182 New, 1612 Active, 65 In Hospital, 14 In ICU

September 24, 2021 | 33 Comments

The Ministry received 4982 test results – spanning two days — and 182 were positive, so there are now 1612 active cases, of which 65 people are in hospital, with 14 in ICU, and sadly the Minister has confirmed seven more deaths.

Unfortunately, this now makes September the worst month, by all measures, since the pandemic started, well exceeding April 2021, when the island experienced the last major surge. This month has had the most new cases in a month, the highest active cases, the most people in hospital, the most people in ICU, and sadly, as of today, the most deaths in a single month.

“I am extremely sorry to report today seven Covid related deaths,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, JP, MP. “This is very sad news, and I extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased during this difficult time.”

“Since the last update, the Ministry of Health received 4982 test results, and 182 were positive for the coronavirus, giving a test positivity rate of 3.7%.

“These results are from testing done on:

  • Tuesday: 91 positive out of 2618 results [3.5% positivity]
  • Wednesday: 91 positive out of 2364 results [3.8% positivity]

“Six [6] of the new cases are classified as imported with a history of travel in the previous 14 days.

“The additional 176 new cases are classified as either local transmission or remain under investigation.

“Additionally, since the last update, there have been 110 recoveries and seven [7] deaths.

“There are 1612 active cases, of which:

  • “1547 are under public health monitoring and
  • “65 are in hospital, with 14 in intensive care

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“Since the Wednesday update:

  • “There were 17 new Covid admissions in the hospital
  • “There were 8 Covid discharges from the hospital

“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 4982 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 3318 have recovered, and sadly 52 Covid related deaths.

“The source of all active cases is as follows:

  • “82 are Imported
  • “317 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • “317 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • “0 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • “1213 are Under Investigation

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

  • “Imported cases: 95% are fully vaccinated, and 5% are not vaccinated
  • “Local/Under Investigation cases: 36% are fully vaccinated, and 64% are not vaccinated
  • “Variant typing is not available at this time due to the prioritisation of test results.

“The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

  • “587 are Imported
  • “2901 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • “2341 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • “560 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • “1494 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.

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“The seven-day average of our real-time reproduction number is 1.02. 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.

“This outbreak is serious, and I am sad to see where we are today. This is heartbreaking,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson. “More people are getting quite sick, more people are being hospitalised, and sadly, more people are dying.”

death toll sept 24 2021

“We must be mindful of where we go, what we do, who we are with and how careful we are at all times. Be mindful of the fact that, while being vaccinated reduces the risk of severe Covid-19 disease for the majority of vaccinated persons, this does not mean there are zero risks for all.

“Even if fully vaccinated, your personal health is a key factor in determining whether you will develop full protection, get ill with Covid-19 and, if you do, whether you are at risk of becoming sick enough to be hospitalised or be unfortunate enough to die.”

“So, whether vaccinated or not, everyone must practise sensible public health measures, such as wearing a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor settings. Wash your hands frequently and maintain physical distance. Limit your movements and stay within your household bubble as much as you can.”

“Each of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Follow Public Health guidelines, and download the WeHealth Bermuda app.”

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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. Rig says:

    What has to happen for these idiots to get a simple vaccine? Its so sad.

    Close them down, safekeys for jobs, supermarkets – or Bermuda closes.

    Burt, why so timid?

    • ASC says:

      I know right! And what about the vaccinated idiots that meander about the place as if they can’t transmit this horrid virus (low grade/high grade or otherwise). Idiots abound, buh! With 4 fully vaccinated people counted among the death toll, I wonder if they thought they did the un-idiotic thing by getting vaccinated. Side note, you and others like you will surely help win people over with your name calling. Rock on Rig!

      • Sandgrownan says:

        Cayman

        795 cases
        2 deaths
        85% vaccination rate

        Spot the difference.

        • ASC says:

          Cayman hasn’t experienced a COVID death since November 2020 (pre vaccine), and the only other COVID death reported in Cayman was in March 2020. Two deaths since the pandemic began-that would be one difference. Seems like Cayman had things under control pre vaccine. If we are going to compare, let’s keep things in context.

          • sandgrownan says:

            Cayman fully locked down for longer. However, global and easily observed data confirms the fact that Lower vaccination rates leads to a greater chance of spread and more chance of variants.

            It’s really that simple.

      • Rig says:

        Like so many anti-vaxxers, you are peddling misinformation.

        What evidence do you have that the vaccinated are ‘meandering as if they can’t transmit’? Its just nonsense, lies – because you have nothing else.

        The facts are vaccinations may save your life, but will definitely offer protection from catching it, and from passing it on. That should be enough for any responsible citizen.

        It is sad that people are dying, but just as sad that you and they dispute that. And I’m gonna call people on that all day long.

        • ASC says:

          I am not an anti-vaxxer, Rig. Just pro respecting people, which seems a struggle for you.

          Where is my proof that vaccinated people are meandering: Conversations with the many, many vaccinated people that I know who preface any statement about going out during a whole, entire pandemic with, “well I’m vaccinated, so I am safe.” I don’t need further “evidence”.

          Vaccinations aren’t enough. They clearly aren’t a panacea because not every one is eligible. Responsible citizens should get a vaccine, you say???? I say Responsible citizens should limit their social circles, social distance when required and sanitize frequently.

          Throw stats all you want with regard to other countries. I never disputed that people are dying. Easy there, your anger is blinding you. My concern was around those people who put their faith in the vaccine only to die after being fully vaccinated? People are concerned and worried about that fact. Is your answer seriously, well it’s only 4 people….where is your humanity, idiot (your word not mine)

          • sandgrownan says:

            Respect needs to be earned, and I absolutely have no obligation to respect anti-vaxers. It’s the dumbest cause on which to hang your flag. You might as well be a flat-earther.

  2. Marine Life says:

    These are very sad and disheartening days on our Island. May the Families, close friends and neighbors of all those who have lost someone close because of this horrid virus take comfort from all of us whose thoughts are with them.

  3. Gwain says:

    Unvaccinated people are the enemy. They are bringing us down.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Unvaccinated people are NOT the enemy.

      Consider the reason for lack of vaccination before condemning all unvaccinated people.

      • Gwain says:

        No I am absolutely sticking with my view that the unvaccinated are the enemy.

        I believe in stats, and billions of people do too, which is why they have got vaccinated like me. Poor education isn’t an excuse.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          “Poor education isn’t an excuse.”

          What about medical conditions? Are they an excuse? Ask any doctor whether vaccination is medically appropriate for everyone.

          I too am vaccinated and I am not sticking up for those who refuse vaccination because of conspiracy theories. I am sticking up for those whose medical history does not make vaccination medically appropriate.

  4. Sandgrownan says:

    At what point does the government mandate vaccines?

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “At what point does the government mandate vaccines?”

      Shortly after our Constitution, with all its build-in protections, is repealed.

      • Sandgrownan says:

        Incorrect. Legal precedent already exists. Just need a Premier with balls

        • Horse radish says:

          Since we’ve never had one you should step up and run for politics with your big mouth and big balls blogger.

          • sandgrownan says:

            What..and have to deal with an idiot populace? No amount of grift could make it worthwhile.

    • fers says:

      never…they don’t have the right to do that.

  5. ASC says:

    I know right! And what about the vaccinated idiots that meander about the place as if they can’t transmit this horrid virus (low grade/high grade or otherwise). Idiots abound, buh! With 4 fully vaccinated people counted among the death toll. Side note, you and others like you will surely help win people over with your name calling. Rock on Rig, Fight the good fight!

    • sandgrownan says:

      Let’s examine a few other stats…folks on here have been using Israel as some sort of gold standard or baseline for looking at the effect of vaccinations. It isn’t, stop doing it. Israel’s vax rate is lower than Bermuda.

      It’s also unhelpful to look at the US as a whole. You need to look closer. Trump successfully framed COVID-19 as a blue-state, big-city problem. To his cult, that means that only “They” get it. Only “They” die from it.

      The death rate in counties where Trump got 90%+ of the vote – you know, the MAGA, anti-mask, anti-vax lunatics – is 10 times higher than counties where he got less than 10% of the vote. Johns Hopkins data so not pulled from some fwd fwd fwd FB message.

      The cultural similarities are striking. MAGAT’s too high on their belief that the Chosen People will be spared this plague, because of their ‘healthy lifestyle’ — whatever that means, most of them tend to smoke, drink, and overeat. They sometimes argue that they’re fine with getting it, because it will be ‘harmless’ and give them ‘natural immunity,’ but what they mean is they feel proof against it and don’t expect to get it at all. Very familiar isn’t it.

      And let’s be honest here about who is suffering in Bermuda. Who thought a population that gained political power through emancipation and the workers movement would be so closely aligned with white, right wing evangelicals when it comes to a public health crisis? It’s a student of demographics wet dream.

  6. Langton says:

    Where is the anger? I am devastated to see what is happening in Bermuda. This government’s policy is dangerous for everyone on the island – and these deaths are just the beginning. My heart aches for the families who have lost loved ones and for those who are desperately sick. 

    Bermuda did a brilliant job rolling out the vaccine with those most vulnerable in our community becoming double jabbed by mid-February.  But data from Israel in July showed Delta is a dangerous variant – leading to alarming numbers of break-through cases and break-through deaths correlated to the efficacy of the vaccine falling. By August, booster shots were being offered in Israel.

    What is the government’s plan to deploy booster shots? How are 44,000+ booster shots going to be smoothly implemented on the island to protect those that choose to have the vaccine? How long is this going to take? With almost 1 in 26 people sick with Covid (not counting those who choose not to get tested and those tests outstanding), it is a false narrative to suggest that only those who are unvaccinated are unsafe during this wave. 

    Using the data issued on September 22nd, 4 of the 12 deaths reported as part of this most recent wave (starting from August 30th) have been people who are fully vaccinated. That is 33.3% of deaths which is significantly higher than <1% UK data shows. Why is this happening? These vaccinated people trusted the government and their advice. It is now tragically evident that Bermuda is extremely unsafe and the government's guidance is dangerous.  Everyone is at risk of getting seriously ill and dying regardless of your vaccination status.

    It seems to me the strategy is to terrify people into getting the vaccine and the government is content to use the innocent lives of wonderful people as collateral damage. 

    I am angry and really deeply upset. 

    https://www.politico.eu/article/biontech-pfizers-efficacy-decreases-over-time-study/https://www.science.org/news/2021/08/grim-warning-israel-vaccination-blunts-does-not-defeat-delta

    • sandgrownan says:

      As a point of order, everyone seems to point to Israel as the “gold standard” with vaccinations. The simple fact is, Israel has a lower vaccination rate than Bermuda. 61.9% to 67%.

      Here’s another fact – variant data clearly shows that emergence of variants and their spread is correlates perfectly with vaccination rates. Lower vaccination rates, less chance of spread, less chance of variants.

      So, yeah, I’m angry too, but at idiot anti-vaxers.

      • sandgrownan says:

        LOL…should read “Lower vaccination rates, MORE chance of spread, MORE chance of variants.”

  7. Jevon Ray says:

    Vaccinated people are dying as well.

  8. Loquat tree says:

    What source did you get 1 in 26 people sick from? Positive doesn’t mean sick.

    A smaller % of those positive will experience symptoms, i.e. be ill to a greater or lesser extent, but a much smaller % will become seriously ill and a smaller % of them require hospital care etc.

    Your numbers are overly pessimistic and scaremongering, IMO. You are scaring yourself.

    The Minister has explained the prioritized initial roll out of booster shots.

    One reason our rates may be or seem higher than other places is our high % of population with co-morbidities. Many are in denial about the extent of NCD’s in Bermuda. Think how many you know with diabetes, prediabetes or high blood pressure- quite a high %, right?

  9. Bright and Early says:

    The vaccination helps you fight off Covid-19 as it will give you a fighting chance if you catch the virus. But it is necessary to wear your mask and keep close to home. Because I have underlying health issues I only go too the grocery and yesterday I went to eat at a Restaurant outside. I am fully vaccinated but I am also very careful try and stay 6 ft away and wear my mask. Use purell spray. I think the Government need to bring in the drugs necessary to fight off Covid as the chief medical director said at the press conference they are bringing it in so why has it taken them so long? I hope things get better but I agree we need to keep away from large groups and stay in our bubble. Keep safe and well…

  10. Common Sense says:

    Here are some risk factors making a person more likely to die if they contract Covid.
    1 obesity or diabetes
    2 being old!
    3 immune deficiency or cancer
    4 COPD from a history of smoking
    5 Being unvaccinated.
    Which of these factors can a person reverse TODAY NOW ?? to make them less likely to die from Covid??

  11. That dude says:

    How is this hard to understand. It’s amazing how all of a sudden we don’t trust government and scientists , and the uneducated are the new Dr’s. and scientists

  12. Jenn says:

    The virus is the enemy.

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