COVID-19 rates in Kirklees are continuing to rise

Rates of COVID-19 and the number of deaths are continuing to rise in Kirklees and we all urgently need to play our part in turning this around.

This COVID-19 situation in Kirklees is continuing to grow in seriousness each week, with us now having the ninth highest rates in the country, and the council’s Director of Public Health, Rachel Spencer-Henshall, has issued another important plea to the whole of the borough.

The latest data shows that in the last seven days 571 per 100,000 people in Kirklees tested positive for COVID-19, compared to last week when it was 515 per 100,000 people.

There were 2,510 new positive COVID-19 cases in the borough over the last seven days with cases in every single ward. You can view all the data on the online dashboard.

Sadly, there were 33 COVID-19-related Kirklees deaths in the last week. 103 Kirklees people have been admitted to hospital in the last week. These figures are from hospitals in Kirklees, Wakefield or Calderdale.

The latest information also shows that 159 Kirklees schools (127 primary, 20 secondary, three all-through/middle, six all-through special, one Pupil Referral Unit schools) currently have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases.

There are a total of 4,672 pupils in Kirklees that are either suspected/confirmed COVID-19 cases or are self-isolating and are not in school as a result. 192 are confirmed positive cases.

Alongside the rest of England, Kirklees is now under lockdown restrictions. More information about local restrictions.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council said: “I want to thank you all for everything you are doing to keep yourself and others safe. I know how difficult this lockdown period is for us all, but the efforts you’re going to and the sacrifices you’re making are a key part in our fight against COVID-19.

 

“However, I cannot stress enough how serious our current situation is. Our rates of COVID-19 infection, hospitalisations and deaths are all increasing every week and we are continuing to quickly move up the national table.

 

“This week we’ve moved into the top ten of areas with the highest rates. 2,500 people in the last week became infected with COVID-19 and this is a big number.

 

“The harsh reality is that the higher our rates climb; more people end up in hospital and more people lose their lives. We’ve got to turn this around together.

 

“To help us support this, we have requested that Kirklees gets access to lateral flow tests which will give almost instant results. We will use these rapid tests to support our most vulnerable residents and we believe this will help to save lives and reduce hospital admissions.

 

“What we need everyone else to do during this lockdown period is to limit your contact with other households to an absolute minimum, stay at home as much as possible and please, if you have any symptoms at all, self-isolate.

 

“We know how difficult this lockdown period is, but it’s vital that we all take it seriously and get through it together. Please continue look out for each other, as you always do, and thank you for playing your part.”

If you need support in anyway during lockdown, please get in touch with our COVID-19 Community Response: COVID-19 Community Response and we’ll do everything we can to help.

7 comments

  • Hi Ingrid, you can see where infection rates are high on our Covid Data dashboard – https://public.tableau.com/profile/kirklees.intelligence.service#!/vizhome/CoronaviruscasesKirklees/PublicFacingDashboard thanks ^CP

  • Since we entered this second so called lockdown nothing much has changed unlike the first one.As I am considered a key worker I have worked all the way through I remember going to work the first week and it was eerie.No traffic on the roads no one out and about.Then we let the so called brakes off and we were told to be cautious,people went crazy which in turn led us to the situation we are in now. Unfortunately unless you tell the population you CAN NOT they WILL NOT.Unscrupulous shop owners finding ways in which they stay open offering click and collect on items which are not deemed necessary leading to massive unsocially distanced ques outside their premises,the roads still heavy with traffic which is generally a good indication of people not staying at home.Schools doing their best to try and remain open as the government has insisted they do so ,however lots of children having to self isolate because of positive tests in schools either it been in staff or students which is a worry for parents of children who are facing gcse exams in the next couple of years as they have already missed valuable time in which they will not be able to catch up and face missing more as they have to isolate two weeks at a time.The time has come for decisive action to be taken against people refusing to wear masks ,self isolate,having parties and yada,yada,yada.Many of our communities have had to celebrate special events in their calendars this year without wider family members and as we approach Xmas I fear we will have to do the same.Yes it will be difficult and some people may face it alone which will be very tough but at the end of the day it is just another day in the diary of this horrific virus and when it is over we will be here to celebrate and to face many more celebrations together if we just all do the right thing.

  • In what areas are the majority of the infections? Truth is that many of us cannot do anymore

  • The infection rates in Kirklees have increased by a factor of 15 or do despite us being subject to quite rigid restrictions, under various guises, for the last few months. Do you have any information from track and trace, PHE or elsewhere that demonstrates how the infection is spreading? The marked increase in the last few weeks appears to have coincided with the reopening of schools and universities. Is this a coincidence or a material factor?

  • Where is the map?

  • We need to close the schools

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