155 New, 1513 Active, 54 In Hospital, 12 In ICU

September 20, 2021 | 19 Comments

The Ministry received 5368 test results — spanning two days — and 155 were positive, so there are now 1513 active cases. 54 people are in hospital, with 12 in ICU, and sadly the Ministry has confirmed another death.

“Sadly, I am reporting another Covid related death,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson. “I am so sorry to hear of another loss of life, and I extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased during this difficult time.”

“The Ministry of Health received 5368 test results since the last update, and 155 were positive for the coronavirus, giving a test positivity rate of 2.9%.

“These results are from testing done on:

  • Friday: 124 positive out of 3572 results [3.5% positivity]
  • Saturday: 31 positive out of 1796 results [1.7% positivity]

“8 of the new cases are classified as imported with a history of travel in the previous 14 days.

“The additional 147 new cases are classified as either local transmission or remain under investigation.

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“Additionally, since the last update, there have been 68 recoveries and one [1] death.

“There are 1513 active cases, of which:

  • 1459 are under public health monitoring and
  • 54 are in hospital, with 12 in intensive care
  • There were 6 new Covid admissions in the hospital
  • There were 2 Covid discharges from the hospital

“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 4632 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 3076 have recovered, and sadly 43 Covid related deaths.

September 20 2021 Covid cases calendar Bermuda by Bernews

“The source of all active cases is as follows:

  • 86 are Imported
  • 260 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • 260 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • 0 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 1167 are Under Investigation

“Active cases by vaccination status, transmission, and type:

  • Imported cases: 89% are fully vaccinated, and 11% are not vaccinated
  • Local/Under Investigation cases: 26% are fully vaccinated, and 74% are not vaccination
  • Variant typing is not available at this time due to the prioritisation of test results.

“The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

  • 561 are Imported
  • 2756 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • 2225 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • 531 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 1315 are Under Investigation

“As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change. For information regarding age distributions and overall transmission categories, please refer to https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-Covid19-update.

“The seven-day average of our real-time reproduction number is 1.25. Bermuda’s current country status is Clusters of Cases. However, local data continues to indicate that Bermuda meets the criteria for Community Transmission. Community transmission is characterised by an increased incidence of locally acquired, widely dispersed cases, with many cases not linked to specific clusters.

“I recognise that this is a very stressful time, and the surge of positive cases is causing anxiety. I encourage anyone who needs someone to talk to contact the Emotional Wellbeing Hotline. It is available to help,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson. “By dialling 543-1111, you will have access to a qualified, experienced mental health practitioner to talk to if you’re feeling anxious, sad, overwhelmed, or stressed. This line will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5 pm to 9 pm.”

“We will continue to remind people to be extremely cautious. Wear your masks properly, wash your hands frequently and physically distance. We will continue to recommend vaccinations as our best defense against the further spread of the virus, and we will continue to recommend people get tested to know their status. When you get tested, stay home until you get your test result back.”

Minister Sept 20 2021

“People are still going to work and out in public carrying and spreading the virus with symptoms they ignore. This behaviour is irresponsible and puts a lot of people at risk. Your individual choices impact us all, and as I have said before, we’re all in this together, and we must work together to end this outbreak. Everyone in our community has an individual responsibility to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

“Unfortunately, the current outbreak is being predominantly driven by members of the Bermuda community who are not vaccinated. We now have 1513 active cases, and when you look at the local transmission cases or those that are under investigation, 74% of those people are not fully vaccinated.

“Where data is available, the contact tracers have regularly seen transmission of the disease from unvaccinated people to vaccinated people, and the reverse seems to happen in only a few instances. The majority of vaccinated people who test positive experience a mild version of Covid-19 and, if hospitalised, BHB confirms their stay is brief. This demonstrates the vaccine works: symptoms are mild, and hospitalisation is reduced or brief.”

Minister Wilson concluded, “I want to thank all of our wonderful healthcare workers for their hard work and dedicated support. They are serving our community well, and I want to extend my deep appreciation for everything they are doing.”

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You can find more information on the links below from our dedicated website BermudaCovid.com, which is the most comprehensive resource and historic record available of Bermuda’s handling of the pandemic.

  • All Charts: Vaccine, testing & more here
  • Timelines: Dates of major developments here
  • Test results: Chart of testing stats here
  • Vaccine: Data covering vaccinations here
  • Dedicated website: BermudaCovid.com

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  1. Pondering says:

    What about protection now for those who have been vaccinated and followed the Government’s guidelines?

  2. Lady says:

    These are scary times people!!
    Get vaccinated before it gets you because, it will eventually get you.

    • Otrwele says:

      Yes it has already got me and I’m just fine just like 99.5% of the worlds population!!

      • Gina Ingham says:

        .05% of the world population is a lot. I’m so glad for you that COVID “got” you., and you’re good. You are lucky. What about the people who really suffer with COVID …… vaxed or not????

      • Sandgrownan says:

        Selfish and idiotic.

      • Question says:

        0.5% of Bermuda’s population is about 325 people. We’re currently at 43.

  3. Ringmaster says:

    As usual the Minister/Government confirms that the causes of the outbreaks are people breaking quarantine, and still no charges. The Keystone Cops would do
    a better job than the BPS, unless of course there is the problem of interference and conspiracy.

    • E=MC Hammer says:

      Yeesh. That is not in any way what the Minister/Government confirmed.

      They told you flat out that the unvaccinated are the problem. But I guess willfully ignoring the facts in plain English is what leads someone to be unvaccinated in the first place.

    • Craven Vigorish says:

      Yikes. The Minister/Government confirmed no such thing.

      The article makes it clear, in plain English, that the cause of the outbreaks is the unvaccinated.

      But willful ignorance of simple facts is at the core of the anti-vaxx mindset, so basic reading comprehension of a simple article like this one is probably too much to expect.

      Don’t ever change, Ringmaster.

  4. Rig says:

    The article says what needs to be done. Punish the unvaccinated.

    Safekeys for public facing jobs!

    Or are the unions running Bermuda??

  5. Sandgrownan says:

    At what point do government give private entities the right to fire the unvaccinated? Let’s get on with it and protect the rest of us.

  6. Question says:

    1 in 40 confirmed to have it. If you assume, to be realistic, that number is understated by 50%, we probably have 1 in 20 with covid. That’s 5% of the population.

  7. aceboy says:

    Well, pretty soon we will have reached the “herd immunity” percentage with all these cases that survive. Over 4,600 people have had the virus and survived, so according to the Israel study they are even better protected now than if they had the vaccine. So be positive Bermuda! This pandemic is almost over.

  8. Please don't kill people says:

    Your statistics are wrong. The number of survivors is smaller than 99,5% of the infected.

    In many neighborhoods around the world, more than 0,5% of the population is already dead from Covid (such as the entire country of Peru).

    Survivors (infection fatality rate) are about 0,66%. The case fatality rate in Bermuda was about 1,3% or so last time I checked (not all cases are detected). Many survivors are not fine.

    ICU + Covid survivors have about a 60% higher overall chance of death in the following months (from all causes)

    If you had Covid in the last 3 months or so, you have have about a 70% chance of having myocarditis (usually mild).

    You may have brain fog from time to time, difficulty doing strenuous activities and what not. There is a 10% chance this will persist for over a year, maybe forever (Long Covid)

    More importantly, you seem very comfortable to kill other people. Even if your numbers were correct and everybody in Bermuda got infected, that would mean about 320 unnecessary deaths happening on the island.

    If 80% of the world gets infected, your idea of how to deal with it would kill 32 million people, even according to your numbers.

    In a couple decades, you may need to explain to your children/grandchildren how you were in favor of killing millions and millions of people.

  9. cedar stump says:

    26% fully vaccinated !!!

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