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Coronavirus York updates; 24th July 2021

Test results

Publication of Saturdays results was delayed “because of technical reasons”

51 positive test results. The lowest for several weeks. Brings total to 16,777

The number of cases in the City has fallen from 1030 to 970.

The rate /100k population continues to fall. It currently stands at 460.57. It is currently trending to fall below 400 later in the week.

While not yet showing a decline in infection rates the rate of growth at county, regional and national level is slowing. During previous waves, case number trends at these levels have tended to mirror what was seen in York, albeit delayed by several days.

Neighbourhoods

Vaccinations

648 vaccinations were completed on Friday

Tests

  • 8513 PCR tests were completed on the week ending 19th July 2021.
  • Of these, 11.8% were positive. That is below the 12% positivity rate found during the previous period.
  • In addition, 2054 “lateral flow” tests were completed on 23rd July 2021

Coronavirus York updates; 23rd July 2021.

Hospital patients and deaths

Test results

92 positive test results today. They bring the cumulative total up to 16,726.

Case numbers in the City fall by 39 from 1069 to 1030. The total is expected to fall below 1000 when results are updated tomorrow (Saturday)

The rate /100k population has fallen to 489.96. It is expected to fall further over the weekend.

There is more evidence today that case numbers may have peaked with the 7 day rolling average for the City now trending downwards.

Although there has been some speculation that the recent hot weather has meant that fewer people were meeting indoors, and hence that there were reduced infection opportunities, the same is also true of other parts of the country where infection levels continue to rise.

Neighbourhoods

Vaccinations

308 vaccinations were completed yesterday (Thursday)

Tests

  • 8701 PCR tests were completed during the week ending 18th July 2021
  • Of these, 12.1% were positive. This is lower that the 12.6% positivity rate found during the previous period
  • In addition, 2564 “lateral flow” tests were completed on 22nd July.

Council commentary

The Council has updated its weeklyopen data” commentary on the COVID-19 pandemic. It is reproduced here for ease of reference

he data is accurate as at 8.00 a.m. on Friday 23.07.21. Some narrative for the data covering the latest period is provided here below:

People with Covid Symptoms

• NHS Pathways/111 triages – as at 20.7.21 there had been 55 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 22.7.21, the Covid Symptom App estimates 765 per 100,000 in York with symptomatic covid (responses from a sample of 3,758 people). The peak rate was 1,283 on 7.1.21.

Diagnosed cases

• As at 22.7.21 York has had 16,634 cases since the start of the pandemic, a rate of 7,898 per 100,000 of population. The cumulative rate in York is below the national (8,682) and regional (9,426) 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 (19.7.21) is Green.

• The provisional rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 14.7.21 to 20.7.21 in York is 442.03 (931 cases). (Using data published on Gov.uk on 22.7.21).

• The latest official “validated” rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 11.7.21 to 17.7.21 in York was 507.6 (1,069 cases). The national and regional averages at this date were 529.1 and 634.8 respectively (using data published on Gov.uk on 22.7.21).

• York is currently ranked 70th 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 10.7.21 to 17.7.21, the number of cases in each ward varied from 14 to 96 and rates varied from 329.7 to 1,293.4 per 100,000.

• The rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 11.7.21 to 17.7.21 for people aged 60+ in York was 141.2 (70 cases). The national and regional averages were 111.6 and 138.4 respectively. Case rates are highest in the following age ranges: 15-19 (1,235 per 100,000); 20-24 (825); 10-14 (704) and 25-29 (688).

• As at 20.7.21, the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 2 PCR tests only) was 15.91%. The national and regional averages are 16.4% and 19.6% respectively.

• As at 20.7.21 the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 2 Lateral Flow Tests only) was 1.23%. The national and regional averages are 1.6% and 2.0% respectively.

• As at 20.7.21 the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 1 tests only) was 1.7%. The national average is 2.4%.

• As at 16.7.21 York University reported 37 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 19.7.21 York St. John reported 4 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 16.7.21, 2,059 referrals had been actioned by the local contact tracing service. Of the referrals actioned, 1,899 (92.2%) were successful and 160 (7.8%) 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 19.7.21 there were 177 children of primary or secondary school age who tested positive (across 39 different schools).

COVID Bed Occupancy in York Hospital

• As at 20.7.21 there were 18 confirmed Covid-19 patients in General/Acute beds. The previous figure was 15 on 13.7.21. The peak number was 157 on 19.1.21.

• As at 20.7.21 there was 1 confirmed Covid-19 patient and 0 suspected Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Treatment Unit. The previous figures were 2 and 0 on 13.7.21. 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 16.7.21 was estimated to be in the range 1.2 to 1.6. The previous estimate was (1.3 to 1.6) on 9.7.21.

Variants of Concern

• In the latest month for which data is available, 702 cases in York (with a specimen date between 18th June 2021 and 17th 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 699 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 21.7.21 a total of 147,024 CYC residents have had the first dose of the vaccine. This represents 84.3% of the estimated adult (18+) population of York (ONS 2020)

• As at 21.7.21 a total of 109,639 CYC residents have had both doses of the vaccine. This represents 62.9% 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 27: 3.7.21 to 9.7.21) 0 Covid-19 deaths were recorded as having occurred for CYC residents. There has been one recorded covid death between week 18 and week 27.

• ONS Cumulative data: Since the start of the pandemic, for deaths occurring up to 9th July 2021 and registered up to 17th 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 233.62

• 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%.

Green bin hokey cokey

The Council is now advising residents in the Foxwood area to take back in green bins that weren’t emptied on 13th July.

Previously their web site had said leave them out so that the gangs could do a “catch up”.

We would expect that residents will understand the double pressures faced by the Council as a result of staff vacancies and the “coronavirus pindemic” which must make maintaining public service standards difficult.

However the Council needs to improve its communications. Few customers are likely to browse its bin collection web site on a regular basis (Click below for link)

Waste collection updates – City of York Council

The next scheduled collections, from affected streets, are next Tuesday (27th)

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New Council advice

Police in York increase patrols as schools break up for summer

A police officer patrols the Knavesmire in York

Officers from York’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams are increasing patrols across the city as school’s finish for the summer break tomorrow (Friday 23 July 2021).

Police are issuing a request for young people to be respectful to both the local community and each other at a time of year when antisocial behaviour often reaches high levels.

Inspector Lee Pointon said:

“We don’t want to stop anyone enjoying themselves and relaxing after what has been an incredibly difficult year, we’re just asking people to take responsibility for their behaviour and look out for others.

“Please clear up after yourself if you’re enjoying the warm weather outdoors, put your rubbish in the bin or take it home and please be mindful of playing music near residential properties. We want everyone to be able to make the most of our city’s beautiful green spaces so we must all take responsibility for keeping those spaces clean and free from antisocial behaviour.

“We’ll be out and about patrolling over the next few days and look forward to seeing our local communities enjoying the sun and many outdoor spaces York has to offer.”

Music-making kit seized to silence noise nuisance in Thoresby Road area

Equipment used to play overly loud music day and night has been seized following complaints, repeated warnings and formal notices to the owners.

Complaints about two separate households in two blocks of apartments in the Westfield Ward included the volume and frequency of music. People found their sleep was being affected by the noise, and working from home was made more difficult.

Officers remove seized equipment
Officers remove seized equipment

Following advice, warnings and formal notices being issued to the people playing the music, City of York Council applied for warrants from York Magistrates Court. Visiting the flats last week, officers from City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police seized stereos, speakers, TVs and other items ahead of ASB Awareness Week (19-23July).

Working with the victims, council officers gathered evidence of the nuisance they suffered. Officers were told that the noise was so loud they were disturbed night and day unable to work from home during the pandemic, or watch TV in the evening or even sleep in their beds at night.

Noise recording equipment installed over five days provided evidence of nine incidents of serious noise nuisance going on for hours at a time, with the perpetrator listening to TV music channels at full blast.    

Coronavirus York updates: 22nd July 2021

Hospital patients and deaths

Test results

99 additional positive test results announced today. Brings total to 16,634.

The number of cases in the City has increased by 4 and now stands at 1069

The rate /100k population has edged up to 507.57 today. There is some evidence that this may be a peak and that case numbers may drop over the next few days

Neighbourhoods

Vaccinations

Only 169 vaccinations were completed yesterday (Wednesday)

Tests

  • 8663 PCR tests were undertaken during the week ending 17th July 2021
  • Of these, 12.6% were positive. That is an increase from the 12.4% positivity found during the previous period
  • 2937 “lateral flow” tests were also completed on 21st July 2021

More confusion over cycle path improvements

Part of the planning approva,l for the provision of sports pitches on land off Tadcaster Road/Sim Balk Lane, was that improvements had to be made to the cycle track link to the Park and Ride site. Users of the pitches would use parking spaces at the P & R site and then walk to the changing rooms. Details of the improvement works had to be agreed by the Council and published before building work started. This didn’t happen but, before the pitches can be used, improvements must be implemented.

A new application was published on the Councils “Planning on Line” web site a few weeks ago. It purported to give details of the way in which condition 14 of the original application would be fulfilled. However, no details of the proposals (understood to include some resurfacing work and better lighting) were included.

The application has some additional significance as a certificate of completion for the new pitches can’t be issued until the work is completed. Completion of the pitches is a planning condition attached to the Council’s housing development at Lowfield.

The condition said that homes there couldn’t be occupied until the replacement pitches were brought into use.

Not withstanding this, the Council announced in the media yesterday that the home s at Lowfields were being occupied. No attempt seems to have been made by the Councils housing arm (Shape Homes) to discharge the condition or have the planning permission amended.

The muddle is now subject to a formal complaint to the Councils planning enforcement team.

Meanwhile more bad news for cyclists. The cycle path which runs adjacent to the A64 slip road near the Pike Hills golf course remains blocked. Some mowing has taken place next to the dual carriageway but the slip road area has been ,missed.

We’re not sure whether this was just an oversight or whether a “demarcation dispute” is taking place between Highways Yorkshire and the York Council?

Either way, cyclists currently need PPE to negotiate the nettles, brambles and thistles which impede the path.

Coronavirus York updates; 21st July 2021

Hospital patients and deaths

Two additional deaths reported today by the York Hospital Trust. One occurred on Monday and the other yesterday. They bring the total number of local fatalities up to 601

Test results

127 positive test results announced today. Bring the cumulative total up to 16,535.

An additional 64 cases have been found in the City. This brings the total up to 1065

The rate /100K population is now 505.68. That is the highest recorded during the current wave. It is expected to remain at around that level tomorrow before stabilising at just below 500 for the remainder of the week.

Infection rates in York are currently below the County, Regional and National averages

Neighbourhoods

Vaccinations

594 vaccinations were completed yesterday.

Tests

  • 8672 PCR tests were completed during the week ending 16th July 2021
  • Of these, 12.5% were positive. That s higher than the 11.8% positivity rate found during the previous period.
  • In addition 2131 “lateral flow” tests were undertaken on 20th July.

Action taken

We’ve reported several issues in the Westfield area.

These include;

  • A black bag dumped at the entrance to Chesneys Field (which is insecure and being user by Travellers to access their camp site)
  • Broken glass on the Gale Lane footpath
  • Litter under the Chesneys Field play equipment
  • The council bus shelters on Foxwood Lane (which are filthy)
  • A full litter bin on Cornlands Road
  • Weed growth on the public footpath at the junction of Cornlands Road and Askham Lane