Friday update: Positive coronavirus tests in York drop to 3.8%

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There were another 15 coronavirus cases confirmed in York today (Friday, 4 December).

That takes the cumulative total to 5,710 – giving an overall infection rate of 2,711.1 cases per 100,000 people.

In the last seven days there have been 120 positive Covid-19 tests in York – a decrease of 89 (42.6%) week on week.

The rolling seven-day rate in York is 63.1 new cases per 100,000 people (133 cases in the week to 30 November). That’s down from 116.8 in the previous seven days (246 cases in the week to 23 November).

At the University of York, there were 28 individuals self isolating due to a positive Covid-19 test today. Since the previous update on Thursday it has been notified of no new cases.

At York St John University, there were two people self isolating due to a positive test on Wednesday.

Here are the new cases by area of York for the seven days to 29 November:

New coronavirus cases in York by area, 7 Days to 29 November

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
Tang Hall14123.47 (100.0%)
Woodthorpe & Acomb Park12128.5-4 (-25.0%)
Clifton Without & Skelton11129.3-10 (-47.6%)
Fulford Road & Clementhorpe1183.5-6 (-35.3%)
Westfield, Chapelfields & Foxwood11119.2-5 (-31.2%)
Fulford, Heslington & University10104.3-12 (-54.5%)
Heworth South & The Groves978.6-8 (-47.1%)
Huntington8116.41 (14.3%)
South Bank & Dringhouses8102.61 (14.3%)
Strensall8114.8-1 (-11.1%)
Acomb657.3-8 (-57.1%)
Clifton North557.7-7 (-58.3%)
Haxby587.0-2 (-28.6%)
Osbaldwick559.5-1 (-16.7%)
Wigginton582.03 (150.0%)
Holgate East444.0-11 (-73.3%)
York City Centre
429.7-14 (-77.8%)
Poppleton, Rufforth & Askham347.1-3 (-50.0%)
Bishopthorpe & Copmanthorpe0-2 *Data suppressedN/AN/A
Dunnington, Elvington & Wheldrake0-2 *Data suppressedN/AN/A
Heworth North & Stockton0-2 *Data suppressedN/AN/A
Holgate West0-2 *Data suppressedN/AN/A
New Earswick0-2 *Data suppressedN/AN/A
Rawcliffe & Clifton South0-2 *Data suppressedN/AN/A

Weekly data

Triage: As at 30 November there had been 157 Covid triages in the York area in the previous seven days. That’s down by four 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 Green. It was Green last week.

Testing: As at 29 November, the seven-day positivity rate in York (Pillar 2 only) was 3.87%. That’s down from 6.64% last week. The national and regional averages are 7% and 8.2% respectively.

Contact tracing: Since 28 May, 4,534 laboratory-confirmed Covid cases in York have been uploaded into the NHS Test and Trace system and 4,009 of the cases have been completed (88.4%). Altogether 12,920 contacts have been identified and 7,740 of these have been traced (59.9%).

Cases in care homes: As at 3 December, there were three 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 2 December.

Cases in care schools: In the seven days to 29 November, there were eight children of primary and secondary school age who tested positive, across six schools. That’s down from 20 pupils in eight schools in the previous seven days.

Covid bed occupancy at York Hospital: As at 2 December, there were 32 confirmed Covid-19 patients in general and acute beds (down from 52 the week before). Six Covid patients were in the Intensive Treatment Unit (down from seven). No patients had been admitted with coronavirus in the previous 24 hours.

Recovery from Covid-19: Between 13 April and 29 November, 250 York residents had recovered and been successfully discharged from York Hospital after needing NHS care for symptoms linked to Covid-19 infection. Fourteen people were discharged in the most recent week.

Deaths: In the ONS data up to 20 November, 191 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded as having occurred for York residents (94 in hospital, 83 in care homes, ten at home and four in a hospice). That is six more – three in hospital and three in care homes – than the previous week. The number of deaths per 100,000 of population in York is 90.69, which is lower than the national average of 106.87.


In North Yorkshire, there were 117 new coronavirus cases today, taking the cumulative total to 13,693 – an infection rate of 2,215.5 cases per 100K.

There are 750 cases in Ryedale (up six), 2,163 in Selby (up 12), 3,667 in Harrogate (up 32), 1,748 in Hambleton (up seven), 2,995 in Scarborough (up 35), 1,013 in Richmondshire (up ten) and 1,357 in Craven (up 15).

There were two more coronavirus-related death reported by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust today. We don’t know whether they were at York Hospital or Scarborough.

It takes the total to 311.

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

  • Total of people tested positive in the UK: 1,690,432 (1,674,134)
  • Daily total of people tested positive: 16,298 (14,879)
  • Total number UK deaths: 60,617 (60,113)
  • Daily UK deaths: 504 (414)
  • Confirmed cases in York: 5,710 (5,695)
  • Confirmed cases in North Yorkshire: 13,693 (13,576)
  • Confirmed cases in East Yorkshire: 10,116 (10,027)