Somerset COVID 19 latest data

This week, to 26 January, there were 5,393 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. That represents a rise of nearly one thousand cases compared to last week. It demonstrates once again, you can’t draw too many conclusions from one weeks figures. The fall in case numbers last week has been reversed this.

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

  • 5,393 to 26 January
  • 4,558 to 19 January
  • 6,476 to 12 January
  • 6,618 to 5 January
  • 4,289 to 29 December
  • 3,130 to 22 December
  • 2,804 to 15 December
  • 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

There are still a few districts in the patch of Somerset we cover with a caseload below 500 per 100,000 population. But once again the hotspot is Taunton but with 738 new cases up from 577 last week. That’s another hike in numbers albeit not to the levels of a couple of weeks ago.

There was a much more significant rise in cases in Bridgwater, 617 cases compared to 413 last week and 595 the week before. Yeovil too saw a sharp rise to 524 cases from 382 last week. In Frome the case numbers have been well below those of the other larger Somerset towns. This week there were 278 new cases, a rise on the 210 new cases reported last week. But for context, that’s half the numbers reported from Yeovil and Bridgwater. Case numbers were rising in Chard too, 168 new cases this week compared to 123 last.

Elsewhere case numbers in Wellington remain high but appear to have plateaued. There were 236 new cases this week compared with 243 last week and 248 the week before. Interestingly in Crewkerne case numbers actually fell this week. Down to 67 new cases from 74 last week and 123 cases the week before.

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 26 January for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 14 January). 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 12 deaths reported. However this was for the two weeks to the 14 January, so taken on a weekly basis, the figures are not out of line with what we might have expected. 6 deaths were in hospital 4 in a care home setting and a further 2 elsewhere (usually at home). To date numbers do not appear to have escalated with the rising infection levels.

Over the last week hospita;lisations have been in the same range as the week before. Between 70 and 8o people in hospital with COVID in either Yeovil or Musgrove. The numbers still remain well below the peak at the end of October when the delta variant was prevalent. Given the current number of weekly infections, neither hospitalisations nor deaths are as high as we might have expected.

The R number has moved again from 1.2-1.4 last week back to 0.8-1.0 this week. Just as the number of infections is rising in the county, the R number suggests they should be falling. It isn’t really working.

Just 387 more young people aged 12-15 were vaccinated in the period to 9 January. Half the number we reported last week and we are still under 70% of this age cohort that have been vaccinated. However only 113 16-17 year olds were vaccinated.

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

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