:

              He saw he data or was part of the viral research from the SARS (bird flu) back in 2002-04?

              LOL your funny so what news do you look at CNN proven time and time again to be wrong even been losing law suites lately. MSN you think they have a good track record. How about the beloved BBC (state paid for news). Are you serious? I prefer C-span for senate and house debate and speeches. I look for full live coverage with as little political opinion narrative as possible. Street reporters on the ground like the younger years of say Dan Rather.

              LOL are you mad at conservatives or something? Are you a fan of the Fascist Authoritarian Left or Right for that matter? How much do you actually know about kids in cages or any of the news items you think you know about? Bet you think Identity politics are good even though you’ve seen how it works here. Sorry I do not scribe to foolish things like that. Open your eyes and look around detach from your bias before you willingly give up your rights and try to give up mine for me.

              At least I named sources and multiple one at that. Yet you want to try to prove me wrong without naming any of yours.

          • sandgrownan says:

            The Daily Mail? Really?

            You tried.

            • LOL (original) says:

              Sorry you have proof that I didn’t are you all knowing or something. I’ve been watching news much longer than you think before Obama started bombing Sierra for an EU pipe line, before Benghazi. Lost faith in Bermuda politics when I realized that the PLP and UBP have Democrat advisors.

              LOL You picked one source to rag on that’s what may your knowledge laughable that’s why the first source was MSN cause I knew you got your news in a bubble. Am I wrong?!

  2. Dunn juice says:

    Wellmdone ignorant ones.
    Burt grow some cahunas and start fining the drain surgeons

  3. Cotton Wool Brigade says:

    Regarding the 3 cases arriving from Miami on March 8…can someone explain to me how they have a test result announced 12 days later…on March 20. Their day 8 test should have been 4 days ago. Were they suddenly symptomatic and asked for another test, or is there a 4-day delay for getting test results?
    Bottom line is no one is in hospital, but let’s up the restrictions because government is drunk on control and they need another fix.

    • Wow says:

      I was trying to get tha math to work too! Something is shady. And why haven’t we been told how many off this flight have tested positive? We know of 7 at least.

    • Figure it out! says:

      The football team arrived on the Miami March 8th flight from their Florida training session.

      Now, the Football team need tests to depart to the USA Sunday.

      Yes, they are out of sync in terms of days.

      • RASK says:

        If you are a leader you can lay your own path. But when you follow, you will sometimes lose your way.

  4. Busybee says:

    Where’s the latest update. Who came off the US Naval Helicopter on Friday that required refueling just to get to Bermuda!

  5. sandgrownan says:

    You, I said you.

    I can google-search him, just like you. I call BS you even knew who he was in 2016. Not a chance.

    • LOL (original) says:

      You really are foolish, you think your more credible. I said “you”

      LOL keep attacking the messenger to avoid the message. Why should I be doing you research for you? Are you that low information?

  6. Warrior says:

    I have a friend who queried the absence of contact sheets in shops, grocery stores and other places. If we have to do it for restaurants, sports events, church’s, why not places mentioned. A large store sending employees home recently, the contact sheet would be a very helpgul link to date, time and who was there thst wasn’t supposed to be.

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