Wakefield Council has published the latest COVID-19 data for the district to keep residents up to date.
The figures show that for the latest set of weekly data (between 11 November and 17 November) Wakefield’s positive case rate has decreased from the previous week – from 520.5 to 406.2 positive cases (per 100,000 population).
The previous week’s figure of 515.1 positive cases featured on the last dashboard was revised during the week due to ongoing Public Health England data validation processes.
There has also been 39 COVID related deaths from the week beginning 14 November (to 21 November).
Local NHS services across the district are now being significantly affected by the rising numbers of cases. There are currently 300 COVID-19 patients being cared for by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, compared to 324 the previous week.
The statistics published today (Monday 23 November) show the available data up to 17 November.
Cllr Faith Heptinstall, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Although we have seen a slight decrease in cases this week, our local NHS services are still under significant pressure, so I please urge everyone not to become complacent and continue to follow the lockdown restrictions and stay at home as much as possible to help control the infection rate in our district. It is vital to protecting each other, our NHS services and saving lives.”
Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health for the Wakefield district, said: “Although cases are now showing signs of plateauing, our health system is still under significant pressure and hospital admissions remain high so we must continue to follow the national restrictions to ensure that rates continue to come down.
“The seriousness of the situation cannot be under-estimated – as sadly there were still 39 deaths from Covid-19 last week (November 14 -21) in our district. These are all incalculable losses to the families, friends, and colleagues of those who have died.
“One of the most important actions people must take is to self-isolate if they have tested positive, have been confirmed as a contact of someone who has tested positive or are in the same household. You must also isolate if you have symptoms and are awaiting a test or results. If you do this, you will save lives.”
Wakefield Council is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation across the district with effective monitoring to map relevant data and spot trends, which acts as an early warning system.
Working with partners, Wakefield Council has been actively supporting the businesses and communities affected by the previous outbreaks to limit any spread, as well as working closely with partners and local communities to try and ensure everyone knows the symptoms and how to access testing.
A local testing offer for COVID-19 has opened in Wakefield, to work alongside and to enhance the national programme.
Residents in the district who suspect they have symptoms of the virus can now access tests via a home delivery service but people are urged to try the national system first.
Those without symptoms (asymptomatic) should not be seeking a test unless they have been advised to do so by a health professional, Public Health England or the Council’s public health teams – it could take a test away from someone who really needs it.
The local testing service is available from Monday to Friday and bookings for appointments can be made at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 01924 224497. Or email the person’s name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org so the booking team can get in touch.
Anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms is urged to get a test by accessing local testing or by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.
Anna Hartley added: “Please act now – isolate and get tested if you have any symptoms. If you do not have any of the symptoms of coronavirus – of a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell – please do not get a test as we need to make sure tests are readily available for those who really need them.”
The latest statistics can be found here www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information/covid-19-weekly-data
The full dashboard is unavailable until the end of November as the Council is prioritising implementing its own test and trace service. However, the weekly statistics including the number of cases will still continue to be published.