Somerset COVID 19 latest data

This week, to 9 February, there were 5,631 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Somerset. That for the moment makes last week’s hike in numbers look like an anomaly. However once again we would caution at looking at any one week’s figures and drawing too many conclusions. The fact is case numbers have been high, consistently above 4,000 a week since Christmas.

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

  • 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
  • 2,399 to 24 November
  • 2,570 to 17 November
  • 2,283 to 10 November
  • 3,166 to 3 November

There was just one district in the patch of Somerset we cover with a caseload below 500 per 100,000 population.

Once again the hotspot is Taunton but with 993 cases reported against 1,076 new cases reported last week. The numbers maybe lower, but remain significantly above recent levels excepting last week’s figures.

In Bridgwater, 572 new cases were reported compared to 776 last week. In Yeovil cases actually rose higher than last weel’s reported numbers, up from 621 to 671 this week. Frome has not had the extreme highs and lows of infection outbreaks seen elsewhere. The latest figure of 276 compares to 302 cases reported last week and 278 reported the week before.

Case numbers were rising in Chard too albeit only just, 210 reported this week compared with 206 last week. In Burnham reported numbers also rose to 107 cases reported this week compare with 94 reported last week.

In Crewkerne numbers have fallen to 66 compared with 91 last week. Number

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 February for cases (although different dates are used for some of the other figures – for instance deaths are reported to 28 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.

Once again this week there were 11 deaths reported. This was for the week to the 28 January, and is the same as last week’s numbers. The total number of deaths is still relatively small when looking at the total number of infections. 7 deaths were in hospital, 3 in a care home setting and one at home.

Over the last week hospitalisations were similar to last week. Between 50 and 60 people were in hospital with COVID in either Yeovil or Musgrove. That compares to between 70 and 80 last week. The numbers still remain well below the peak at the end of October when the delta variant was prevalent.

The R number has moved back up again to 1.0-1.2. Ironically expressing a prediction of increasing cases a week after they increased and in the week when numbers fell!

Whilst the vaccination program is now moving at a snail’s pace, apart from the under 16’s coverage is now good. The percentage of the population in the county council area vaccinated 3 times rose slightly to 64.1%. 93.8% of the population aged over 18 have been vaccinated at least twice.

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

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