Happy Easter everyone and I’m delighted to be reporting some more positive news this week as we head into the Bank Holiday weekend. But we’ve all just got to keep focused and continue to be careful and keep in line with the restrictions particularly with the potential threat of the third wave from Europe.
The number of cases are still going in the right direction and are continuing to decline and are down to 44/100,000 from 68 last week, the over 60’s rate has continued to fall to 7/100,000 (17 last week) with just three cases over the last seven days – which when compared to other districts in Warwickshire for all ages is Nuneaton & Bedworth 55/100,000, North Warwickshire up to 158/100,000, Warwick 25/100,000 and Rugby 90/100,000. Most of the cases continue to come from schools and young adults.
Continuing this positive note, the situation regarding SWFT Hospital Beds has also improved and there are now 3 (4) confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 2 (2) patients in ICU (figures in brackets are from 26 March). Capacity levels have slightly increased with 91 unoccupied general and acute beds but the occupancy levels are now 76% which focuses on non-Covid patients for elective surgery etc.
Sadly, the cumulative deaths across Stratford District have increased once again by two over the last week and now number 140 from the start of this second wave (28th August 2020) 37 occurring in care homes, 90 in hospital, two in a hospice and 10 at home and one in a communal establishment, out of a total of 884 all cause deaths in the district for this new second wave period.
The cumulative total of deaths across Warwickshire for Wave 2 has now increased to 656 from 641 last week within a total of 3634 all cause deaths. The cumulative total of Covid-19 deaths in Stratford district is 308 since the start of the pandemic and in Warwickshire 1257.
The locally led Lateral Flow Testing facility for people WITHOUT coronavirus symptoms in Stratford has now carried out 23,731 tests with 84 positive results. The home testing service is still available to everyone with COVID-19 symptoms and can still be accessed through the home testing online portal.
Wishing you all a great Easter weekend and let’s just keep being positive and keep up the good work in protecting ourselves and other people. Take care.