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Source: City of Wakefield

​Wakefield Council has published the latest COVID-19 data for the district to keep residents up to date.

The figures show that for the latest set of weekly data (between 9 and 15 December) Wakefield’s positive case rate has decreased from the previous week – from 161.1 to 153.9 positive cases (per 100,000 population). 

The previous week’s figure of 160.5 positive cases was revised during the week due to ongoing Public Health England data validation processes.

Residents are reminded that the Government has changed some social restrictions so that families can spend time together on Christmas Day (25 December). Up to three households can form a ‘Christmas bubble’ on 25 December only. When following these new rules, responsibility should be taken to limit the spread of the virus and protect loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable. Find out more about Christmas bubbles at https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information/staying-safe/staying-safe-at-christmas

​Cllr Faith Heptinstall, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “The infection rate in the district is steadily heading in the right direction and this is thanks to people doing their bit to help keep everyone safe.

“However, the decrease has slowed in the last week, proving it is more important than ever that we following the latest guidance and restrictions in place to ensure that this trend continues to help take away some of the pressure our local NHS services are under and help save lives. We absolutely must avoid the infection rate rising again.

“Although the Government is allowing household mixing on Christmas Day, this does significantly increase your risk of contracting the virus and passing it on to your loved ones, so please be mindful of this, whatever you choose to do. The fewer people you mix with the lower the risk to everyone.”

There are currently 191 COVID-19 patients being cared for by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, the same figure as for the previous week.

Jo Webster, Chief Officer at NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “To help reduce infection rates further, it is really important that we all continue to follow the guidance, isolate immediately if you develop symptoms and choose the right local service if you need healthcare. If you’re not sure which service to use and it’s not a life-threatening emergency, call NHS111 or visit NHS online. NHS111 will make sure you get the care you need, in the most appropriate place for your needs.

“By choosing the right service in Wakefield you will get the right treatment in the most appropriate place and avoid an unnecessarily long wait to be seen. You will also be ensuring that local services can operate as effectively as possible and are available for the most critically ill people when they need them.”

Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health

​Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health for the Wakefield district, said: “Although the infection rate is slowly decreasing, we cannot become complacent – as sadly there were still 28 deaths from Covid-19 last week. These are all incalculable losses to the families, friends, and colleagues of those who have died.

“One of the most important actions people must take is to self-isolate if they have tested positive, have been confirmed as a contact of someone who has tested positive or are in the same household. You must also isolate if you have symptoms and are awaiting a test or results. If you do this, you will save lives.”

Wakefield Council is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation across the district with effective monitoring to map relevant data and spot trends, which acts as an early warning system.

Working with partners, Wakefield Council has been actively supporting the businesses and communities affected by the previous outbreaks to limit any spread, as well as working closely with partners and local communities to try and ensure everyone knows the symptoms and how to access testing.

A local testing offer for COVID-19 has opened in Wakefield, to work alongside and to enhance the national programme.

Residents in the district who suspect they have symptoms of the virus can now access tests via a home delivery service but people are urged to try the national system first.

 Those without symptoms (asymptomatic) should not be seeking a test unless they have been advised to do so by a health professional, Public Health England or the Council’s public health teams – it could take a test away from someone who really needs it.

The local testing service is available from Monday to Friday and bookings for appointments can be made at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 01924 224497.

Anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms is urged to get a test by accessing local testing or by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.

 Anna Hartley added: “Please act now – isolate and get tested if you have any symptoms. If you do not have any of the symptoms of coronavirus – of a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell – please do not get a test as we need to make sure tests are readily available for those who really need them.”

 The dashboard published today (Monday 21 December) shows the available data up to 15 December. The next COVID-19 weekly data update will be on Monday 4 January.

The dashboard and briefing can be found at http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information/covid-19-weekly-data

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