Coronavirus York updates; 1st July 2021

Hospital patients and deaths

Small reduction in patient numbers at hospitals today. No further deaths.

The last death of a York resident from COVID related issues occurred 3 weeks ago.

Test results

133 positive test results were announced today. Brings the cumulative total up to 13,936.

The number of cases in the City has risen by 45.

The 156 positive tests recorded on Monday was the highest single day figure seen in the City since 11th January 2021.

The rate /100k population is now 295.81. It is trending to reach 379.38.


Today the table has been augmented to include the latest vaccination figures for each neighbourhood.

As you would expect there is a correlation between high case numbers and low vaccination rates.

The areas with low vaccination rates also have high numbers of people aged under 25 who have, in the main have only been getting their first jab during the last fortnight,


There has been a big increase in the 1st dose vaccination totals for under 25’s


  • 7033 PCR tests were conducted during the week ending 26th June 2021
  • Of these, 8.8% were positive. This represents an increase on the 8.1% positivity found during the previous period.
  • 3617 “lateral flow” tests were also conducted on 30th June 2021.

Too many blocked cycle paths

It happens each year, but we are still waiting for improvements to maintenance standards on local cycle routes.

The media were asking earlier in the week why people are put off cycling?

One reason is poor infrastructure maintenance.

Cycle paths are particualrly vulnerable to overgrowth causing obstructions. It the growth is nettles or thorn bushes then some may simply tur back.

These are some current examples of obstructions

The cycle track between the golf club and the A1036 Tadcaster Road is now effectively blocked for many users.
The A64 cycle oath near Bilbrough is also obstructed by nettles and brambles
Even the generally well maintained SUSTRANs cycle path near Riccall is overgrown. No sign yet of the badly damaged path surface being repaired.

New campaign to help residents’ fitness ready for lockdown lifting

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Residents wanting to renew or build fitness lost during lockdown are being urged by a new campaign to build more activity into their lives

Health and activity experts from York and North Yorkshire recognise that many people have been less active during the pandemic. Shielding, worries about catching covid and lockdown itself have meant everyone has been affected.

The #WhatsMyNextStep partners, including York and Scarborough Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Vale of York CCG, Age UK York, York CVS, Healthwatch York, Live Well York, North Yorkshire Sport and City of York Council, advise that if you haven’t already begun, now’s the time to start getting more active around the home!

Simple steps to building more activity into daily routines at home are recommended, within any medical advice, of course. To help residents get ideas, the partnership is offering reliable sources of ideas and health advice, to help improve muscle tone, build core strength and improve balance.

The NHS recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week for adults.  Adults should do some type of physical activity every day and any type of activity is good: in fact the more you do, the better.