63 New, 868 Active, 37 In Hospital, 7 In ICU

April 17, 2021 | 23 Comments

The Ministry received 1357 test results and 63 were positive — one classified as imported, 28 as local transmission with known contact and 34 as under investigation — so there are now 868 active cases, of which 37 people are in hospital with 7 in ICU.

Sadly, the Government has also confirmed that “Bermuda has experienced another Covid-19 death,” which brings the total number of Covid-19 deaths in Bermuda to 18, with six deaths this month.

A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Health received 1357 test results since the last update and 63 were positive for coronavirus, yielding a test positivity rate of 4.6%.

“One of the new cases is classified as imported with details as follows: One resident who arrived on American Airlines AA 2044 from Charlotte on 15 April, 2021 and tested positive on their arrival test.

“28 of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as associated with known cases. The additional 34 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 42 recoveries and one death.

“There are 868 active cases, of which:

  • 831 are under public health monitoring and
  • 37 are in hospital with 7 in intensive care;

“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 2123 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which a total of 1237 have recovered, and 18 persons have sadly succumbed to Covid-19. The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is below 1 (0.92).

The Minister of Health, Kim Wilson stated, “We know the Covid-19 vaccine saves lives and is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.

“If you haven’t already done so, please speak to your doctor about the vaccine; and if advised, please register to get vaccinated at coronavirus.gov.bm. Having the vaccine does not necessarily stop you from getting a coronavirus infection but it does lessen the severity of the symptoms and greatly minimises the risk of hospitalisation or death.

“If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (which includes cough, tiredness, headache, muscle ache and sore throat) please contact your doctor and make an appointment to get tested. Likewise, if you have been in contact with someone who has these symptoms, immediately make an appointment to get tested.

Minister Wilson concluded, “Each of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Follow Public Health guidelines, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance and download the WeHealth Bermuda app. If you haven’t already done so, register to get vaccinated – because vaccinations work.”

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  1. Vortex says:

    PLEASE just get vaccinated.

    You can still catch it, but you will barely feel it, and crucially you viral load (your CP value) will be light so you are much less likely to transmit it to others.

    If you don’t vaccinate we are in a spiral, and we will be in the same spot in a year.

    I am so bored of the selfish uneducated anti-vax crew, just be a good citizen and commit to beating this.

    • LDY BDA says:

      AMEN! Getting large percentage of our population vaccinated is the only way we recover economically and health-wise. If we don’t have most of our population vaccinated, the virus keeps bouncing around here and mutating. More people get sick. AND, tourists won’t come as they think we are not safe.

      We had a great global reputation for handling covid well and were deemed safe for tourism in 2020. We have lost that in the last 3 weeks. If don’t get this under control by end of April, we LOSE ALL tourism in 2021.

    • Portia says:

      Nope.

      What are you failing to mention is that the vast majority of these positive cases are asymptomatic WITHOUT the shot, which means people are ALREADY barely feeling it. That has been the case for over a year now. And these people ALSO have a minor viral load that will likely not spread to others. Amazing how you sycophants constantly change the narrative when confronted with the facts about this shot.

      And getting the shot does not make you a “good citizen”. You are getting the shot for YOU because it only protects YOU not others. Your type of thinking is dangerous and nothing but a means of controlling others.

      A person has a duty, and a right, to care for their own body in the way THEY see fit, not as YOU want them to.

      • Karen Denise says:

        Oh, my. Not sure where you’re getting your COVID-19 information, but
        1. Asymptomatic people ARE contagious n spread the virus to others
        2. They do not have a decreased viral load
        (Viral load is lessened only with the vaccine – ie. Mr. Burt)
        3. Getting vaccinated protects you n others because it prevents you n them from getting the virus and/or lessens viral load so much so that it is not transmittable

        Also, once a person gets COVID-19, they are not “ immune”. They have antibodies yes however recent cases show theybmay only last 3 to 6 months.

        Bermuda is not a self sustaining country. Tourism is a key part of the economy. The government n island will remain in limbo until the under 40’s stop sounding like the US trumper’s n get the vaccine. You want all activities back, you have to do your part, just like they are doing in the rest of the WORLD.

  2. Unbelievable says:

    I really hope the non-believers get vaccinated. You lot can’t be going about the place believing this doesn’t affect you. 6 people have died in 2 weeks. How many more do you need to die before it sinks in?

    • Wow says:

      Look, we aren’t non believers. Many of us are just waiting until this experiment gets FDA approval. I am all for people who are in at-risk categories to get the injections! Please do so before you die. As for those of us that are healthy and low risk, lay off! We respect your decision to be a guinea pig, respect our personal, medical.choice not to be guinea pigs.

      • Unbelievable says:

        And this is where you get it wrong. Anyone getting vaccinated is not a guinea pig. No one is being tested on. This vaccine just didn’t magically appear out of no place. With every Sars virus over the last several years there has been a vaccine eventually developed which means that so much of the work has been done already. That’s why this vaccine was able to have been prepared so fast. You’ve already been vaccinated when you were a child and even if you want to go to certain countries, you still have to get a vaccine. And that’s not the instruction of that country; it’s from your country.

        I guess you do have every right to not get vaccinated but you also have to realise that to do so is entirely irresponsible and selfish. This is not about your rights or your freedoms. This is a public health crisis and if you want to be free to go about your life in Bermuda, the best thing for you to do is get vaccinated like everyone else who actually cares more about the greater good than themselves.

  3. Wow says:

    906 cases in 17 days.
    6 deaths in 17 days.

    I’d say we’ve lost control of this. But hey, the end of the lockdown is Tues at 5am. I guess it worked???

  4. Fed up says:

    Lockdowns do not work. Has been proven.

    • Vortex says:

      But vaccinations do.

      And still we have dinosaurs saying they don’t.

      • Smh says:

        Why aren’t they testing you for antibodies???? Why aren’t they testing people that have been exposed to covid for antibodies. I’m sure they have them. That’s what our natural immune system is supposed to do.

  5. Kris says:

    Is the uptick in cases due to the more contagious variants, or do we know? Best wishes to Bermuda; hope to return soon.

  6. Faster please! says:

    There are still many on the vaccination list who haven’t been called. Why did we stop using the staff who were giving vaccinations? We need the extra manpower. Yes, folks, there were people who were giving vaccinations told their services were no longer needed. Are out of money to pay them? Why have they not been hired back? We want doctors to volunteer, that is fine but how about EMTs, Nursing Assistants, nurses from doctors’ offices, school lab assistance, pharmacists …….. maybe they can help. Many other places have hired and trained people.

    Train government workers who are working from home to do contact tracingbecause some staff are not fully occupied at home; Librarians, receptionists, schools support staff………… Ask businesses to offer up staff who are in the same position, can only really do their work from the office but are at home being paid – I am sure businesses would help.

    Goverment, ask for the help.It seems the biggest issue is trying to coordinate. Ask retired business people to volunteer to help organize.

    Let us just get this done.

    • dc says:

      The vaccine does not necessarily stop you getting COVID, no. But it has been proven (by science and data rather than hearsay on social media which many people seem more interested in) that it has a major effect in reducing the severity of the illness and massively reduces hospitalisations. We are in lockdown due to the strain on the hospital. Hence people getting vaccinated reduces strain on the hospital and means we don’t have to spend the rest of the year in and out of lockdown. Has the Penny dropped yet?!

  7. Box jellyfish says:

    We are going to die!

  8. David says:

    What criteria were the govt using to measure the effectiveness of the stay at home order? There has been no improvement in number of cases, in fact the situation is worse than when the restrictions came into effect. With that in mind it’s hard to see how they could predict on Friday an easing of restrictions next Tuesday. It almost seems like an admission that they felt they had to do something but had no clear idea of what or how to control the spread. If the incubation period is up to 14 days how was a one week restriction supposed to help? The clarity and decisiveness of last year is lacking in the face of this latest outbreak, and it looks like all bets are now on vaccination.

    • Unbelievable says:

      I was expecting this lockdown to happen (like everyone else was) and I don’t disagree with it being enforced (as much as it disruption to my business). What I don’t understand is how a 7 day lockdown is going to help the situation. I understand that the Govt will be concerned about businesses, etc and so a partial opening is good to do but if we really want to bring numbers down, a much longer lockdown has to happen.

      And since that may not happen, people really need to stop being selfish and follow the rules. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t be out partying at your mate’s house with 40 other people and expect the virus to go away. That’s not how it works.

      • BS says:

        What’s selfish is you keep calling for longer lockdowns because you can afford it! Thousands off people can’t afford it . So unless you come out of your own pocket to support your narrative of longer lockdowns stop calling people selfish. Because your the selfish one

  9. Vaccinated says:

    So when and where’s the next party, geniuses

  10. Fisherman says:

    Question, someone dies died from a pre-existing health condition. Why is this noted as Covid death?

  11. Busybee says:

    Sad, another death. If only they would purchase the monoclonal antibody cocktail produced by Eli Lilly and Regeneron, that is given in two infusions to the high risk patients in the early stages. This would reduce the severity of the disease, and time spent in hospitalization. It’s costs $2-3000.00 per patient. How much is a life worth!
    Please people, get vaccinated, read the science, it’s worth your life!!

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