Council publishes latest COVID-19 data for the district

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 26 May and 1 June) Wakefield’s positive case rate has increased from the previous week – from 42.8 to 46.8 positive cases (per 100,000 population).

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

In Wakefield, there have been 22 confirmed cases of the Delta variant (as of 2 June 2021). 

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health, said: “Unfortunately we have seen another increase in infection rates this week. Now that some restrictions have eased, it is easy to become complacent. Let’s all remain vigilant and continue to follow the latest guidance and get your vaccine when asked. Let’s all continue to play our part and we can do our very best to keep the infection rate as low as possible.”

Anna Hartley

Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health for the Wakefield district, said: “Infection rates have increased again this week and this is why it is more important than ever that we do not become complacent and work hard to ensure that rates start heading back 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 17 COVID-19 patients being cared for by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, compared to 16 the previous week.

Jo Webster, Chief Officer at NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Unfortunately there has been another increase in the number of positive cases in the Wakefield district. It really is crucial that we all stick to the guidance to avoid a further increase. It’s also important to remember that you can still spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.

“You can find out more about how to keep yourselves and your families safe, 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 7 June) shows the available data up to 1 June.

The Council would like residents to help improve this briefing in the future. To share your opinions, please take part in this short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C19BriefingSurvey

The dashboard and briefing can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information/covid-19-weekly-data