As you can all imagine my inbox has been lit up like a Christmas Tree since Thursday and there is no doubt that we are all shocked to find ourselves in Tier 3 having the lowest rate of cases across the region. The frustration and upset this is causing to our local businesses is extreme which is understandable and I just wanted to advise that both our MP’s – Nadhim Zahawi and Jeremy Wright together with Stratford District Council and Warwickshire County Council are doing absolutely everything they can to implore the government to reconsider the position of South Warwickshire as a whole, in view of the health provision across both Stratford District and Warwick District. Communications have been fired off to Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health, Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The reason for going for a South Warwickshire focus is because of its area size and population rather than just a Stratford District proposition because it has the support of the South Warwickshire Clinical Commission Group, South Warwickshire Health & Wellbeing Partnership and South Warwickshire COVID-19 Incident Management Team together with Public Health Warwickshire.
Figures released yesterday late afternoon shows that there were just seven new cases reported in the last 24 hours for the SDC area and the seven day rate/100,000 was now down to 94.5/100,000. The over 60’s day rate is currently 36/100,000.
The situation regarding the open 366 SWFT Hospital Beds has seen a slight increase of Covid inpatients with 24 (20) confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four (5) patients in ICU (last week’s figures in brackets). There are 57% of SWFT hospital beds occupied by Non-COVID-19 patients which demonstrates that other procedures and treatments are continuing however there are 7% beds occupied with confirmed COVID-19 patients and 20% beds occupied with suspected COVID-19 patients and a spare capacity of 16% beds.
The cumulative deaths across Stratford District from the start of this second wave (28th August 2020) has increased by three to 15, with eight occurring in care homes and seven in hospital, out of a total of 256 all cause deaths in the district for this new second wave period.
The cumulative total of deaths across Warwickshire for Wave 2 is now 42 from a total of 1165 all cause deaths. The cumulative total of Covid-19 deaths in Stratford district is 183 since the start of the pandemic and in Warwickshire 642; over the same period there have been 4853 non Covid-19 related deaths in Warwickshire and 1180 non Covid-19 deaths in Stratford on Avon District.
One thing is really important and that is we must keep up our momentum for doing the right thing in terms of protecting ourselves and others, so that we can come out of Tier 3 by 16th December or before if possible. Stay safe and take care.
County Councillor for Wellesbourne Division
SDC Ward Member for Wellesbourne East
SDC Portfolio Holder for Regulatory Services