Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The current World Health Organization risk assessment for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is very high risk globally. It is advised that all countries prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 in their communities. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy by practicing everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes. The World Health Organization has declared the current coronavirus situation as a pandemic. A pandemic is the increased and sustained transmission of a disease across many countries.

Surveillance for respiratory illness has been enhanced in collaboration with local public health partners. Persons with respiratory illness including fever and cough should call ahead and inform their health care provider of their travel history prior to attending for medical care.

COVID-19 Hospitalisations & Deaths January - September 2021

Data as of 19th October 2021

COVID-19 Testing


Total 576157
Results negative 570564
Results positive 5593

Transmission Status of Confirmed Cases

Imported 634
Local Transmission [Known contact/source] 2725
Local Transmission [Unknown contact/source] 1503
Under Investigation 731

Status of Confirmed Cases

Recovered 5240
Active (non-hospitalized) 229
Active (hospitalized) 29
Deceased 95

Imported: Cases acquired outside of Bermuda.

Local transmission: Cases acquired within Bermuda

Under investigation: Type of transmission has not yet been determined. These cases are not imported and are likely the result of local transmission.

Recovered: Case has had no fever for at least 72 hours (3 days) without the use of fever-reducing medication, other symptoms have improved, at least 14 days have passed since onset of symptoms or testing date and there is laboratory confirmation of at least one negative result.

Deceased: Case has died without a clear alternative cause of death that cannot be related to COVID disease (e.g. trauma) with no period of complete recovery from COVID-19 between illness and death.

Country status: Sporadic Cases

COVID-19 Reopening Indicators

Bermuda is monitoring critical indicators to see how we are doing in managing COVID-19. However, this process is currently under review.




             Lead measures:

1. Face mask wearing: HealthIQ Reports on observation of mask wearing –

  • >95% report public wearing masks
  • <80% report public wearing masks

2. Physical distancing: HealthIQ Reports on observation of 3 – 6ft physical distancing -

  • >95% report public maintaining distance
  • <80% report public maintaining distance

3. Adoption of Technology: Number of people participating in HealthIQ or Apps (public) -

  • >10,000 unique respondents (All time)
  • <5,000 unique respondents

4. Testing capacity: In stock of all lab consumables, reagents and kits plus enabling resources: staff & PPE

  • >3 months’ supply
  • <1 months’ supply

5. PPE supplies (critical): In stock of: surgical mask, N95 mask, gloves, gowns and face shields

  • >5 months’ supply
  • >3 months’ supply

             Lag measures:

6. Classification: WHO Country classification

  • Green: Sporadic cases
  • Amber: Local transmission
  • Red:Community transmission

7. Transmission: Proportion of cases able to be linked to known cases or clusters

  • <10% unknown transmission
  • >20% unknown transmission

8. Reproduction rate: Real time reproduction number average over last 7 days

  • Rt <1.0
  • Rt >1.4

9. Hospitalizations: New COVID-related hospitalizations

  • <7 over last 7 days
  • >21 over last 7 days

10. Critical care: COVID-related ICU cases

  • <4 concurrent per week
  • >7 concurrent per week

11. COVID-19 cases: Number of new cases per week

  • <12 over last 7 days
  • >35 over last 7 days

Modelling Parameters 13 August, 2020


COVID-SIM is a planning tool for those who are concerned about the spread of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the disease called COVID-19. It is NOT a tool to predict the exact course of the pandemic within a country.