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25 New #Covid Cases in Orkney

The cumulative total of Covid cases in Orkney has now reached 1,597 as 25 new positive tests were recorded in the Health Board area.

From 29th of December 2021 to 4th of January 2022 the cases recorded in Orkney were as follows:

  • West Mainland: 17
  • Stromness, Sandwick, Stenness: 29
  • East Mainland: 75
  • Isles: 19

The positivity rate was 23.2%

The stats for Scotland published on 7th of January 2022 are as follows:

  • 14,486 new cases of COVID-19 reported*
  • 78,300 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results*
    • 21.7% of these were positive
  • 15 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive
  • 48 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 1,323 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 4,388,543 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, 4,037,434 have received their second dose, and 3,063,000 have received a third dose or booster

* There continues to be large volumes of tests being processed by labs; this and the holiday weekend have impacted turnaround times resulting in delays between specimens being taken and results being received and reported. Public Health Scotland are continuing to monitor the situation.

DEATHS

In the week ending 2 January, 44 deaths were registered where COVID-19 was on the death certificate (noting that death registrations for this period are affected by public holidays and are likely to be artificially low)

Between 20 December and 2 January 97 deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate.

The number of deaths for week 51, 20 to 26 December, was 53 while 44 deaths were registered in the following week from 27 December to 2 January.

Total deaths from all causes in week 51 were 1,336 (5% above the five-year average) and in week 52 there were 1,076 (1% above average).

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said: 

“Death registrations at this time of year are affected by public holidays. As a result the number of registered deaths is likely to be artificially low. We will have a more complete picture in the coming weeks.”

In the most recent week:

  • 21 of the 44 deaths registered were male while 23 were female
  • 14 deaths were aged under 65
  • 6 were aged 65-74
  • 24 deaths in people aged 75 or over.

The City of Edinburgh Council and Glasgow City Council had the highest numbers of deaths at council level with six in each area. In total, 21 (out of 32) council areas had at least one death last week.

Orkney

There have been a total of 9 deaths in Orkney involving Covid, since the start of the pandemic, 6 of those deaths took place in 2021.

Since the start of the outbreak in Scotland:

  • 9,905 people have died who have tested positive as at 7 January
  • 12,470 deaths have been registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to 2 January
  • 29% of COVID-19 registered deaths related to deaths in care homes, 64% were in hospitals and 7% were at home or non-institutional settings (as at 2 January)

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  1. Sadly, according to Scottish Government figures, there have been 11 deaths in Orkney since the start of the pandemic 😕

      • Fiony, these are always a bit behind the PHS data, presumedly to data collection methods. None of the organisations involved in the ‘chains’ appears to have a simple interface to other IT systems, hence there will be additional discrepancies between data reported from different agencies. I would even suggest that the daily headlines of the government are being manually typed in, from data delivered in PHS excel files. My assumption is based on several rather ‘odd’ typos over the course of the pandemic…

        Nunavut (Canada), a region which I find shares a range of characteristics with Orkney (although their population is younger), managed to lose only 4 people to the disease (total population around 34,000). So far they have managed the pandemic rather well… which I believe is due to swift and correct action when needed and far better transparency. They issue exposure notes (which event, which flight etc.) and provide test numbers (positive as well as negative) for each community, even for the smallest and remotest ones. This is not a violation of data protection (as NHS and OIC argue here in Orkney), it is appropriate and legally required transparency(!) in times of a public health emergency of this scale.
        I wish, authorities in Orkney would act as comprehensively and with adequate due precautions like Nunavut (https://www.gov.nu.ca/executive-and-intergovernmental-affairs/news/covid-19-gn-update-january-6-2022). Hearing about ‘learning to live with the virus’ and other nonsense being repeated in UK and Scotland, is demonstrating such a misconception. We need to learn to manage public and private life, businesses and services so that they can function during a pandemic without too much disruption. But management does not imply taking a gamble with people’s lives and health by misinterpreting and vilifying sensible measures as ‘restrictions’.
        I recommend to listen in to today’s Indiesage youtube briefing… I wish attendance was mandatory for politicians & co (who should best read this too: https://www.independentsage.org/covid-protection-and-support-strategy-january-2022/)

        P.S.: Quite a lot on info today about children and Covid, in case parents read this.

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