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 14 and 20 April) Wakefield’s positive case rate has decreased from the previous week – from 72.3 to 47.1 positive cases (per 100,000 population).
There were also zero covid-related deaths registered in the district, for the first time in eight months.
Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health for the Wakefield district, said: “Rates are continuing to drop in our district which is really promising and I know that everyone is happy to be taking these first very careful steps out of lockdown. However, infection rates are still higher than we would like and that is why it is more important than ever that we do not become complacent. We must ensure that rates keep going in the right direction.
“I urge everyone to keep going and continue to take immediate action to protect ourselves and others from the very real threat of COVID-19, even if you have had your vaccine, by following the regulations. By working together we can continue to slow the spread and save lives.”
There are currently 21 COVID-19 patients being cared for by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, compared to 23 the previous week.
Jo Webster, Chief Officer at NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The further small decrease in the number of positive cases in Wakefield district is good news, however, we really do all need to stick to the guidance to make sure this reduction continues.
“You can find out more about how to stay safe and protect against COVID-19, the vaccination programme and accessing the most appropriate health service for your needs on the NHS website www.nhs.uk.”
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 is available in the district, 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.
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.
Anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms is urged to self-isolate immediately and get a test by accessing local testing or by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.
Residents who are a ‘critical worker’ or otherwise have to leave the house to go to work can now access lateral flow testing at the Market Hall in Wakefield, Holywell Lane Centre, Castleford and Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Community Centre, Kinsley.
Access to all three sites will be by appointment only. To book an appointment, please visit https://wakefieldlft.eventbrite.co.uk/. There is currently no option for telephone appointments.
Those that work from home, should continue to do so and will not need to access asymptomatic testing.
Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 should not seek a lateral flow test. Instead they must get tested, either through the local home delivery service, or using the national drive-in sites.
Anna Hartley added: “Please act now – isolate and get tested if you have any symptoms.”
The dashboard published today (Monday 26 April) shows the available data up to 20 April.
The dashboard and briefing can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information/covid-19-weekly-data