This week, to 8 December, there were 2,521 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. Looking at the trend over the past 10 weeks we still see that level of around 2,500 cases a week. Aside that is from the 3 week surge in the middle. However that may change. Yesterday it was reported that the omicron variant was in Somerset. A 60th Birthday Party in the county resulted in some 20 people testing positive for the variant. The incident was reported via the Zoe COVID app and the exact location of the party has not been confirmed.

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

  • 2,521 to 8 December
  • 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

Once again the majority of the county has had a caseload below 500 per 100,000 population. The hotspot remains Yeovil with 275 cases, compared to last week’s 313. Frome however is back below the 500 per 100,000 bracket with recorded 125 new cases against 144 last week. The other urban centre with a rate above 500 per 100,000 this week was Shepton Mallet again. The town recorded 85 new cases against 61 last week.

Other large towns remain below 500 cases per 100,000. Bridgwater and taunton both reported similar case numbers to 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 8 December for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 26 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 were produced last week. So the figures this week reporting 9 deaths in the county represent 2 weeks worth. Which suggests numbers are falling again. 8 of the deaths were in hospital with just one in a care home setting.

This week numbers in hospital with COVID in Somerset were similar to last week. There are now between 40 and 50 people in either Musgrove or Yeovil hospitals.

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 again this week. Just 811 more young people in the 12-15 age bracket were vaccinated compared to 1,304 last week. This week just 137 in the 16-18 cohort were vaccinated.

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

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