New Kirklees dashboard with everything you need to know on our infection rates

You can now access all the most up-to-date figures on COVID-19 infection rates across Kirklees on our new dashboard.

We wanted to make sure that people in Kirklees had access to all the most up-to-date data so we’ve put together everything we know about infection rates in Kirklees and the rest of the country in one easy-to-use dashboard.

The dashboard shows our rates of positive cases, which areas the cases are in, how we compare to neighbouring areas and the rest of the country and more. We will update this every week.

The data tells us this week our rates have increased slightly. You can see all the information on our Kirklees COVID-19 cases dashboard. We have been working to contain outbreaks at Buy It Direct in Huddersfield and Camira Fabrics in Meltham which will have contributed to this rise. However, even without these outbreaks our rates would still be up.

We will be using this data so we can continue to take targeted action in areas that have the highest rates of infection.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said this new dashboard will help to keep local people informed and is urging everyone that this week’s figures show you need to stay vigilant and follow all the latest guidance in place in Kirklees.

She added: “After dropping by 24 per cent two weeks ago, our rates have increased in the last two weeks and it’s a clear sign that our rates can quickly start to rise again, so we all need to ensure we are not becoming complacent.

“We announced this week that we have been working to contain COVID-19 outbreaks at Buy It Direct in Huddersfield and Camira Fabrics in Meltham – this is likely to have contributed to the increase in our rates this week but it is not the only reason.

“However, we are still above the national average and our rates have increased the last two week weeks running. So my message to everyone in Kirklees this week is that this is not over yet. Please continue to follow the latest Government guidance, save lives and bring our infection rates down so we can avoid any further local restrictions.

“We’re also testing more people in Kirklees than before with more local testing centres being set-up in our communities. This will inevitably mean more people testing positive, but in the long run helps us to prevent the virus spreading.

“The Government announced new restrictions for areas in the North of England, including Kirklees, on 30 July. Government has today (Friday 14 August) confirmed that these restrictions will remain in place and will be reviewed again next week.

“We are asking the Government to give us more clarity on where we need to get to for these restrictions to be lifted. I know how difficult a sacrifice this has been and will continue to be. In the meantime, please continue to follow the guidance and keep each other safe. If we continue to do this together, we will see these restrictions lifted.”

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