Hospital-acquired Covid falls for second week

Figure 1: Epidemic curve of COVID-19 cases with first positive specimen taken during an inpatient stay, by onset status: week-ending 1 March 2020 to week-ending 31 January 2021 (n=13,509).   Figure 1 is an epidemic curve of COVID-19 cases with first positive specimen taken during an inpatient stay. The length of the bars are the counts of COVID-19 cases during each week, from week ending 1 March 2020 to week ending 31 January 2021, with the bars broken down by hospital onset status: non-hospital onset (day 1 or 2 of in-patient stay), indeterminate hospital onset, probable hospital onset and definite hospital onset. The chart shows a steep increase in overall cases and definite hospital onset cases until a peak on week ending 5 April. This is followed by a decline in overall cases and definite hospital onset cases since this peak; few cases were observed during July and August. An increase has been observed in overall and definite hospital onset cases since week ending 30 August, plateauing towards the end of 2020. There has been a further recent increase since the end of December.
https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/population-health/covid-19/hospital-onset-covid-19-cases-in-scotland/

I’m standing in for BBC Scotland’s Lisa Summers to report another fall in the level of hospital-onset cases of Covid infection to only 2.6% definite and 1.3% probable.

Lisa has promised to be right there for me if the number goes up again.

The two researchers in England who have promised to update their figures for 2020, when the rate was up to 25% in English hospitals, have not replied to my recent emails.

Readers who point out that the falling number of cases simply reflects falling numbers in wards, may have something there but if that didn’t explain Lisa’s panic about rises, then I’m not using it to explain the fall.

2 thoughts on “Hospital-acquired Covid falls for second week

  1. Lisa and her BBC masters are only interested in deaths in Scotland, I’m surprised they employed you to give people the facts. Lisa will no doubt be back soon to lie to us some more and some more and on and on it goes…

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