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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Weekly Covid-19 Surveillance Report

A summary of data and information relating to Covid-19. Find out how many cases there are in West Berkshire and how many people have died from Covid-19.

New Berkshire covid-19 data dashboard

A new covid-19 data dashboard and website has been has been developed that shows the number of covid-19 cases and deaths for the whole of Berkshire, in a simple to use format.  Available at this web address; Berkshire covid-19 data

Important notice

This webpage will soon be retired as data is now readily available in the public domain and is updated more frequently. Please contact us if this will cause a problem for you. 

Headline figures for this week (23 October 2020)

Table 1: Headline figures for Covid-19 

Total number of Covid-19 cases in West Berkshire (Pillar 1 and 2) (7 March to 22 October)

Total number of deaths (1 March to 9 October )

872135

Number of Covid-19 cases reported this week in West Berkshire (15 October to 21 October)*

Number of Covid-19 deaths reported this week (week ending 9 October)

711

* Please note that this figure should always be considered as incomplete as new data is retrospectively updated as new cases of covid-19 are confirmed. For more up-to-date information, please visit the Berkshire covid-19 data dashboard. 

How has the data changed this week?

The blue line on the chart below shows the 7 day rolling average of the daily number of cases of Covid-19. This helps to smooth out day-to-day variation and the effect of lower testing rates at the weekends. It also shows the long term trend more clearly.

The 7 day rolling average for each day is calculated by adding the number of cases for that day to the numbers of cases for the previous 6 days and dividing by 7.

As a 22 October, the 7 day rolling average of the number of positive tests for Covid-19 in West Berkshire is similar to the South East and England.  The number of cases over the last week has increased but overall the daily number of cases remains low in West Berkshire. 

 

7 day rolling average 23 October 2020
7 day rolling average 23 October 2020

 

How does the rate of covid-19 cases in West Berkshire compare to the rest of Berkshire?

The different nations, regions, upper tier local authorities and lower tier local authorities, vary enormously in population size. Areas with larger populations will tend to have more cases than those with smaller populations. To account for the different population sizes, rates are calculated. The count for each area is divided by the total population and multiplied by 100,000.

Whilst rates make it easier to compare different areas, they do not take into account other factors that may affect the numbers of cases, such as the age of the population or the amount of testing carried out.

Table 3: Cumulative rates of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population (correct as at 22 October 2020)

 Total number of casesRate of covid-19 cases
England687,3271,221.1
South East62,092676.4
Bracknell Forest753614.4
Reading1,372848.1
Slough1,5501,036.5
West Berkshire872550.3
Windsor and Maidenhead1,228811
Wokingham1,120654.5

Source: Coronavirus dashboard (updated daily) 

How many cases have there been in my local area?

Public Health England produce data on the number of covid-19 cases in a local area known as Middle Super Output Areas (MSOA). In some areas, the MSOA has the same boundary as an electoral Ward, but it can be different.

The data in table 4 shows the number of lab confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 reported by 20 October with specimen date up to 18 October 2020, for MSOAs in West Berkshire. Cases from pillar 1 and pillar 2 of the government's testing programme are included. Numbers from 0 to 2 (inclusive) are suppressed (represented by "..") in order to prevent others from being able to identify an individual. This therefore means that some of these MSOAs may have had positive cases of covid-19 but they are not shown in the table below, therefore care should be taken when interpreting this information (e.g. just because there are no numbers reported for week 35, it doesn't mean that there hasn't been any positive cases in West Berkshire this week).

Table 4: PHE Weekly MSOA Covid-19 positive cases. Week 41 report (up to week ending  17th October 2020)

NB: This data is reported one week in arrears. 

AreaWeek 26Week 27Week 28Week 29Week 30Week 31Week 32Week 33Week 34Week 35Week 36Week 37Week 38Week 39Week 40Week 41Week 42
Chieveley, East Ilsley and Compton....................3........38
Lambourn and Great Shefford........................3443..
Streatley and Pangbourne............................5....
Purley on Thames............................549
Westwood................................3
Calcot North and Little Heath............................43..
Hermitage and Cold Ash................3........410126
Calcot South..............................3..
Theale and Beenham............................3312
Hungerford..................................
Burghfield Common..........................4......
Newbury North West........5..................6....
Newbury Clay Hill..............................33
Newbury Central and Greenham..............................6..
Newbury South West..................................4
Newbury Wash Common............................4..4
Thatcham West......................53......6
Thatcham Town....3..........................6
Thatcham North East............................336
Thatcham South East and Bradfield................4........34134
Kintbury and Boxford..........................3..84
Mortimer and Aldermaston Wharf..............................33

Source: Public Health England Second Generation Surveillance System (SGSS).

If you are not sure which MSOA you live in, enter your postcode on this website to find out the number of positive cases of coronavirus in your local area:  Postcode finder for covid-19 cases

How many deaths from Covid-19 have there been in my local area?

All local authorities in England and Wales recorded an increase in age-standardised mortality rates involving Covid-19 between March and April 2020, followed by decreases in May and June 2020 for most areas; the mortality rate fell by more than half between April and June 2020 in nearly all local authorities.

Between March to July 2020, 22% a quarter of deaths in West Berkshire are Covid-19 related and this varies by MSOA (the range is 0% to 46%).

Please note this data is produced by the Office for National Statistis and this is the latest data available. 

Table 5: Number of deaths by Middle Supper Output Area - data includes deaths from coronavirus (Covid-19) - where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate, regardless of whether an individual had a test for Covid-19

 No. Covid-19 deathsNo. Non-Covid-19 deathsAll causes of death
House of Commons Library MSOA Names5 month - March to July5 month - March to July5 month - March to July
Chieveley, East Ilsley and Compton01414
Lambourn and Great Shefford12021
Streatley and Pangbourne11617
Purley on Thames11415
Westwood41418
Calcot North and Little Heath71522
Hermitage and Cold Ash32023
Calcot South3912
Theale and Beenham41923
Hungerford52328
Thatcham South East and Bradfield52126
Newbury North West123345
Newbury Clay Hill142236
Thatcham West52126
Burghfield Common62026
Thatcham Town303565
Thatcham North East31619
Kintbury and Boxford103242
Newbury Central and Greenham43337
Newbury South West43539
Newbury Wash Common62228
Mortimer and Aldermaston Wharf42024
Total deaths for West Berkshire132474606

Source: Office for National Statistics, published 28 August.

Figures on deaths published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) differ from those produced by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the UK's public health agencies for two main reasons: the time between death and reporting of the death, and the ONS's wider inclusion criteria.  Data from ONS includes deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate but not necessary confirmed by a positive Covid-19 test result.

Where have people died?

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in West Berkshire, the majority of deaths from coronavirus occurred in a care home or in hospital. 

Table 6: Place of death for West Berkshire residents who have died from Covid-19 (as of  9 October 2020)

 HomeHospitalCare HomeHospiceOtherTotal
Number6636411135
Percentage4%47%47%1%1%-

Source: Office for National Statistics

Definitions

Pillar 1 and 2 testing

Pillar 1 and 2: combined data from both pillar 1 and pillar 2 of the government's Covid-19 testing programme

Pillar 1: data from swab testing in PHE labs and NHS hospitals for those with clinical need, and health and care workers

Pillar 2: data from swab testing for the wider population, as set out in government guidance

Super Output Areas (SOA)

SOAs were designed to improve the reporting of small area statistics and are built up from groups of output areas (OA).

Statistics for lower layer super output areas (LSOA) and middle layer super output areas (MSOA) were originally released in 2004 for England and Wales.

GeographyMinimum populationMaximum populationMinimum number of householdsMaximum number of households
MSOA5,00015,0002,0006,000

Middle super output areas may have similar or different ward boundaries. You can read more on the House of Commons Library MSOA names webpage.