More than 4,580 tests have been carried out at the coronavirus testing centre in York since it opened 10 days ago.
The site at Poppleton Bar Park & Ride has been open for people to book tests – and the figure was revealed at a North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner public meeting yesterday.
Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker said York and North Yorkshire has reached a plateau in the number of cases – but with the increase in testing confirmed cases could rise.
He added: “We have regular drops of PPE, so for example today seven pallets worth of personal protective equipment is coming to our local resilience forum from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government that we will distribute across all of our partners.”
Worrying care home deaths
Richard Flinton, chair of North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, said hospital capacity is currently at about 60 per cent.
But he added: “We have a worrying phenomenon in terms of deaths in care homes – we believe reported deaths in care homes in North Yorkshire to be in the region of 111.
“Care home still represent a significant hotspot in the disease within the downward cycle of the overall curve.”