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Our data from COVID-19 Insight: Issue 4

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Homecare providers – prevalence of COVID-19

Graph showing the highest rate of covid in London, the North East and North West
Percentage of DCAs by COVID-19 submission status: 30 August - 5 September
Source: CQC Domiciliary Care Agency Survey. Homecare providers with at least one case include suspected AND confirmed cases. Numbers in brackets show number of services that are primarily homecare providers in the region. Included in these figures are homecare services currently lying dormant, so completion rates are slightly higher for fully active services than this might suggest. Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

Homecare providers - availability of all PPE

Graph showing the largest percentage of providers without available PPE being in London
Homecare providers - availability of all PPE
Source: CQC Domiciliary Care Agency Survey – latest response in period 30 August – 5 September inclusive.

Homecare providers – staff absence

Graph showing the highest rates of staff absence in London and Yorkshire & the Humber
DCA staff who deliver care to people absent due to coronavirus
Source: CQC Domiciliary Care Agency survey – latest response in period 30 August – 5 September inclusive. Includes staff who are self-isolating or have care commitments. England average: 3%.

Deaths notified by care homes

Graph showing a gradual declining number of deaths over the past month
Care home COVID-19 deaths: seven-day moving average
Source: CQC Death Notifications submitted 4 August to 4 September 2020.
Map showing the highest rates of COVID deaths in care homes happening in London, the North West and the North East
Number of notifications by care homes of deaths where COVID-19 is reported as suspected or confirmed per 1,000 care home beds: 10 April to 4 September 2020.
Source: CQC death of service user notifications from 10 April to 4 September 2020. For this map, notifications are of deaths no matter where the resident died, so it includes deaths in hospitals and hospices.

Deaths of people detained under the Mental Health Act

All providers registered with CQC must notify us about deaths of people who are detained, or liable to be detained, under the MHA. From 1 March to 4 September 2020, we have been notified of 94 deaths that mental health providers indicated were suspected or confirmed to be related to COVID-19. A further three COVID-19 related deaths of detained patients were reported by other (non-mental health) providers.

The chart below shows the number of deaths by week of death. To date there have been no notifications of any COVID-19 related deaths that have occurred after 4 July; however, this could change due to time lags in providers submitting notifications and/or identifying that a particular death was COVID-19 related.

Graph of weekly MHA deaths in England showing sharp rise in March and April
Weekly MHA deaths in England (COVID and non-COVID): 1 March to 4 September 2020.

Of the 239 notifications from mental health providers in the 2020 period (covering all causes of death), 188 were from NHS organisations, of which 68 deaths were indicated as being COVID-19-related, and 51 were from independent providers, of which 26 deaths were COVID-19-related.

We have identified 13 detained patients whose deaths have been notified to us from 1 March to 4 September 2020 who had a learning disability and/or were autistic: the majority were not identified as related to confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Of these people, most also had a mental health diagnosis. Please note that these patients were identified both from a specific box being ticked on the notification form and a review of diagnoses in the free text of the form.

Table showing all deaths of detained patients from 1 March to 4 September 2020 by age band and COVID-19 status.
Age band 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75-84 85+ Unknown Total
Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 1 1 4 6 13 18 30 18 6 97
Not COVID-19 6 13 8 23 29 29 20 11 13 152
Total 7 14 12 29 42 47 50 29 19 249
Table showing all deaths of detained patients from 1 March to 4 September 2020 by gender and COVID-19 status.
  Female Male Unknown or not specified Total
Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 34 55 8 97
Not COVID-19 49 88 15 152
Total 83 143 23 249
Table showing all deaths of detained patients from 1 March to 4 September 2020 by ethnicity and COVID-19 status
Ethnicity Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 Not COVID-19
Asian 3 1
Black 11 11
Mixed 1 4
Other ethnic groups 0 1
White 60 85
Unknown 12 20
Not stated 10 30
Total 97 152
Table showing all deaths of detained patients from 1 March to 4 September 2020 by place of death and COVID-19 status
Place of Death Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 Not COVID-19
Medical ward 57 48
Psychiatric ward 32 48
Hospital grounds 1 4
Patient’s home 0 15
Public place 0 2
Other 1 22
Not stated 6 13
Total 97 152

ONS data on all weekly deaths in England

Graph showing the number of deaths rising in Spring and returning to normal again over Summer
Total weekly deaths in 2020 compared with sum of weekly deaths in English regions between 2015 and 2019.
Source: ONS COVID/non-COVID 2020 death data and 2015-2019 death data. Week 35: week ending 28 August 2020.
Last updated:
23 September 2020