Another encouraging week but I hasten to stress our infection rates are at a similar level to what they were in September so we still have a way to go and with the schools having gone back this week and some restrictions being lifted at the end of the month, we still need to be vigilant and keep doing what we’ve been doing in terms of hands, face and space.
The figures over the last seven days are down to 45/100,000 from 68 last week, and the over 60’s rate has slightly decreased to 48/100,000 (53 last week) (with 20 cases over the last seven days) – which when compared to other districts in Warwickshire for all ages is Nuneaton & Bedworth 80/100,000, North Warwickshire 84/100,000, Warwick 58/100,000 and Rugby 77/100,000. So Stratford and Warwick Districts still have the lowest case rates across the county.
The situation regarding SWFT Hospital Beds continues to improve and is now 17 (22) confirmed cases of COVID-19 but there are 4 (2) patients in ICU (figures in brackets are from 5 March). Capacity levels have decreased with 76 unoccupied general and acute beds as there has been an increase of non-Covid patients for elective surgery etc.
Sadly the cumulative deaths across Stratford District have increased by three over the last week and now number 133 from the start of this second wave (28th August 2020) 37 occurring in care homes, 87 in hospital, one in a hospice and seven at home and one in a communal establishment, out of a total of 797 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 620 from 599 last week within a total of 3314 all cause deaths. The cumulative total of Covid-19 deaths in Stratford district is 301 since the start of the pandemic and in Warwickshire 1220.
The locally led Lateral Flow Testing facility for people WITHOUT coronavirus symptoms in Stratford has now carried out 18,556 tests with 65 positive results. If you are returning to a busy workplace environment it is important to use this facility and get tested on a regular basis.
Have a good weekend everyone and let’s just keep doing what we have been doing and protect other people and particularly those more vulnerable of all ages.