Update #3 – Am I being Unreasonable?

Hot on the heels of my earlier update, I was looking to find the info from other sources. I want to share this link far and wide:

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=47574f7a6e454dc6a42c5f6912ed7076

This only has information for England, I’m afraid. But:

  • The page displays a map. The map allows you to zoom in and out, and move around. A bit like Google.
  • You can also type in your post code. It needs to be the full postcode. AB1 2CD. That will take you to your location on the map.
  • In the top-left corner, there is also an icon, “go to my current location”, if your device supports it.
  • Left-click on the map. A little box pops up.
  • The box contains the location’s MSOA. I had no idea what that is. Middle Super Output Area, apparently. Some kind on unitary authority which I have never heard of, in all my 50-odd years. Looks like it is roughly equivalent to the “wards” we have at election time. So quite detailed. My MSOA covers mine and the next village, better focussed that I thought I could achieve.
  • The other thing this box tells you is the number of confirmed cases this last week. Exactly what I wanted to know. They update the map daily, and so “the last week” just rolls and rolls.

I guess the first thing I need to do is to follow this map, and see whether it agrees with the numbers I trust. The source is the UK Government, same source as my other info, so I’m hopeful. At the same time, I’m aware that the entire UK had 1,000 new cases yesterday. That’s a lot of cases.

If the map is good, however, the prognosis looks good outside of London and Birmingham – our biggest cities. My little area is showing zero cases this last week. Most areas are showing zero.

My main aim of this was to find local data, and I believe I have found that now. Although the hospital have been no help whatever, I’m just gonna drop the FoI request. They could have saved me a lot of time by pointing me here, but I have the result I was looking for.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

7 thoughts on “Update #3 – Am I being Unreasonable?”

  1. This is really useful. Thank you so much for sharing. We are planning on a small family gathering in September to celebrate what would have been Dad’s 100th birthday. Sadly he died during lockdown. This will be really useful to help us decide whether to go ahead and for family members to assess the risk.

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    1. Good. Same for me. I am still locked-down but might be less wary about going out now. I know it doesn’t account for people travelling into the area, but I think this will be as good as we get.
      I’m glad it’s not just me, worried about this stuff.

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      1. I am also a diabetic (type 1) so have been very cautious. It’s grockle season here in Weymouth – I always lockdown throughout August 🤣

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  2. “Middle Layer Super Output Areas are a geographic hierarchy designed to improve the reporting of small area statistics in England and Wales. Middle Layer Super Output Areas are built from groups of contiguous Lower Layer Super Output Areas.” there..now doesn’t that just explkain everything? lol

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  3. I should have also posted this link because from the map it is not clear where the data comes from: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases. There is a “menu” down the extreme left. You should select “Cases”. When that screen appears, down toward the bottom of the page, right-hand side, there is a section titled “Cases by local area in England”. Just under there, there is a white-on-green button, “View Map” which leads to this map.

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