Somerset COVID 19 latest data
This week to 08 September, there were 2,148 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. The rate of infections appears to be settling at a new normal of around 2,000 cases a week.
The table below tracks the overall weekly number of infections in Somerset in recent weeks.
- 2,148 to 8 September
- 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 229 new cases. And still with a rate over 500 per 100,000 it remains one of the higher rates of infection in the country. However this week has seen a surge of cases in Frome, which also has a rate of over 500 per 100,000. That said it has fewer cases in total than either Taunton with 256 nor Yeovil with 217, the other Somerset hotspots.
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 8 September for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 27 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 was a further update on the number of deaths from COVID covering two weeks. That is significant for the latest figures to 27 August show 5 deaths. Although a small number, the fact that it is a figure for 2 weeks is significant. It is a long time since we saw 5 deaths a week in Somerset. However 1, or 2 deaths a week is both low and not unusual over the past few months. Nevertheless it will be interesting to see how the trend progresses as case numbers plateau at 2,000 a week.
This week reported figures for hospitalisations appears to be settling at around 40 cases a week. Interestingly the burden of hospitalisations has moved from being predominantly in Yeovil to mostly Musgrove.
The R number (reproduction rate) for the South West this week has been raised again to a range of 1.0 to 1.4. This suggests the number of infections is now rising and will continue to rise.
The vaccination programme remains of paramount importance and the focus remains on all cohorts aged under 30. We seem to have reached a point where 90% of over 18s have had a least one jab. Encouragingly, more than 50% of 18-29 year olds have now had two jabs.
Importantly there has and at last some real movement in the number of under 18s being vaccinated. A further 2,190 were vaccinated this week similar to the number we reported last week.
However, as always, we have attached the full data set here so you can draw your own conclusions: