Some positive news for you all in so much as Lockdown 3 is having an impact of our rates of infection (today’s figures), which has dropped across the district over the last seven days to 284/100,00 from 344 last week. This is a welcomed improvement and demonstrates that we must keep up our resolve and momentum in fighting this virus. In addition the over 60’s day rate is down to 218/100,000 (271 last week) (with 91 cases over the last seven days), which when compared to other districts in Warwickshire for all ages is Nuneaton & Bedworth 417/100,000, North Warwickshire 403/100,000, Warwick 292/100,000 and Rugby 403/100,000. So Stratford and Warwick Districts have the lowest case rates.
The situation regarding SWFT Hospital Beds has improved slightly with 114 (130) confirmed cases of COVID-19 but there are 7 (4) patients in ICU (figures in brackets are from 15 Jan). The capacity remains the same at 10% and there are 44% of beds occupied by non-Covid patients.
The cumulative deaths across Stratford District from the start of this second wave (28th August 2020) have sadly increased by a further 20 to 72 with 20 occurring in care homes, 47 in hospital and five at home, out of a total of 526 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 306 from 245 within a total of 2359 all cause deaths. The cumulative total of Covid-19 deaths in Stratford district is 240 since the start of the pandemic and in Warwickshire 906; over the same period there have been 5809 non Covid-19 related deaths in Warwickshire.
The new locally led Lateral Flow Testing facility for people without coronavirus symptoms in Stratford at the Courtyard Theatre has now has carried out 3219 tests with 11 positive results.
The vaccine rollout is 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 is also involved with the setting up of a mass vaccination site which will be located in Stoneleigh in due course and will complement the vaccination facility in Birmingham at Millennium Point which is being offered as an earlier alternative option.
Roving teams are carrying out vaccinations in care homes amongst staff and residents and it is anticipated to have all care homes in Warwickshire vaccinated by the end of the month, as this is a priority area.
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