COVID on the rise again in Warrington – and summer gets the blame


THE number of COVID-19 cases in Warrington is rising week on week – and the number of people in Warrington Hospital with COVID-19 is also on the rise.

Summer activities, including holidays, overseas travel and attending festivals are being blamed.
Latest data shows that Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 now make up more than half of the COVID-19 cases in the UK and are driving the increase in infections.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate that locally 1 in 25 people currently have COVID-19, this is an increase from 1 in 40 compared to last week.

COVID-19 can affect anyone and everyone, and people who are otherwise healthy can become extremely unwell very quickly.
To help reduce any transmission of the virus, people are being urged remember the basics of hands, face and space as well as protecting themselves and others by getting vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already. It’s never too late.
Simple measures like covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands thoroughly and regularly, letting fresh air into indoor spaces, and cleaning your surroundings frequently can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and many other respiratory infections. Whilst rates are high, consider wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces to provide additional protection.
If you have recently come back from a festival, event, holiday or abroad, be extra vigilant and make sure you regularly check with those around you that no one in your group has developed any COVID-19 symptoms.
If you or anyone you have been in close contact with has developed any symptoms, even if they are only very mild, please err on the side of caution as you might just be helping to protect a loved one or someone who is more vulnerable to coronavirus. If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature, staying home if you can, and avoiding contact with others, can help reduce onward spread.
If you are planning on attending any big events for the remainder of the summer, be mindful that the virus is still spreading across the UK and try to meet outdoors if possible.
Director of Public Health, Thara Raj, said: “The so called ‘fifth wave’ of COVID-19 is impacting all parts of the country and the number of COVID-19 infections in Warrington has gone up week by week. It’s so important to remember that the virus is still circulating in our communities and we need to know how we can keep on doing our bit to limit its transmission.
“Whilst we are still learning to live with the virus, it’s important to remember the steps that you can take when leaving your home more often and when meeting friends and family to ensure that COVID-19 doesn’t ruin your summer plans.
“Taking a few extra steps to ensure you are not spreading the virus could mean the difference between helping to ensure everyone around you has a happy and healthy time, and I’d encourage all residents to keep this in mind as you enjoy the summer months ahead.”

Warrington & Halton Hospitals figures Monday-Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.
Current inpatients as of Tuesday, July 5 , 2022 compared to Monday, July 4 (confirmed positive result – 14 days or less from first positive sample) – 79 (75) including 1 (2) in ICU.
Cumulative discharges (discharges of positive patients [excluding deaths]– 4,151 (4,145)
Cumulative deaths (deaths of positive inpatients) – current figure 697 (697)

*Hospital deaths include residents from Warrington and Halton. Total deaths of Warrington residents can be seen below.
The total number of deaths in Warrington within 28 days of a positive test reported by Public Health England is currently 649 – 309.9 per 100,000 population compared to the national rate of 277.2
The total number of deaths with Covid-19 on the death certificate in Warrington reported by Public Health England in all settings is 696 – 332.4 per 100,000.

*Data last updated Friday July 1st and now only updated weekly.
There have been 502 (487) COVID-19 cases reported in Warrington over the past seven days taking the total to 79,269 – 74,329 1st infections, 4,940 second (79,181) and an infection rate of  239.7 (232.6) per 100,000 which has risen again compared to a rate of 205.7 (199.3) for England.

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