Harrogate District Hospital still has more coronavirus patients than during the peak of the first wave but the number has started to drop sharply.
It was revealed at the weekly North Yorkshire coronavirus media briefing today the hospital had 48 coronavirus patients yesterday. Last week there were 65, only a couple away from the record number of 67.
The hospital is the only one in North Yorkshire treating more patients than during the first wave but the situation appears to be heading in the right direction.
It was also revealed today that one more person died at the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus. The latest death, which happened on Sunday, brings the total to 156.
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The Stray Ferret asked today’s briefing whether public health officials were concerned about the high number of patients shortly before lockdown measures ease.
Amanda Bloor, accountable officer for North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said in response:
“Last week one of my colleagues reported that the numbers had not come down but they have dropped this week from 67 to 48.
“They are still higher than the first wave so we are keeping an eye on it but in terms of the lockdown easing, that is obviously a national decision.
“But we are pleased that the number of coronavirus patients in Harrogate is starting to come down.”
Public Health England confirmed another 13 covid cases in the Harrogate district today.
The district now has a seven-day rate of infection of 89 people per 100,000, which is just above the North Yorkshire average of 83 but below the England average of 117.