No dramas – COVID 19 latest for Somerset

The latest data released by Somerset County Council for COVID 19 infections and deaths is relatively drama free. Nevertheless it is our intention to keep up regular reports on this data. If there is not much change, we can see that as good news, and right now that is as much worthy of report, as the other extreme.shows that the infection remains under control. However since shops and pubs reopened the number of new cases has been rising steadily.

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 31 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 thing to say about these new figures is that although less prone to daily revision, revisions do happen. So when we last reported the death toll for our bit of Somerset was 203. Since then just one new death has been registered but th total now stands at 205.

This is simply the result of a death not recorded at the time, being added on as the rcord keeping catches up. It remains the case that the death rate in Somerset is significantly below that in the rest of the UK.

As ro infections, the situation remains reasonably steady. there is nothing alarming in them. Between 9 August and 25 August 42 new cases were identified. That is across 2 weeks. For the week to 31 August there were a further 20 infections recorded bringing the total to 1,390.

Obviously this (to 31 August) was the last bit of data prior to schools going back. We will be watching the infection rate closely over the weeks ahead.

Whether we should read anything into the fact that the data set for outbreaks of COVID 19 in carehomes has not been updated beyond 13 July for 3 weeks now, is a matter of debate. It is an important piece of information for those with relatives in care homes and some reassurance one way or the other, might be helpful.

As ever we have attached the full data set so readers can digest the figures and draw their own conclusions should they wish to:

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