New figures show there have been 266 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Richmondshire, meaning the district’s infection rate is above the national average and among the highest in North Yorkshire.
Until this week, only the number of pillar one cases, those confirmed in hospitals and in Public Health England labs, were released for local authorities.
The new data includes local pillar two tests — swab testing for the wider population, including care homes and mobile testing stations.
The latest statistics mean local authorities and NHS organisations have a benchmark to work from to assess if there has been a local spike in cases.
The 266 confirmed cases from the start of April up until 5.40pm on Saturday, July 4 means Richmondshire has an infection rate of 499.6 cases per 100,000 people.
In total, North Yorkshire has had 2,513 confirmed cases, giving a rate of 408.9 cases per 100,000 people.
The cases and rates for other North Yorkshire districts are:
- Craven – 245 cases and a rate of 431.1
- Hambleton – 300 cases and a rate of 329.2
- Harrogate – 697 cases and a rate of 434.2
- Ryedale – 133 cases and a rate of 242.2
- Selby – 311 cases and a rate of 349.0
- Scarborough – 561 cases and a rate of 515.9
There have been 899 cases in York, giving a rate of 428.3.
The national average for England is 437.7 cases per 100,000.
The data reveals that the North-East, the North-West, and Yorkshire and the Humber have the highest infection rates in England.
The latest figures show 45 people have died with Covid-19 in Richmondshire.
However, no Richmondshire residents died after testing positive for Covid-19 in the week covered by the latest data for deaths — week 25 up until June 19.
Of the 45 deaths so far recorded, 23 were in care homes, 20 were in hospitals and two were at home.
For more details on the data, click here.