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Testing results

This page was last updated on 26 January 2022.

COVID-19 testing and cases

Bailiwick of Guernsey

Samples tested
208,738
Positive results
10,925
Negative results
197,787
Awaiting results*
26
Deaths due to COVID-19**
17
Additional deaths involving COVID-19***
13
Number recovered
10,409
Known active cases
490

Wednesday 26 January 2022 - We have 490 (known) active cases of COVID-19 in the Bailiwick. 73 new cases have been identified since yesterday and 47 people have recovered. Of the 490 current active cases, 451 are in Guernsey & Herm, 1 is in Sark and 38 are in Alderney.

Of the 73 new cases, 23 are symptomatic community cases, 10 are through community surveillance, 36 are contacts of a known case and 4 are travel related.

Vaccination status of active cases: of the 490 (known) cases, 174 were unvaccinated, 14 were partially vaccinated, 115 were fully vaccinated and 184 were fully vaccinated + boosted. The vaccination status of 3 cases are outstanding.

Post second-wave, 13 individuals with COVID have sadly died. There are currently 3 hospital admissions in the Bailiwick with a COVID-19 diagnosis.

We are currently in an Omicron wave. This is the dominant strain.  As such Public Health will no longer prioritise sequencing while it focuses on managing case numbers effectively.

 

We have recently changed the way we report COVID-19 deaths. Please see the definitions below.

* Awaiting results indicates people who have had a swab taken and are awaiting a result and does not include inbound travel swabs.

** Deaths due to COVID-19 are deaths with a confirmed underlying cause of COVID-19 following completion of clinical coding by the Office for National Statistics.

*** Additional deaths involving COVID-19 are deaths not yet coded where COVID-19 is mentioned as a cause anywhere on the death certificate. In most but not all instances these will be deaths among active COVID-19 cases and in most but not all cases these deaths will be found to have an underlying cause of COVID-19 when clinical coding has taken place.

 

The total number of positive cases may not always equal the total number of recovered cases plus the total number of deaths. This is because we are reporting all deaths considered to be from COVID-19, not just the deaths which were confirmed through testing to have COVID-19 (i.e. COVID-19 may feature on a death certificate, but a PCR test may not have taken place before the death occurred).

New Positive COVID-19 cases - 7 Day Average

This graph shows the 7-day rolling average of new positive cases based on the date the cases are confirmed. The daily figure for new cases can fluctuate significantly depending on the timing of lab results. For example, a big variation between yesterday’s and today’s numbers for new cases. The 7-day rolling average helps to reflect more accurately the trends we see over a longer time period. 

New positive COVID-19 cases - 7 day average 26 Jan 22

Positive cases

252 of the positive cases were from the first wave, 58 cases were from between wave one & wave two and 511 cases were from the second wave.

Dates of each wave and number of cases below:

 

Timing of COVID-19 cases identified

Number of Cases of COVID-19

Wave 1 (9 March – 30 April 2020)

252

Between Wave 1 and 2 (30 April 2020 – 21 January 2021)

58

Wave 2 (22 January – 27 February 2021)

511

Post Wave 2 (27 February 2021 until present)

10,104

 

 

Active cases by vaccination status and age group

Active cases by vaccination status and age group 26 Jan 22

Samples Tested

The samples tested number relates to all the sampling and testing activity associated with finding out if a person is positive or negative during ‘one testing episode’

For example - a person who is symptomatic, is swabbed and the test outcome is positive.  One is added to ‘samples tested’ and one to ‘positive results’.

The daily total of new cases may fluctuate from day to day. This relates to the timing of the reporting of laboratory results. The daily figures run from midnight from one day until midnight of the next day. So, if the results from a large test run are generated after midnight this may affect the daily totals over the two-day period.

Active Cases

Active cases are the total number of cases minus those who have recovered or are deceased. 

It should also be noted that the number of active cases will not reflect the number self-isolating. Some active cases will no longer be required to self-isolate and will instead have moved to Enhanced Passive Follow-up following negative LFTs on Day 6 and Day 7 if they are symptom free.

Read more: I am a positive case | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg

Deaths

There have been 17 deaths with a confirmed underlying cause of COVID-19 following completion of clinical coding by the Office for National Statistics.

A further 13 deaths have been recorded which involve COVID-19 but have not yet undergone clinical coding. For example, these are deaths where COVID-19 is mentioned as a cause anywhere on the death certificate. In most but not all instances these will be deaths among active COVID-19 cases and in most but not all cases these deaths will be found to have an underlying cause of COVID-19 when clinical coding has taken place.

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