Somerset COVID 19 latest data
This week (to 1 April) there have been a further 244 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. The noticeable plateauing of infection rates over the last month is now a cause for concern. The vaccination programme is having an impact. But we are still a long way from anything close to a normal, background, number of cases. And another reminder that, by way of context, last September, new virus cases were below 100 per week. And that was after the schools went back. The table below shows tracks the weekly number of infections in recent weeks:
- 244 to 1 April
- 219 to 24 March
- 216 to 17 March
- 227 to 10 March
- 272 to 3 March
- 436 to 24 February
- 444 to 18 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 1 April for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 19 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.
In the week to 19 March has seen more deaths. On a more optimistic note, the numbers are getting back to the levels we saw over the summer of last year. There were just two deaths in the week to the 19 March. Both were in hospital, none in care homes. Tragic for the families effected and our heart goes out to them. But at least the numbers hit by loss are reducing rapidly.
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
- 191 Sedgemoor
- 190 South Somerset
- 183 Mendip
The R number for the South West this week remains steady. It remains the similar to last week, the lower limit adjusted slightly from 0.6 to 0.7 and the range 0.7-0.9. It remains a fact that the South West is still showing as low an R number range as anywhere else in the country.
In summary the number of infections continue to at a steady pace, but deaths are falling. This is almost certainly due to the impact of the vaccination programme. This marches on apace with 31,000 of the 50-54 age group now vaccinated.
However, as always, we have attached the full data set here so you can draw your own conclusions: