More good news – COVID 19 in Somerset

The latest weekly figures published by Somerset County Council on COVID 19 show a continued improvement. But before looking at the figures, we need to be a little dull and explain what exactly they are. Unlike NHS data this includes care homes and incidences of COVID 19 “at home”. The data is prepared to 19th June (although different dates are used for some of the figures). The reason for this delay is to keep the numbers accurate. The daily totals published by the NHS are subject to constant revision, as not unreasonably, the data is constantly being updated to improve accuracy. It is also worth noting that the SCC area does not include North Somerset (so Weston hospital) or BANES (So the RUH in Bath) both of which are separate administrative areas.

That said , back to the data! There are some positive trends to bring out from these latest figures. First, that only 4 new cases of COVID 19 were identified in the last week.

Although it is of course no consolation for the families of those who died, only 2 deaths were recorded in the week for the second week running. This is a significant reduction in the scale of deaths in the county.

There is an oddity here. Both deaths were recorded at Care Homes – for the first time in over a month, there were no deaths in our hospitals. The reason that looks odd is that a different set of figures shows that as of 15 June no Care Homes had outbreaks of COVID 19. This was the first time since the beginning of March that no Somerset Care Homes had an outbreak.

We cannot stress enough, the importance of maintaining social distancing and following government guidelines on the pandemic. the renewed lockdown in Leicester should serve as a warning to everyone. We need to take this seriously until a vaccine is available.

As ever we have included the full dataset so that rather than relying on our summary, you can read for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

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