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

Kirklees COVID-19 Data Update

Over the past week, Kirklees’ Covid-19 infection rate for all residents has increased by 9 per cent. The rate of new infections in Kirklees is still below the national average but remains high. Over the same period and there were 5 Covid-19 related deaths in local hospitals. The number of people admitted to hospital due to Covid-19 reduced by 15 to 11.

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

“There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Omicron variant, but what we do know is that the new variant is spreading across the country and getting the Covid-19 vaccine and booster is the best way of protecting yourself and others against serious illness.

All adults can now book a booster dose 2 months (61 days) after the second dose, or get a walk-in booster 3 months after their second dose. Visit Kirklees Council’s website for more information.

“If you haven’t had your first or second dose yet, it’s definitely not too late to protect yourself. Call in to one of the pop-up vaccination clinics taking place in Huddersfield town centre this weekend. The pop-ups will be at Kingsgate Shopping Centre on Saturday and Sunday and at Huddersfield Bus Station on Sunday. You can find more information and a list of all the walk-in vaccine clinics taking place this weekend on the council’s vaccination web page. Alternatively, 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 that we can help 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.”

Thanks to your fantastic response, we already have positive levels of vaccine uptake in Kirklees with 307,000 local people having had their first dose, 280,000 of those have received their second and 156,000 people have now received their booster dose – thank you all for playing your part.”

Vaccinations:

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

Alternatively, call in to one of the pop-up vaccination clinics or walk-in clinics taking place this weekend, details are available on the our vaccination web page.

You can find all the walk-in clinics taking place across Kirklees on the NHS site finder.

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.