Covid-19: three more cases off flights from US
Three more coronavirus cases were recorded today, which brought the number of active cases up to 22.
All the cases classified as coming in from overseas and were among 346 results that came back to health officials.
The positive tests were all passengers on flights from the US.
One was a resident who arrived on the Jet Blue flight from New York on Tuesday and tested positive on arrival.
Another was a non-resident who arrived on the Delta flight from Atlanta on February 22 who tested positive on their Day 8 test.
The third was a resident who arrived on the Delta flight from New York, on February 22, who also tested positive on their Day 8 test.
The news came as Kim Wilson, the health minister appealed to anyone who had been to a specific social gathering, which was not identified, to get tested.
She said: “The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit understands that there may be persons associated with a social event which led to a number of new cases that are not known to us.
“We believe that these persons know of their exposure and are reluctant to make themselves known for a variety of reasons.
“However, we strongly encourage these persons to get tested, contact the ESU and follow all recommended public health guidelines to protect their own health and the health of others they may come into contact with.”
Ms Wilson thanked members of the public who responded to a last-minute call to get the vaccine yesterday evening.
Vaccination centres at Bermuda College and the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital were left with a surplus of the vaccine, which would have been thrown out if not used.
Government issued a plea for anyone who did not have an appointment to come forward – which resulted in long queues at both sites.
Ms Wilson said: “There were more people than we anticipated and we are grateful for all those who wanted to be vaccinated.
“There is a big demand, and we encourage everyone to go online to register or call to register.
“A very special thanks, also, to the volunteers and staff at Bermuda College and Bermuda Hospitals Board vaccination centres, who went to extraordinary lengths, working long hours, to make sure that these doses were not wasted.”
All 22 active cases are being monitored by health officials and none are in hospital.
The seven-day average of Bermuda’s real time reproduction number is approaching one, and the country status remained at “sporadic cases”.
Government did not respond to questions on why the surplus vaccines became available.