Seven more people die with Covid-19 in Richmondshire – but district may be over peak

A motorist being tested for Covid-19.

Seven more people have died with Covid-19 in Richmondshire, but the latest available figures suggest the district may be over the peak.

Figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics show that 38 people from the district have passed away after testing positive for the virus.

There have now been 130 confirmed cases of the virus in Richmondshire — up four cases since May 19.

This gives a rate of 244.2 cases per 100,000 people, according to separate Public Health England statistics.

Of the 38 deaths, 20 were in hospital, 17 were in care homes and one was at home.

The data includes all deaths, where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, that occurred up to May 15 but were registered up to May 23.

The statistics reveal that the majority of deaths which occurred in recent weeks took place in care homes:

  • Week 13 starting March 23 – 3 deaths in hospital
  • Week 14 starting March 30 – 2 deaths in hospital
  • Week 15 starting April 6 – 1 death in hospital, 1 at home
  • Week 16 starting April 13 – 5 deaths in hospital
  • Week 17 starting April 20 -4 deaths in hospital, 1 in a care home
  • Week 18 starting April 27 – 5 deaths in care home, 3 in hospital
  • Week 19 starting May 4 – 5 deaths in care homes, 3 in hospital*
  • Week 20 starting May 11 – 6 deaths in care homes

Reports in the national media today list Richmondshire as one of 18 local authorities in the country which are not yet over the peak in deaths.

However, this graph, using the above figures, suggests this may not be correct, although the relatively low numbers involved mean an accurate picture is yet to emerge.

Of the 38 deaths of Richmondshire residents, all occurred after March 29, according to the data.

*The number of people who died in week 19 has been adjusted upwards by one in the latest figures. [kofi]