Somerset COVID 19 latest data
This week (to 24 March) there have been a further 219 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. The last month has as we have mentioned before, seen a significant improvement in infection rates. But they are noticeably plateauing at the moment. For the last three weeks there has barely been a shift in weekly infection numbers. By way of context, last September, new virus cases were consistently less than 100 per week. The vaccination programme is having an impact. But we are still a long way from anything close to a normal, background, number of cases. The table below shows tracks the weekly number of infections in recent weeks:
- 219 to 24 March
- 216 to 17 March
- 227 to 10 March
- 272 to 3 March
- 436 to 24 February
- 444 to 18 February
- 819 to 10 February
- 1,090 to 3 February
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 24 March for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 12 March). 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 March has again seen more deaths. Nine this week compared to 8 last, although thankfully the weekly numbers continue to fall. The 9 recorded in the latest figures were 7 in hospital and 2 in care homes.
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.
- 223 Somerset West and Taunton
- 190 Sedgemoor
- 188 South Somerset
- 182 Mendip
The R number for the South West this week remains steady. However it was interesting to see that after a slight last week to 0.5 to 0.8, this week the rate has been adjusted to 0.6-0.9. It remains a fact that the South West is still showing as low an R number range as anywhere else in the country.
However, as always, we have attached the full data set here so you can draw your own conclusions