COVID-19 Update 22 November 2021

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Since the last update, the Ministry of Health received 5,606 test results and 9 were positive for the coronavirus, giving a test positivity rate of 0.2%. 

These results are from testing done on:

  • Thursday: 8 positive out of 2,192 results (0.4% positivity)
  • Friday: 0 positive out of 1,985 results (0.0% positivity)
  • Saturday: 1 positive out of 1,429 results (0.1% positivity)

Six (6) of the new cases are classified as imported with history of travel in the previous 14 days.

The additional 3 new cases are classified as either local transmission (1) or under investigation (2). 

Additionally since the last update there were 14 recoveries and 0 deaths.

There are 25 active cases, of which:

  •  23 are under public health monitoring and
  •   2 are in hospital with 1 in intensive care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 5,724 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 5,593 have recovered, and sadly 106 COVID related deaths.

The source of all active cases is as follows:

  •   10 are Imported
  •   11 are classified as local transmission
  •  4 are Under Investigation

Active cases by vaccination status, transmission, and type:

o   Imported cases: 80% are fully vaccinated and 20% are not fully vaccinated

o   Local/Under Investigation cases: 27% are fully vaccinated and 73% are not fully vaccinated

o   Of the active cases where typing is available, 100% are Delta

The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

  •   689 are Imported
  •   5,023 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   3,076 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

o   1,947 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

  •   12 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.

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change. The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is below 1 (0.31). Bermuda’s current country status is Community Transmission. Community transmission is characterised by an increased incidence of locally acquired, widely dispersed cases, with many cases not linked to specific clusters.

Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, JP, MP, said, “Our latest results, show that we continue to have some new positive cases, and that’s why it’s still critical for the public to remain vigilant, particularly as we begin to enter the cooler months. Please continue to adhere to all the public health guidelines, which are in place to help keep residents safe.”

The Minister continued, “On another note, the Ministry has been receiving a number of inquiries about the seasonal flu shot. We can advise that we are planning to once again do our Flu Express which we are expecting to take place around the first week in December. The seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine will be available for priority groups through their doctor or the Flu Express. We will be sharing more details in the coming days regarding the full Express schedule.”

And as a reminder about the booster shot, the Minister added, “Boosters are still readily available for our eligible groups. Those residents can book an appointment on gov.bm by selecting ‘Book a Booster Vaccine Appointment’. Alternatively, individuals can call the Vaccination Hotline at 444-2498 (option #2) or email vaccine@gov.bm. For those who are 65 and older, they can simply walk into Pier 6 for a booster.”

The Minister concluded by reminding, that each of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Follow Public Health guidelines, wear a mask indoors, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance and download the WeHealth Bermuda app. 

 

 

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