The news that King Arthurs school decided to close last week was most concerning, and rumours (unverified) of cases as close to home as South Cheriton indicated that the Covid 19 epidemic is spreading its tentacles into our rural area.
The Government’s own website is the place to go for correct facts and stats, and here is the local picture up to Tuesday 8 December, the latest figures available. Regional stats are up to 13 December.
Wincanton, Cheriton and Charlon Horethorne (includes Horsington Marsh): This group is above above the national average, recording 24 new cases in the week prior to 8 December
Templecombe, Henstridge and Milborne Port (includes Horsington village): This group recorded a lower increase, with 12 new cases, but well above the average for England.
The number of people who tested positive in South Somerset District local authority rose by 7.7%, compared to a 14 % rise for the previous week
…And the number of deaths also rose
We do not know if these deaths include people who died in an unrelated incident (e.g. a road accident) or were already seriously ill from another disease.
Perversely, the statistics do not give us hospital admissions for the South Somerset area, but only those for the south west as a whole. The number of admissions in the South west is down by a small percentage for the week ending 8 December, but went up marginally in South Somerset in the last 5 days (see Govt report below)
Report on South Somerset Covid situation issued by HM Government on 12 December 2020
These show hospital admissions Rising across the area, which also includes Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.
A confirmed case is where a person has had a positive test result for Coronavirus.
There were 42 new people with a confirmed positive test result reported on 13 December 2020.
Total number of people who have had a confirmed positive test result as of 13 December 2020 was 1,855.
Sadly, many people have died.
There were no new deaths within 28 days of a positive test for Coronavirus reported on 13 December 2020.
Total number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for Coronavirus as of 12 December 2020 was 65.
Yeovil Hospital announced that anti covid vaccinations will start this week. People have been told not to get in touch, as groups will be prioritised and people will be contacted when it is their turn to receive a vaccination.
Meanwhile, the restictions on what you can and can’t do remain onerous. You can remind yourself of what they are here:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-2-high-alert#meeting-family-and-friends
To get official updates on our local Covid situation click on the link below. You can enter your postcode for a more precise picture.https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/?fbclid=IwAR2L5cMgBBI21bj0-RZN4SM4VySIaq7StSsN1b1Xh1NNYqdTzvwU-bAV6a4
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