Drop in positive Covid-19 tests in Richmondshire

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The latest official figures show a drop in the number of Richmondshire residents testing positive for Coronavirus.

According to the data, the average daily number of cases in the district has fallen from a high of 43 on the first day of the month to 34 on January 9, when the latest data was available for.

The seven-day rolling rate per 100,000 people has also fallen — from a high of 555 on January 5 to 443 on January 9.

The figures give hope that the latest wave of cases could have peaked and the third lockdown could be having an effect on the spread of the virus.

However, the data shows cases are still being reported across the district.

At 69 cases in the seven days up to January 7, Catterick Garrison and Colburn has one of the highest number of positive tests in North Yorkshire.

The positive tests over this period from all parts of the district were:

  • Catterick Garrison and Colburn – 69
  • Upper Dales – 56
  • North Richmondshire – 43
  • Richmond Town – 41
  • Catterick and Brompton-on-Swale – 34
  • Leyburn, Middleham and Tunstall – 19

Office for National Statistics figures show 66 people have now died after testing positive for the virus since the start of the year.

The latest figures are released as Harrogate Hospital announces that some non-urgent operations have been put on hold after the number of beds taken by Covid patients more than doubled within a week.

The hospital is currently caring for 46 coronavirus patients – a rise from 19 just a week ago.

“This is placing a significant strain on services at the trust,” a hospital spokesperson said.

“In response to rising numbers we are increasing the number of beds available for patients with Covid-19 on wards and in critical care.

“In order to do this, we unfortunately have to postpone some planned elective surgery to free up staff to provide care for Covid-19 patients.”

The hospital said urgent and cancer care will not be affected by the changes.

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