Bermuda passes 15,000 cases of Covid-19, new figures show
More than 15,000 cases of Covid-19 have now been logged in Bermuda since the start of the pandemic, government figures released last night show.
In the latest weekly update, the Ministry of Health said it has received 9,343 test results, and 330 were positive for the coronavirus, giving a test positivity rate of 3.5 per cent.
It means that since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 15,085 Covid-19 cases, out of which 14,562 have recovered with 138 Covid-19-related deaths.
The ministry said the number of active cases on the island had risen from 312 last week to 385 this week.
Of the active cases 13 are in hospital and one patient is in intensive care.
The Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, stressed the importance of testing status with students.
“I wish to reiterate an important reminder to parents who are using the Saliva Screening Programme for their school-age children.
“The ministry notes that there are concerns that positive cases identified through the Saliva Screening Programme are not being reported to respective schools by their parents.
“Parents and guardians should be reporting their child’s positive result to the school. This will allow schools to identify close and casual contacts to reduce the risk of transmission and illness.
“It should be noted that a child’s positive status will not be revealed to anyone other than the required school staff.”
The ministry said the current supply of Covid-19 vaccinations is expected to run out at the end of this month.
A spokeswoman said the ministry typically provides around 24 shots per week, and those vaccination appointments have already been booked.
She added: “If persons wish to get vaccinated, they can also visit select pharmacies or select doctor’s offices.”
Members of the public should also ask their doctors about Covid-19 booster shots, with Wee Care Paediatrics, Edgewood Paediatric Services, Omni Medical and Somers Medical Services Ltd all providing booster shots.
Somerset Pharmacy is also administering the Covid-19 vaccine.
Ms Wilson added: “The coronavirus continues to be very prevalent in our community. It’s easy to become complacent, but we must remain vigilant.
“If you are feeling unwell, please stay home. If you test positive, please stay home.”