Somerset COVID 19 latest data

This week to 1 September, there were 2,132 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. The rate of infections remains high albeit slightly lower than last week. it is far too early to suggest this represents a decline in infection numbers from a peak. We will need to see three or four weeks further decline to draw that conclusion.

The table below tracks the overall weekly number of infections in Somerset in recent weeks.

  • 2,132 to 1 September
  • 2,763 to 25 August
  • 1,911 to 18 August
  • 1,481 to 11 August
  • 1,407 to 4 August
  • 1,285 to 28 July
  • 2,056 to 21 July
  • 989 to 14 July
  • 470 to 7 July
  • 452 to 1 July
  • 257 to 23 June
  • 110 to 16 June
  • 50 to 9 June

This week the worst hotspot is once again Bridgwater with 302 new cases. And still with a rate over 500 per 100,000 it remains one of the higher rates of infection in the country. Taunton with 288 new cases, followed by Yeovil with 202 cases are the other hotspots. One other hotspot this week is Chard, although there were only 75 new cases in the town. However the rate is also over 500 cases per 100,000 population.

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 September for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 13 August). 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.

This week there were no further updates on the number of deaths from COVID. We will update you as soon as new figures are released. However the number of hospitalisations remains steady at around 40 a day. What is interesting is the way the majority of cases are now in Musgrove as opposed to 2 weeks ago when most were in Yeovil

This week reported figures for hospitalisations appears to be declining from a peak last week. But as ever, it is far too early to draw firm conclusions. It remains the case that numbers seem relatively low given the trend in rising case numbers that we noted above.

The R number (reproduction rate) for the South West this week has been raised to a range of 1.0 to 1.2. This suggests the number of infections is now rising and will continue to rise. Until we see next weeks figures that will be hard to validate.

The vaccination programme remains of paramount importance and the focus remains on all cohorts aged under 30. There have been marked increases in the number of second jabs delivered to the 18-29 age group. However it is worth noting that there are still fewer than 50% in the 18-24 cohort who have had a second vaccination.

Importantly there has and at last some real movement in the number of under 18s being vaccinated. A further 2,385 were vaccinated this week (compared to just 660 the week before).

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

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