Coronavirus: First death in months recorded in Dorset hospital – Dorset Echo

The first coronavirus death in over nine weeks has been recorded  in Dorset, the latest figures show.

NHS England figures show 50 people had died in hospital at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as of 5pm on Wednesday.

That was an increase of one compared to the 49 that had been recorded at the same point on Tuesday, and the first death in 74 days.

The victims were among 1,294 deaths recorded across the South West.

Of 21 trusts within the region, Poole Hospital trust has the 10th-highest death toll.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

This means some of the deaths that were first recorded in the latest period may actually have taken place days earlier.

NHS England guidance states: “Confirmation of Covid-19 diagnosis, death notification and reporting in central figures can take up to several days and the hospitals providing the data are under significant operational pressure.”

Only deaths that occur in hospitals where the patient has tested positive for Covid-19 are recorded, with deaths in the community excluded, such as those in care homes.