York’s weekly coronavirus rate falls again – to one of the lowest in the country

People wearing face masks on Shambles today. Photograph: YorkMix
24 Jul 2020 @ 7.53 pm
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York council has published its latest weekly breakdown of Covid-19 data in the city today (Friday, 24 July).

It includes information on deaths in and out of hospital, testing and infection rates.

Data from the Office For National Statistics shows there were 168 coronavirus-related deaths among residents of York occurring up to 10 July and registered up to 18 July.

That is two more than the previous week.

Of these

  • 82 were in hospital (no change)
  • 73 in care homes (up two)
  • 9 at home (no change)
  • 3 in a hospice (no change)
  • and 1 in another ‘communal establishment’ (no change).

Two ‘excess’ deaths: in week 28 (4 July to 10 July), 31 deaths occurred in York, which is two more than the average weekly number for 2014-18. The peak week for ‘excess’ deaths and for Covid deaths was week 18 (25 April to 1 May).

Local registrar data

While the ONS data is more comprehensive, because it include deaths of York residents which have been registered outside York, there is another set of figures from the local registrar.

Local registrar data is useful as it provides a breakdown by age and gender.

This showed 159 deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned up to 20 July – the same as last week.

Of these 159 deaths:

  • the average age of the people who died was 82.4
  • the age range of those who died was 53-104
  • 84 of the 159 were male (52.8%), slightly less than the national average (55.1%)
  • 68 people (42.8%) died in nursing/care homes (the national average is 30.9%).

Altogether 13 people (8.2%) who normally resided in nursing/care homes in the York area, died in hospital.

YorkMix‘s daily updates show that there have been a total of 214 deaths in York NHS Trust hospitals, of which 134 were in York Hospital.

Infection rates and tests

The weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population tested under Pillar 1 and 2 was 0.95 for York as at 21 July. York was ranked 8th out of 150 local authorities (with 1 being the lowest rate).

That’s down from the week ending 11 July, when York’s infection rate was 2.9 per 100K.

The latest seven-day positivity rate for Pillar 2 only was 0.36% (five positives out of 1,406 tests) at 20 July.

York’s total number of confirmed coronavirus infections stood yesterday at 918 – giving a York infection rate of 437.4 cases per 100,000 people.

The England rate is 456.9. The Yorkshire & Humber rate is 567.1

Public Health England compares the number of new cases over a ten-day period with the previous six weeks. From that it provides a red-amber-green rating to indicate if the trend of new cases is worsening. The latest rating for York – issued on 14 July – is green.