Infection rates drop, but still above national average
The COVID-19 infection rate in Kirklees has dropped by 25 per cent over the last week but remains above the national average. The council is urging everyone to continue to play their part so we can bring rates down further and get Kirklees through the roadmap out of lockdown together.
With 141 per 100,000 people in Kirklees testing positive for COVID-19 over the last seven days, the borough’s rate has dropped by 25 per cent since last week. However, Kirklees’ rate is still above the national average of 86 per 100,000.
There were 621 new confirmed positive cases in the last week in Kirklees – fewer than last week when there were 764. Around 98 per cent of these cases were of the Kent variant, which has shown to be spread more easily. View all the data on the online dashboard.
It’s likely that we are now seeing early signs of the impact of the vaccine rollout, with hospitalisations and deaths related to Covid-19 both dropping again over the last week. More than 130,000 people in Kirklees have now had at least their first dose of the vaccine.
There were 53 Kirklees people admitted to local hospitals with Covid-19 over the last week, which has dropped slightly from 57 last week. There are currently 63 patients from Kirklees in local hospitals with Covid-19 which is lower than last week, when it was 121, but remains high.
There were sadly six Covid-19 related deaths in the last week – but this is a significant drop from 21 in the previous week.
Kirklees Council, with partners and volunteers, is helping to prevent the spread of the virus in a number of ways:
- Vaccine programme: It’s thanks to the hard work of the amazing health staff and volunteers that we’ve made such a strong start as well as the fantastic take up from local residents. If you’re over 60 and haven’t been contacted yet, you don’t have to wait – you can book your vaccine now.
- Community Testing: we urge anyone without symptoms who is a critical worker and has to leave home to work, to get tested every week.
- Community Champions scheme: we’re offering grants to voluntary groups who will tap into their local networks to provide advice about COVID-19 and the vaccines.
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.
On Monday 22 February 2021, Government announced its roadmap for England to gradually and safely come out of lockdown and for all Covid-19 restrictions to eventually be removed.
Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council said: “Our numbers are moving in the right direction. Infection rates, hospitalisations and deaths are all falling and alongside this, 130,000 people in Kirklees have now had at least their first dose of the vaccine. We’re making progress, but I must once again stress that our infection rate is still high and we need it to come down.
“The government’s national roadmap gives us a route out of lockdown but it’s down to us all to get Kirklees through it together. For restrictions to ease in line with the roadmap, one of the four tests we need to meet is to make sure infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations. With our infection rate currently above the national average, it’s clear that we all need to remain cautious and keep following the guidance.
“We need everyone to play their part in making sure Kirklees gets through the roadmap safely. As a resident, the best thing you can do is stay at home as much as possible until restrictions can ease and take the vaccine when it’s your turn. If you do this, you’re playing your part in keeping yourself safe as well as your family and your community.
“If you need to leave home, remember to socially distance, wash your hands and wear a face covering. Also remember to let plenty of fresh air into your home – this can significantly reduce the risk of infection.
“We are seeing early signs of how effective the vaccination programme has been with positive data on hospitalisations and deaths. Thank you to everyone who has been vaccinated and crucially to the remarkable health staff and volunteers who have made our fantastic start of the rollout possible. We cannot become complacent because both of these figures can quickly rise if we are not careful.
“Through the government’s roadmap out of restrictions, we can have hope that the freedoms we all miss will return. But we must remember that we’re not there yet. Be hopeful and optimistic but remember we haven’t beaten this yet. Thank you for playing your part.”