Latest Somerset COVID data

This week (to 28 April) there have been a further 79 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. Interestingly a second successive week when the number of cases has moved against the trend. However over the last 8 weeks the trajectory of infection numbers remains clearly downwards. The table below illustrates the point. It tracks the weekly number of infections in recent weeks:

  • 79 to 28 April
  • 63 to 21 April
  • 19 to 16 April
  • 103 to 7 April
  • 244 to 1 April
  • 219 to 24 March
  • 216 to 17 March
  • 227 to 10 March

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 28 April for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 9 April). 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.

There were 3 further deaths from COVID 19 in Somerset for the period to 9 April. this takes the total since the pandemic began to 796. Seaths remain spread reasonably evenly across the county as follows, with the slightly odd exception of Somerset West and Taunton.

  • 226 Somerset West and Taunton
  • 195 Sedgemoor
  • 192 South Somerset
  • 183 Mendip

The R number (reproduction rate) for the South West this week continues to look slightly odd. To be quoting a range up to 0.7 to 1.1 from 0.7 to 1 last week, feels out of kilter with the new case numbers. Interestingly in one week the South West has moved from second lowest R number range to second highest. The actual case numbers and the large range being quoted suggest these numbers are not an exact science.

The vaccination programme figures for Somerset are to the 11 April and have not been updated since last week. We will report on them again when more up to date figures are available.

However, as always, we have attached the full data set here so you can draw your own conclusions:

One comment

  • As these figures are published only at local authority level, it’s not easy to distinguish Taunton Deane from West Somerset, a difficulty which will be exacerbated with the creation of one or two unitary authorities (whatever the benefits of UAs for service delivery).

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