Infection rates rise by 50 per cent – play your part

COVID 19 UPDATE

Kirklees’ Covid-19 infection rate is continuing to rise, and whilst hospitalisations and deaths caused by the virus currently remain low, this can quickly change so we’re urging residents to get the vaccine and to take part in our increased testing offer.

Cases of the new Covid-19 variant, first detected in India, have been identified in Kirklees and infection rates are rising, which means we all have to play our part to reduce the spread of infection.

Following the Government’s announcement last week that Kirklees will start surge testing, we’ve quickly put together our plan which is initially focussing more resources in four areas with highest infections rates.

This will see asymptomatic people in Kirklees taking PCR tests which gives us more information on the types of variant spreading so we can isolate them as much as possible. Read more about our surge and increased testing programme – and how to play your part.

Data update

As we’ve been reporting in recent weeks, Kirklees’ infection rate is one of the highest in the country and is rising. With 108 people per 100,000 in Kirklees testing positive for Covid-19 over the last seven days, the borough’s infection rate has increased by 50 per cent since last week. The national average is 23 people per 100,000.

Alongside the rollout of the vaccine, deaths and hospitalisations have been steadily falling and are remaining at a much lower level. There was one death in local hospitals related to Covid-19, up from zero last week. There were 13 people admitted to those hospitals in that time, up from nine last week.

Thanks to your fantastic response, we already have positive levels of vaccine uptake in Kirklees with 237,000 local people having had their first dose and 153,000 of those have received their second.

We’re urging anyone aged 30 and over in Kirklees to book their vaccination now.

Read more about how you can get tested twice a week if you don’t have symptoms.

Go to getting a PCR test if you have symptoms if you require a test because you have symptoms.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said:

“We’ve stepped up testing in key parts of Kirklees this week. We’re doing that to identify and isolate positive cases and to learn more about variants that might be spreading. We are also working with the NHS to increase the speed of vaccinations as well as making sure everyone can get one when it’s their turn.

“Kirklees has had cases of the new variant first detected in India. Although it does not cause more serious illness, it does spread easier so it’s really important that we learn more about where it might be within our communities so we can better stop it.

“By taking these PCR tests, you’ll be helping the whole of Kirklees to prevent Covid-19 from spreading.

“We all need to continue to play our part so we can get Kirklees through the roadmap safely.

Get a PCR test as part of our increased testing and surge testing offer and help us detect and isolate positive cases so we can prevent further infection.

Every vaccination matters. The more people that take it, the safer we all are and the sooner we can get back to normality. You’ll be contacted when it’s your turn and anyone aged 30 and over in Kirklees can book their vaccination now.

“It’s really important, that even when you have received your vaccine, that you continue to do the basics: hands, face, space as well as letting plenty of fresh air indoors.

Getting a twice-weekly lateral flow test is a really effective way we can all prevent the spread of the virus. This is really important even if you have been vaccinated.

“Thank you all for playing your part.”