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Somerset COVID 19 latest data

This week, to 22 December, there were 3,130 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. Once again whilst there has been a slight uptick in case numbers, but still no sign of a surge. If the omicron variant is dominant, it has yet to significantly impact on infection levels.

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

  • 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

This week a number of towns across the county has had a caseload over 500 per 100,000 population. Wells, Shepton, Yeovil, Frome and Bridgwater were all over 500 per 100,000. The hotspot this week is Taunton with 313 new cases compared to 236 last week. That 50% increase is far and away the biggest in our area in the last week. However because of the size of the town, the infection rate remains below 500 per 100,000.

Yeovil has actually seen a decrease in cases to 264 from 286 last week. Frome recorded 205 new cases similar to last week’s 200. However in Bridgwater case numbers do seem to be escalating. There were 261 new cases this week compared to 223 last week and 178 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 22 December for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 3 December). 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 3 deaths reported from our region, 2 in hospital and 1 in a care home. This appears to be at the same level as for the last couple of weeks. Again it suggests that even if infection rates are rising, more serious infections are not.

In the same vein the numbers in hospital with COVID in Somerset were similar also to last week. There are still between 40 and 50 people in either Musgrove or Yeovil hospitals. So again more infections but (as yet) no surge in hospitalisations.

The R number is still reported at 0.9-1.1 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 remains sluggish. Just 435 more young people in the 12-15 age bracket were vaccinated compared to 608 last week. Less than 60% of this age group are vaccinated. This week just 112 in the 16-18 cohort were vaccinated albeit just shy of 80% are vaccinated.

There is much better news from the booster vaccination programme. 80-95% of the age cohorts over 65 have had their boosters already. 36,381 more under 50’s received booster vaccinations in the last week.

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

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