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 7 and 13 July) Wakefield’s positive case rate has significantly increased from the previous week – from 538.9 to 664.9 positive cases (per 100,000 population).

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

In the Wakefield district, 1,921 cases of the Delta variant have been confirmed (as of 16 July 2021).

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health, said: “Our additional testing programme continues to take place which is contributing to the steep rise in cases again this week.

“Residents and businesses across our district have experienced some extremely challenging times and the lifting of restrictions today is good news for many, but our cases are significantly higher than the national average so please remain vigilant and follow the latest guidance. We must continue to consider our own risk and play our part to keep ourselves and others safe. Please remember to also get both doses of your vaccine when asked.”

Anna Hartley

Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health for the Wakefield district, said: “Infection rates are continuing to rise as cases of the Delta variant continue to rise – and we now have the highest rate in West Yorkshire. We are continuing to actively monitor the situation and taking all necessary action.

“As restrictions are lifted today, I know people will be looking forward to enjoying the freedoms they have missed for many months, but please remember that the virus is spreading very quickly across our district and I ask people to be cautious and considerate and think of others who might be vulnerable.

“To limit the spread of the virus, our advice to residents continues to be:

  • Getting both doses of vaccine without delay. There are a range of walk-in sessions available, you can find out more here
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you must isolate immediately and take a PCR test.
  • If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you must self-isolate and arrange a PCR test immediately. The self-isolation rules do not change until 16 August.
  • Limit the number of people you mix with who are not in your household. Where possible, meet people outdoors or in well-ventilated places.
  • Continue to wear a face-covering in indoor public places or on public transport.”

There are currently 52 COVID-19 patients being cared for by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, compared to 32 the previous week.

Jo Webster, Chief Officer at NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Worryingly the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the district have taken another significant increase. Now is not the time to become complacent, even though restrictions are easing. It really is essential that we continue to follow the guidance to isolate immediately if symptoms develop. 

“It is also vital that everyone aged 18 or over has the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.  You can have your vaccination at one of the handy walk-in centres across the Wakefield district – find out the locations at bit.ly/GrabAJabWF

“We also need to remember to choose the right local healthcare service for our needs 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.

Additional testing, using PCR tests, is taking place within the district, to work alongside and to enhance the national programme. This is taking place in Wakefield because local case rates are increasing and remain higher than the national average.

Additional testing helps to identify cases and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Council is asking all residents to play their part by taking COVID-19 PCR test, even for those without symptoms. This will help us to take the next step to a more familiar future.

Residents who have tested positive in the last 90 days, should not get tested unless they have symptoms. To find out how to get a COVID-19 test, visit https://buff.ly/3uWIBvY

This week, mobile testing units will be based at the following locations:

  • Wakefield Sports and Social Club: 9am-3pm Monday 19, Tuesday 20, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 July.
  • Frickley Athletic: 9am-3pm Sunday 18, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 July.
  • South Elmsall Market: 9am-3pm Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 July.
  • Wakefield Trinity RLFC: 9am-3pm Monday 19, Tuesday 20, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 July.
  • Hemsworth Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church: 9am – 3pm Wednesday 21 and Friday 23 July.
  • Holywell Lane Day Centre, Castleford: 9am-3pm Monday 19, Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21, Thursday 22, and Friday 23 July.

More information about our testing offer can be found here.

The dashboard published today (Monday 19 July) shows the available data up to 13 July.

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