Somerset’s Covid-19 Weekly Update

10 Oct 2021


Covid-19 cases have risen 20 percent since last week and rates in educational settings remain on the increase across Somerset and the South-West. In fact, cases in educational settings now represent approximately 60 percent of all Somerset cases at present. It is vital anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 takes a PCR test. If positive, you must self-isolate.

In this week's Covid Catch Up film, Clinton Rogers discusses the national vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds and the importance it plays in protecting young people and keeping their education moving forwards. He chats to Dr Emma Kain, Immunisation Lead at NHS SW and Matthew Hibbert, Public Health Consultant about the benefits of vaccinations as a whole and why we advise pupils and parents to accept the invitation when they are offered it. We should stress that a consent form and information leaflet provided by the SAINT team will be used to seek parental consent from the parent or person with parental responsibility in the same way as for any other school vaccination programme. Watch the film here.

Latest Covid-19 Dashboard: The following link will take you to our website: Somerset Coronavirus (Covid-19) Scroll down the page until you get to ‘Covid-19 Dashboard’ in the list. Click on this and the dashboard will open. Please note the data reported in this document may differ slightly from the data showing on the dashboard because of discrepancies in reporting periods.

In the week up to 2 October, approximately 84,827 tests were carried out across the county with 2,210 new confirmed cases. The rates have increased to 393.1 per 100,000, which is above both the South-West and national average. Hospitalisation

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data for Somerset continues to show improvement on previous

weeks with just over 20 Covid-19 in-patients in Somerset hospitals.

The main items featured in this week’s update are:

  • -  Workplace, Care and School settings

  • -  Vaccination and Covid Booster update

  • -  Testing Update

  • -  Resources and further information

Workplaces: With so many cases being seen in our education settings, it’s worth - Accessible resources

reminding staff who have a child in education to do a twice weekly lateral flow test. While we encourage everyone to do this, business continuity may be affected if parents/carers become infected. See the section on testing for more information.

Find out more about what you can do to keep working safely to reduce the risk of transmission - HERE

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