– 12th February 2021
Progress on our rates of infection continues to be heading in the right direction as we move to what we all hope will be lifting of some restrictions next month.
The figures have dropped again across the district over the last seven days to 114/100,000 from 148 last week, which is encouraging as our current levels are now comparable to the rates of infection just before Christmas.
However, the over 60’s day rate has only come down to 94/100,000 (108 last week) (with 39 cases over the last seven days) – so similar to the previous week, which when compared to other districts in Warwickshire for all ages is Nuneaton & Bedworth 215/100,000, North Warwickshire 213/100,000, Warwick 138/100,000 and Rugby 233/100,000. So Stratford and Warwick Districts still have the lowest case rates and in fact Rugby went up a bit.
The situation regarding SWFT Hospital Beds has unfortunately increased a little with 51 (43) confirmed cases of COVID-19 but there are 7 (9) patients in ICU (figures in brackets are from 6 Feb).
The cumulative deaths across Stratford District from the start of this second wave (28th August 2020) have sadly increased by a further 15 to 110 with 35 occurring in care homes, 67 in hospital, one in a hospice and six at home, out of a total of 653 all cause deaths in the district for this new second wave period.
The cumulative total of deaths across Warwickshire for Wave 2 has now jumped to 497 from 440 last week within a total of 2760 all cause deaths. The cumulative total of Covid-19 deaths in Stratford district is 278 since the start of the pandemic and in Warwickshire 1097.
The new locally led Lateral Flow Testing facility for people without coronavirus symptoms in Stratford at the Courtyard Theatre has now carried out 10,206 tests with 49 positive results.
The vaccine rollout continues to go really well and the efforts by our NHS staff, GP practices and volunteers has just been incredible and my thanks go out to each and every person involved. The sites across my division are working extremely hard and these include Hastings House Medical Centre in Wellesbourne, Southam Clinic and Stratford Hospital with the mass vaccination sites at Stoneleigh and at Millennium Point in Birmingham. All sites have now commenced vaccinating those in Group 5 having offered everyone in Groups 1 – 4 a vaccine.
It would be great to see our rates of infection down to double digits next week, so we just have to keep going whatever the weather and gosh it’s been cold this week, so keep warm, stay safe and take care.