Covid rate drops in Richmondshire after recent surge

A lateral flow Covid-19 test. Photo:

The number of positive Covid-19 tests in Richmondshire has fallen again after a recent surge.

The latest data shows there 27 new cases of the virus in the seven days up to March 20, giving a rate of 50 per 100,000.

On March 14, the rate had gone up to 106 cases per 100,000 after falling to 32 on March 8.

The increase had been caused by a spate of cases in Catterick Garrison and Colburn.

The area still has a comparatively high number of cases confirmed with other parts of North Yorkshire with 27 confirmed cases in the seven day to March 18.

Elsewhere in the district, there were three positive tests in Leyburn, Middleham and Tunstall and three in Richmond over the same period.

A graph showing the seven-date rate for Richmondshire.

This week, North Yorkshire health bosses have urged secondary school-aged pupils to continue testing for covid with their home testing kits, as all year groups have now fully returned to the classroom.

The vast majority of secondary-age students have been taking part in onsite lateral flow tests for coronavirus in their schools over the past two weeks, to enable a staggered return to face-to-face teaching until March 15.

Students and staff have been given home testing kits so they can continue the rapid swab testing twice a week at home, before coming into school. If a test carried out at home gives a positive result, then a follow-up PCR test will need to be booked to confirm the result.

Public Health Consultant at North Yorkshire County Council, Dr Victoria Turner, said: “The lateral flow tests are an additional means for schools to continue their work in keeping schools safe and to provide extra reassurance to staff, pupils and their families.

“Regular testing is one of the many measures put in place within schools, including extra hand washing, ventilation and the use of bubbles which are designed to protect pupils and their families.”

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