Infection rates drop but COVID-19 hospital admissions and deaths rise

COVID-19 infection rates have dropped by 12 per cent in Kirklees over the last week, but hospital admissions and the number of deaths related to the virus have risen.

Kirklees Council’s Director of Public Health, Rachel Spencer-Henshall, says infection rates in Kirklees are falling but we have a long way to go so we can prevent more local people being admitted to hospital and losing their lives.

There were 888 new positive COVID-19 cases in the borough over the last seven days which is a drop of 12 per cent on last week. You can view all the data on the online dashboard.

However, the amount of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in Kirklees has increased. 102 residents were admitted to local hospitals over the last week, up from 98 last week.

There are currently 188 patients from Kirklees in local hospitals with COVID-19 which is higher than the first peak in spring last year and has increased since last week when it was 186.

There were sadly 22 COVID-19 related deaths in the last week – which is higher than 17 the previous week.

The latest data shows that in the last seven days 201 per 100,000 people in Kirklees tested positive for COVID-19, compared to the previous week when it was 230 per 100,000 people.

Vaccination programme

The NHS Coronavirus vaccination programme  is taking place in Kirklees for people who are most at risk. Delivering vaccinations to our population will take time, and you will be contacted when it’s your turn.

However, if you are aged 70 or over and haven’t been contacted, you can now book an appointment online or  Freephone 119 between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

Restrictions

England remains in a national lockdown. Visit Kirklees Council’s website for more information about the restrictions in place.

 Community Testing for critical workers

The council is encouraging all critical workers without symptoms to get tested weekly at one of four centres across Kirklees. You can view the Government’s website for a list of critical workers.

Visit Kirklees Council’s website for more information, and to find your local community testing centre.

Anyone in Kirklees who has COVID-19 symptoms still needs to arrange a test by calling 119 or going to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council said: “It’s positive that our infection rates are falling, and I want to thank everyone for their efforts and continuing to keep each other safe.

“We have to be honest; we need to see our rates come down further and at a faster rate than they currently are. Over the last week we’ve seen the number of Kirklees residents being treated in local hospitals for the virus go up, and sadly so has the amount of people to have lost their lives.

“Most other parts of the country are seeing steeper drops in their number of infections, meaning we’re quickly moving from having one of the lowest rates in the country to now being at the national average. We need to improve this, and we can all play our part.

“By following all the guidance in place, you can help to ease the growing pressure on our health services and save lives. The best thing you can do to protect your family and community is to stay at home. Only leave your home for essential reasons and for exercise and don’t mix with other households.

“Please remember that the basics – such as hand-washing, social-distancing, wearing a face covering and getting tested if you have symptoms – are still a key way we can reduce infections.

“The vaccine continuing to rollout, with thousands of the most at risk people across Kirklees receiving theirs in recent weeks. If you’re over 70 and haven’t been contacted yet, please book your appointment online or call 119. For everyone else, please just wait to be contacted.

“Thank you once again for playing your part during these difficult times.”

If you’re vulnerable and need support, please visit Kirklees Council’s website or call 0800 4561114.