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.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

The figures show that for the latest set of weekly data (between 6 and 12 October) Wakefield’s positive case rate has increased from the previous week – from 429.8 to 479.5 positive cases (per 100,000 population).

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health, said: “Currently our cases are still high, so I urge everyone to please remain cautious – think of others and stay safe by continuing to wear a face-covering in indoor public places if you can.

“We ask everyone to please consider their own risk and play their part to help keep ourselves and others safe.”

Anna Hartley

Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health for the Wakefield district, said: “There were sadly two Covid-19 related deaths in local hospitals in the last week and our sympathies go out to the families, friends, and colleagues of those who have died.

“Our cases remain above the national average and we continue to urge people to remain cautious, be kind and think of others who might be vulnerable. For anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated, please do so as soon as you can, as this is the best way to protect yourself and others.  

“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
  • Boosting your winter immunity, you may be eligible for both a COVID-19 and flu vaccination, 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 may still need to self-isolate, find out who is exempt here.
  • 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 96 COVID-19 patients being cared for by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, compared to 74 the previous week.

Jo Webster, Chief Officer at NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Unfortunately, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and the number of people in hospital with the virus has increased this week. While we’re all enjoying life getting back to normal and spending time with our loved ones, it’s vital that everyone remains cautious and follows the recommended guidelines.

“You can also protect yourself and others by getting your COVID-19 booster vaccine and flu jab as soon as possible. Find out if you’re eligible at www.nhs.uk/wintervaccinations.” 

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.

The Council is asking all residents to play their part by regularly taking a COVID-19 test. To find out how to get a COVID-19 test, visit https://buff.ly/3uWIBvY

From Monday 18 October, mobile testing units will be based at the following locations:

  • South Elmsall Market: 9am-3pm Monday 18 Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 October.
  • Wakefield Sports and Social Club: 9am-3pm Monday 18 to Wednesday 22 October.
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church: 9am-3pm Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 October.
  • Wakefield Trinity RLFC: 9am-3pm Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 October.

More information about our testing offer can be found here.

The dashboard published today (Monday 18 October) shows the available data up to 12 October.

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