Progress on our rates of infections continues to be made but more slowly than the previous week reinforcing that we must all continue to follow the lockdown rules and not get complacent in light of the success of the vaccine rollout.
Whilst figures have dropped across the district over the last seven days to 148/100,000 from 184 last week which is welcome, our current levels are now comparable to the rates of infection just after Christmas so we still have a way to go to get back to early December levels of 50/100,000.
In addition the over 60’s day rate has only come down to 96/100,000 (108 last week) (with 40 cases over the last seven days), which when compared to other districts in Warwickshire for all ages is Nuneaton & Bedworth 276/100,000, North Warwickshire 277/100,000, Warwick 158/100,000 and Rugby 227/100,000. So Stratford and Warwick Districts have the lowest case rates.
It’s difficult to compare actual rates of infection between this wave and the first wave as we didn’t have the extensive testing programme in place, but in terms of hospital Covid based cases the numbers are still higher than in early May.
The situation regarding SWFT Hospital Beds has improved with 43 (71) confirmed cases of COVID-19 but there are 9 (9) patients in ICU (figures in brackets are from 29 Jan).
The cumulative deaths across Stratford District from the start of this second wave (28th August 2020) have sadly increased by a further 10 to 95 with 32 occurring in care homes, 57 in hospital and six at home, out of a total of 602 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 440 from 378 last week within a total of 2577 all cause deaths. The cumulative total of Covid-19 deaths in Stratford district is 263 since the start of the pandemic and in Warwickshire 1040.
The new locally led Lateral Flow Testing facility for people without coronavirus symptoms in Stratford at the Courtyard Theatre has now carried out 7844 tests with 44 positive results.
The vaccine rollout continues to gear up momentum and across my division is being delivered from Wellesbourne at Hastings House Medical Centre, Southam Clinic and Stratford Hospital. WCC has also been involved with the setting up of the new mass vaccination site located at Stoneleigh which complements the vaccination facility in Birmingham at Millennium Point.
It would be really good to see our rates of infection come down much more by the end of next week.
Best wishes for the weekend, stay warm and please keep safe, take care and stay home.
County Councillor for Wellesbourne Division
SDC Ward Member for Wellesbourne East
SDC Portfolio Holder for Regulatory Services