The figures show that for the latest set of weekly data (between September 22 and 28) Wakefield’s positive case rate has increased from the previous week – from 396.2 to 462.2 positive cases (per 100,000 population).
Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health, said: “Currently our cases are above the national average, are still high and have risen again this week, so I urge everyone to please remain cautious.
"We ask everyone to please consider their own risk and play their part to help keep ourselves and others safe.”
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Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health for the Wakefield district, said: “There were sadly seven Covid-19 related deaths in local hospitals in the last week and our sympathies go out to the families, friends, and colleagues of those who have died.
“Our cases have risen again this week and we continue to urge people to remain cautious, be kind and think of others who might be vulnerable. For anyone who not yet fully vaccinated, please do so as soon as you can, as this is the best way to protect yourself and others.
“To limit the spread of the virus, our advice to residents continues to be:
Getting both doses of vaccine without delay. There are a range of walk-in sessions available, you can find out more hereBoost your winter immunity, you may be eligible for both a COVID-19 and flu vaccination, find out more hereIf you have COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you must isolate immediately and take a PCR test.
If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may still need to self-isolate, find out who is exempt here.
Limit the number of people you mix with who are not in your household. Where possible, meet people outdoors or in well-ventilated places.
Continue to wear a face-covering in indoor public places or on public transport.”
There are currently 59 Covid-19 patients being cared for by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, compared to 69 the previous week.
Jo Webster, Chief Officer at NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “With cases continuing to rise, it’s really important to remain cautious when going out and meeting up with friends and family. Visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus for information about the things you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“As the weather has started to get colder this week, it’s a good time to get booked in for your Covid-19 booster vaccine and flu jab to get the maximum amount of protection this winter. Find out if you’re eligible at www.nhs.uk/wintervaccinations”
Wakefield Council is continuing to monitor the Covid-19 situation across the district with effective monitoring to map relevant data and spot trends, which acts as an early warning system.
Working with partners, Wakefield Council has been actively supporting the businesses and communities affected by the previous outbreaks to limit any spread, as well as working closely with partners and local communities to try and ensure everyone knows the symptoms and how to access testing.
The council is asking all residents to play their part by regularly taking a Covid-19 test. To find out how to get a COVID-19 test, visit https://buff.ly/3uWIBvYMobile testing units will be based at the following locations:
South Elmsall Market: 9am-3pm Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 October, 10 October
Wakefield Sports and Social Club: 9am-3pm until Friday 8 October.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church: 9am-3pm Wednesday 6 October.
Wakefield Trinity RLFC: 9am-3pm Tuesday 5, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October.
More information about our testing offer can be found here.