WARRINGTON Hospital is currently caring for five COVID-19 related inpatients, including one in intensive care, following the recent increase in new cases in the town.
This compares to just one inpatient on July 30th and comes on the back of 25 new cases confirmed in the town over a five day period, including seven cases in two local care homes.
As of noon yesterday (Tuesday) the hospital had tested 14,921 (14,033) inpatients/community of which 1,202 (1,197) have tested positive.
They are currently caring for 5 (3) in-patient who have tested positive for Covid-19 and there is 1 (1) Covid-19 positive patient in ICU.
They have discharged 389 (388) patients and sadly 137 (137) have died.
This compares to the last figures released on July 30 when the hospital had just one inpatient, with none in ICU and had tested 13,195 (12,165 )inpatients/community of which 1,193 (1,192) had tested positive.
Owing to technical difficulties, the Government website data for new cases could not be updated yesterday and will not be updated until later today (August 12).
Earlier this week Warrington Borough Council urged against complacency stating: “Confidence and assuredness is key, but we also need to acknowledge that we need to be relentless in observing the guidance.
“The majority of recent cases are within the community, with a small number of Warrington’s new cases being identified in care homes.
“All appropriate prevention measures in affected care homes have been put in place and routine whole care home testing continues to be rolled out across Warrington, with staff and residents tested on a frequent basis.
This helps to pick up any asymptomatic (where people show no symptoms) and pre-symptomatic (before symptoms are displayed) cases so that control and prevention measures can be put in place immediately.
“Warrington has, for the past few months, had one of the lowest infection rates in the North West and is testament to the vigilance and carefulness of our residents and communities.
“This recent rise in cases, although small compared to many other areas, is a reminder that we are still living with the virus, that we can still pass it on to other people and that now – more than ever – we cannot afford to be complacent.
“Please continue to observe social distancing, maintain excellent hand hygiene and wear a face covering when you need to (such as going to the shops). And, if you have any symptoms of coronavirus including a high temperature, a persistent cough or loss of normal taste or smell – or if you just generally feel unwell – book a coronavirus test immediately.”
For the latest Government data visit https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
*Warrington & Halton Hospitals Trust has agreed to return to weekly updating each Thursday following the recent increases.