Rise in Covid-19 cases in North Yorkshire prompts call for greater compliance

North Yorkshire residents are being urged to stick to the Covid-19 safety rules following a rise in cases in the county in the last week.

Between September 1 and 7, there were 129 new cases in North Yorkshire.

Selby saw the most with 38, followed by 31 in Scarborough and 28 in Harrogate.

There were five confirmed cases in Hambleton and four in Richmondshire.

Officials say the region has followed the national trend, with the increase being largely attributed to a higher number of cases among young people.

North Yorkshire County Council leader Cllr Carl Les said: “We are seeing an escalation in the number of cases.

“While this remains lower than in some neighbouring towns and cities, such as Middlesbrough and Leeds, there is no room for complacency.

“We want people to be able to continue to get back to enjoying again the activities they were used to enjoying. But to do that we must keep a firm grip on the vital precautions that became routine to us earlier in the year.”

The county council is working closely with Public Health England, NHS Test and Trace and environmental health partners to understand the spread of the virus in local communities and to take appropriate actions to control outbreaks.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, North Yorkshire’s director of public health, said: “We know that the majority of recent infections appear to be among younger people, those under 30.

“Most of the cases are spread within households, and we are aware of a small number of outbreaks related to workplaces and the hospitality sector.

“We know some establishments have chosen to close as a precaution. Where there are people testing positive, we work with our partners to provide specific advice to those businesses on the appropriate measures to take to prevent spread of the virus.”

Cllr Caroline Dickinson, executive member for public health, added: “People should stick to the two-metre social distancing guidance wherever possible and wear a face covering in crowded places, as well as washing or sanitising their hands frequently.

“Private gatherings, whether indoors or out, should be limited to no more than six people or two households.”


  1. Come on people,it’s the time to be United by doing our upmost to stop contracting & then spreading the infection to each other & especially the elderly & people with underlying health issues such as Cancer,Heart disease,Low immune systems etc.Stop being selfish and think about yourselves & you’re families & friends and the vulnerable in society.Prevent people from entering you’re homes especially when there’s a vulnerable person/people in that household,it will prevent the vulnerable from getting extremely poorly.Think & use you’re common sense please please for the good of everybody & don’t adopt the attitude of I’m alright Jack,it won’t happen to me,it can & it does,so please think on.

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