2 care home residents living on the Isle of Wight have sadly died after contracting COVID-19, according to the latest official data.
A total of 142 people have now died on the Isle of Wight within 28 days of testing positive for COVID, with 34 of those deaths occurring in January so far.
Of the 142 deaths, 88 have occurred at St Mary’s Hospital, 50 people have died in care homes, 3 at home and 1 at the hospice.
It’s worth noting that although 2 people died in care homes on the Island in the week ending 8th January having tested positive for COVID, 11 other people died in the same week.
Admissions to hospital and deaths are set to continue in the coming days and weeks with pressure mounting on the NHS. Critically ill patients are now being transferred off-Island by helicopter, as previously reported by Island Echo.
It is an improving picture on the Island in terms of the number of cases with the lockdown having a positive effect on transmission. The Isle of Wight is now considered to be the 17th worse affected area in the country, down from being 4th.