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Latest coronavirus cases for Preston and South Ribble as PHE make major data change

Posted on - 16th November, 2020 - 7:55pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston News, South Ribble News
Walking through Preston city centre with face masks on Pic: Paul Melling
Walking through Preston city centre with face masks on Pic: Paul Melling

Latest coronavirus cases have been released for Preston and South Ribble.

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Public Health England has announced a major update to how they record positive Covid-19 tests.

The new method, implemented from Monday 16 November’s data, now uses a person’s address as given at the point of testing.

Previously PHE used the address given on a patient’s NHS Summary Care record.

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A statement from PHE said: “Cases are allocated to the person’s area of residence. From 16 November 2020, PHE has updated the way it records the location of people who test positive or negative for COVID-19.

“It now prioritises addresses given at the point of testing over the details registered on a patient’s NHS Summary Care Record.

“This better reflects the distribution of cases and testing. However, it may give rise to differences in previously reported numbers of cases and rates in some areas.

“The change has been retrospectively applied to tests carried out from 1 September 2020, and data in the dashboard was updated to reflect this change on 16 November 2020. Due to reallocation of cases in this way, the number of cases reported by local authority may be artificially high or low on 16 November 2020.”

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases for Preston on Monday (16 November) was 125.

In South Ribble for the same day there were only eight confirmed cases.

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PHE’s released data showing side-by-side comparisons of the new and old methods dating back to 1 September.

In Preston’s case it shows only minor fluctuations in the daily figures, within a handful of positive test results each day – and South Ribble is a similar picture.

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