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Island records first Covid-related death for three months

Bermuda recorded its first death linked to Covid-19 in three months, it was announced last night.

Health officials said the island’s single fatality brought the total death toll of the pandemic to 149.

But active cases have fallen to 35, with three people now in hospital and none in intensive care.

The island’s last deaths were reported on August 4, when there were four fatalities recorded – when Bermuda had 196 confirmed cases of the virus.

The figures are from the 3,356 test results since October 18, in which 88 people were found positive for the coronavirus – while 117 people have recovered since the last update.

The update came after Rena Lalgie, the Governor, tested positive for the coronavirus.

Government House announced this afternoon that although Ms Lalgie will work remotely, she will not attend events or meetings in person until she tests negative for the virus.

The notice added that Ms Lalgie has authorised the Deputy Governor, Tom Oppenheim, to read the Throne Speech on Friday on her behalf.

A post on Facebook said: “Government House can advise that Her Excellency the Governor has tested positive for Covid-19.

“The Governor will continue to work remotely but will not be attending any in-person events or meetings until she receives a negative test result.”

It added: “Under Section 19A of the Constitution, the Governor has authorised the Deputy Governor, Mr Tom Oppenheim, to attend the Convening of the Legislature scheduled for Friday, 4 November 2022 and to read the Throne Speech on her behalf.”

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said that while the island’s positive cases were “quite low”, it was “most likely due to reduced Covid-19 testing”.

“I encourage anyone who suspects they are positive or have been a close contact, to get tested,” she said.

“We still must protect our community from spreading the virus and, more importantly, protect the most vulnerable from catching Covid.”

Of the latest cases recorded, 35 are classed as imported, while 32 are local transmission and 21 are under investigation.

Ms Wilson reminded the public of vaccines available through participating GP offices as well as pharmacies and paediatricians.

The island has stocks of Pfizer-BioNTech original Adult formulation, Moderna Bivalent and Pfizer-BioNTech paediatric coronavirus vaccine and boosters.

Ms Wilson urged anyone eligible to get the vaccine or get boosted.

Residents must meet the following criteria:

• Patients aged five to 11 are eligible for a first or second dose only. The time between doses must be at least 21 days.

• Patients aged 12 and above are eligible for first, second or third doses. The time between first and second doses must be at least 21 days – and between the second dose and third or booster dose must be at least five months.

• Residents 50 or older, and immunocompromised residents, are eligible for a fourth or subsequent dose, provided their third or previous dose was at least five months ago.

• Healthcare and essential care workers are eligible for a fourth or subsequent dose provided their third dose or previous dose was at least five months ago

The following pharmacies will only offer the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines by appointment, with no walk-ins offered.

• City Pharmacy is to open this Saturday. To book an appointment, call 296-5511.

• Hamilton Pharmacy will begin next Tuesday and subsequent Tuesdays from 9am to noon. For appointments, call 292-7986.

• The Diabetes Pharmacy is offering the jab from today and subsequent Wednesday from 9-am to 11am. For appointments, call 297-8427.

• Somerset Pharmacy: dates and times to be determined. Call 234-2484.

A list of private healthcare providers offering the Covid-19 vaccine is online here.

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Published November 03, 2022 at 7:50 am (Updated November 03, 2022 at 9:20 am)

Island records first Covid-related death for three months

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