Latest Somerset COVID 19 figures
Trying to keep tabs on the progress of the pandemic in Somerset is not easy. We have tried throughout, to use consistent data so that you can follow the news comparing apples with apples.
Unfortunately this is not always straightforward. For instance the latest figures cover not 7 days, but the 8 days to 29 October. So we can tell you that the number of cases has accelerated this week to 2,680, an increase of 457 cases on last week. But actually that is 8 days compared to 6. And as it is clear the number of cases is starting to rise, comparing apples with apples is important.
Our standard health warning on the figures still applies. So at the risk of being boring, here it is. Unlike NHS data these numbers include care homes and incidences of COVID 19 “at home”. The data is prepared to 29 October for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 16 October). 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 there is once again much being made of the distribution of cases within the SCC area. You will have read that Sedgemoor is faring significantly worse than other areas of our county. The fact remains that just 129 people tested positive in Sedgemoor last week. In the last week of September that was 31 cases. Yes, clearly they have risen. But is this a one of spike (this happened in Mendip in September) or a serious trend? The fact is we don’t know and won’t know until we have seen a couple more weeks of figures.
Overall all we can say is the numbers are still very small for drawing conclusions. The overall number of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 population for Somerset was 66. In Liverpool they are claiming a success for the lockdown because rates have dropped to 471 per 100,000.
Once again the figures for deaths remain mercifully small. Just one death this week, in a care home. The total number of deaths in Somerset to the 16 October stands at 208 with just 2 in October.
Nevertheless it has never been more important to follow government safety advice. Social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands remain essential in preventing the spread of the virus. We have been more successful than many parts of the country to date, but the numbers are going up. It is not a time for complacency.
Meanwhile as ever we attach the latest dataset so our readers can see all the figures and draw their own conclusions: