Updated Very Sombre News

On Saturday 2 May the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published provisional data for Deaths Involving COVID-19 in small areas within England & Wales; this was heavily reported in the local media. SWF Health & Social Care Group reported on 3 May that this provided an opportunity in Section 6 to search for postcode related data. If using that facility it is crucial to take notice of the notes of explanation as to the context and how the results must be read. At that time it showed that two people from all of SWF had died from COVID-19 between 1 March and 17 April 2020.

Since then the ONS has been able to make adjustments. It now reports separately for SWF North and SWF South (the Chelmsford CC electoral areas). We understand that deaths registered outside our area have been transferred back to the area of the deceased’s home. The ONS now reports for the same period three deaths in SWF North and three deaths in SWF South involving COVID-19, a total of six deaths of Town residents. This increasingly awful news confirms our experience that lots of people in SWF have suffered with relatively mild COVID-19 symptoms, some taken seriously ill, some hospitalised, some taken into ICU and some suffering loss of life.

We are sure everyone will want to express their sympathy and condolences to the families, friends and colleagues struck by these tragedies. We all need to continue to follow the instructions to Stay Alert, Control The Virus, Save Lives.

PLEASE: We must maintain social distancing and isolation and ensure those for whom we have responsibility do too. The ONS report is at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsinvolvingcovid19bylocalareasanddeprivation/deathsoccurringbetween1marchand17april