Although York is not yet classed as an area where the Delta strain of the virus is most prolific, here is some advice from the government.
The new COVID-19 variant (known as Delta) spreads more easily than the other variants that were previously most common. To help stop the spread, you should:
- Get both doses of the vaccine when you are offered it, and encourage others to do so as well
- Participate in surge testing in your local area, whether you are vaccinated or not
- Self-isolate immediately if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) or if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19
You should also take particular caution when meeting anyone outside your household or support bubble. Wherever possible, you should try to:
- Meet outside rather than inside where possible
- Keep 2 metres apart from people that you do not live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them), this includes friends and family you don’t live with
- Minimise travel in and out of affected areas
The full government advice can be viewed by clicking here
York hospital patients and deaths
The York Hospital Trust has recorded its first COVID-19 death since 20th April. The fatality occurred on Friday. It brings the total number of deaths up to 593 since the start of the pandemic
The number of coronavirus patients being cared for by the Trust has increased to 6
The latest figures, covering the deaths’ of York residents, reveal that there was one fatality in a care home during the week ending 4th June.
The death brings the total toll among York residents, since the pandemic started, up to 379. This included (at 4th June) 221 hospital deaths, 128 in care homes, 22 at home and 8 in a hospice.
21 positive test results were announced today. Brings the cumulative total up to 12,649
The number of cases in the City has risen from 108 to 116
The rate /100k population has risen to 55.08. That is the highest rate recorded since 27th February 2021.
It is trending up to reach over 70+ before the end of the week
Only 5 neighbourhoods now have fewer than 3 cases.
A big step up in case numbers is expected over next three days
874 vaccinations were completed in the City yesterday (Monday)
- 5319 PCR tests were conducted during the week ending 10th June 2021
- Of these, 2.0% were positive. That is an increase on the 1.9% found during the previous period.
- In addition, 3044 “lateral flow” tests were also completed on 14th June.
York Council reacts to announcement about continuing restrictions
City of York Council have responded following the Prime Minister’s announcement relating to the delayed easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said:
We know today’s news is frustrating for many who had high hopes for next week, however, there are still reasons to be optimistic. The vaccine rollout is continuing successfully and many of our local businesses have reopened safely giving us all the chance to once again enjoy so much that our city has to offer. Hopefully soon, with more people vaccinated, we will be able to take that next step safely.
“Throughout this pandemic, communities across York have come together and worked hard to look after each other. It has been a long and challenging period for us all, but I would encourage everyone to please keep going. Better times are ahead, as more of us get first and second doses of the vaccine.
“We are pleased though to see changes in the numbers allowed to attend weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, where social distancing measures allow. This will make a huge difference to many couples having their special day. Our Register Office will continue to support couples and will be contacting those who have booked ceremonies with us with further details. We will share more details when the guidance is published.
“We know this is difficult news for people and businesses who will be most directly impacted by this announcement. We will continue to support you, as we have done throughout the pandemic, and we will share more updates as guidance and information becomes available. Please continue to shop at local businesses who are working so hard to keep people safe.
“If you’re struggling to manage, or you don’t have any support, but need it because of COVID-19, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling telephone: 01904 551550. Businesses severely impacted by today’s announcement can get contact us by emailing the council’s Economic Growth team at email@example.com.”
Fiona Phillips, Assistant Director of Public Health said:
Whilst today’s news is disappointing, with increasing cases and hospital admissions across the country and the presence of the delta variant, it isn’t surprising.
“In recent days we have seen cases increase across York – it is vital that we all remain vigilant and keep each other safe.
“This has been a challenging time, but please keep going and check in on friends and family who may be struggling. Help is at hand should people need it and it is important we look after our mental health as well as physical health.
“Whilst the vaccine roll out is going very well, many in the city are yet to have the vaccine and get that protection. We know too with the delta variant how important a second dose is to boosting immunity so please when you get invited get both doses. Please help keep each other safe and the city open by continuing to:
- wash your hands regularly
- wear a face covering in busy public spaces and where asked
- give people space
- meet outside, or open windows letting fresh air indoors
- get tested regularly; see more information about symptom-free testing
- get the vaccine when you are eligible and get that second dose; See more information and book an appointment on the NHS website
“The vaccines are working and saving lives. This and the fact they are being administered in great numbers means that better times are ahead. The slowing of the roadmap gives the opportunity for more people to be protected in the hope we can have a great and safe summer.”