Somerset in Recovery from COVID 19

There is more good news in the latest data released by Somerset County Council for COVID 19 infections and deaths.

But first our usual health warning about the figures. Unlike NHS data this includes care homes and incidences of COVID 19 “at home”. The data is prepared to 5 August (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.

The first and most important thing to tell you is that the latest data (that is up to the 24th July – these take longer as they are corroborated before being published) on deaths shows that there have been none since the 10th July. That is certainly encourgaing news.

Infections too are trailing off. As of 3 August there had been a total of 1,314 cases of COVID 19 infection since the start of the pandemic. However only 12 new infections were recorded in the course of the last week.

Once again there were no Somerset care homes with an outbreak of COVID 19.

The only negative aspect to the data is that once again the South West in general has the highest R number (the quoted range is 0.8 to 1.1) in the UK. That indicates a higher risk of infections re-emerging and is a warning to stick to the rules on soical distancing, wearing masks and really, applying common sense.

And as ever here is the full data set for those of you who would like to take a look and draw your own conclusions:

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