Rise in the number of Isle of Wight lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases rises

In the last few days the number of lab-confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases on the Isle of Wight has risen

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The number of confirmed Isle of Wight Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases has increased to 169.

Anecdotally there are more cases of Coronavirus in the community – including in care homes – with Island residents who are showing symptoms self-isolating.

The statistics
As of 5th May, 25 people admitted to St Mary’s Hospital to have tested positive for Covid-19 have recovered and been discharged.

A total of 32 people have sadly died at St Mary’s Hospital after being tested for Covid-19. In addition, there have been 14 deaths outside the hospital setting.

The stats explained
A breakdown of national figures can be found on the Covid-19 Dashboard.

See OnTheWight’s explainer article on understanding the Covid-19 figures that are released by NHS England and Public Health England.

Residents continue to be urged to remain at home in order to stay safe and help the NHS save lives.

Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).

Social distancing
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.

Seeking advice
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

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Saturday, 16th May, 2020 7:36pm


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14 Comments on "Rise in the number of Isle of Wight lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases rises"

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14 COVID deaths in the community and not in hospital seems high, what do we know about these peopl, were they close to death, and in the hospice, or chose to die at home? Were any in care homes? Has St Mary’s discharged any COVID patients back into care home settings, as some hospitals have been doing? It would be good to have a more detailed breakdown… Read more »

A really good last question Susan

Sally,OTW is perhaps the island’s only news feed asking questions and seeking answers. Could you ask our hospital, have they discharged any COVID-19 positive patients back into island care homes?


“Anecdotally there are more cases of Coronavirus in the community – including in care homes – with Island residents who are showing symptoms self-isolating.”……..along with those quietly dying, and conveniently not showing up in the ‘official’ lab tested fatalities because the were not tested.


Deaths up by 100 on IW this year. (all causes)

ONS reports of registered deaths on IW up until May 1st show an increase –

Last 3 years average Jan-Apr – 671
This year 2020 Jan – Apr – 772

They also report 38 Covid related deaths UP TO May 1st

26 – Hospital
8 – Care Home
3 – Home
1- Hospice


Still a lack of clarity of whether these ONS figures include IW residents who died in mainland hospitals….
Also does not include those ‘normally non IW residents’ eg second homers, whose deaths are attributed to the figs for their normal home postcode

Angela Hewitt

Sally, thank you for dealing with our requests. Can I ask you to find out if any of the new cases are app related. Many thank Angela x

Mark L Francis
There seems a pattern of IOW covid19 deaths tracking the national figures at 1 over 1000. The population of the IOW is 1 over 500 of the UK, so the rate is about half. The reliability of any figures is always problematic – perhaps the only reliable one is the increase in deaths from all causes, since it can be a matter of fine judgement as to… Read more »
I must be in the minority on this, I fail to understand the need to know number of the dead and dying, will it assist in any way, There is Not a Vaccine or Drug treatment at present and it could be many years until there is, so the very ill persons will pass away and the fit should recover, or am I missing the very important… Read more »