1 Covid Related Death, 412 New Positive Cases, 948 Active Cases, 43 In Hospital With 10 In ICU

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

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:
o 202 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
o 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.
The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

• 539 are Imported
• 2608 are classified as local transmission of which:
o 2087 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
o 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.

“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.”

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.

Note to Editors:
The Minister of Health will host a Coronavirus technical briefing with Ministry of Health and hospital officials tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm 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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