COVID-19: Care Homes in England – Update 7th July

May 8, 2020

Carl  Heneghan, Jason Oke

Data from care homes shows that 6,608  out of 15,507 care homes (42.6%) in England have confirmed or suspected outbreaks of COVID reported upto the week commencing the 22nd  of June.

An outbreak is defined as two or more people experiencing a similar illness, which appears to be linked to a particular setting. The dataset is from Public Health England infectious disease outbreaks in care homes. An individual care home is included in the dataset once. If a care home has reported more than one outbreak, only the first is included.


Ten worst performing local authorities

Full listing: Week Commencing the 22nd June in England)

Local AuthorityPercentage
Wandsworth (n =34)70.6%
Wigan (n=55)72.7%
Tameside (n=38)73.7%
Oxfordshire (n=129)75.2%
Islington (n=160)87.5%
Camden (n=11)100%
Tower Hamlets (n=10)100%
Hackney (n=15)100%
Kensington and Chelsea (n=11)100%
Hammersmith and Fulham n =10100%

PHE’s National surveillance reports



Carl Heneghan is Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and Director of Studies for the Evidence-Based Health Care Programme. (Full bio and disclosure statement here)

Jason Oke is a Senior Statistician at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Module Coordinator for Statistical Computing with R and Stata (EBHC Med Stats), and Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research (EBHC), as part of the Evidence-Based Health Care Programme.


Disclaimerthe article has not been peer-reviewed; it should not replace individual clinical judgement, and the sources cited should be checked. The views expressed in this commentary represent the views of the authors and not necessarily those of the host institution, the NHS, the NIHR, or the Department of Health and Social Care. The views are not a substitute for professional medical advice.