Somerset COVID data latest
This week (to 3 March) there have been a further 272 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. The current trend is encouraging with weekly case numbers now starting to drop significantly. Case numbers in this last week are just over a tenth of numbers for the first week of January. The virus outbreak may be coming back under control, but there is still a long way to go. The table below shows tracks the weekly number of infections in recent weeks:
- 272 to 3 March
- 436 to 24 February
- 444 to 18 February
- 819 to 10 February
- 1,090 to 3 February
- 1,408 to 27 January
- 1753 to 20 January
- 1564 to 13 January
- 2230 to 6 January
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 3 March for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 19 February). 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.
Sadly the week to 12 February has again seen more deaths albeit lower numbers than previous weeks. 23 were recorded in the latest figures, 12 in hospital and 11 in care homes. And as was to be expected, the numbers follow the trend in new cases but with a 2/3 week time lag. The last three weeks have seen figures of 23, 31 and 57 deaths.
The spread of COVID deaths across the county is now reasonably even. It has become more so over time with the slightly odd exception of Somerset West and Taunton.
- 216 Somerset West and Taunton
- 183 South Somerset
- 179 Sedgemoor
- 172 Mendip
The R number for the South West this week is reported to have fallen. It is now within the range of 0.6 to 0.8. That adds to the confidence we can have in the number of new infections falling. The South West is now very much in line in terms of the R number, with the rest of the country.
As ever we attach the full data set so readers can see for themselves and form their own conclusions.