Lowest number of Covid-19 hospital cases since August
The number of active cases of the coronavirus has fallen to 49, it was revealed last night.
Two people are in hospital for the virus, with one in intensive care – the lowest number of inpatients since August 23.
The numbers show a continued decline from last Friday’s update, when there were 58 active cases and four people in hospital, one of them in intensive care.
Active cases have reached their lowest level since July 31 when there were 36.
Five new cases were detected in the latest 4,592 test results that came back to health officials.
There were three that came from overseas, one was classed as an on-island transmission and one is under investigation.
There have been have been 14 recoveries since last Friday.
Kim Wilson, the health minister, said that indoor camps for schoolchildren, with masks and social distancing, will be allowed over the Christmas holidays unless the number of cases started to increase.
She added a “significant surge” would mean no camps would be allowed.
Ms Wilson said: “Camp operators should plan accordingly and have cancellation policies, contingency plans and this should be communicated clearly to parents that if cases arise and there are increased restrictions.”
The seven-day average of the island’s real-time reproduction number was 0.72 and the island’s country status remained at “community transmission”.
Of the active cases from overseas, 91 per cent were in fully vaccinated people.
For on-island cases or those under investigation, 76 per cent were not vaccinated.
All of the active coronavirus cases, where typing is available, were of the Delta variant.
Ms Wilson reminded people eligible for a booster vaccine to book an appointment on the government website, call the vaccination hotline at 444-2498 and pick option two, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
People aged 65 and older can walk into Pier 6 on Hamilton’s Front Street for a booster.
Ms Wilson told the public: “If you are not eligible, do not book an appointment as you run the risk of being turned away at the vaccination location.”