Friday update: New Covid variant now accounts for 22% of York infections

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A further 268 coronavirus cases were confirmed in York today (Friday, 18 March).

That takes the cumulative case total to 58,238 – giving an overall infection rate of 27,599.4 cases per 100,000 people.

In the last seven days 1,745 people in York have tested positive for Covid-19 – up 543 (45.2%) week on week.

The rolling seven-day rate in York is 691 new cases per 100,000 people (1,458 cases in the week to 14 March). It was 668.2 yesterday.

The English national average is 660, the Yorkshire and Humber average is 470.9.

There have been two coronavirus deaths in the City of York Council area in the last seven days (up one).

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

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

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
South Bank & Dringhouses821033.024 (41.4%)
Holgate East82904.633 (67.3%)
Heworth South & The Groves81710.935 (76.1%)
Fulford Road & Clementhorpe78587.121 (36.8%)
Acomb77736.135 (83.3%)
Clifton Without & Skelton71831.431 (77.5%)
Woodthorpe & Acomb Park68727.522 (47.8%)
York City Centre67480.98 (13.6%)
Tang Hall65578.424 (58.5%)
Dunnington, Elvington & Wheldrake64992.124 (60.0%)
Huntington64940.142 (190.9%)
Rawcliffe & Clifton South64768.929 (82.9%)
Heworth North & Stockton61630.722 (56.4%)
Holgate West60642.317 (39.5%)
Westfield, Chapelfields & Foxwood57627.52 (3.6%)
Osbaldwick55644.99 (19.6%)
Strensall54777.819 (54.3%)
New Earswick51879.021 (70.0%)
Poppleton, Rufforth & Askham47744.710 (27.0%)
Fulford, Heslington & University47480.710 (27.0%)
Clifton North46528.018 (64.3%)
Bishopthorpe & Copmanthorpe44530.815 (51.7%)
Wigginton38627.812 (46.2%)
Haxby35612.39 (34.6%)

Weekly data

Variants: Between 16 February and 15 March in York there were

  • Original Omicron strain BA.1: 75.3% of cases
  • Omicron sub-lineage BA.2: 21.96% of cases

Symptomatic Covid: As at 17 March, the Covid Symptom App estimates 4,031 per 100,000 in York with symptomatic Covid (responses from a sample of 2,718 people). It was 3,348 last week.

Ranking: York is currently ranked 101st 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 104th last week.

Rate aged 60+: The rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 6 March-12 March for people aged 60+ in York was 568.9 (284 cases). It was 392.7 (196 cases) last week. The national and regional averages were 512.1 and 422.9 respectively.

Case rates by age: Case rates in York are currently highest in the following age ranges: 35-39 (1,009 per 100,000); 40-44 (977); 50-54 (977) and 30-34 (966).

Positive tests: As at 14 March, the seven-day positivity rate in York (all Pillar 2 tests) was 32.0% (it was 25.1% last week). The national and regional averages are 34.5% and 31.2% respectively. The latest 7 day positivity rate in York for Pillar 1 tests only is 4.1% (it was 2.3% last week). The national average is 5.9%.

Cases in care homes: As at 16 March there were 17 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 13 care homes affected last week. The latest ‘outbreak’ (2+ cases) in a residential care setting was reported in one home – down one.

Cases among children: In the seven days up to 7 March there were 166 children of primary and secondary school age who tested positive across 41 schools, up from 85 children last week.

Deaths: In the ONS data up to 4 March, 466 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded as having occurred for York residents (281 in hospital, 144 in care homes, 33 at home/elsewhere and eight in a hospice). That’s up two on the previous week. The number of deaths per 100,000 of population in York is 220.8 – which is lower than the national average of 281.7.

Covid bed occupancy: As at 15 March, there were 156 confirmed Covid-19 patients in General and Acute beds at York Hospital – up from 112 the previous week. The peak number was 157 on 19 January 2021. There were two confirmed Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Treatment Unit, up two. The peak number for people in ITU was 19 on 10 May 2020.

Long Covid:  The Post-Acute Covid-19 model currently predicts that in York, in the three month period from 1 March to 31 May 2022, there will be 3,840 new cases of post-acute Covid (aka Long Covid), of which 810 will require services.

Vaccinations aged 16+: As at 16 March, 158,791 York residents have had the first dose of the vaccine (89.1% of people aged 16+); 152,273 have had both doses (85.4%); and 126,895 have received the booster vaccine (71.2%).

Vaccinations aged 12-15: As at 16 March, 5,925 York residents in this age group have had the first dose of the vaccine (70.7%); and 3,146 have had both doses of the vaccine (37.6%).

In North Yorkshire, there were 782 new coronavirus cases reported today – taking the cumulative total to 166,456 – an infection rate of 26,821.4 cases per 100K.

North Yorkshire Covid-19 data 18 Mar 2022

Council areaNew casesTotal casesCase rateTotal deaths

There were no coronavirus-related deaths reported by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust today.

That leaves the total at 830 across the trust (York and Scarborough Hospitals).

There are 234 confirmed and suspected Covid patients in York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (York and Scarborough Hospitals) – down two. One is in the intensive care unit – down three.

Today’s key figures: 18 Mar 2022

People tested positive
Total of people tested positive in the UK:20,093,76220,093,762
Daily UK deaths:125138
Total number UK deaths:163,511163,386
Confirmed cases in York:58,23857,970
Confirmed cases in North Yorkshire:166,456165,674
Confirmed cases in East Yorkshire:94,61094,259
People vaccinated in York – 1st doseDaily: 0
Total: 164,709
Daily: 34
Total: 164,716
People vaccinated in York – 2nd doseDaily: 15
Total: 155,434
Daily: 58
Total: 155,419
People vaccinated in York – boosterDaily: 16
Total: 127,062
Daily: 82
Total: 127,046
People vaccinated UK – 1st doseDaily: 4,201
Total: 52,725,660
Daily: 4,009
Total: 52,721,459
People vaccinated UK – 2nd doseDaily: 14,729
Total: 49,269,524
Daily: 14,046
Total: 49,254,795
People vaccinated UK – booster doseDaily: 19,817
Total: 38,596,693
Daily: 18,812
Total: 38,576,876