29 coronavirus related deaths in care homes on the Island

NEARLY 30 people have died in care homes on the Isle of Wight due to the coronavirus.

And almost 180 people have contracted it in Island care homes.

In statistics released today, the number of deaths registered by local authority cause by Covid-19 up to May 22 in care homes has reached 29 — an increase from the previous data of six.

Data published by the Office for National Statistics each week, breaks down the numbers of deaths in for previous weeks in the hospital, at home, in care homes or in the hospice but runs almost eleven days ago — so figures may change and alter previous weeks as they are updated in real-time.

Figures for week 20, the week ending May 15, found 23 registered deaths in care homes due to Covid-19, but increased for week 21, the week ending May 22.

The number of people who died at home (three) and in hospice (one) have remained the same.

In a report published yesterday by the Isle of Wight Council, between the beginning of March and May 14, the height of the pandemic, 178 people living in the Island’s care homes had contracted the disease.

Latest figures published by Public Health England found that nearly 40 per cent of the 75 care, nursing or residential homes on the Isle of Wight had reported outbreaks of the virus.

However, no death has occurred at the Island’s only hospital, St Mary’s, since May 25 so its figure still stands at 38.

Overall, on the Island, 71 people have died due to Covid-19.