2 New Positive Coronavirus Cases Recorded Today, 12 People In Hospital With 2 In ICU

The Ministry of Health received 992 test results since the last update, and two (2) were positive for COVID-19, yielding a test positivity rate of 0.2%.

Both of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases.

Additionally, since the last update, there were 33 recoveries and no deaths.
There are 309 active cases, of which:
·         297 are under public health monitoring and
·         12 are in hospital with two (2) in intensive care;
Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 2434 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which a total of 2095 have recovered, and sadly 30 COVID related deaths.

The source of all cases is as follows:
·         294 are Imported
·         1829 are classified as local transmission of which:
o   1481 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
o   348 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
·         311 are Under Investigation
For information regarding age distributions, 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 0.54.
Bermuda’s current WHO country status remains “Community Transmission”.

“We’ve had numerous questions from parents and guardians about having their children vaccinated,” said Kim Wilson, JP, MP, Minister of Health.

“There is concern that Astra Zeneca is not currently approved for those under the age of 18, and Bermuda will administer the last first doses of Phizer vaccines on 8 June. To be clear, Bermuda can still receive supplies of the Phizer vaccine from the UK if we require more.

At this time, we encourage parents and guardians to register their 12 to 15-year-old children to be vaccinated so that the Bermuda Government can appropriately gauge interest.”
“Local public and private schools will be open on Monday, and I encourage anyone associated with schools to please get tested tomorrow. This includes parents/guardians, students, teachers and school employees. Everyone needs to know their status so that we do not re-introduce the virus back into our schools.”

“As a reminder, the Close to Home mobile vaccination programme will be at the National Sports Centre in Devonshire tomorrow, from 10 am – 2 pm.”

“This drive/walkthrough site is for residents who have not yet registered for the COVID-19 vaccine, do not have access to the internet and prefer to register in person or have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Doctors are on-site to answer any questions.”
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.

The next COVID-19 update will be on Monday 10 May 2021.
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