Covid in the community
Samples from every health board area in Scotland are tested for traces of non-infective Covid-19 ribonucleic acid (RNA) and shared with public health partners so they can see where rates are increasing or decreasing.
Below are the figures for Orkney (area served by Kirkwall waste water) last updated on 10th of August 2023 which sees a massive surge in positive samples.
This means with so little testing being done and almost all restrictions lifted, Covid is very much still within our community and on the increase.
A reader to The Orkney News has alerted us to the fact that Covid is still a notifiable disease, however, with so little testing being done health and care professionals are unable to meet this statutory duty.
The guidance from Public Health Scotland also states that:
- clusters of confirmed COVID-19 cases
- unusually high levels of absence thought to be associated with COVID-19 – in other words, possible cases
Only in higher-risk settings is their a requirement to report outbreaks: prisons, Care Homes, Health Care Settings.
Although vaccination has been effective at protecting those who receive it, the numbers of people ending up in hospital due to the severity of Covid continues to rise. Figures are from Public Health Scotland published 24th August 2023
Published by the National Records of Scotland on 24th August 2023 are the weekly deaths.
The provisional total number of deaths registered in Scotland in week 33 of 2023 (14th August to 20th August was 1,095 (24 or 2% above the 5-year average). There were 23 deaths mentioning COVID-19.
Those figures in more detail:
Deaths where Covid is included on the death certificate
- Age 65 – 74 : 5 deaths, female
- Age 75 – 84: 8 deaths: 4 female, 4 male
- Age 85+ : 10 deaths, 5 female, 5 male
There were 4 deaths in Care Homes, 3 at Home/Non Institutional Setting, and 16 in Hospital.
Of the 23 deaths involving Covid, Covid was the main cause in 16 of them.
The table below shows the deaths for week 33 since the pandemic started in 2020
|Year||Deaths involving Covid||Deaths where Covid was the underlying cause|
There were 1,095 deaths due to all causes, an excess of 24 taken over a 5 year average. There were excess deaths in Cancer +2; Circulatory +1; Respiratory +22; and Other Causes +14.
Increasing numbers of patients in hospital with Covid has a knock on effect to the provision of other medical services, including delays in treatment and care. Excess deaths are continuing, a result of both the delay in treatment and the reluctance of those with conditions to seek help due to concerns over, the possibility of becoming infected with Covid. The removal of the requirement to wear face masks and other preventative measures in health care facilities has increased the anxiety for many people about contracting Covid Few places have adopted any measures for improved ventilation. As we head into the colder months these rising Covid numbers are concerning .
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