Somerset COVID 19 latest data

In the last fortnight, to 9 March, there were 6,022 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. That leaves the weekly COVID infection numbers falling in Somerset for each of the last 6 weeks.

Even at this reduced rate, once again we point out that infection numbers are larger than on 8 December. The week when Johnson implemented Plan B because of the rapid spread of Omicron.

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

  • 6,033 for 2 weeks to 9 March
  • 3,368 to 23 February
  • 4,213 to 16 February
  • 5,631 to 9 February
  • 10,133 to 2 February
  • 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

There are now quite a few districts in our patch of Somerset with a caseload below 500 per 100,000 population. However it is equally striking that ion the past 2 weeks the numbers of cases had not fallen dramatically, but remained remarkably steady.

Once again the hotspot is Taunton with 517 cases reported against the 600 we last reported 2 weeks ago. In Bridgwater, cases have declined, but not much, 273 this week against 291 new cases reported two weeks ago. Similarly in Yeovil cases have fallen to 324 reported this week compared with reported numbers of 337 two weeks ago. Frome has escaped the extreme highs and lows of infection outbreaks seen elsewhere. The latest figures show Frome now under 500 cases per 100,000 for the third week running. There were 107 new cases reported compared to 129 when we last reported. Case numbers have fallen more sharply in Chard though. 88 cases were reported this week against 130 new cases when we last reported two weeks ago. However in Wellington the numbers have gone into reverse. Cases have risen to 120 from 98 last time around.

In Crewkerne though there has even been a decrease to 52 from 71 new cases last time we reported.

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 9 March for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 25 February). 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 just 3 deaths reported. 1 deaths was in hospital, 2 in a care home setting. This is a notable decline since the numbers being recorded during February.

Over the last week hospitalisations have also fallen back since we last reported (although there was a notable spike on 1 March). Between 40 and 50 people were 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.

The R number has been reduced again to 0.7-1.0 this week. For once that seems to reflect what is happening on the ground. With an R number below 1 we would expect infection numbers to be falling.

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

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