Somerset COVID 19 – no room for complacency

The latest figures for COVID 19 in Somerset have just been published. Whilst they are generally positive once again, there are plenty of reminders that this pandemic is far from over. But first the usual health warnings about the figures.

Unlike NHS data this includes care homes and incidences of COVID 19 “at home”. The data is prepared to 3 July (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.

This week there was only one new death reported, in hospital. That represents a personal tragedy and our sympathy goes to the family of the victim. It remains a fact that things are much better than they were even a month ago.

New infections continue to be recorded, but at nothing like the rate of April and May. In the week to 21st july 9 new infections were reported in the Somerset County Council area.

The figures also recorded the first outbreak of COVID 19 in a care home for a month. There was just one care home with the virus in the week to 6th July, and that was in Somerset West & Taunton. It is just the one home, but after a month without infections, it is a small but significant warning light.

We are not trying to be alarmist here. The figures are generally all going in the right direction. But there are warning signs there that if we do not get the public health messages right, the pandemic will re-emerge. That means individuals behaving responsibly, using masks and gloves as appropriate. And government and local government messaging getting it right too.

In the meantime here is the data so you can take a look for yourself and draw your own conclusions:

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