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24 new COVID-19 cases (16 local) reported in Bermuda, 8 December

24 new COVID-19 cases (16 local) reported in Bermuda, 8 December

There were 929 test results received by the Ministry of Health yesterday (7 December 2020), and 24 were positive for COVID-19.
One of the new cases is classified as imported with details as follows:

- 1 resident who arrived on DL 617 from New York on 28 November 2020 and tested positive on their day 8 test, having had a negative pre-arrival test and a negative arrival test.

- 16 of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact/source with details as follows:

- 4 residents who were under quarantine as close contacts (2 household, 2 workplace) of known cases
- 12 residents who are associated with known clusters

The remaining 7 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 330 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows:

- there are 98 active cases, of which
- 96 are under public health monitoring and
- 2 are hospitalized with 1 in critical care;
- a total of 223 have recovered, and
- the total deceased remains 9.

The average age of all confirmed positive cases is 48 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:

- 129 are Imported
- 156 are Local transmission, with known contact/source
- 21 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source, and
- 24 are under investigation

It should be noted that as investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is greater than 1 (1.26).

Bermuda’s country status is under review but is currently “Clusters of Cases”. The determination of the country status is done in collaboration with the Pan-American Health Organization which reviews country data on a daily basis.

As you can see, today’s results are not good: 24 new cases to report in just one day. We must do better at curbing risky behaviours that lead to further spread of COVID-19. We must do the following:

- Reduce your bubble sizes - choose only one or two other households to socialise with for the next few weeks.
- When you meet others, meet outdoors and wear masks and observe physical distancing.
- Wear your mask properly! Wearing a mask with your nose is exposed is like not wearing a mask at all!
- Consider postponing events until it's safer.
- Avoid indoor spaces, crowded places and close contacts.
- And ensure your workplace is following COVID-19 protocols.

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