Friday update: Big rise in coronavirus cases in York schools and care homes

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A further 409 coronavirus cases were confirmed in York today (Friday, 7 January).

That takes the cumulative case total to 40,113 – giving an overall infection rate of 19,009.8 cases per 100,000 people.

In the last seven days 3,406 people in York have tested positive for Covid-19 – down 121 (-3.4%) week on week.

The rolling seven-day rate in York is 1,736.9 new cases per 100,000 people (3,665 cases in the week to 3 January). That’s up from 1,385.7 in the previous seven days (2,924 cases in the week to 27 December).

The English national average is 1,786.8, the Yorkshire and Humber average is 1,869.8.

There was one coronavirus deaths in the City of York Council area reported today, and three in the last seven days (as at 7 January).

Here are the new cases by area of York for the seven days to 2 January:

New coronavirus cases in York by area, 7 Days to 2 January

Coronavirus (COVID-19) positive cases by Middle Super Output Area. Seven day rates are expressed per 100,000 population. On a phone scroll horizontally to see all the data. Source *Suppressed rates: MSOA level rates are suppressed where there have been fewer than 3 cases in a seven-day period. This is to protect the privacy of individuals and prevent disclosure.
AreaCases7 day
York City Centre1981421.223 (13.1%)
Clifton Without & Skelton1852166.336 (24.2%)
Acomb1841759.169 (60.0%)
Westfield, Chapelfields & Foxwood1771948.571 (67.0%)
Heworth South & The Groves1701492.033 (24.1%)
Holgate West1691809.053 (45.7%)
Clifton North1661905.438 (29.7%)
Holgate East1651820.239 (31.0%)
Heworth North & Stockton1651706.032 (24.1%)
Osbaldwick1551817.341 (36.0%)
Fulford Road & Clementhorpe1551166.712 (8.4%)
South Bank & Dringhouses1521914.847 (44.8%)
Woodthorpe & Acomb Park1511615.561 (67.8%)
Tang Hall1501334.93 (2.0%)
Strensall1472117.230 (25.6%)
Rawcliffe & Clifton South1471766.030 (25.6%)
Fulford, Heslington & University1401431.841 (41.4%)
Haxby1392431.862 (80.5%)
Bishopthorpe & Copmanthorpe1241496.019 (18.1%)
Huntington1221792.010 (8.9%)
Wigginton1211999.02 (1.7%)
Poppleton, Rufforth & Askham1191885.6
24 (25.3%)
New Earswick1091878.726 (31.3%)
Dunnington, Elvington & Wheldrake1001550.124 (31.6%)

Weekly data

This is the first weekly update since Christmas Eve

Variants: Between 3 December and 2 January in York there were

  • Delta: 4.33% of cases
  • Delta ‘Plus’: 1.33% of cases
  • Omicron: 94.32% of cases
  • Kent: 0.02% of cases.

Symptomatic Covid: As at 6 January, the Covid Symptom App estimates 1,707 per 100,000 in York with symptomatic Covid (responses from a sample of 3,362 people). It was 2,362 on Christmas Eve.

Ranking: York is currently ranked 70th out of 149 Upper Tier Local Authorities (UTLAs) in England on case rates, with a rank of 1 indicating the lowest seven day rate. It was 74th on Christmas Eve.

Rate aged 60+: The rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 26 December-1 January for people aged 60+ in York was 991.6 (495 cases). The national and regional averages were 980.7 and 1,009.5 respectively.

Case rates by age: Case rates are currently highest in the following age ranges: 40-44 (2,878 per 100,000); 35-39 (2,771); 30-34 (2,634); and 25-29 (2,463).

Exceedance: The PHE ‘Exceedance’ rating compares the number of new cases over a 14 day period with the previous six weeks and provides a red-amber-green rating to indicate if the trend is worsening. The rating for York is Red. It was Red last week.

Positive tests: As at 2 January, the seven-day positivity rate in York (all Pillar 2 tests) was 44.8% (it was 20.8% last time). The national and regional averages are 44.8% and 41.7% respectively. The latest 7 day positivity rate in York for Pillar 1 tests only is 5.8% (it was 1.7% last time). The national average is 9.6%.

Local contact tracing: Between 10 March and 31 December, 12,545 referrals had been actioned by the local contact tracing service. Of the referrals actioned, 11,142 (88.8%) were successful and 1,403 (11.2%) were unable to be reached via phone or home visit.

Cases in care homes: As at 5 January there were 19 care homes in the City of York Council area with confirmed Covid-19 infection (at least 1 case of either a staff member or resident). There were eight care homes affected on 23 December. The latest ‘outbreak’ (2+ cases) in a residential care setting was reported on 6.11.22 (1 home).

Cases among children: In the seven days up to 3 January there were 354 children of primary and secondary school age who tested positive across 50 schools, up from 259 children on Christmas Eve.

University cases: As at 17 December, University of York reported 67 individuals within the university community who were self-isolating because they have had a positive Covid-19 test. The peak number was 331 on the 19 October 2020. As at 3 January, York St John University reported nine individuals within the university community who were self-isolating because they have had a positive Covid test. The peak number was 82 on 8 October 2020.

Deaths: In the ONS data up to 24 December, 439 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded as having occurred for York residents (260 in hospital, 140 in care homes, 31 at home/elsewhere and eight in a hospice). That’s up six on the last update. The number of deaths per 100,000 of population in York is 208.05 – which is lower than the national average of 260.31.

Covid bed occupancy: As at 4 January, there were 64 confirmed Covid-19 patients in General and Acute beds at York Hospital – there were 29 on Christmas Eve. The peak number was 157 on 19 January. There were three confirmed Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Treatment Unit, up three.

Vaccinations aged 16+: As at 5 January, 157,340 York residents have had the first dose of the vaccine (88.2% of people aged 16+); and 150,232 have had both doses (84.3% of people aged 16+).

Vaccinations aged 12-15: As at 5 January, 5,018 York residents in this age group have had the first dose of the vaccine. This represents 59.9% of the estimated 12-15 age population of York.

Booster vaccinations: As at 5 January November, 113,915 eligible York residents have received the booster vaccine. This represents 65.3% of the estimated 18+ population of York.

In North Yorkshire, there were 1,311 new coronavirus cases today, taking the cumulative total to 115,569 – an infection rate of 18,621.8 cases per 100K.

North Yorkshire Covid-19 data 7 Jan 2022

Council areaNew casesTotal casesCase rateTotal deaths

There were two coronavirus-related deaths reported by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust today.

That takes the total to 746 across the trust (York and Scarborough Hospitals).

Today there are 106 Covid patients in York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (York and Scarborough Hospitals) – no change. Three are in the intensive care unit – no change.

Today’s key figures: 7 Jan 2022

People tested positive:178,250179,756
Total of people tested positive in the UK:14,193,22814,015,065
Daily UK deaths:229231
Total number UK deaths:149,744149,515
Confirmed cases in York:40,11339,704
Confirmed cases in North Yorkshire:115,569114,258
Confirmed cases in East Yorkshire:67,12566,394
People vaccinated in York – 1st doseDaily: 28
Total: 162,386
Daily: 44
Total: 162,358
People vaccinated in York – 2nd doseDaily: 55
Total: 150,437
Daily: 64
Total: 150,382
People vaccinated in York – boosterDaily: 947
Total: 114,951
Daily: 812
Total: 114,004
People vaccinated UK – 1st doseDaily: 22,741
Total: 51,897,289
Daily: 29,030
Total: 51,874,548
People vaccinated UK – 2nd doseDaily: 34,688
Total: 47,600,028
Daily: 41,664
Total: 47,565,340
People vaccinated UK – booster doseDaily: 231,856
Total: 35,066,144
Daily: 247,478
Total: 34,834,288