Latest Somerset COVID 19 figures
This week (to 23 December) there have been a further 1,002 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. This is the highest number of new infections since the pandemic started. However as we have said before, it is not always wise to read too much into one week’s figures. The table below shows tracks the weekly number of infections in recent weeks:
- 1002 to 23 December
- 672 to 16 December
- 492 to 9 December
- 517 To 2 December
- 507 To 25 November
- 779 To 19 November
- 521 To 11 November
Before we go any further however, our usual health warning about the figures. Unlike NHS data these numbers include care homes and incidences of COVID 19 “at home”. The data is prepared to 23 December for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 11 December). The reason for this delay is to keep the numbers accurate – or should we say as accurate as possible. 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 number of deaths in our area has sadly accelerated in recent weeks. In the week to 11 December 24 deaths were reported. 14 of these were in care homes and just 10 in hospitals. Up until the last fortnight one of the successes in Somerset has been managing infection in our care homes. However there have now been a number of outbreaks. Including one in La Fontana in Martock where a number of residents sadly died. The exact number has not been confirmed.
South Somerset is now the only District of Somerset where care home deaths from COVID 19 exceed hospital deaths. As you can see from the dataset, the number of deaths in South Somerset and Sedgemoor is now significantly higher than in Mendip and Somerset West & Taunton. The total number of deaths from COVID 19 in our area now totals 306. Which whilst not something to be happy about, is still significantly below the rate in many parts of the country.
The R number for the South West is reported as between 0.9 to 1.2. We can only reiterate how unhelpful that range is. It is clear from the recent numbers reported for our area, that in Somerset the number is greater than 1.
Government is considering new lockdowns and tier 4 restrictions for many areas of the country. There has never been a better reason to follow the health advice. Keep to social distancing, wear a mask and follow the hygiene rules. Another lockdown is going to see serious permanent damage done to the local economy.
In the meantime here is the latest dataset so you can have a read and draw your own conclusions