Infection rates still rising – play your part

Covid 19 data update

Kirklees’ Covid-19 infection rate remains high and is continuing to rise. Hospitalisations and deaths caused by the virus currently remain low, but we all need to do everything we can so this doesn’t change.

As we’ve been reporting in recent weeks, Kirklees’ infection rate is one of the highest in the country and is rising. With 118 people per 100,000 in Kirklees testing positive for Covid-19 over the last seven days, the borough’s infection rate has increased by nine per cent since last week. The national average is 32 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, which is the same as the previous week. There were ten people admitted to those hospitals in that time, down from 12 the previous week.

However, cases of the 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.

Kirklees Council has launched its PCR surge testing and enhanced testing offer which aims to identify any potential cases of the variant so we can isolate them and learn more about how it’s spreading in our communities. Next week, we’ll be announcing an expansion of this programme in different areas of Kirklees.

A number of temporary pop-up vaccination clinics have also been opening – starting from this week – initially targeting areas that have lowest take up of the vaccine, higher rates of infection and a population at greater risk of serious illness.

Thanks to your fantastic response, we already have positive levels of vaccine uptake in Kirklees with 244,000 local people having had their first dose and 167,000 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: “Our Covid-19 infection rate is high and it’s continuing to rise. Thankfully we’re not currently seeing this impact our numbers of deaths and hospital admission caused by Covid-19 but if we continue to see our infections increase, this may very quickly change.

“We have an opportunity right now to prevent our situation from worsening and that’s why we’ve put our surge testing and increased vaccine plan in place. I’m urging everyone to play their part so we can reduce our infection rate and get Kirklees safely through the roadmap out of lockdown.

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.”