412 New, 948 Active, 43 In Hospital, 10 In ICU

September 14, 2021 | 74 Comments

The Ministry received 13,125 test results — spanning 5 days of testing — and 412 were positive, so there are now 948 active cases, of which 43 people are in hospital with 10 in ICU, and sadly, the Ministry confirmed another death, marking the 36th since the pandemic began.

Tonight’s test results mark both a record high amount of active cases and a record high amount of people in hospital, surpassing the old highs of 904 and 42 from April 2021.

“It is with a heavy heart that tonight I am reporting another Covid related death,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, JP, MP. “I extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.”

“The Ministry of Health received 13,125 test results since the last update, and 412 were positive for the coronavirus, giving a test positivity rate of 3.1%.

“These results are from testing done on:

  • Wednesday, September 8: 130 positive out of 2977 results [4.4% positivity]
  • Thursday, September 9: 77 positive out of 2620 results [2.9% positivity]
  • Friday, September 10: 98 positive out of 3470 results [2.8% positivity]
  • Saturday, September 11: 64 positive out of 2412 results [2.7% positivity]
  • Sunday, September 12: 43 positive out of 1646 results [2.6% positivity]

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

“The additional 384 new cases are classified as either local transmission or remain under investigation.

“Additionally, since the last update, there have been 76 recoveries and one death.

“There are 948 active cases, of which:

  • 905 are under public health monitoring and
  • 43 are in hospital, with 10 in intensive care

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“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 3877 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 2893 have recovered, and sadly 36 Covid related deaths.

“The source of all active cases is as follows:

  • 83 are Imported
  • 202 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • 202 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • 0 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 663 are Under Investigation

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

  • Imported cases: 85% are fully vaccinated and 15% are not vaccinated
  • Local/Under Investigation cases: 28% are fully vaccinated, and 72% are not vaccinated
  • Variant typing is not available at this time due to the prioritisation of test results.

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“The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

  • 539 are Imported
  • 2608 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • 2087 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • 521 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 730 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 1.46. Bermuda’s current country status has been changed to 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.

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“948 active cases is far too many for an island our size,” said the Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, JP, MP. “The Delta variant is spreading quickly throughout our community, and this surge is overwhelming every segment of our healthcare system.”

“Consequently, we must double our efforts in preventive measures like masking, physical distancing and hand-washing, and we must minimise our movements and keep in our family bubbles. We must work together to keep people who’ve been exposed to the virus away from people who haven’t so that fewer people become infected.”

“I am especially concerned about our hospital as the number of Covid-19 inpatients and ICU patients continues to rise. I want to encourage persons to take their medically fit for discharge family members home.

“The hospital is under tremendous pressure, and they need the space for additional admissions, not all of which are Covid related. An overwhelmed hospital with no available beds puts critically ill patients at risk. Anyone who can be discharged must leave the hospital to free up much-needed bed space.”

“Additionally, our Covid testing volume remains extremely high, and we are not accepting walk-ins at any of our testing locations. As a reminder, 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.”

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“We have completed week 35 of vaccinations. Since January 11th, Bermuda has administered a total of 86,194 vaccinations.

“Of the 86,194 vaccinations given as of September 11:

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

“83.6% of all residents over the age of 65 years have had at least one vaccination and 82.5% are fully immunised. To date, 67.4% of the population has been vaccinated [1 dose], and  66.0% of the population has been immunised [2 doses].

Minister Wilson added, “Undoubtedly, the Covid-19 vaccine remains the best protection against the coronavirus as they protect against severe disease and death. Despite this surge, the number of coronavirus infections among vaccinated residents remains relatively low.”

“I encourage anyone who wants to get vaccinated to do so quickly. There are 264 first doses left on the island until our next shipment. We will be extending the gap between 1st and 2nd doses of Pfizer Covid vaccine from 3 weeks to 6 weeks. This will help us deliver more first vaccine doses to Bermudians whilst we await our next batch of vaccines. There is no reduction in immunity to Covid-19 as a result of this longer gap.”

“Anyone getting their first dose next week will have their second dose scheduled for when the next batch of vaccines arrives. Anyone who has already had their first dose must keep your appointment for your second dose.”

“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.

“As always, to decrease the odds of getting the coronavirus, avoid the three “Cs”: closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings.

“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.”

The Minister of Health will host a Coronavirus technical briefing with Ministry of Health and hospital officials tomorrow afternoon at 4pm to provide further information on the current outbreak. Starting tomorrow, the Ministry of Health will increase the frequency of coronavirus statistical updates to Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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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. Sandgrownan says:

    I’m tired of being held to ransom by the unvaccinated. It needs to be. Legal requirement at this point.

    • Simon says:

      Completely agree – this is selfish beyond belief. Sadly maybe it will take a few more deaths and broken families to convince them.

      • notvaxxed says:

        you vaccinated people are such losers. you can still get covid with the shot why would me getting it protect you in anyway? please answer that.

    • Bill says:

      Sandgrownan. The vaccinated don’t catch or spread covid?

      • KEMHMD says:

        Of course there’s lesser chance for the vaccinated to contract and spread the disease. But then statistically significant decrease in hospitalization and deaths. This will help lessen the load of our one and only hospital. We are at risk of breaking point now.

        • Portia says:

          That is incorrect. The CDC has already confirmed that both vaccinated and unvaccinated carry the same viral load.

        • LOL (original) says:

          Like how everyone ignores this.

          “Of course there’s lesser chance for the vaccinated to contract and spread the disease.”

          Doctors in India and Israel don’t agree with you KEMHMD and they are more in the thick of it than you are.

          • Data Driven says:

            LOL, I took your suggestion and read up on the Israeli situation across a variety of sources. I think the best and most approachable summary is this one:

            https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/08/20/1029628471/highly-vaccinated-israel-is-seeing-a-dramatic-surge-in-new-covid-cases-heres-why

            I would encourage people to read this, it is not too long, but will pull out a couple key statements:

            1 – ” the rate of serious cases among unvaccinated people over age 60 (178.7 per 100,000) was nine times more than the rate among fully vaccinated people of the same age category”

            2 – “only 58% of Israel’s total citizenry is fully vaccinated. Experts say that’s not nearly high enough.”

            3 – “Israeli national HMO Maccabi Healthcare Services, which conducted the preliminary study of 149,144 Israelis who received three Pfizer shots, said for Israelis above age 60, a Pfizer booster shot reduced the chances of infection by 86% and reduced the chances of severe infection by 92%.”

            I do not see how any of this suggests that vaccinated people spread the disease as much as unvaccinated.

            I absolutely agree that vaccination does not stop transmission but there is a really good UK study demonstrating that even one dose reduces it by 50% with an indication that the second dose improves that.

            I will also second the comment about being held to ransom by the unvaccinated but clarify that this is not through quarantine. It is caused by the overloading of scarce hospital space causing a wider shutdown. You can look at any country in the world and it is crystal clear that vaccines prevent serious illness and therefore prevent hospital overload.

            LOL, I support your view that people should review data from other countries. I just think you need to read all of it.

      • Graham says:

        Of course they could – but this is where basic maths comes in – they don’t spread it any where close to as much as the unvaccinated do and if we all were vaccinated we wouldn’t have this problem.

        • LOL (original) says:

          See above go look up the Israel report and see what it says. Go look it up yourself.

      • Mango Chops says:

        That’s kind of like saying you shouldn’t wear a seatbelt because people that use seatbelts sometimes still get hurt and even die in accidents. It But Bill, if you don’t understand the benefits by now you likely never will. Keep fighting your fight. Maybe you will win, maybe Darwin will win. We will see. Our hospital is full of people that are antivaxxers – people that didn’t trust the doctors, didn’t trust medicine, didn’t trust science, and didn’t listen to the statistics. Now they are begging for doctors, nurses, medicine and science to help them.

      • anon says:

        The unvaccinated get sicker and spend more time in hospital. If the hospital has capacity issues, which is not hard to do, others requiring urgent care will suffer. If the hospital is overwhelmed, it will and must trigger a lockdown which will impact everyone and really sucks. It also takes a heavy toll on the much-needed nurses and doctors. It also takes its toll on the loved ones of those that end up in ICU or don’t make it.

      • Sandgrownan says:

        At much much lower rates. And if you are unfortunate, you don’t get to drown in your own lung juices in ICU.

        • LOL (original) says:

          This is false look up the report your self.

          • Sandgrownan says:

            Liar, troll or just plain stupid. Pick the best one that describes you.

          • sandgrownan says:

            I did. You are being disingenuous again.

            • LOL (original) says:

              No you haven’t prove it show your work. I would love for you to prove me wrong.

              • sandgrownan says:

                *sigh*

                From above…

                “only 58% of Israel’s total citizenry is fully vaccinated. Experts say that’s not nearly high enough.”

              • Data Driven says:

                Again:

                It is easy to prove you wrong.

                I think the best and most approachable summary of the Israeli data is this one:

                https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/08/20/1029628471/highly-vaccinated-israel-is-seeing-a-dramatic-surge-in-new-covid-cases-heres-why

                I would encourage people to read this, it is not too long, but will pull out a couple key statements:

                1 – ” the rate of serious cases among unvaccinated people over age 60 (178.7 per 100,000) was nine times more than the rate among fully vaccinated people of the same age category”

                2 – “only 58% of Israel’s total citizenry is fully vaccinated. Experts say that’s not nearly high enough.”

                3 – “Israeli national HMO Maccabi Healthcare Services, which conducted the preliminary study of 149,144 Israelis who received three Pfizer shots, said for Israelis above age 60, a Pfizer booster shot reduced the chances of infection by 86% and reduced the chances of severe infection by 92%.”

                I do not see how any of this suggests that vaccinated people spread the disease as much as unvaccinated.

                I absolutely agree that vaccination does not stop transmission but there is a really good UK study demonstrating that even one dose reduces it by 50% with an indication that the second dose improves that.

                LOL, I support your view that people should review data from other countries. I just think you need to read all of it.

    • Pinky says:

      The vaccinated started this latest spread and you can’t mandate people getting the vaccine. It is a choice and to mandate is against human rights. It is not a matter of being selfish. Are you calling all these children selfish, who are testing positive? Who do you think they are catching it from? Adults not doing what they are supposed to do.

    • Unbelievable says:

      Jesus, there would be a coup led by Eugene Dean and Zara DeSilva.

    • Portia says:

      Exactly how are YOU being held to ransom by anyone who is unvaccinated??

      • Question says:

        The rest of us have abnormally restricted access to healthcare because unvaccinated people take up a disproportionate amount of healthcare resources when they get sick. That leads not just to restricted healthcare for the rest of us, but also to the island having to close down so that the unvaccinated don’t overwhelm the hospital.
        The other problem for the rest of us is that despite being told this repeatedly, you are still so thick that you have to ask it every couple of days.

      • sandgrownan says:

        If you can’t figure that out, you are truly stupid.

    • LOL (original) says:

      You are not held at all you can leave. You have already proven you are not the type I want around my country of origin. You can go back to you own country. You act like someone holding a gun to your head. Go ahead and dip.

      LOL The selfishness of you knows no bounds you think cause you have been here for a decade or 2 you can dictate what Bermuda does? Please dip we will not miss a racist, supremist, authoritarian and that goes for anyone else as well.

      The studies do not show what you say they do read them and look at it critically. ‘
      Look up “covid cases vs fully vaccination rate comparison – India, the US, Israel. Go to “ourworldindata” as well to cross reference. Sound to me like you all listening to one source.

    • LOL - the real one says:

      Your illogic is noted. You do recall that King Burt, who lead by example by being the first person vaccinated, caught the virus and had to be quarantined, right? What is your ransom value?

    • LOL (original) says:

      Come off CNN you have been listening to to much Leana Wen.

    • saiki says:

      your holding your damn self ransom

    • Star says:

      No it does not, vaccination is a choice, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. You can’t decifer that the unvaccinated is spreading it, because the vaccinated can still attract the virus even still. The vaccine does not fully protect you from the virus, this is what I feel people fail to realize. If we as the people all play our part, I’m more more sure the cases will decrease.

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        “If we as the people all play our part, I’m more more sure the cases will decrease.”

        Agreed

  2. Otrwele says:

    With strong protection at the borders I wonder how the virus is spreading???
    Hmmm…… Oh I know…The vaccinated!!! 1+1=2 it’s not rocket science. Blame no one but yourself!

  3. James says:

    Yes it was done smallpox. Precedent has already been set. Just make it so. It’s already in law.

    • Mango Chops says:

      I say Government should just inform the public that if you wont trust the doctors, the medicine, the scientists, the statistics – okay fine. However, if you continue to roll the dice, don’t rush to the hospitals or clinics for help as they are filled with the same doctors, and scientists that have been urging you to get vaccinated. Should you surrender as so many have, and end up in the hospital – well you pay your own way! Insurance premiums going up again because of the selfish. If you antivaxxers know it all, then fix yourself with your ginseng and marijuana tea, vitamin boosts, chlorine baths or magic healing crystals. Your selfish behavior has cost businesses to close, staff to lose money, and caused health premiums to increase. So for those that have all the answers, and think they know better than the health professionals, protest and have motorcades, will you agree that if its all a hoax and you can heal yourself by using natural remedies – more power to you. Please visit the hospital, you know the other one, not KEMH. Deal?

  4. Wow says:

    Ok, so what’s the plan?
    Shall we just continue to wash our hands and have a SafeKey? Cuz that seems to be working so well?

    • Squid says:

      L O L

    • MARK says:

      I am so glad to be off that island. No wonder the population will continue to go down every year!

    • sandgrownan says:

      Mandatory vaccinations, and change legislation so that the unvaccinated can be fired. Simple.

      • LOL (original) says:

        Then we’ll be at you door feeding our selves and I’m betting you aren’t the gym type….

        LOL

      • trufth says:

        Simple you say? It takes this govt over 17 years to try to get a bus schedule – do you honestly think any legislation will be changed soon enough to make a difference?

        Yea, good luck with that plan.
        Next.

      • notvaxxed says:

        i cant believe you would even wish that on someone, you adults are disgusting. How would me being vaxxed help any of you people stay protected if you can still get covid even after having the shot.

        • sandgrownan says:

          This is why the *right* to vote should be restricted.

          Where have you been for the last 18 months – have you read or learned anything?

        • Carlos says:

          If you get vaxxed, you have a smaller chance of getting the disease.

          If you get the disease, on average, you’ll spend less time shedding virus.

          When you sum the two points above, you become way less infectious.

          For society, it may be more protective than driving sober (compared to driving drunk). I say “may be” because the math changes depending on the exact definition of drunk and sober.

          Some people believe it’s reasonable to fire drunk professional drivers. This is because they pose a greater risk to other people (even though sober drivers also pose some risk).

          By the same logic, some people believe it’s reasonable to fire the unvaccinated. They pose a greater risk to other people (even though the vaccinated also pose some risk).

          Getting the vaccine is a good idea for protecting society at large. You’ll be way less likely to contribute to a death, or to get Long Covid (which seems to affect about 10% of infected people at most age-ranges). One may think of it as a kind gesture that may help everybody around you, even though it’s not fail-proof.

          I’m not saying you should be fired. And I understand you may feel attacked by people being aggressive on the issue.

          If I may, I’d suggest to just try to focus on the data. It helps, you and everybody else. Please just think about it.

  5. Mark says:

    Are we honestly still asking this question? If youre being sincere, please read any scientific article or anything…its far less likely. End of.

  6. Mark says:

    1 million per cent. You want to be part of this society and take advantage of its perks then get vaccinated or go live on numpty island. All covid related deaths are now on the heads of the unvaccinated.

  7. Question says:

    Well Burt, you really have this under control, don’t you.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      This fiasco is not our Premier’s fault, it is the fault of those who refuse to follow the rules and take precautions against contracting and spreading COVID-19.

      The PLP Government can put up all the stop signs it wants, it cannot make people obey those stop signs.

      • Question says:

        Poor, ineffective leadership, poor decision making, and now he has disappeared right at the point that things are at their worst.

    • enough says:

      You know he didn’t start this outbreak, it started from people not abiding by the rules. Premier Burt and his team has tried to do everything to contain this virus but they get slammed for any and everything they do. A lot of finger pointing but yet to see anyone come up with other solutions.

      • Question says:

        Burt himself was one of the people ‘not abiding by the rules’. What happened about that? Nothing. He demonstrated very clearly to us that he did not think the rules were worth following. He is a poor leader. He, and PLP, allowed this to get out of control.

  8. Rig says:

    Dear unvaccinated

    75% of cases from 18% of adult population.

    Let’s not mess around – YOU ARE THE ISSUE

    You are ruining my life, why should I be anything other than selfish back. Safekeys to hold any job please – barstaff, bus drivers, govt workers, police, offices.

    We have had enough!!

  9. Gerd says:

    Word is at KEMH, nurses tired of selfish unvaxxed. Good.

  10. shelley r leverock says:

    how is it that we have 86,000 people vaccinated ?

    we do not have that many people that live here.

  11. Quick question says:

    It’s reported by the world health organization that 95% of the people who are sick or have died from covid have at least 3-4 other comorbidities. Without the vaccine you will still have high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious and dementia.

    That would mean 5% actually died from covid.

    QUESTION PUBLIC: Ask how many of these people who died had other diseases besides covid. I am certain the number will be higher then you can imagine. Please share Bermuda

  12. Truthful says:

    If the unvaccinated had to quarantine for 14day in a hotel and the vaccinated got to leave but the covid cases continued to rise, wouldn’t that mean it was the vaccinated that caused the rise?

    If you are 15 times less likely to catch covid through natural immunity, and there is a 1% chance of dying from Covid, wouldn’t it make more sense to support natural immunity over vaccines?

    If you have to take two vaccine shots in 2 weeks and now being encouraged to take a booster after 8 months, wouldn’t you want to ask some real questions? Or are you still going to follow blindly? At this rate you might need 5 shots in a year. Good luck.

  13. Dunn juice says:

    Sounds like people who run down or don’t like the police, but whosnthe first people they call when in trouble.
    The unvaccinated oh we don’t need vaccine, where’s the first place they go when in trouble, to overwhelm are hospital and stop the non elected surgery or people that have other issues from being treated.

  14. Cleaver says:

    First of all my heart goes out to all doctors, nurses at the hospital I can only imagine what they are dealing with and going through. My question is this should it not be mandatory that every staff member at the hospital be vaccinated!! There are individuals working there that still refuse to be.

    • sandgrownan says:

      Mandatory vaccinations, and change legislation so that the unvaccinated can be fired. Simple.

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        “and change legislation so that the unvaccinated can be fired”

        While we are it it, let’s discriminate against gays, Filipinos and people with tattoos

    • LOL (original) says:

      Many PHd’s and elites Politicians aren’t either so what.

  15. Joe Bloggs says:

    “948 active cases is far too many for an island our size,” said the Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, JP, MP. “The Delta variant is spreading quickly throughout our community, and this surge is overwhelming every segment of our healthcare system.”

    I agree Minister. But more needs to be done to convince the nay sayers that vaccines are good, COVID-19 is not a hoax and the vaccine does not contain any nanobots or tracking or mind-control devices.

    • sandgrownan says:

      Legislate the vaccine. Simple. Allow businesses to fire the unvaccinated.

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        That sort of legislation would require the repeal of the Human Rights Act and modification of our Constitution in order to allow such discrimination based on medical grounds.

        I assume you do know that there are some for whom the COVID-19 vaccination is not medically appropriate?

        • sandgrownan says:

          Legal precedent in the UK and US for mandatory vaccination programs has allowed for medical exemptions.

          THere’s no exemption for being stupid though.

          • Joe Bloggs says:

            Right, let’s force vaccinate everyone then. And if babies are born with defects or people die we will just tell everyone that sandgrownan says that there is legal precedent in other countries so too bad

            • sandgrownan says:

              Oh FFS…are you really that stupid?

            • My Variant says:

              People are actually dying right now as a result of being unvaccinated. Surely this outweighs the remote hypothetical possibility on any future vaccine linked deaths?
              5.9bn covid vaccinations give globally with any correlation of any significant health impact. What makes you think that you are so special to defy all odds that you would experience a vaccine related health impact rather than avoiding a covid one?

            • LOL (original) says:

              He should be sued every time someone vaxxed gets covid.

  16. Common Sense says:

    All medical decisions should be made after balancing the pros and the cons. For “vulnerable” people the benefits of being vaccinated are massively greater than not being vaccinated. I find it truly amazing that all “vulnerable” people in Bermuda have not taken advantage of the shot. It would have prevented the vast majority of Covid deaths, and more to come; and also allowed the hospital to continue it’s normal activities instead of being overloaded with ill Covid cases.

    The case for vaccinated younger non “vulnerable adults is not so cut and dried. They are much less likely to die; but the risk of life changing Long Covid is a factor not to be discounted. This against the proved safety of the vaccine which has been given to billions of people.
    Covid (the disease) is much more likely to have some nasty surprises in the future than the Vaccine.

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