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ST HELENS COUNCIL: Borough Covid situation

ST HELENS COUNCIL: Borough Covid situation

St Helens Town Hall

Almost 600 deaths with Covid-19 on the death certificate have been recorded in St Helens during the pandemic.

Health chiefs have provided figures outlining the scale of the situation across the borough.

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have had a total of 3,460 Covid-19 patients admitted up to November 25.

There were 165 in August, 163 in September, 182 in October and 110 so far in November.

The peak month so far in the pandemic was January 2021, with 746 admissions.

Overall, there have been 34,274 positive cases in St Helens up to November 25.

There were 2,748 in August, 2,946 in September, 3,903 in October and 2,541 so far in November. The peak month was February 2021, with 5,419 cases.

There have sadly been 598 deaths in St Helens with Covid-19 on the death certificate to date during the pandemic – which is a rate of 330 per 100,000.

In the north west, the rate is 304 per 100,000. In England, overall, the rate is 252 per 100,000.

The peak month was February 2021, with 114 deaths. There were 16 in August, 11 in September, 20 in October and 11 so far in November.

Furthermore, the latest seven-day rate infection rate in the borough up to November 23 is 415 per 100,000. And 749 positive tests were confirmed in the same seven-day period.

Ruth du Plessis, director of public health at St Helens Council, has issued a statement.

She said: “The large number of cases we have had in our schools across the borough in the last three months demonstrates alone that the virus is still very much with us and is being transmitted from person to person with residents, both children and adults, often showing no symptoms at all beforehand.

“With us now in the colder winter months the risks from the virus, particularly to more vulnerable people in the borough, have increased and we would urge everyone to test at least twice a week if possible.

“It is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others. Also do take the opportunity to get your booster vaccination when you can and we would ask younger people to get their first vaccinations if eligible.

“Our current advice to schools is that Christmas activities can go ahead and we have issued guidance to schools on measures they can take to reduce the risk of spread, If there is an ongoing outbreak in the school we would ask them to review holding such events and work closely with them.”

Words: Aran Dhillon, Local Democracy Reporter


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