Friday update: Four more coronavirus deaths in York NHS Trust

A Covid-19 test prepared for analysis in the laboratory at Whiston Hospital in Merseyside. Photograph: Peter Byrne / PA Wire

A further four Covid-19 deaths were reported in the York NHS Trust today (Friday, 18 December).

And another 15 coronavirus cases were confirmed in York. That takes the cumulative total to 6,020 – giving an overall infection rate of 2,858.3 cases per 100,000 people.

In the last seven days there have been 162 positive Covid-19 tests in York – an increase of 14 (9.5%) week on week.

The rolling seven-day rate in York is 69.8 new cases per 100,000 people (147 cases in the week to 14 December). That’s up from 67.4 in the previous seven days (142 cases in the week to 7 December).

Here are the new cases by area of York for the seven days to 13 December:

New coronavirus cases in York by area, 7 Days to 13 December

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
rolling rate
York City Centre
1289.18 (200.0%)
Strensall11157.89 (450.0%)
Poppleton, Rufforth & Askham10156.93 (42.9%)
Heworth South & The Groves869.91 (14.3%)
Woodthorpe & Acomb Park885.6-1 (-11.1%)
Acomb766.9-6 (-46.2%)
Haxby7121.91 (16.7%)
Huntington7101.92 (40.0%)
Bishopthorpe & Copmanthorpe672.3-2 (-25.0%)
Fulford Road & Clementhorpe645.64 (200.0%)
South Bank & Dringhouses676.9-2 (-25.0%)
Tang Hall652.94 (200.0%)
Westfield, Chapelfields & Foxwood665.0-3 (-33.3%)
Dunnington, Elvington & Wheldrake577.20 (0.0%)
Fulford, Heslington & University552.10 (0.0%)
Holgate West553.4-6 (-54.5%)
Rawcliffe & Clifton South559.50 (0.0%)
Clifton Without & Skelton447.0-4 (-50.0%)
Heworth North & Stockton441.1-2 (-33.3%)
Holgate East444.0-4 (-50.0%)
New Earswick469.52 (100.0%)
Osbaldwick447.6-1 (-20.0%)
Clifton North334.6-1 (-25.0%)
Wigginton349.21 (50.0%)

Weekly data

Triage: As at 14 December there had been 121 Covid triages in the York area in the previous seven days. That’s down by 12 from the week before.

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 Amber. It was Green last week.

Testing: The positivity rate in York had fallen since a peak of almost 18% in mid-October down to less than 2% in early December. As at 14 December, the seven-day positivity rate in York (Pillar 2 only) was 2.87%. That’s up from 1.95% last week. The national and regional averages are 8.1% and 6.5% respectively.

Contact tracing: Since 28 May, 4,866 laboratory-confirmed Covid cases in York have been uploaded into the NHS Test and Trace system and 4,298 of the cases have been completed (88.3%). Altogether 13,580 contacts have been identified and 8,339 of these have been traced (61.4%).

Cases in care homes: As at 16 December, there were two care homes in the York area with at least one case of Covid-19 affecting either a staff member or resident. The latest outbreak – ie two or more cases – was reported in one home on 16 December.

Cases in schools: In the seven days to 13 December, there were 11 children of primary and secondary school age who tested positive, across nine schools.

Covid bed occupancy at York Hospital: As at 16 December, there were 41 confirmed Covid-19 patients in general and acute beds (up from 31 the week before). Three Covid patients were in the Intensive Treatment Unit (three last week). No patients had been admitted with coronavirus in the previous 24 hours.

Recovery from Covid-19: Between 13 April and 13 December, 264 York residents had recovered and been successfully discharged from York Hospital after needing NHS care for symptoms linked to Covid-19 infection. Seven people were discharged in the most recent week.

Deaths: In the ONS data up to 4 December, 205 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded as having occurred for York residents (99 in hospital, 89 in care homes, 12 at home and five in a hospice). That is nine more – four in hospital, three in care homes, one at home, one in a hospice – than the previous week. The number of deaths per 100,000 of population in York is 97.33, which is lower than the national average of 116.54.

In North Yorkshire, there were 84 new coronavirus cases today, taking the cumulative total to 14,995 – an infection rate of 2,412.6 cases per 100K.

There are 823 cases in Ryedale (up two), 2,380 in Selby (up 13), 3,939 in Harrogate (up 11), 1,854 in Hambleton (up 12), 3,405 in Scarborough (up 32), 1,115 in Richmondshire (up seven) and 1,479 in Craven (up seven).

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

That takes the total to 340 across the trust.

Here are the updated figures (yesterday’s numbers in brackets):

  • Total of people tested positive in the UK: 1,977,167 (1,948,660)
  • Daily total of people tested positive: 28,507 (35,383)
  • Total number UK deaths: 66,541 (66,052)
  • Daily UK deaths: 532 (532)
  • Confirmed cases in York: 6,020 (6,005)
  • Confirmed cases in North Yorkshire: 14,995 (14,911)
  • Confirmed cases in East Yorkshire: 11,032 (10,958)