35 Islanders have now sadly died with COVID-19 at St Mary’s Hospital, according to the latest figures released by NHS England this afternoon (Friday).
The first coronavirus death on the Isle of Wight was recorded on 22nd March and within 2 weeks that number had risen to 5. On 19th April, 4 weeks after the first death, a total of 16 people had sadly died in St Mary’s Hospital. In the 2 weeks that followed, the total number of fatalities climbed from 16 to 29, but since the start of May that number has increased by just 6 from 29 to 35.
A levelling of COVID-19 hospital deaths is clear, which is positive news in the fight against coronavirus. This is despite the number of confirmed cases climbing t0 181, which now includes those tested at home and at the testing facility in Newport.
Across the Island, a total of 57 people have now died from COVID-19. ONS figures show that 22 people have died outside of the hospital environment.
As of 21st May, 181 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded on the Isle of Wight. This number remains fairly low in comparison to other areas, even after the launch of a testing facility at Medina Leisure Centre car park and home swabbing through the NHSX app.