MOVES are taking place to bring increased testing capacity to Warrington as new COVID-19 infection rates have more than trebled in a week, making it one of the highest in England.
For the first time in nearly three months Warrington Hospital figures are back in double figures again (11) with one patient in intensive care.
In the week up to September 10, there were 206 new cases of Covid-19 in Warrington, compared with 61 the previous week. The rate of new cases now stands at 98.1 per 100,000 people – more than three times the previous week.
Warrington South MP Andy Carter said: “I’m speaking to Ministers at the Department for Health and Warrington Borough Council to look to bring additional testing capacity into Warrington. The increase in cases over the last seven days is concerning and it may be necessary to look at extra measures to reduce the spread of the virus.
“It’s really important to follow the basic rules, no matter what your age and wherever you are, remember, Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and make space from people you don’t live with.
“Whilst a high number of cases to date have been in younger age groups the possibility is they will transmit the virus to those who are at greater risk and vulnerable which is something we all want to avoid.
Lymm High School has become the latest school in the town to have a pupil test positive.
Head teacher Gwynn Williams said: “We had confirmation on Sunday morning that a student has tested positive for Covid-19. After investigation, and following advice from the local authority and public health experts, we took the decision to ask one tutor group and eight other individuals who were identified as close contacts in the same year group to self-isolate.
“These students will be provided with live, online lessons while they are isolating. At this stage, it has not been deemed necessary to ask more students to remain at home but we are prepared to do this if the situation changes.
“Although it is only one positive case in over 1900 students and 200 members of staff so far, it is of course a concern and we are monitoring the situation closely. We already have extensive measures in place to minimise any potential spread of the virus in school and are following all government guidance in order to keep people as safe as we reasonably can.”
Daily COVID-19 cases Warrington
So based on 7 days from 4-10 Sept
That is 206/210014*100000= 98.1 confirmed cased per 100,000 in the last seven days.
The top 10 highest infection rates in England
Bolton 192.0 (552), 126.2 (363)
Blackburn with Darwen 118.2 (177), 61.5 (92)
Hyndburn 114.8 (93), 43.2 (35)
Oadby and Wigston 114.0 (65), 24.6 (14)
Preston 102.0 (146), 61.5 (88)
Warrington 98.1 (206), 29.0 (61)
Tameside 94.5 (214), 56.5 (128)
Sunderland 94.3 (262), 34.2 (95)
Oldham 91.5 (217), 66.6 (158)
Bradford 90.0 (486), 73.2 (395)