The Harrogate district has recorded another 28 cases of covid, according to today’s statistics from Public Health England.
It is the highest daily number since February 17, when 31 people tested positive.
However, although the number of cases has increased, health bosses in North Yorkshire said today that no covid patients are currently being treated in Harrogate District Hospital.
And there hasn’t been a covid-related death at the hospital since April 11. The hospital covid death toll remains at 179.
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According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Amanda Bloor, accountable officer for North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said it was too early to say whether the county’s hospitals will see a spike in covid admissions.
She told a North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum press briefing today:
“The numbers of patients in hospital are increasing very slowly and we are watching them very closely, but we do know as more people have their second jab the vaccination provides significant protection against serious illness.
“We will see the data in the next few weeks about the impact of the Delta variant on the number of patients requiring hospital treatment, and any impact in terms of death, but it is too early to say.
“All of our hospitals have surge plans in place to cope with any increased demand and they will flex accordingly, but hopefully with the continued success of the vaccination programme we will see lower levels of hospitalisations as we move forwards.”
The Harrogate district’s seven-day covid rate has increased to 37 per 100,000 people after today’s figures.
The North Yorkshire average stands at 32 and the England rate is 51.