The infection rate has increased, hospital admissions and the death rate have reduced in Kirklees

What does the data tell us? 

Over the past week, Kirklees’ Covid-19 infection rate for all residents has increased by 3 per cent. The rate of new infections in Kirklees is still below the national average but remains high. Over the same period, there were 2 Covid-19 related deaths in local hospitals, which is lower than the previous week. The number of people admitted to hospital due to Covid-19 reduced by eight to 28.

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

“Our rates remain high and winter is a time when infections like Covid-19 can spread more easily. That’s why I’m asking everyone to enjoy winter safely. When it’s your turn, the best thing you can do to keep safe is to get your booster jab. If you’re eligible and it’s been more than five months since your last jab, you can book your booster today.

“If you haven’t had your first or second dose yet, it’s definitely not too late to protect yourself. Just log on to the NHS website or call 119 to arrange yours.

“There are lots of other small steps we can all take to reduce the risk of infection this winter. Meeting outdoors is a good way to reduce transmission. If you’re meeting other people indoors, keeping windows and doors open as much as possible is another effective way to reduce the chance of the virus passing between people.

“Testing also remains a really important way we can reduce the spread. Testing after close contact with others who may have been in a high-risk environment, or before spending time with a more vulnerable person, even if you don’t have symptoms, can make sure you don’t pass on the virus without knowing. And if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, please don’t hesitate to book a test.”

Thank you

Thanks to your fantastic response, we already have positive levels of vaccine uptake in Kirklees with 304,000 local people having had their first dose, 276,000 of those have received their second and 110,000 people have now received their booster dose – thank you all for playing your part.”

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Vaccinations:

You can book your first, second or booster vaccination by visiting the NHS national booking system.

Alternatively, there are a number of walk-in vaccination clinics available across Kirklees and you can use the new NHS site finder to find your nearest walk-in clinic.

Testing:

Read about how you can get a rapid lateral flow test if you don’t have symptoms.

If you do have symptoms get a PCR test and isolate immediately. The easiest way to get a PCR test at your nearest available testing centre is to book online.

Find out more about PCR testing, how to book and what support is available for those who need to isolate.