Here we go again and yes this all feels a bit like déjà vu, following the PM’s announcement of a proposed four weeks’ lockdown, and whilst the number of cases across the district have continued to rise, Stratford District remains the lowest in the county with around 140/100,000 confirmed cases over the last seven days.
North Warwickshire’s numbers are double ours and Warwick District, which is home to many students has also seen some significant increases as the chart below shows.
Analysis of the cases from the public health experts suggest that most cases are resulting from households mixing – even small groups gathering round a kitchen table with no windows open and the heating on full blast provides an ideal environment for cross infection – so even during the last few days before we go into lockdown it’s just so important to remember hands, face and space, even with close friends and family visiting your home as you say farewell for a few weeks.
The local hospitals are continuing to hold up well, which is welcome news, although there are more people being admitted to the COVID wards and increases in ICU numbers.
The situation regarding the 423 SWFT Hospital Beds has seen an increase of inpatients with 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four patients in ICU. There are 50% of SWFT hospital beds occupied by Non-COVID-19 patients, 3% occupied with confirmed COVID-19 patients and 24% beds occupied with suspected COVID-19 patients and a spare capacity of 23% beds.
The cumulative deaths across Stratford District from the start of this second wave (28th August 2020) is now seven, with five occurring in care homes and two in hospital out of a total of 162 all cause deaths in the district for this new second wave period. The cumulative total of deaths across Warwickshire for Wave 2 is now 12 from a total of 722 all cause deaths. These new figures take the cumulative total of Covid-19 deaths in Stratford district to 175 and in Warwickshire to 612; over the same period there have been 4427 non Covid-19 related deaths in Warwickshire and 1090 non Covid-19 deaths in Stratford on Avon District.
The following link leads to a mapping service available on the government website
Finally Let’s keep doing the right thing
Times are tough and people are tired but there are some simple things that we can continue to do to protect each other:
My thoughts are particularly with all the affected businesses during this exceptionally difficult time as it has been a total nightmare for them all and we must do everything we can to support them going forward.
Local Welfare Scheme
WCC Council Leader Izzi Seccombe has announced that the Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme which has already provided over £450,000 of support to families through the Covid period, will continue to support our most vulnerable residents.
Read more: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/news/article/1422/the-warwickshire-local-welfare-scheme-continues-to-support-children-and-families-who-rely-on-free-school-meals
Stay safe and take care and let’s just look after each other.
County Councillor for Wellesbourne Division
SDC Ward Member for Wellesbourne East
SDC Portfolio Holder for Regulatory Services