Update on BHB Long Term Care COVID-19 Cases

Friday 8 January 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board today is providing an update on the COVID-19 cases on a long term care unit.

Mike Richmond, CEO & President, comments: “Following the completion of testing all staff and patients on the long term care unit, there was one more patient and one staff member who tested positive for COVID-19, this is in addition to the two patients who tested positive last week. Contact tracing has been completed and investigations continue into the likely cause of the outbreak. All staff and patients on the unit will be tested again before isolation precautions are lifted. We are also continuing with ongoing surveillance testing, which is a regular programme of testing that is being carried out in long term care areas for staff and patients.

“My thoughts remain with those who are unwell, and also for the BHB staff who continue to ensure care continues and patients are kept safe. A number of families used phone and video to talk to their loved ones in the long term care areas, as there is currently no visiting in any of these areas. We did our best to make the units festive and patients had a Christmas dinner prepared, but we recognise that families and our patients would have missed being able to interact and be close with each other.

“Outside of the long term care areas, we are still seeing regular hospitalisations. I would like to appreciate all our staff who have worked every day through the pandemic to keep care services running for all Bermuda. They have ensured we have been able to respond, and that we remain prepared should numbers of people needing care for COVID-19 continue to rise.”

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Notes to Editors
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

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