Since the last update, the Ministry of Health received 3548 test results, and 12 were positive for the coronavirus, giving a test positivity rate of 0.3%.
These results are from testing done on:
· Tuesday: 10 positive out of 1797 results (0.6% positivity)
· Wednesday: 2 positive out of 1751 results (0.1% positivity)
Three of the new cases are classified as imported with a history of travel in the previous 14 days.
The additional 9 new cases are classified as either local transmission (7) or under investigation (2).
Additionally, since the last update, there have been 10 recoveries and 0 deaths.
There are 59 active cases, of which:
· 53 are under public health monitoring and
· 6 are in hospital, with 1 in intensive care
Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 5677 confirmed coronavirus cases, of which 5512 have recovered, and sadly 106 COVID related deaths.
The source of all active cases is as follows:
· 22 are Imported
· 31 are classified as local transmission
· 6 are Under Investigation
Active cases by vaccination status and transmission:
· Imported cases: 91% are fully vaccinated, and 9% are not vaccinated
· Local/Under Investigation cases: 32% are fully vaccinated, and 66% are not vaccinated
· Of the active cases where typing is available, 100% are Delta
The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:
· 671 are Imported
· 4995 are classified as local transmission of which:
o 3054 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
o 1941 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
· 11 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 0.49. 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.
“Our booster programme is well on its way”, said Minister of Health Kim Wilson, JP, MP. “Currently, booster vaccines are available for healthcare workers, essential and critical service workers who have had a second dose at least six months prior. Employment proof of ID must be presented when you attend your appointment.”
Essential and critical workers include Hospital Staff, Healthcare workers, Police Officers, Fire Service, Bermuda Regiment, Prison Officers, Utility workers (Electricity, Communications, Water), Stevedores, and other essentials such as teachers.
Also eligible for a booster vaccine at this time are persons aged 50 and older, and all those with chronic conditions between the ages of 12 and 49, who had a second dose at least six months prior. These conditions include:
• Active treatment for cancer
• Chronic Kidney diseases
• Chronic lung disease
• Chronic neurological diseases including dementia
• Diabetes (types 1 and 2)
• Serious Congenital diseases including Down syndrome, sickle cell disease and thalessemia
• Chronic Cardiovascular diseases including heart failure, Coronary heart disease, cardiomyopathies and hypertension
• Other immunocompromising conditions
• Chronic Liver disease
• Overweight and Obesity
• Chronic Cerebrovascular disease including strokes
• Substance use disorders
• The homeless
Pregnant women who have had a second dose at least six months prior can also make an appointment for a booster.
Additionally, those aged 65 or older who have had the second dose over 6 months ago can walk into Pier Six on Front Street to get a booster vaccine.
The current schedule for boosters is as follows:
Location: Pier Six
· Monday, November 1st - Thursday 4th 10 am -6 pm
· Friday, November 5th 12 noon – 6 pm
· Saturday, November 6th 11 am – 5 pm
· November 8 & 9: 10 am – 6 pm
November 10/11/12th: NO CLINIC
· Saturday, November 13th: 10 am – 2 pm
· Monday, November 15th - Thursday 18th: 10 am – 6 pm
· Friday, November 19th: 12 noon - 6 pm.
· Saturday, November 20th: 10 am – 2 pm
· Monday, November 22nd - Thursday 25th: 10 am – 6 pm
· Friday, November 26th: 12 noon – 6 pm
· Saturday, November 27th: 10 am – 2 pm
· Monday and Tuesday, November 29th & 30th: 10 am – 6 pm
Location: Pier Six
· Wednesday and Thursday, December 1st & 2nd: 10 am – 6 pm
· Friday, December 3rd: 12 noon – 6 pm
· Saturday, December 4th: 10 am – 2 pm
· Monday - Thursday December 6th - 9th: 10 am – 6 pm
· Friday ,December 10th: 12 noon – 6 pm
· Saturday, December 11th: 10 am – 2 pm
· Monday, December 13th - Wednesday 15th: 10 am – 6 pm
· Monday, December 20th - Thursday 23rd: 10 am – 6 pm
NO CLINICS WEEK OF December 27th
National Sports Centre
· Thursday and Friday: December 16th & 17th: 12 noon – 6 pm
Also, throughout November and December, KEMH booster clinics will be held on Wednesday 8 am – 8 pm, and Sunday 8 am-8 pm. Last clinic 22nd December
COVID-19 vaccinations are also available at the Hamilton Health Centre, 67 Victoria Street, every Tuesday from 2 – 4 pm. These vaccinations are by appointment only, no walk-ins. You can get your 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Call 332-8906 for assistance in scheduling an appointment, or you can book online at www.gov.bm/vaccines.
To book an appointment for a booster vaccine, please visit the government website link gov.bm and select “Book a Booster Vaccine Appointment. Call the Vaccination Hotline at 444 2498 (option #2) or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns or are simply afraid to get the vaccine.
"The COVID-19 vaccine remains our best defence in preventing the spread of this virus. It will decrease symptoms and severe illness and, in most cases, prevent death,” added Minister Wilson. “Everyone must do their part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Avoid the three "Cs": closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact settings to decrease the odds of getting the coronavirus. Follow Public Health guidelines, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance and download the WeHealth Bermuda app.”