Somerset COVID 19 latest data

This week, to 1 December, there were 2,534 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. Looking at the trend over the past 8 weeks we still see that level of around 2,500 cases a week. Aside that is for a 3 week surge in the middle.

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

  • 2,534 to 1 December
  • 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 remains Yeovil with 313 cases, compared to last week’s 269. This week Frome is back in the 500 per 100,000 bracket albeit with fewer cases than Yeovil. It recorded 144 new cases against 127 last week. The only other urban centre with a rate above 500 per 100,000 this week was Shepton Mallet. The town recorded 61 new cases against 52 last week.

Other large towns remain below 500 cases per 100,000. Bridgwater recorded 191 new cases versus 183 last week and Taunton 188, versus 204 last week.

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 December 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.

No new deaths figures have been produced this week.

This week saw a reduction in those in hospital from something of a peak last week. There are now over 40 people in either Musgrove or Yeovil hospitals down from 50 last week. The majority remain in Musgrove, despite the fact Yeovil has had the highest level of cases in the past month.

The R number is still reported at 0.8-1.1 which as we’ve said before, is not that helpful. The trend appears to be stable and that is indicative of an R number of 1. So to be fair we could say the range quoted appears reasonable.

The vaccination of the under 18 cohort slowed significantly this week. Even so 1,304 more young people in the 12-15 age bracket were vaccinated. That’s around 50% of the cohort vaccinated. However just 80 in the 16-18 cohort were vaccinated this week and the overall vaccination level remains 75%.

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

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