– 18th February 2021
This week it’s encouraging news that our district wide rates of infection have moved down below the 100 mark as we move towards what we all hope will see the lifting of some restrictions next month and await the update from the PM on Monday.
The figures have dropped again across the district over the last seven days to 83/100,000 from 114 last week, which is encouraging as our current levels are now comparable to the rates of infection at around the end of September.
The over 60’s day rate has also fallen to 74/100,000 (94 last week) (with 31 cases over the last seven days) – a 20% decrease in the number of cases to the previous week, which when compared to other districts in Warwickshire for all ages is Nuneaton & Bedworth 179/100,000, North Warwickshire 171/100,000, Warwick 97/100,000 and Rugby 168/100,000. So Stratford and Warwick Districts still have the lowest case rates by far.
According to the government’s dashboard 21 new people had a confirmed positive test result in the district as reported on 18 February and between 12 – 18 February 111 people had a confirmed positive test which is a decrease of 23% to the previous 7 days.
The situation regarding SWFT Hospital Beds is now 41 (51) confirmed cases of COVID-19 but there are 7 (7) patients in ICU (figures in brackets are from 12 Feb). Capacity levels have also improved with 80 unoccupied general and acute beds.
The cumulative deaths across Stratford District from the start of this second wave (28th August 2020) have sadly increased by a further 7 to 117 with 35 occurring in care homes, 73 in hospital, one in a hospice and seven at home and one in a communal establishment, out of a total of 692 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 538 from 497 last week within a total of 2912 all cause deaths. The cumulative total of Covid-19 deaths in Stratford district is 285 since the start of the pandemic and in Warwickshire 1138.
The locally led Lateral Flow Testing facility for people without coronavirus symptoms in Stratford at the Courtyard Theatre has now carried out 12,444 tests with 51 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 continuing their relentless work 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 are now actively vaccinating those in Group 5 and younger adults with underlying health conditions are also being contacted by the NHS.
Thank goodness it’s been a milder week with more daylight hours, but the message remains a focused one to stay at home, stay safe and take care whilst we await further news on the way forward from the PM on Monday.