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18 new COVID-19 cases (13 local) reported in Bermuda, 7 December

18 new COVID-19 cases (13 local) reported in Bermuda, 7 December

There were 1458 test results received by the Ministry of Health over the weekend (5-6 December 2020), and eighteen were positive for COVID-19.
Thirteen of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact/source with details as follows:

- 5 residents who were under quarantine as close contacts (2 household, 3 workplace) of known cases
- 8 residents who are associated with a social cluster

The remaining 5 new cases are classified as under investigation. These cases are among residents with no history of travel or any currently identified links to other known cases or clusters.

Bermuda now has 306 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows:

· there are 75 active cases, of which

· 73 are under public health monitoring and

· 2 are hospitalized with 1 in critical care;

· a total of 222 have recovered, and

· the total deceased remains 9.

The average age of all confirmed positive cases is 49 years and the age range is 0 to 101 years.

To protect privacy and confidentiality, the average age and age range of the hospitalized cases will not be provided.

The average age of all deceased cases is 74 years and the age range is 57 to 91 years.

The source of all cases is as follows:

· 128 are Imported

· 140 are Local transmission, with known contact/source

· 21 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source, and

· 17 are under investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is greater than 1 (1.12). Bermuda’s country status is under review but currently “Clusters of Cases”.

The Minister of Health the Hon. Kim Wilson JP MP said, "As I said during last night's Facebook Live, I want to reassure members of the public that when a contact tracer reaches out to you, any information that you provide will be kept private and used only for outbreak investigation. Positive cases are allocated a case number; and that is how they are referred to during internal discussions. Therefore I would like to ask persons who are contacted by our contact tracers to please be forthcoming with information as it pertains to your close contacts. We need this to be able to trace the potential spread of the virus…and potentially save lives."
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