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Coronavirus York updates; 30th July 2021

Hospitals and deaths

Test results

102 positive test results today. They bring the total up to 17,242.

The rate of decline in case numbers is beginning to level off.

The number of cases in the City has fallen from 589 to 551.

The infection rate /100k population is now 261.60

Neighbourhoods

Vaccinations

712 vaccinations were completed yesterday (Thursday)

Tests

  • 7233 PCR tests were completed during the week ending 25th July 2021
  • Of these, 8.3% were positive. This is lower than the positivity rate of 8.5% found during the previous period.
  • 2030 “lateral flow” tests were also competed on 29th July 2021

Council commentary

The Councils commentary on their “open data” web site has been updated. It is reproduced below

The data is accurate as at 8.00 a.m. on Friday 30.07.21. Some narrative for the data covering the latest period is provided here below:

People with Covid Symptoms

• NHS Pathways/111 triages – as at 27.7.21 there had been 51 total covid telephony triages in the CYC area in the last 7 days. The peak number of triages was 192 in the 7 day period to 22.9.20.

• As at 29.7.21, the Covid Symptom App estimates 1,546 per 100,000 in York with symptomatic covid (responses from a sample of 3,684 people).

Diagnosed cases

• As at 28.7.21 York has had 17,140 cases since the start of the pandemic, a rate of 8,138 per 100,000 of population. The cumulative rate in York is below the national (8,998) and regional (9,803) averages.

• The PHE ‘Exceedance’ rating compares the no. of new cases over a 14 day period with the previous 6 weeks and provides a RAG rating to indicate if the previously observed trend in the number of new cases is worsening. The latest rating for York (26.7.21) is Green.

• The provisional rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 21.7.21 to 27.7.21 in York is 236.5 (498 cases). (Using data published on Gov.uk on 29.7.21).

• The latest official “validated” rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 18.7.21 to 24.7.21 in York was 279.7 (589 cases). The national and regional averages at this date were 375.2 and 451.3 respectively (using data published on Gov.uk on 29.7.21).

• York is currently ranked 17th out of 149 Upper Tier Local Authorities (UTLAs) in England with a rank of 1 indicating the lowest 7 day rate.

• For the 7 day period 18.7.21 to 24.7.21, the number of cases in each ward varied from 8 to 58 and rates varied from 153.1 to 411.6 per 100,000.

• The rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 18.7.21 to 24.7.21 for people aged 60+ in York was 64.6 (32 cases). The national and regional averages were 112.0 and 142.5 respectively. Case rates are currently highest in the following age ranges: 10-14 (619 per 100,000); 30-34 (410) and 35-39 (405).

• As at 28.7.21, the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 2 PCR tests only) was 10.72%. The national and regional averages are 12.2% and 14.8% respectively.

• As at 28.7.21 the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 2 Lateral Flow Tests only) was 1.0%. The national and regional averages are 1.1% and 1.4% respectively.

• As at 27.7.21 the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 1 tests only) was 1.2%. The national average is 2.1%.

• As at 23.7.21 York University reported 24 individuals within the University community who were currently self-isolating because they have had a positive COVID-19 test. The peak number was 331 on the 19.10.20.

• As at 26.7.21 York St. John reported 3 individuals within the University community who were currently self-isolating because they have had a positive COVID-19 test. The peak number was 82 on the 8.10.20.

Contact Tracing

• Local Contact Tracing. Between 10.3.21 and 23.7.21, 2,532 referrals had been actioned by the local contact tracing service. Of the referrals actioned, 2,319 (91.6%) were successful and 213 (8.4%) were unable to be reached via phone or home visit, but guidance leaflets were posted where possible. (NB on the 10.3.21 the local CYC team became responsible for contacting all cases rather than just those that the national team could not contact).

Cases in Residential Care Settings

• As at 22.7.21 there were 6 care homes in the CYC area with confirmed Covid-19 infection (at least 1 case of either a staff member or resident).

• The latest ‘outbreak’ (2+ cases of either a staff member or resident) in a residential care setting in York were reported by PHE on 22.7.21 (1 home).

Cases amongst School Aged Children

• In the 7 days up to 26.7.21 there were 130 children of primary or secondary school age who tested positive.

COVID Bed Occupancy in York Hospital

• As at 27.7.21 there were 23 confirmed Covid-19 patients in General/Acute beds. The previous figure was 18 on 20.7.21. The peak number was 157 on 19.1.21.

• As at 27.7.21 there were 3 confirmed Covid-19 patients and 0 suspected Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Treatment Unit. The previous figures were 1 and 0 on 20.7.21. The peak number for people in ITU was 19 on 10.5.20.

R Number

• The ‘R’ value (the number of people that one infected person will pass on a virus to, on average) for the North East and Yorkshire area on 23.7.21 was estimated to be in the range 1.2 to 1.5. The previous estimate was (1.2 to 1.6) on 16.7.21.

Variants of Concern

• In the latest month for which data is available, 456 cases in York (with a specimen date between 27th June 2021 and 26th July 2021) had been processed in a laboratory which is able to carry out the required sequencing in order to identify Variants of Concern (VOC) or Variants under Investigation (VUI). Of these, there had been 455 cases (genomically confirmed or provisional genotyping) of the Delta Variant of Concern (VOC-21APR-02) which was first identified in India.

Total Vaccinations

• As at 28.7.21 a total of 147,752 CYC residents have had the first dose of the vaccine. This represents 84.7% of the estimated adult (18+) population of York (ONS 2020)

• As at 28.7.21 a total of 113,021 CYC residents have had both doses of the vaccine. This represents 64.8% of the estimated adult (18+) population of York (ONS 2020).

• Source: PHE Covid-19 Situational Awareness Explorer.

Deaths

The two sources about deaths from Covid-19 at LA level are ONS data and local registrar data. They are derived from the same source (civil registration data). ONS data is more comprehensive as it includes deaths of York residents which have occurred and been registered outside York. Local registrar data provides a breakdown by age and gender. For both data sources a death from Covid-19 is said to have occurred when Covid-19 has been recorded on the death certificate. The most recently available data is summarised below:

• ONS Weekly data: In the most recent period (Week 28: 10.7.21 to 16.7.21) 0 Covid-19 deaths were recorded as having occurred for CYC residents. There has been one recorded covid death between week 18 and week 28.

• ONS Cumulative data: Since the start of the pandemic, for deaths occurring up to 16th July 2021 and registered up to 24th July 2021, 397 Covid-19 deaths were recorded as having occurred for CYC residents (228 in hospital, 136 in care homes, 25 at home/elsewhere and 8 in a hospice). The number of deaths per 100,000 of population in York is 188.49 which is lower than the national average of 233.99

• Age / Gender breakdown (using registrar data): The average age of the CYC residents who died was 82.1, with an age range of 40-104. The age profile of the CYC residents who have died is older than the national average (79.4% were aged 75+ compared with 72.9% nationally). 47.9% of the CYC residents who died were male. The national average is 54.4%.

Hob Moor disabled access gates in working order

Claims were made in the media earlier in the week that access gates at the entrance to Hob Moor were faulty. The gates are intended to allow movement, by people with disabilities, to the path around the moor and have been in use for nearly 20 years. They can be operated using a “RADAR” key. The keys are widely available,  

One Hob Moor access point for disabled users is obstructed by nettles and thistles.

The gates allow entry for 3 and 4 wheel specialist machines and wheelchairs although the configuration may be awkward for some types of cycle.

There is an adjacent pedestrian “kissing gate” as well as a separate lane for conventional cycles.

There are 6 gates positioned at key points around the perimeter of the moor. They were installed many years ago as part of a configuration which was aimed  at preventing access by off road motorcycles. The motorcycles had become a  major source of irritation to nearby residents. The motorcyclists had also caused disruption to wildlife (particularly ground nesting birds) and flora on the moor.

The design also aimed to secure the moor for cattle grazing.

Generally the arrangements achieved their objective, with much of Hob Moor now a peaceful haven for wildlife.

The gate mechanisms were all working correctly yesterday.

One gate near Hob Moor Drive was obstructed by weeds and nettles and this has been referred to a local Councillor for attention.

There is some pressure for improvements. The equipment needs to be repainted. There is a suggestion that there should be a trial removal of one of the “plinths” at a cycle access point. This would allow cyclists to move more freely through the dedicated lane without the risk of getting a bent pedal.

More ambitious is a proposal to replace the RADAR keys with an electronic version which could also involve powered gates. Such options were not available 20 years ago when the gates were designed. The proposal would be  expensive to implement

There will be some who think that the top priority should be to ensure that maintenance standards on existing routes are improved. This would include an improved inspection regime, the systematic removal of overgrowth and repairs to signs/lineage.

 The same could also be said of the obstructed cycle and footpaths which can be found in other parts of the City.

Coronavirus York updates; 29th July 2021

Hospitals and deaths

One more patient in intensive care today. No more deaths

Test results

91 positive test results today. They bring the total up to 17,140

The rate /100k population falls to 279.66.

Case numbers in the City have reduced by 46 today

Case numbers are expected to continue to decline slowly. The figures will be influenced by 108 positive results recorded on Monday – the largest single day total for a fortnight.

Neighbourhoods

Vaccinations

886 vaccinations were completed yesterday (Wednesday)

Tests

  • 7347 PCR tests were completed during the week ending 24th July 2021
  • Of these, 8.5% were positive. That is less than the 9.1% positivity found during the pervious week.
  • In addition, 2067 “lateral flow” tests were completed on 28th July 2021

Coronavirus York updates; 28th July 2021

Hospital patients and deaths

Hospital patient numbers are continuing to rise with four people now in intensive care. During past waves of the virus, hospital patient numbers have tended to peak about 3 weeks after case numbers reached their maximum.

Taking the start date of the present infection wave as 1st June 2021, there has been one COVID related death of a York resident recorded since then (the hospital death figures above cover a wider geographical area).

The cumulative death toll among York residents remains at 379 following the publication by the government of an update covering the period ending 16th July 2021

Test results

87 positive test results today. Brings the cumulative total to 17,049

Case numbers have reduced by 114; from 749 to 635

The rate /100k population has fallen to 301.51.

The reduction in case numbers is largely following the pattern seen in January. This levelled off after two or three weeks. The decline then became slower for a couple of months. There are early signs that the present sharp reduction in the number of cases in the City may also become less pronounced as we move into August.

Neighbourhoods

Only 4 neighbourhoods with very high infection rates now. Case numbers are reducing in each of them

Vaccinations

474 vaccinations were completed yesterday (Tuesday)

Tests

  • 7513 PCR tests were completed during the week ending 23rd July.
  • Of these, 9.1% were positive. That is less than the 10.2% positivity found during the previous week.
  • In addition, 1873 “lateral flow” tests were completed on 27th July 2021

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Coronavirus York updates; 27th July 2021

Hospitals and deaths

Patient numbers at local hospitals are creeping up but there have been no further deaths

Test results

55 positive test results today. Brings cumulative total up to 16,962

Case numbers in the City have fallen by 121 from 870 to 749. That is one of the largest single day reductions that we have seen.

There has been a big fall in the infection rate /100k population which now stands at 355.63

Case numbers now seem to be falling as quickly as they rose during late June.

The downturn in case numbers is being sustained at all levels.

Neighbourhoods

There has been a 25.1% reduction in the City’s infection rate comparing week on week .

The majority of neighbourhoods are now showing reductions with most also now having seen their infection rate drop below 400.

Vaccinations

338 vaccinations were completed yesterday (Monday)

Tests

  • 7786 PCR tests were conducted during the week ending 22nd July 2021
  • Of these, 10.3% were positive. That is less than the 11.4% positivity rate found during the previous week.
  • 2264 “lateral flow” tests were also conducted on 26th July 2021

Coronavirus York updates; 26th July 2021

Hospital patients and deaths

An increase in hospital patient numbers is reported today but there have been no more deaths

Test results

67 positive test results today. Brings the cumulative total up to 16,907

The number of cases in the City has fallen by 66 to 870

The rate /100k population has fallen to 413.09. The trend downwards continues and there are hopes that tomorrows figures will see the rate fall below 400.

Infection rates are continuing to fall at City. county, regional and national levels.

Neighbourhoods

Vaccinations

424 vaccinations were completed yesterday (Sunday)

Tests

  • 7997 PCR tests were completed during the week ending 21st July 2021
  • Of these, 11.5% were positive. This is less than the 12.0% positivity rate found during the previous week.
  • In addition, 2157 “lateral flow” test swere completed on 25th July 2021

Coronavirus York updates; 25th July 2021

Test results

63 positive test results today. Brings the cumulative total up to 16,840

The number of cases in the City has fallen from 970 to 936

The rate /100k population has fallen to 444.42. The rate continues to trend downwards

Case numbers now beginning to fall at all levels

Neighbourhoods

Vaccinations

730 vaccinations were completed yesterday (Saturday)

Tests

  • 8223 PCR tests were completed during the week ending 20th July 2021.
  • Of these 12% were positive. That is an increase on the 11.8% positivity found during the previous period.
  • 1445 “lateral flow” tests were completed on 24th July 2021