Somerset COVID 19 latest data

This week, to 24 November, there were 2,399 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. Looking at the trend over the past 8 weeks we see a steady level of around 2,500 cases a week. Aside that is for a 3 week surge in the middle. For the moment, it looks as if the case load is being successfully managed at this level.

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

  • 2,399 to 24 November
  • 2,570 to 17 November
  • 2,283 to 10 November
  • 3,166 to 3 November
  • 4,342 to 27 October
  • 4,687 to 20 October
  • 2.195 to 13 October
  • 2,260 to 6 October
  • 1,876 to 29 September
  • 1,453 to 22 September
  • 1,432 to 15 September
  • 2,148 to 8 September
  • 2,132 to 1 September
  • 2,763 to 25 August
  • 1,911 to 18 August

This week once again the majority of Somerset has had a caseload below 500 per 100,000 population. The hotspot and exception, remains Yeovil with 269 cases, lower when compared to last week’s 366. The only other urban centre with a rate above 500 per 100,000 this week was Shepton Mallet. The town recorded 52 new cases.

Other large towns remain below 500 cases per 100,000. Bridgwater recorded 183 new cases versus 188 last week and Taunton 204, versus 248 last week. Frome recorded just 127 new cases this week compared to 160 last.

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 November for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 12 November). 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 number of deaths recorded this week was still high, 12 compared to 10 last week. Of the 12, 9 were in hospital, 2 in a care home setting and there was one other. We can only offer our sympathy to the friends and families of those who have lost loved ones to the pandemic. The number of deaths was probably inevitable given the large numbers of cases reported in the last month.

This week saw a reduction in those in hospital from something of a peak last week. There are now over 50 people in either Musgrove or Yeovil hospitals down from 70 last week. The majority remain in Musgrove, despite the fact Yeovil has had the highest level of cases in the past fortnight.

The R number is still reported at 0.8-1.0 which suggests case numbers should be falling across the county. At present they are neither rising nor falling.

The vaccination of the under 18 cohort is finally picking up pace. This week 1,464 more young people in the 12-15 age bracket were vaccinated. However just 124 in the 16-18 cohort were vaccinated this week and the overall vaccination level was 75%.

As ever here is the full dataset so you can form your own conclusions:

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