11 New Positive Coronavirus Cases Identified Today, 9 In Hospital With 2 In ICU

The Ministry of Health received 3359 test results since the last update, and 11 were positive for COVID-19, giving a test positivity rate of 0.3%.

These results are from testing done on Thursday (2 positive out of 1160 results (0.2% positivity)), Friday (9 positive out of 1214 results (0.7% positivity)) and Saturday (0 positive out of 985 results (0.0% positivity)).

Eight of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases.
The additional three new cases are classified as under investigation. These cases are among residents with no currently identified link to other known cases or history of travel in the past 14 days.

Additionally, since the last update, there were 34 recoveries and no deaths.

There are 161 active cases, of which:
·         152 are under public health monitoring and
·         9 are in hospital, with 2 in intensive care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 2477 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which a total of 2284 have recovered, and sadly 32 COVID related deaths.

The source of all cases is as follows:
·         298 are Imported
·         2072 are classified as local transmission of which:
o   1632 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
o   440 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
·         107 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 0.82.
Bermuda’s current WHO country status remains “Community Transmission”.
This week our mobile vaccination programme will be at the following locations:

·          Tuesday, 18-May, Penno’s Wharf in St. George’s from 10 am – 2 pm
·          Thursday, 20-May, The Southampton Princess from 10 am – 2 pm
·          Sunday, 23-May, TCD in Hamilton from 10 am – 2 pm

For those people who want to hear about the COVID-19 vaccine from a trusted source, we recommend the Close to Home programme as an ideal opportunity to learn more. There are doctors on site to answer any questions that you may have.

“Today, I want to recognise our EMS providers in celebration of Emergency Medical Services Week,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, JP, MP. “This week we pay tribute to our paramedics and emergency medical technicians for their daily efforts and service to our community. Our EMS providers provide essential care, they risk their lives and they save lives.”

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. Do the research, talk with your doctor and make an informed decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
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