Our Strategic Director of Public Health’s statement on the new COVID-19 data

New data has been released by Government which gives us more information on the number of COVID-19 cases in Kirklees.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council said: “All local authorities will have seen an increase in positive tests being reported over the past 24 hours due to the government releasing more data. We’ve been calling for this data for some time as it will help us target activity to reduce transmission, bringing infection rates down even further.

“According to these figures, for Kirklees, our infection rate is less than a fifth of Leicester’s and is dropping.

“We have been quick to contain workplace outbreaks over the past few weeks which inevitably means many more tests being carried out. This could account for the additional positive tests in Kirklees than in some other authorities. It is absolutely right that we have advised for whole workforces to be tested during an outbreak. That is the best way to contain the virus even if, in the short term, it means a higher number of positive tests for people who otherwise didn’t have symptoms or wouldn’t have sought a test.

“The best way we can continue to keep the numbers down is for everyone to keep following the guidance on hand washing and social distancing.

“The picture on data is complicated as there are several sources and it is currently being interpreted in different ways. In Kirklees, we are analysing everything that’s been released and we will give a transparent and ongoing picture to residents as soon as we can.”

We’ve put together some useful information on the new COVID-19 test results data.

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