Published by Public Health Scotland on 12th of October 2022, here are the weekly Covid stats:
Hospital Admissions are provisional. No data was available from NHS Orkney and NHS Western Isles
- In Scotland, in the week ending 24 September 2022, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 113,000 (95% credible interval: 92,100 to 135,700), equating to 2.15% of the population, or around 1 in 45 people (Source: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK – Office for National Statistics)
- In the week ending 09 October 2022, there were on average 838 patients in hospital with COVID-19, a 12.6% increase from the previous week ending 02 October 2022 (744)
- In the week ending 09 October 2022 there were 17 new admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19, a decrease of 1 from the previous week (02 October 2022)
- In the week ending 02 October 2022, there were 45 deaths involving COVID-19 (12 more than the previous week) (Source: National Records of Scotland)
- By week ending 09 October 2022 of the 684,446 people vaccinated for COVID-19 as part of the Winter 2022 vaccination programme, 94% were vaccinated for Flu at the same vaccination appointment
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have a wider impact on health and care as a result of the lockdown, economic pressures and changes to health services.
In the latest week ending 09 October 2022, there were 229 new COVID-19 admissions to hospital. Hospital admissions for the most recent week are provisional and should be treated with caution. At the time of publication there were no data available for three NHS Boards, and the previous week’s figures have been rolled forward. These provisional data will be refreshed next week.
In the latest week ending 09 October 2022, for every 1,000 emergency admissions there were 32 COVID-19 admissions (3.2%) in all age groups. In the same week, the 70-74 age group had the highest rate of COVID-19 admissions (5.6%) and the 18-29 age group had the lowest rate (0.7%). 96 stays (61.5%) were greater than or equal to 48 hours, whereas 32 stays (20.5%) were less than 24 hours.
The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital is an indicative measure of the pressure on hospitals, as these patients still require isolation from other patients for infection control purposes.
Following a fall in the number of new ICU admissions since July, the average number of ICU admissions has continued to be similar each week in September, although has increased slightly in recent weeks. In the week ending 09 October 2022 there were 17 admissions to ICU, a decrease of 1 from the previous week (02 October 2022) when there were 18 admissions.
Number of Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations administered to eligible adults in Scotland by week to end of week 40, 2022*
The COVID-19 pandemic has direct impacts on health as a result of illness, hospitalisations and deaths due to COVID-19. However, the pandemic also has wider impacts on health, healthcare, and health inequalities. Click on this link for COVID-19 Wider Impacts
All covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away.
We all need to keep playing our part to protect ourselves and others. You can do this by:
- getting the flu and COVID-19 vaccines if offered, to ensure you are fully protected
- staying at home if you’re unwell with symptoms or have a fever
- opening windows when socialising indoors
- wearing a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
- washing your hands to protect yourself
Care for yourself and others to help slow down the spread of the virus and reduce pressure on our health services.
On the television I see women in Tehran not wearing a hajib, but wearing masks to try to avoid Covid. They have so much else to deal with – but they are prepared to wear masks.
Meanwhile – Japan has opened it’s borders again.
What’s needed and what has always been needed is a concerted, world- wide effort – but that didn’t happen, and isn’t happening.
And yes, I will keep going on about it.
Recommended reading in the wider context (Grampian selected because ARI is where Orkney patients often are referred to):
Appendix 1 (powerpoint presentation) from ‘Item 5: System Pressure Performance Report’ from NHS Grampian’s latest Board Meeting 6th October (https://www.nhsgrampian.org/about-us/grampian-nhs-board/grampian-nhs-board-meetings/2022-board-papers/6-october-2022/).
The data is from 14th September.
I think it is reasonable to expect that the situation is not getting better given the increase in infections….