Coronavirus York updates; 24th May 2021

Deaths

There have been no further hospital deaths. The cumulative death toll remains at 591

Test results

Four additional positive test results were announced today. They bring the cumulative total up to 12,365

The number of cases in the City has fallen from 24 to 22.

The rate /100k population has fallen to 10.45. However, it is set to rise over the next couple of days with 9 new cases being found during testing on Friday.

Neighbourhoods

Only two neighbourhoods now now have more than 2 cases. The numbers in the Fulford Road/Clementhorpe area have now dropped below 3.

Vaccinations

Following the big push over the weekend, 66% of adults in York have now had at least their first vaccination.

40% have also had their second jab.

Tests

  • 4476 PCR test were carried out in York during the week ending 19th May 2021.
  • Of these, 0.4% were positive. This is lower than the 0.5% found the previous day.
  • In addition, 3819 “lateral; flow” tests were also conducted on 23rd May

Hospital

There now NO COVID-19 inpatients being treated by the York Hospital Trust

Coronavirus York updates; 17th May 2021

Deaths

There were no further hospital deaths over the weekend. The last fatality occurred on 20th April 2021

Test results

Two additional positive test results announced today. Brings cumulative total up to 12,351

The number of cases in the City is stable at 38

The rate /100k population remains at 18.04 (the same as yesterday). The rate is expected to fall over the next few days, although the impact (if any) of the latest easing of restrictions won’t be clear until next week at the earliest.

The infection rate in North Yorkshire (18.8) has reduced and is now comparable with the York rate (18.0). This is mainly a result of a substantial reduction in the number of active cases in the Selby area

Neighbourhoods

There has been a small spike in case numbers in the Fulford Road/Clementhorpe neighbourhood. The Woodthorpe/Acomb Park/Foxwood South area now has fewer than 3 cases.

Vaccinations

Tests

  • 4378 PCR tests were conducted during the week ending 12th May 2021
  • Of these, 0.7% were positive. That is the same proportion as the previous day.
  • 3447 “lateral flow” tests were also conducted on 16th May 2021.

Hospitals

One fewer COVID-19 patient being cared for by the York Hospital Trust today.

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Coronavirus York updates; 14th May 2021

Deaths

No further hospital deaths announced today

Test results

Five additional positive test results today. Brings cumulative total up to 12,339.

One additional case at City level brings total to 38.

Rate /100k population rises to 18.04. Small reduction expected over the weekend

Small increases in infection levels at North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and England level today

Neighbourhoods

Vaccinations

Tests

  • 4110 PCR tests were conducted during the week ending 13th May 2021
  • Of these, 0.7% were positive. This is slightly lower than the previous days figure of 0.8%
  • In addition, 2721 “lateral Flow” tests were conducted on 13th May 2021.

You can now get symptom-free testing at:

Acomb Explore Library,
Foxwood Community Centre
University of York
York St John University
York Stadium Leisure Complex
St William’s College

You can also collect at home testing kits from Acomb Explore Library, Foxwood Community Centre, University of York, York St John University and York Stadium Leisure Complex, or order them to be delivered to your home by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/get-tested or calling 119.

Hospital

Coronavirus York update; 13th May 2021

Deaths

There have been no hospital deaths announced today

Test results

It is being reported today that cases of the COVOD-19 “Indian variant” have been discovered in York and elsewhere in the UK. Public health advice remains the same. Maintain social distancing, wear a mask and wash hands frequently. Lateral flow tests and kits continue to be available from the Foxwood Community Centre and other locations across the City.

A new Covid testing centre is due to open at St William’s College in York City Centre. To find out more please visit https://york.gov.uk/news/article/634/new-covid-testing-centre-opening-in-york-city-centre…

There have been five positive test results today. That brings the total to 12,334

The number of cases in the City has increased from 35 yesterday to 37 today

The rate /100k population figure has increased to 17.57. That is the highest rate recorded since 1st May.

Neighbourhoods

There are currently 5 neighbourhoods with more than 3 cases in each. They are Tang Hall, City Centre, Fulford Road, Holgate East and Woodthorpe/Foxwood South.

Vaccinations

The local neighbourhood vaccination figures have been updated today. They show that the area with the highest proportion of vaccinated residents is Wigginton (83.3%) The lowest is Tang Hall (35.7%).

The vaccination programme is now making inroads into the younger age groups with the most progress being made in the under 40’s in York City Centre (971 jabs), Heworth South/The Groves (934), and Fulford Road/Clementhorpe (879).

Todays latest vaccination figures show that 61.3% of the population have had their first dose. 32% have also received their second dose

Tests

  • 4075 PCR tests were conducted during the week ending 8th May.
  • Of these, 0.8% were positive. This represents an increase over the previous days percentage which was 0.6%
  • In additional, 3285 “lateral flow” tests were conducted on 12th May

Hospital

Coronavirus York updates; 11th May 2021

Key workers get free entry

Residents and Key Workers will be able to visit the Mansion House for free when it reopens on Wednesday 19th May. The Council says that it is a way of giving something back to York residents and Key Workers as the City reopens following the covid-19 pandemic. The offer will be until 31st May 2021.

We think that the York Council should go further in recognising the work put in over the last year by key workers in general and NHS staff in particular. There are several honours which lie within the City’s gift and favour. We hope that the Council will exercise the option to grant an award.

Deaths

There have been no further hospital deaths announced today. It is now 3 weeks since the last fatality occurred at the York Hospital Trust.

The total death toll among York residents during the pandemic has risen by one. The latest ONS figures up to 30th April reveal that one home fatality was reported during the latest week.

Test results

One additional positive test result today. This brings the cumulative total up to 12,321

The number of cases in the City remains at 29.

Rate /100k population figure remains at 13.77. It is expected to increase slightly over next few days.

Neighbourhoods

Vaccinations

60.7% of York’s adult residents have now had their first vaccination.

31.2% have had their second dose.

Tests

  • 3,982 PCR tests were conducted during the week ending 6th May 2021
  • Of these, 0.7% were positive. That represented an increase on the previous days figure of 0.6%
  • In addition, 2,931 “lateral flow” tests were conducted on 10th May 2021

Hospital

No change to hospital patient numbers today

Coronavirus York updates; 7th May 2021

Deaths

No further hospital deaths have been announced

Test results

Six additional positive test results today bring total up to 12,303.

Citywide case numbers reduce by two to 37.

Rate /100k population falls to 17.57. Trend is still downwards

Infection rates continue to fall at all levels

Neighbourhoods

No major changes at neighbourhood level.

Vaccinations

  • As at 5/5/21, 58.8% of York’s adult population have now had their first vaccination .
  • 28.7% have also received their second vaccination

Tests

  • 4330 PCR tests were conducted in York during the week ending 2nd May 2021
  • Of these, 0.8% were positive. This was an increase on the previous days figure of 0.7%
  • In addition, 2880 “lateral flow” tests were also carried out.

Hospital

Council commentary

The York Council has updated its commentary on the pandemic. It is reproduced below for ease of access.

The data is accurate as at 8.00 a.m. on Friday 07.05.21. Some narrative for the data covering the latest period is provided here below:

People with Covid Symptoms

• NHS Pathways/111 triages – as at 3.5.21 there had been 102 total covid triages in the CYC area in the last 7 days. The peak number of triages was 653 in the 7 day period to 20.9.20.

• As at 6.5.21, the Covid Symptom App estimates 109 per 100,000 in York with symptomatic covid (responses from a sample of 3,801 people). The peak rate was 1,283 on 7.1.21.

Diagnosed cases

• As at 7.5.21 York has had 12,297 cases since the start of the pandemic, a rate of 5,839 per 100,000 of population. The cumulative rate in York is below the national (6,874) and regional (7,189) averages. Cases identified through Lateral Flow Tests will be removed if they have a negative follow up PCR test within 72 hours so the cumulative total of cases can, on occasions, go down.

• 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 (3.5.21) is Red. In recent weeks the number of cases have been low in York which has an effect on the thresholds used to determine the RAG rating – a small change can mean the difference between a red, amber and green rating.

• The provisional rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 28.4.21 to 4.5.21 in York is 15.7 (33 cases). (Using data published on Gov.uk on 6.5.21).

• The latest official “validated” rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 25.4.21 to 1.5.21 in York was 18.5 (39 cases). The national and regional averages at this date were 22.5 and 44.1 respectively (using data published on Gov.uk on 6.5.21).

• York is currently ranked 72nd 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 24.4.21.to 30.4.21, 1 ward (Heworth) had seen a statistically significant fall in rates compared with the 7 day period 17.4.21 to 23.4.21. For the remaining wards there had been no significant change. The number of cases in each ward varied from 0 to 7 and rates varied from 0 to 72 per 100,000. 6 wards had zero cases.

• The rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 25.4.21 to 1.5.21 for people aged 60+ in York was 6.1 (3 cases). The national and regional averages were 7.8 and 12.9 respectively.

• As at 4.5.21, the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 2 PCR tests only) was 1.11%. The national and regional averages are 1.0% and 2.4% respectively.

• As at 4.5.21 the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 2 Lateral Flow Tests only) was 0.08%. The national and regional averages are 0.1% and 0.2% respectively.

• As at 4.5.21 the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 1 tests only) was 0.1%. The national average is 0.4%.

• As at 30.4.21 York University reported 3 individuals within the University community who was currently self-isolating because they have had a positive COVID-19 test. The peak number was 331 on the 19.10.20.

• As at 3.5.21 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

• Since 28.5.20 a total of 11,413 confirmed CYC Covid cases have been uploaded into the NHS Test and Trace system and 10,311 (90.3%) of the cases have been completed (compared with 86.6% nationally). 26,777 ‘contacts’ of these cases have been identified and 20,332 (75.9%) of these have been completed (compared with 81.2% nationally).

• Local Contact Tracing. Between 10.3.21 and 30.4.21, 180 referrals had been actioned by the local contact tracing service. Of the referrals actioned, 167 (92.8%) were successful and 13 (7.2%) 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 6.5.21 there was 1 care home 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) in a residential care setting in York were reported by PHE on 25.2.21 (1 home).

Cases amongst School Aged Children

• In the 7 days up to 3.5.21 there were 4 children of primary or secondary school age who tested positive (across 4 different schools).

COVID Bed Occupancy in York Hospital

• As at 4.5.21 there were 0 confirmed Covid-19 patients in General and Acute beds. The peak number was 157 on 19.1.21.

• As at 4.5.21 there was 1 confirmed Covid-19 patient and 0 suspected Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Treatment Unit. The peak number for people in ITU was 19 on 10.5.20.

• As at 4.5.21 there had been 0 patients admitted with suspected Covid-19 and 0 with confirmed Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours.

• As at 4.5.21 there had been 0 confirmed patients discharged with COVID-19 in last 24 hours.

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 30.4.21 was estimated to be in the range 0.8 to 1.0. The previous estimate was (0.7 to 1.0) on 23.4.21.

Total Vaccinations

• As at 5.5.21 a total of 102,323 CYC residents have had the first dose of the vaccine. This represents 48.6% of the estimated total population of York and 58.8% of the estimated adult (18+) population of York.

• As at 5.5.21 a total of 49,913 CYC residents have had both doses of the vaccine. This represents 23.7% of the estimated total population of York and 28.7% of the estimated adult (18+) population of York.

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. The most recently available data is summarised below:

• ONS Weekly data: In the most recent period (Week 16: 17.4.21 to 23.4.21) 0 Covid-19 deaths were recorded as having occurred for CYC residents. In weeks 13, 14 and 15 there had been 2, 0 and 2 deaths respectively.

• ONS Cumulative data: Since the start of the pandemic, for deaths occurring up to 23rd April 2021 and registered up to 1st May 2021, 395 Covid-19 deaths were recorded as having occurred for CYC residents (228 in hospital, 135 in care homes, 24 at home/elsewhere and 8 in a hospice). The number of deaths per 100,000 of population in York is 187.54 which is lower than the national average of 231.27

• Age / Gender breakdown (using registrar data): The average age of the CYC residents who died was 82.1, with an age range of 44-104. The age profile of the CYC residents who have died is older than the national average (79.5% were aged 75+ compared with 73.1% nationally). 48% of the CYC residents who died were male. The national average is 54.3%.

Coronavirus York updates; 30th April 2021

Deaths

There have been no further hospital deaths announced today

Test results

Ten additional positive test results were announced today. They bring the cumulative total up to 12,274

The number of cases in the City has increased from 45 yesterday to 49 today.

The rate /100k population figure has risen to 23.27. This is the highest rate seen since 28th March. It is expected to rise higher tomorrow.

Neighbourhoods

There are now ten York neighbourhoods which each have more than 3 cases.

Vaccinations

Over 40’s are now being invited to book a vaccination appointment

Tests

  • 4,438 PCR tests were conducted during the week ending 25th April
  • Of these, 0.7% were positive. That is an increase from the previous days figure of 0.6%
  • In addition 2,977 “lateral flow” tests were conducted on 29th April.

Hospitals

There has been a drop in COVID-19 patient numbers today at the York hospital

York Council commentary updated

The data is accurate as at 8.00 a.m. on Friday 30.04.21. Some narrative for the data covering the latest period is provided here below:

People with Covid Symptoms

• NHS Pathways/111 triages – as at 26.4.21 there had been 43 total covid triages in the CYC area in the last 7 days. The peak number of triages was 653 in the 7 day period to 20.9.20.

• As at 29.4.21, the Covid Symptom App estimates 23 per 100,000 in York with symptomatic covid (responses from a sample of 3,981 people). The peak rate was 1,283 on 7.1.21.

Diagnosed cases

• As at 29.4.21 York has had 12,264 cases since the start of the pandemic, a rate of 5,823 per 100,000 of population. The cumulative rate in York is below the national (6,852) and regional (7,147) averages. Cases identified through Lateral Flow Tests will be removed if they have a negative follow up PCR test within 72 hours so the cumulative total of cases can, on occasions, go down.

• 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 (26.4.21) is Red. In recent weeks the number of cases have been low in York which has an effect on the thresholds used to determine the RAG rating – a small change can mean the difference between a red, amber and green rating.

• The provisional rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 21.4.21 to 27.4.21 in York is 21.8 (46 cases). (Using data published on Gov.uk on 29.4.21).

• The latest official “validated” rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 18.4.21 to 24.4.21 in York was 21.4 (45 cases). The national and regional averages at this date were 24.5 and 45.9 respectively (using data published on Gov.uk on 29.4.21).

• York is currently ranked 68th 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 17.4.21.to 23.4.21 the number of cases in each ward varied from 0 to 9 and rates varied from 0 to 61.9 per 100,000. 6 wards had zero cases.

• The rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 18.4.21 to 24.4.21 for people aged 60+ in York was 10.1 (5 cases). The national and regional averages were 9.5 and 13.2 respectively.

• As at 27.4.21, the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 2 PCR tests only) was 1.1%. The national and regional averages are 0.9% and 2.3% respectively.

• As at 27.4.21 the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 2 Lateral Flow Tests only) was 0.13%. The national and regional averages are 0.1% and 0.2% respectively.

• As at 27.4.21 the latest 7 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 1 tests only) was 0.2%. The national average is 0.5%.

• As at 23.4.21 York University reported 3 individuals within the University community who was currently self-isolating because they have had a positive COVID-19 test. The peak number was 331 on the 19.10.20.

• As at 26.4.21 York St. John reported 5 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

• Since 28.5.20 a total of 11,412 confirmed CYC Covid cases have been uploaded into the NHS Test and Trace system and 10,310 (90.3%) of the cases have been completed (compared with 86.6% nationally). 26,749 ‘contacts’ of these cases have been identified and 20,305 (75.9%) of these have been completed (compared with 81.2% nationally).

• Local Contact Tracing. Between 10.3.21 and 23.4.21, 178 referrals had been actioned by the local contact tracing service. Of the referrals actioned, 167 (93.8%) were successful and 11 (6.2%) 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 27.4.21 there were 0 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) in a residential care setting in York were reported by PHE on 25.2.21 (1 home).

Cases amongst School Aged Children

• In the 7 days up to 26.4.21 there were 4 children of primary or secondary school age who tested positive (across 4 different schools).

COVID Bed Occupancy in York Hospital

• As at 27.4.21 there were 6 confirmed Covid-19 patients in General and Acute beds. The peak number was 157 on 19.1.21.

• As at 27.4.21 there were 0 confirmed Covid-19 patients and 0 suspected Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Treatment Unit. The peak number for people in ITU was 19 on 10.5.20.

• As at 27.4.21 there had been 0 patients admitted with suspected Covid-19 and 0 with confirmed Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours.

• As at 27.4.21 there had been 0 confirmed patients discharged with COVID-19 in last 24 hours.

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 23.4.21 was estimated to be in the range 0.7 to 1.0. The previous estimate was (0.7 to 1.0) on 16.4.21.

Total Vaccinations

• As at 28.4.21 a total of 99,474 CYC residents have had the first dose of the vaccine. This represents 47.2% of the estimated total population of York and 57.2% of the estimated adult (18+) population of York.

• As at 28.4.21 a total of 42,170 CYC residents have had both doses of the vaccine. This represents 20.0% of the estimated total population of York and 24.2% of the estimated adult (18+) population of York.

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 is useful as it enables a breakdown by age and gender. The most recently available data is summarised below:

• ONS weekly data: In the most recent period (Week 15: 10.4.21 to 16.4.21) 2 Covid-19 deaths were recorded as having occurred for CYC residents. In weeks 12, 13 and 14 there had been 0, 2 and 0 deaths respectively.

• ONS Cumulative data: Since the start of the pandemic, for deaths occurring up to 16th April 2021 and registered up to 24th April 2021, 395 Covid-19 deaths were recorded as having occurred for CYC residents (228 in hospital, 135 in care homes, 24 at home/elsewhere and 8 in a hospice). The number of deaths per 100,000 of population in York is 187.54 which is lower than the national average of 230.84

• Local Registrar data (Cumulative): Since the start of the pandemic (using data for deaths occurring up to 14.4.21), a cumulative total of 372 deaths of CYC residents where COVID-19 was mentioned (confirmed or suspected) on the death certificate, have been registered. The average age of the people who died was 82.2, with an age range of 44-104. The age profile of those dying in York is older than the national average (79.6% of those who died in York were aged 75+ compared with 73.1% nationally). 178 of the 372 were male (47.8%), less than the national average (54.3%).

Coronavirus York updates; 29th April 2021

Deaths

No further hospital deaths have been announced today

Test Results

Three additional positive test results have been announced today. They bring the cumulative total up to 12,264

The number of active cases has reduced by one to 45 compared to yesterday.

The rate /100k population has fallen to 21.37.

The rate is expected to creep back up during the next few days. There are early signs that it may then begin to fall again

North Yorkshire is now well above the national average infection rate. This is mainly the result of high infection levels in Selby and in particular the Selby Town neighbourhood (Rate 416.2, Cases 56)

Neighbourhoods

The rate at neighbourhood level is reasonably stable although Osbaldwick has replaced Clifton Without in the list of areas with above, the City, average infection levels.

Vaccinations

57.1% of York adults have now received their first vaccination.

23.4% have also had their second dose.

The government has updated its figures for vaccinations at neighbourhood level.

The area with the highest proportion of vaccinated adult residents is Dunnington/Elvington (77.86%)

The area with the lowest is Tang Hall (33.39%).

The differences mirror the age profile of the local population. Those with a higher number of under 40’s should “catch up” over the next couple of months.

Tests

  • 4487 PCR tests were carried out in York during the week ending 24th April.
  • Of these, 0.6% were positive. That represents an improvement on the previous days figure of 0.7%
  • In addition, 4023 lateral flow tests were also conducted on 28th April.

Tests now available at Acomb Explore library

City of York Council is asking residents to join the thousands of people in the city getting tested twice a week, to play a key part in keeping the people we love safe and the places we love open.

To stop the spread of the virus, the council is making it easier for people to take a symptom-free test, removing the need to book appointments at testing sites and signposting to the new collection points popping up in communities across the city.

Whilst residents will be able to book a slot online until 30 May, people can now simply turn up to get tested without the need for an appointment. All appointments booked remain valid and people can still book slots should they wish.

Acomb Explore Library has become the latest venue to offer a collect service to residents, joining pharmacies across the city in our efforts to get residents frequently tested. The testing offer at Acomb Explore will be available on Wednesdays (10am-2pm) and Saturdays (10am-3pm) and will also offer people the chance to take the test in person, as well as collect tests to take at home.

1 in 3 cases of Coronavirus has no symptoms which means we could be spreading the virus to those we love without knowing. This is why city leaders are asking residents to get tested twice a week, even if you’ve had the vaccine. The early identification of cases will stop the virus from spreading, keep people safe and help keep the places we all love open.

More information is available on the council website and a map of locations in the city where people can access testing can be found online.

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said:

“The symptom-free testing offer is a true citywide effort, with pharmacies and Acomb Explore adding to the list of places such as universities and leisure and community centres where residents can access tests.

“These symptom-free tests are really making a difference in our battle against the virus by identifying cases early and stopping people from unknowingly spreading it to others.

“We have worked hard with partners to make it easier than ever to access tests across the city, from getting tested in person to the numerous opportunities to collect kits or have them delivered at home.

“Residents and businesses have been fantastic in helping keep our city and each other safe but we must all keep our guard up. Getting tested twice a week is another way we can all continue to help the fight against Coronavirus to keep our friends and family safe.”

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health said:

“1 in 3 cases of Coronavirus have no symptoms. It is crucial that people continue to get tested regularly and report their results so we can identify cases quickly and stop the virus from spreading.

“That we have carried out so many tests is testament to the city’s collective efforts and we are encouraging more people to take the test.

“We have hope ahead with the next steps of the roadmap and the success of the vaccine rollout. However we must keep up our efforts and get tested regularly (even if you have had the vaccine) to protect people across the city. The only time we would ask an adult not to get tested is if they are within 90 days of having tested positive for the virus.

“By having regular tests and practicing hands, face, space, fresh air we are all playing a vital role in the city’s fight against Coronavirus.”

Fiona Williams, Chief Executive of Explore York Libraries and Archives said: 

“Explore is very pleased to support this important initiative by the Council and Public Health to combat the spread of covid and ensure the city can open up as safely as possible.

The library is a much loved hub for the local community in Acomb with plenty of parking space. It will be easy for local people to collect their test kits, see a friendly face and maybe pick up a few new books at the same time.”

Hospital

There was a small drop in COVID-19 patient numbers at York Hospital today

Police report

Chief Inspector Charlotte Bloxham, North Yorkshire Police’s operational lead for the Coronavirus pandemic, gave the following update at this morning’s (Wednesday 28 April 2021) Local Resilience Forum briefing:

“In the past week (18 – 25 April) North Yorkshire Police has issued 34 Covid-related Fixed Penalty Notices. This brings the total to 41 Fixed Penalty Notices issued since the step 2 changes of the Roadmap were introduced on 12 April.

“This is disappointing considering last week we had cause to issue just seven notices.

“The majority of these latest fines were issued for indoor gatherings in the Scarborough area with three issued in York and four issued in Harrogate.

“We understand that people are desperate to see family and friends. But we ask that just like the vast majority of the people of North Yorkshire, that you please adhere to the regulations that prevent indoor gatherings until the Roadmap out of lockdown has succeeded and we are free to meet up once again.

“The virus is much more likely to spread in an indoor setting and why it is so important to keep following the health protection regulations and the guidance around washing hands, wearing face coverings and maintaining social distance.

“In the meantime, please avoid mixing households indoors, and keep to the “Rule of 6” or two households when meeting outdoors or in private gardens.

“Our town and city centres are much busier now than they have been in recent times, as well in the tourist spots along the coast and in the countryside. Our plea to ensure we can keep the Roadmap on track is not to become complacent and not to jeopardise all the work we’ve put in to get to this point.

“We will continue to use our ‘4 Es’ approach to engage with the public, explain the regulations, encourage compliance, and enforce only as a last resort when a blatant breach has occurred”.

Coronavirus York updates; 21st April 2021

Deaths

One more death has been announced by the York Hospital Trust today. The fatality occurred yesterday

Test results

Ten additional positive test results today. Brings cumulative total up to 12,201

The number of cases in the City has increased from 24 yesterday to 29 today.

The rate /100k population has risen to 13.77. It is expected to rise to over 17 during the next few days. It remains below the national and regional averages

The infection trend is no longer following the trajectory downwards which was seen last May/June. The trend was slowly downwards then while today numbers are fluctuating at around 5 new cases each day.

The infection rate is also increasing in North Yorkshire which is now has a rate above the national average. The highest rate in North Yorkshire can be found in Selby (51.9)

Neighbourhoods

Still 4 neighbourhoods with case rates between 10 and 49. However, the City Centre has replaced Clifton Without in the list compared to yesterday.

Vaccinations

Tests

3837 PCR tests were completed during the week ending 16th April 2021

Of these, 0.6% were positive. This compares with 0.4% found to be positive the previous day

1764 “lateral flow” tests were also completed on 20th April 2021

Hospital

No change to inpatient numbers today

Coronavirus York updates; 27th March 2021

Deaths

No further hospital deaths today.

Last fatality occurred on 17th March.

Test results

According to the government’s web site the cumulative number of positive test results in the City remains at 12,176 today.

However, the profile of when the positive results were recorded has changed. They are recording a zero increase in cases today. The rejigging of the figures has resulted in 15 positive results being recorded on 25th March. If correct, this would be the highest single day figure recorded in the City since 9th March.

The number of cases in the City has increased from 65 to 68 (7 day moving average) That is the second day in a row that there has been an increase

The rate /100k population has increased to 32.29.

The revisions to the incidence of positive test results has also impacted elsewhere. There has been a big reduction in case numbers in North Yorkshire.

Case numbers at reginal level continue to increase.

The national rate is stable

Neighbourhoods

The increase in case number sin Holgate East has continued. There are now 11 cases there. That is up from 1 in less than a week.

Elsewhere infection numbers are fairly stable.

Vaccinations

Tests

4599 PCR tests were carried out in York duirng the week ending 22nd March 2021

1.5% of the tests were positive. That represents and increase over the previous days figure of 1.3%

1668 “lateral flow” tests were also conducted on 26th March

Hospitals

Latest capacity figures from York Hospital Trust

Council plans for reopening the “High Street”

original allocations

The Council has revealed more of its plans to fund the reopening of the City centre to visitors. An initial programme had been discussed earlier in the month (click)

At a behind closed doors meeting, officials have now allocated funds to the following projects

  • The allocation of £45k to the BID to deliver College Green and general outdoor seating across the city centre
  • The allocation of £60k to Make It York to deliver Parliament Street seating area and £4.5k for the associated toilets
  •  The allocation of a single budget of up to £20k to allow Make It York and the BID to operate shared security and waste collections across all city centre wide projects
The College Green outdoor activity area is set to return

The plans singularly fail to address the issues faced by suburban shopping areas. Not for the first time, the Front Street area has been snubbed.

What’s on at Easter

Guide to some leisure options available this Easter holiday click

Grant support provided to more than 3,500 businesses

During the last quarter more than 3,500 companies received grant support from City of York Council.

As the nation marks one year of unprecedented changes for residents as well as businesses, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning has received an update on the economic support provided during the last quarter.

The focus for the council’s economic team has been quick and efficient payments of any business support grants for affected businesses, helping to protect jobs and secure the future for the diverse collection of independent businesses in the city.

City of York Council continue to provide grant support to more than 3,500 companies, accounting for more than half of the city’s businesses, which is a significantly higher proportion in comparison to other local councils. The Council’s focus has been getting support grants to those who are entitled to receive them quickly and efficiently, as well as focussing discretionary grants on the small and micro businesses that need them most. Funding provided through the 2020 microgrant scheme and the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) has helped over 1,200 businesses to adapt to challenges, and supported the diverse community of microbusiness in York. These businesses have been at the heart of the response in York, with payments received earlier than in other areas. 

The report considered by the Executive member shows how York continues to be the city with the lowest percentage increase in unemployment, with cities including Bradford, Hull and Birmingham having seen unemployment rise at nearly 3 times the rate that York has experienced.*

To further support job retention and creation in the city, the Council has endorsed proposals put forward by the city’s Skills and Employment Board to tackle the immediate impact of the pandemic.

One-year plan: Skills for Employment in York, sets out how the city needs to respond to the changing skills and training needs of the city post-pandemic. The aim is to ensure that residents and businesses have the necessary skills and training support to meet their needs, helping York’s economy to recover, and grow, over the coming years.