Gloucestershire publishes its Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 case data
To provide a more complete picture of the number of confirmed cases there has been in the county, the council is today publishing details of cases confirmed via both NHS and PHE testing (Pillar 1) and community testing by commercial partners and the military (Pillar 2).
To date, the Department for Health and Social Care’s website (https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/) has only shown Pillar 1 results by area. There are two sets of data on this page which relate to confirmed cases in an area. The table to the left of the map shows a rolling record of confirmed cases by area - this is not ‘live’ data and therefore should not be used to calculate the number of confirmed cases there has been in any given period.
Below the map (on the same page), there is a link which gives you a download of when a case was confirmed to PHE and gives a more accurate picture of the timing of cases. There can still be times where there is a slight ‘lag’ with the results being notified to PHE or national data uploads.
The number of people who have sadly died with coronavirus remains unchanged as these numbers have been reported in full by the Office of National Statistics since April.
In addition to the already published data (Pillar 1), we have for some time been receiving the Pillar 2 data from PHE, which although we have not been able to publish has been used to inform our response and keep a track of all of positive cases in the county.
Under the Pillar 2 testing (home tests, the mobile testing units and more recently the fixed site at Hempsted Meadows), an additional 360 additional cases have been identified since 16 March – they are not newly detected cases. Even with the Pillar 2 cases added in, the overall picture for the county has not changed with the peak of cases occurring in the middle of April.
Sarah Scott, director of public health for Gloucestershire said: “The data we are releasing today provides a more complete picture of the number of confirmed cases in the county and clearly shows there is no spike. I completely understand that with so many sets of data available it has been difficult for people to get a complete picture of the situation in the county and indeed across the country. I hope this additional data helps to provide more clarity for everyone. As we take on more local control through our outbreak management plan, we will look to provide regular, up to date, more detailed data to ensure everyone is as informed as possible and can take any appropriate steps to keep them and family members safe.
“It is important to remember that although, when compared to elsewhere in the country, we have seen lower numbers of cases and deaths and currently have no outbreaks, we must continue to work together, make sure we follow social distancing measures, keep up the good hand washing. That way we can make sure we’re doing everything possible to make sure it stays that way.”
Remember: If you think you have C-19 symptoms (high temperature, new persistent cough, loss/change of taste or smell) you must isolate and get tested and please engage with the NHS Track and Trace service so make sure the risk of Covid-19 spreading in communities is kept to a minimum.
A detailed breakdown of Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 case numbers will be published nationally, later today.