192 New, 613 Active, 28 In Hospital, 5 In ICU

September 10, 2021 | 20 Comments

The Ministry received 6074 test results — from Monday and Tuesday — and 192 were positive, so there are 613 active cases, of which 28 people are in hospital with 5 in ICU.

The 613 active cases is the highest since April, and the 28 people hospitalised is also the highest since April, which was the worst month on record.

A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Health received 6074 test results since the last update, and 192 were positive for the coronavirus, giving Bermuda a test positivity rate of 3.2%.

“Because of this growing outbreak and the current volume of coronavirus testing on the island, today’s results are from testing done on Monday and Tuesday only:

  • Monday: 65 positive out of 2465 results [2.6% positivity]
  •  Tuesday: 127 positive out of 3609 results [3.5% positivity]

“16 of the new cases are classified as imported with history of travel in the previous 14 days, with details as follows:

  • 1 resident who arrived via British Airways BA 159 from London on 27 August  and tested positive on their day 10 test
  • 2 resident who arrived via American Airlines AA 1863 from Charlotte on 28 August  and tested positive on their day 10 test
  • 1 resident who arrived via Jet Blue B61731 from New York on 28 August  and tested positive on their day 10 test
  • 3 residents who arrived via Delta Airline DL 584 from Atlanta on 28 August  and tested positive on their day 10 test
  • 1 resident who arrived via British Airways BA 159 from London on 29 August  and tested positive on their outbound test
  • 1 non-resident who arrived via Delta Airline DL 617 from New York on 29 August  and tested positive on their outbound test
  • 1 resident who arrived via Delta Airline DL 584 from Atlanta on 2 September  and tested positive on their day 4 test
  • 1 non-resident who arrived via Air Canada AC 942 from Toronto on 3 September  and tested positive on their day 4 test
  • 1 non-resident who arrived via British Airways BA 159 from London on 3 September  and tested positive on their day 4 test
  • 1 non-resident who arrived via Jet Blue B61731 from New York on 4 September  and tested positive on their outbound test
  • 3 residents who arrived via Jet Blue B61731 from New York on 7 September  and tested positive on their arrival test

“24 of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as associated with known cases.

“The additional 152 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 have been 51 recoveries and no deaths.

“There are 613 active cases, of which:

  • 585 are under public health monitoring and
  • 28 are in hospital with 5 in intensive care

“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 3465 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 2817 have recovered, and sadly 35 Covid related deaths.

“The source of all active cases is as follows:

  • 63 are Imported
  • 192 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • 192 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • 0 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
    • 358 are Under Investigation

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

  • Imported cases: 50 [79%] are fully vaccinated and 13 [21%] are not vaccinated
  • Local/Under Investigation cases: 141 [26%] are fully vaccinated and 409 [74%] are not vaccinated
  • 0 are Alpha, 0 are Beta, 49 [8%] are Delta, 0 are Gamma, 0 are wildtype, 10 [2%] are not able to be determined and 554 [90%] are not available

“The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

  • 511 are Imported
  • 2553 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • 2040 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • 513 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 401 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 above 1. Local data indicates that Bermuda currently meets the criteria for Community Transmission.  Community transmission is characterised by an increased incidence of locally acquired, widely dispersed cases, with many of the cases not linked to specific clusters.

September 10 2021 Covid cases calendar Bermuda by Bernews

“If this outbreak continues to spread at this rate, the consequences are dire,” said Kim Wilson, JP, MP, Minister of Health. “We know that the less mixing and movement there is in the community, the less the virus will spread. We would rather not increase restrictions as the reality is that Bermuda cannot afford to go back into lockdown. However, it depends on all of us taking responsibility for our own actions. I would encourage all persons for the next 2 weeks to minimise their movements and keep to their family bubbles.”

“At the risk of sounding like a broken record, everyone must follow all Public Health Regulations and guidance and take measures to ensure that they protect themselves and their family from exposure to the coronavirus.”

“Stay at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live with you. Masks must be worn indoors, except when eating or drinking. Wear a mask outdoors if physical distancing is not possible or if it is a crowded place. Do not touch your face or cough or sneeze in your hands.  Sanitise your hands before touching shared utensils at family gatherings.  Wash hands or use hand sanitiser thoroughly and frequently.”

“Covid-19 can seem like a mild cold or allergies. If you or anyone in your household has any symptoms, stay home, isolate and contact your doctor. Potential Covid-19 symptoms include sore throat, headache, stuffy/runny nose, sneezing, cough, diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, muscle/body aches, shortness of breath, or the loss of taste and smell.”

“If you test positive for Covid-19, you will need to isolate [separate from others] for 14 days. You must get tested on your Day 14 to ensure you are not still infected.

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“Additionally, due to the sheer number of cases we are asking for assistance in contacting close contacts to reduce further spread. If you receive a positive result, please immediately contact anyone you had close contact with [closer than 6 feet] from 2 days before your test date or 2 days before your symptoms started.

“Tell your close contacts that they need to quarantine for 14 days and test on day 14 to exit quarantine. After creating a list of “close contacts,” send the list to the case management team at the Ministry of Health at [Covid19casemanagement@gov.bm]. Please provide name, phone number and email address of close contacts. The case management team will then send letters with quarantine guidance to those identified close contacts.

Minister Wilson added, “I must also remind restaurants, bars and clubs that in addition to SafeKey there is still a requirement to collect contact tracing information. This information is an essential part of controlling outbreaks and is the main way to stop further spread.”

“Patrons must provide accurate and legible contact tracing information including full name, phone number, home address, email address, date and time of arrival. This also applies to all large group gatherings; contact details of attendees must be recorded.”

“Establishments that are required to use SafeKey, must verify the validity of the SafeKey by going to verify.gov.bm and must compare the details to the customer’s identification.”

“Also, given the current outbreak, those people who require time-sensitive outbound travel tests should use the services of one of the private labs, Helix Genetic and Scientific Solutions, helixbermuda.bm, or C & S West Limited, cswest.bm. Both of these labs are certified to carry out Covid-19 testing and diagnostics. The MDL is processing thousands of tests each day, and for those who must travel, a private lab may be a quicker option at this time.”

“The vaccine against Covid-19 is our best chance of protecting ourselves from serious illness and keeping our community safe. The United States Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval to Pfizer’s vaccine. It has been proven safe and I strongly encourage people who have not been vaccinated to do so now. The more people vaccinated the better chance we stand at reducing the spread of this outbreak.”

“The vaccine clinic at the King Edward Memorial Hospital is open for appointments and walk-ins, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm – 7 pm, and Saturdays from 8 am – 4 pm.

“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.

“Never forget to avoid the 3Cs: closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings.”

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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. John says:

    Should have put more restrictions on these boats going out. That’s mostly the cause of this increase. Too late now. And there will be more action on the waters this weekend smh

    • Rig says:

      ‘These boats going out’ what absolute horse.

      This isn’t helping, people who claim to know all the answers, and really are deluded and confused.

      Look at the stats numbnut. 74% of cases are not vaccinated, from a small percentage of the population. The unvaccinated are the issue. End of story.

      • John says:

        Unvaccinated or vaccinated you can still spread the virus. There is no rules on the water why you think there is large numbers out there. no mask wearing at all

        • Rig says:

          Insane comment. 99% of boats are fully outdoors, sea = wind. Unless you are hugging, kissing – see most sports clubs on island, you aren’t catching it.

          The stats are the stats, and there are deviations, but basically the unvaccinated are the issue, not boats.

          • Simon says:

            Completely agree-this is a problem of the unvaccinated. Their delusion that the vaccine is more dangerous than Covid despite the facts is staggering. I guess the more sick these people get the sooner the rest will wake up.

  2. Cath says:

    Is there a reason the results from Wednesday were not included in today’s release?

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Yes. Because the PLP Government typically releases such statistics on Tuesdays and Fridays.

  3. Reporting needs to be consistent! says:

    This is only 2 days results? If it were the normal 3 or 4 days of reporting the numbers would be 300+ WHY is it only 2 days?

    • pink buoy says:

      Does it honestly matter? Isn’t the point to share information, and to have high numbers for only 2 days helps communicate the message of taking precaution. It’s a good thing. It tells us that things are worse.

  4. Cleaver says:

    As was stated yesterday if WE don’t take responsibility for what has been asked of US a to do then it’s really nobodies fault but our own. Went into a shop yesterday and on way out lady and her older children were entering, children (approx 10 yrs old) did not have masks on and when asked to do so, she complained saying that they’re just children. This is the stupidity that is happening on our island, as we know children are big spreaders as well. I don’t know what it’s going to take for people to sit up, Stop Complaining and pay attention.

  5. EZ says:

    Can someone please clarify, when Government reports that less than 10% of the active cases are Delta variant and 90% are unknown (but not “wild type” or “not able to be determined”), does that mean the most pervasive variant on the island is one that they do not have the capability to test for currently, like Lamda or Mu?

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      No, it means the type (variant) of COVID-19 has not yet been determined. Nothing more.

  6. Shirley says:

    Large group partygoers ignoring warnings – bring the organizer before the courts.

    Any manager deliberately mixing staff, ignoring warnings – bring them before the courts

    Any place with Covid reported – shut down for 14 days, cleaned them reopened

    Any person knowing to be positive and not give correct information to Covid testers personnel of colleagues who they may have put at risk- bring before the courts

    Limit the numbers going on any buildings

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      The problem is not with commercial premises. Commercial operations want to continue. The problem is with private premises. The Police cannot randomly enter private premises to see what is going on.

      • LOL (original) says:

        So can we the public go into your house to see whats going on?

        If you have nothing to hide should be ok right?

        Lol slippery slop indeed. Maybe we’ll ask the kids in the hood about you. Thus the death of freedom and the installation of communisum.

  7. Lady says:

    Government has clearly lost the way. They are now chasing the horse that bolted from the barn. They have not clearly thought out worse case scenarios of which we find ourselves in now, SafeKey, although a good means to control VAX from UNVAXED persons has been compromised by simple methods. So here we are again, another spike. I DONT UNDERSTAND PEOPLES MINDSET THAT CHOOSE NOT TO GET VACCINATED. IF IT WAS POLIO OR SMALLPOX, I WONDER IF THEY WOULD REACT THE SAME?
    Sorry to say, I dont feel sorry for those that become ill, are hospitalized or worse and are then begging for the Vax. To late Charlie Brown. We now know that 100% OF HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS ARE OF NON VACCINATED PERSONS. You choose to make your bed so now lie in your misery while the rest of us did the right thing to protect ourselves, family and friends and trying to get our lives back.
    The PLP Government have lame penalties for law breakers and clearly don’t have the much needed resources and funds to bring people before the courts for persons breaking COVID protocols.
    Tired and fed up of you all already.

    • Tyrone says:

      I agree with you. No patience for the sick, you had your choice, you chose stupid.

      We need to get back to normal, we need people to catch it.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Actually, the PLP Government is doing better than most on the issue of controlling COVID-19, certainly better than the British, Canadian, American, Spanish or Italian governments.

      The problem lies largely with those conspiracy theorists and others who simply refuse to obey the law. If everyone would simply follow the rules our transmission rate would be minimal.

      The fact of people being unvaccinated is not the problem. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can carry and transmit COVID-19. Vaccination affects a person’s reaction to the virus. The problem is people refusing to practice safe (and legally mandated) social interaction.

      Just as we have had deaths on the roads because some motorcycle riders will not obey the law, so we will have more COVID-19 related deaths because some people will not obey the law on safe social practices to control the transmission of COVID-19.

  8. RL says:

    Is anybody able to clarify what the quarantine process is for someone who tests positive? Are you supposed to get another test a full 14 days after your first one?

    Surely this has the potential to be more like a day 18 test if you were sick for a day or two already before initial testing, or had to wait to get tested due to the current demand.

    So much time out of work…

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