225 New, 472 Active, 10 In Hospital, 2 In ICU

September 7, 2021 | 35 Comments

The Ministry received 10,984 test results — spanning four days of testing — and 225 were positive and the island now has 472 active cases, with 10 people in hospital and two in ICU, and sadly, the Ministry has confirmed the island has recorded another death.

A Government spokesperson said, “Sadly, Bermuda has experienced another death of someone who was Covid positive,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, JP, MP. “I extend sincere condolences and prayers for support to the family and friends of the deceased during this difficult time.”

“The Ministry of Health received 10,984 test results since the last update, and 225 were positive for the coronavirus, giving Bermuda a test positivity rate of 2.0%.

“These results are from testing done on:

  • Thursday, September 2: 53 positive out of 3101 results [1.7% positivity]
  • Friday, September 3: 93 positive out of 3366 results [2.8% positivity]
  • Saturday, September 4: 56 positive out of 2373 results [2.4% positivity]
  • Sunday, September 5: 23 positive out of 2144 results [1.1% positivity]

“25 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 Delta Airline DL 617 from New York on 20 August  and tested positive on their day 14 test
  • 1 resident who arrived via Air Canada AC 942 from Toronto on 20 August  and tested positive on their day 14 test
  • 1 resident who arrived via British Airways BA 159 from London on 20 August  and tested positive on their day 14 test
  • 2 residents who arrived via American Airlines AA 1863 from Charlotte on 22 August  and tested positive on their day 14 test
  • 2 residents who arrived via American Airlines AA 1863 from Charlotte on 23 August  and tested positive on their day 10 test
  • 1 resident who arrived via Delta Airline DL 617 from New York on 23 August  and tested positive on their day 10 test
  • 1 resident who arrived via Jet Blue B61731 from New York on 24 August  and tested positive on their day 10 test
  • 1 resident who arrived via British Airways BA 159 from London on 24 August  and tested positive on their day 10 test
  • 1 resident who arrived via Delta Airline DL 584 from Atlanta on 26 August  and tested positive on their day 10 test
  • 1 resident who arrived via American Airlines AA 1863 from Charlotte on 30 August  and tested positive on their day 4 test
  • 1 resident and 1 non-resident who arrived via Jet Blue B6203 from Boston on 30 August and tested positive on their day 4 test
  • 1 resident who arrived via British Airways BA 159 from London on 31 August  and tested positive on their day 4 test
  • 1 resident and 2 non-residents who arrived via Jet Blue B6203 from Boston on 3 September and tested positive on their arrival test
  • 1 resident who arrived via British Airways BA 159 from London on 3 September  and tested positive on their arrival test
  • 1 resident who arrived via United Airlines UA 1985 from Newark on 3 September  and tested positive on their arrival test
  • 2 residents who arrived via Jet Blue B61731 from New York on 4 September and tested positive on their arrival test
  • 2 residents who arrived via British Airways BA 159 from London on 5 September  and tested positive on their arrival test
  • 1 resident who arrived via Delta Airline DL 584 from Atlanta on 5 September  and tested positive on their arrival test

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

“The additional 132 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.

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“Additionally, since the last update, there were 42 recoveries and 1 death.

“There are 472 active cases, of which:

  • 462 are under public health monitoring and
  • 10 are in hospital with 2 in intensive care

“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 3273 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 2766 have recovered, and sadly 35 Covid related deaths.

“The source of all active cases is as follows:

  • 62 are Imported
  • 173 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • 173 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • 0 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
    • 237 are Under Investigation

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

  • Imported cases: 47 [76%] are fully vaccinated and 15 [24%] are not vaccinated,
  • Local/Under Investigation cases: 103 [25%] are fully vaccinated and 307 [75%] are not vaccinated
  • Hospitalised cases: 0 [0%] are fully vaccinated and 10 [100%] are not vaccinated
  • 0 are Alpha, 0 are Beta, 88 [19%] are Delta, 0 are Gamma, 0 are wildtype, 16 [3%] are not able to be determined and 368 [78%] are not available

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“The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

  • 495 are Imported
  • 2513 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • 2005 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • 508 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
    • 265 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.

“We have completed week 34 of vaccinations. Since January 11th, Bermuda has administered a total of 85,914 vaccinations.

“Of the 85,914 vaccinations given as of September 4:

  • 52% are women and,
  • 48% are men

“83.5% of all residents over the age of 65 years have had at least one vaccination and 82.3% are fully immunised.

“To date, 67.1% of the population has been vaccinated [1 dose], and 65.8% of the population has been immunised [2 doses].

“As I have said on many occasions, the vaccine against Covid-19 is one of the single most important measures to keep our community safe,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, JP, MP.

“There is a pop-up vaccine clinic at Lindo’s in Devonshire on Thursday, September 16, 3 – 7 pm. 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.”

“We are in the midst of a growing outbreak, and the number of positive cases is alarming. It is essential that residents remember the basics,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson.

Around 1/2 the active cases are classified as ‘under investigation’

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“Many cases have come from persons who were not feeling well and went to work or a social function; if you feel unwell, please stay at home. Residents are attending gatherings where simple things like sanitising hands before touching common serving utensils are not being done, which can lead to entire families being infected.

“In Bermuda, complacency is our enemy when it comes to the Delta variant, so I must urge all residents to remember the basics that we have been doing for the last 18 months and do what is necessary to keep them and their family safe.”

“I will also remind businesses and their patrons that while a Safekey is not required to be in outdoor settings, unless under a large group exception, masks should be worn outdoors if physical distancing is not possible. We have had outbreaks that occurred in crowded outdoor settings where people were not wearing masks. This variant is extremely contagious, and residents should adjust their behaviour to minimise the risk of contracting the coronavirus.”

“A large volume of Covid-19 testing for Safekeys has led to the identification of numerous positive cases. I encourage residents to take advantage of the free testing available at Penno’s Wharf, Bulls Head parking lot, and the old AS Cooper shop in the Clocktower Mall in Dockyard to know their coronavirus status.

Active cases are the highest since April, which was the worst month on record:

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“Due to the large volume of testing of close contacts, the Bull’s Head testing site is not currently accepting walk-ins; however, there are appointments available for testing every day this week at the other testing locations, and residents should book appointments. If you cannot get an appointment on the day you wish, there are private testing options that are available locally.”

“Because of the current volume of coronavirus testing on the island, the public is advised to please be patient while waiting to receive your test result,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, JP, MP.  “The PCR Covid-19 test result turnaround time is expected to be a minimum of 24 hours, though results may take longer. If you have not received a negative test result by email in 36 hours, please contact your doctor as they may have been sent your positive test result. As a reminder, if you are feeling unwell, please do not leave home until you receive a negative test result.”

“Over the next few days, the Ministry of Health will be prioritising our testing resources to support the Ministry of Education’s desire to resume in-person learning where possible. Testing is essential to support the safe return to school, and I join the Minister of Education in urging all parents to ensure their students are tested.”

“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. Patricia says:

    When are we moving to restrictions.

    • pink buoy says:

      The Premier said the other day that it would be hospital capacity and not case numbers that would determine further restrictions, eg lockdown, curfew etc.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      We are not moving to restrictions. Our Premier has learned from Trump and Johnson. This is about money, not people.

    • Yup yup says:

      Absolutely no need for further restrictions. We have moved past that stage. Everyone has made their choices now.

      Anyone who is concerned can go and get vaccinated anytime they want. Everyone else has little to be concerned about and certainly don’t require major public health interventions.

      Other than, of course, the rare individual who needs to take additional personal protections as with every other disease/virus out there.

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        “Absolutely no need for further restrictions”

        476 active cases, the majority of which are of unknown transmission and you just want to carry on as if nothing is wring?

      • Sam says:

        You obviously do not have children, whom can not get vaccinated if under 12!!! It is spreading among them! If you do have children of a young age then shame on you for not caring about them!

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          Actually, Sam, the group that spreads COVID more than any other is the 30 to 39 age group. School age children, like my granddaughter, are not the problem.

  2. Rig says:

    Really simple stats. All 12 in hospital unvaccinated, 75% of cases unvaccinated – coming from 33% of the population.

    Still think vaccinations are a waste of time?

    Burt, time to come down harder on the 33%.

    • wipes says:

      I was a supporter of the way the government was handling Covid. But eventually it became apparent that they were picking and choosing when and who the rules were for. They talked tough, and often said we “may” prosecute, or fine, or jail if you ignore the rules and put the lives of others at risk. There were several documented cases of individuals that were supposed to be in quarantine that attended private parties even before they had their arrival test results. One of those individuals tested positive for the UK variant that spread to many others at that party. Another rented a hall at the Botanical Gardens and ignored the guidelines and police attended. What happened to these individuals – NOTHING. So why would anyone fear the government threats? You can not prosecute me for breaking the rules, when there are dozens of documented cases that you have chosen to ignore?

    • Answer says:

      They might need to see people sucking on air pipes in the hospital to take it serious!

    • Yup yup says:

      To clarify, it is not the full 33%.

      Under 12′s can’t get vaccinated and based on the last census 17% of the population are under 14 so you can roughly discount approx. 14.5%

      So the number of people accepting their personal risk of catching covid is around 18.5%.

      Under 12′s and vaccinated over 12′s are not a population at risk in general or a threat to the hospital system so any restrictions should only apply to the vulnerable 18.5%. That’s their choice to live with.

  3. remoteworker6 says:

    Can we return to the daily case count updates now?

  4. Marta says:

    Just move on. Stop doing so many testing. USA ,
    Europe don’t give as s^%$ about testing. Live is normal there. Stop testing people

  5. Lamb says:

    1. Safekeys for churches
    2. Safekeys for 16+ at school
    3. Unvaccinated office/indoor workers must wear a mask by law all times
    4. Safekeys for Sports clubs ENFORCED
    5. No unvaccinated in restaurants, bars including outdoors
    6. Close contact adult sports must be vaccinated including soccer

    Harsh decisions needed, but focus on those who are the problem.

    • IMUSTBESTUPID says:

      I must really be missing something. You want harsher restrictions on unvaccinated people but please answer me these questions:

      Can’t vaccinated people catch the virus?
      Can’t vaccinated people transmit the virus?
      Do vaccinated people have to be tested when they renew their safekey?
      Don’t unvaccinated people have to test negative before they can get a safekey?

      So how are unvaccinated people the problem? Make it make sense please!

      And by the way I am vaccinated….inquiring minds just want to know….hmmmmmmmmm

      • SimpleMath says:

        Vaccinated can contract COVID (breakthrough cases) but the risk of getting COVID once vaccinated reduces significantly and therefore vaccinated folks do not have the same risk profile as unvaccinated. Vaccinated folks also tend to develop mild symptoms (97 percent of hospitalizations in US is unvaccinated folks) and therefore do not clog up the healthcare systems.
        Government measures such as safe key etc are just a risk profile statistically guided policies to balance having a normal life/ economic activity with clogging healthcare systems
        It’s as simple as that

      • Well says:

        Unvaccinated people end up in the hospital. Once the numbers in the hospital rise, we go into lockdown again. This affects the economy, people’s jobs and cost lives.

        So unvaccinated people are the problem.

        Over 9 billion vaccinations worldwide, yet ignorance, selfishness and fear by the unvaccinated look set to cost a country dearly again.

      • rendezvous says:

        The vaccinated aren’t filling the hospitals, that’s how.

        • IMUSTBESTUPID says:

          Notice how you are ignoring the fact that although we can catch and spread the virus, no matter how small that chance may be it’s still possible, yet once we have the vaccination we no longer need to be tested? There is zero logic to that. Instead of placing blame on each other I think we all need to focus on doing whatever we can to remain safe and keep our families safe. Social distance, wear your mask in close proximity to others and continue to be vigilant with your own personal hygiene as far as washing hands, sanitizing and staying as clean as possible. Drop this vax vs unvax nonsense because all it is doing is dividing our little island even more than it already is. Be safe you all

      • sandgrownan says:

        Username checks out

  6. Sandgrownan says:

    Restrict the unvaccinated. Why should the rest of us suffer?

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “Restrict the unvaccinated. Why should the rest of us suffer?”

      Because not all of the unvaccinated are conspiracy theorists and they are still human. Would you restrict people because of the colour of their skin?

      • sandgrownan says:

        THat’s false equivalence, and you know it. It’s akin to saying mask mandates are like the holocaust.

        Stop being disingenuous.

        • LOL (original) says:

          Of course any argument you don’t approve of seem to get the same response from you. If you don’t have any answer then why are you commenting?

          LOL Besides your vax only lasts 4 to 6 months after the last shot. Or did you not read that.

  7. becareful of the truth says:

    When is Sports Minister going to stop all these excemptions.
    When are the Marine Police and Regiment going to patrol the waters at night especially the partying at the Lakes.
    It seems something is going wrong and the Government is lacking in control.
    Truthfully does anyone from Health and Police really check these excemption parties, bars and how is it that the new area on Front Street is full with people standing and not wearing masks?
    Time for changes as we need these numbers to drop big time its getting way outa hand.
    I feel for our School teachers and students in every Public and Private School.
    Ministers Peets and Wilson please get a hold of this soon or we be back like last year in serious trouble

  8. Joe Bloggs says:

    A 61.4% increase over the weekend and we have not yet begun to see the results of the super-spreader events over the Labour Day weekend.

    I predict 1,000 active cases by next weekend.

  9. paulP says:

    “Hospitalised cases: 0 [0%] are fully vaccinated and 10 [100%] are not vaccinated”
    This is the important part of the story….. Whos sick?

    • Sandgrownan says:

      Follow up question – how many of the unvaccinated chose to be unvaccinated? Because of some social media induced my body my choice bull^%$?

  10. Unbelievable says:

    I just don’t know what it’s going to take for the unvaxxed to get vaxxed. What mindset is there that needs to happen??

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Well, for some, the vaccine is not medically appropriate.

      The choice for some is take the vaccine and risk a bad reaction or do not take the vaccine and take extra care around others.

      Not all of the unvaccinated are conspiracy theorists

      • Unbelievable says:

        I didn’t say they were but I’m pretty sure that there are more people who should and could take the vaccine than there those that medically might be at risk if they took it.

        People just being contrarian for the sake of it.

    • Sam says:

      Children can not get vaccinated! You are saying you don’t care about kids!

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        Sam, Unbelievable had already posted that ‘I’m pretty sure that there are more people who should and could take the vaccine’ before your caustic post about children.

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