Covid-19 cases in hospitals rising in East of England
The monthly number of people admitted to hospital with a confirmed case of Covid-19 has tripled in the East of England.
That is according to the government’s daily tracker of Covid-19 data for the region, which also shows the number of Covid-19 patients in mechanical ventilation beds rising.
In the last four weeks of available data, up to and including October 6, there were 304 "Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital" in the region.
In the four weeks preceding that, there were 98, according to data on the government’s daily tracker and analysed by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
The government website says those figures refer to "people admitted to hospital who tested positive for Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to admission, and those who tested positive in hospital after admission”.
Looking at the trend in recent weeks, the weekly number of Covid-19 patients admitted rose more than 30 per cent in the last seven days up to and including October 6.
In those last seven days of available data, 117 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital, up from 86 the week before – a jump of more than 30 per cent.
There were 46 the week before, 55 the week before that, and 29 the week before, which is the week beginning September 2.
There were 23 patients admitted to hospital who had tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, October 5, more than any single day since July.
The number of Covid-19 patients in mechanical ventilation beds has also risen, from a seven-day rolling average of 1.6 on September 8, to 12 on the last day of available data, yesterday.
The government’s website says the figure includes “the numbers of Covid-19 patients in beds which are capable of delivering mechanical ventilation and includes Nightingale hospitals”.
Data on the number of deaths related to Covid-19 in the region has more of a delay.
The most recent data available is for the week ending September 25, where 10 deaths were recorded in the East of England where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. There were eight such deaths in each of the two preceding weeks.
The number of people testing positive is also rising in the region. The number of confirmed cases in the East of England have also tripled, rising from 1,150 in the week September 15 to 21, to 1,740 a week later, to 3,079 in the seven days up to October 5.
Yesterday, Public Health England East put out a statement calling on residents “to do their bit to help slow the rise in Covid-19 cases”.
Deputy director for health protection at Public Health England East, Dr Jorg Hoffmann, said: “The East of England is beginning to reflect what is being seen in other parts of the country with a steady rise in the number of cases of Covid-19 and although we may not yet be in a similar situation as some of the areas in the north, the increasing rates of infection are cause for concern and action.
“I urge everyone to pull together and help reverse this upward trend; please adhere to the rule of six and follow guidelines around social distancing, face coverings and hand washing. Remember hands, face, space. If you experience a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste, we ask that you self-isolate immediately and arrange a test.
“By being disciplined and following these rules, you greatly reduce the risk to yourself and those you love. It really is simple – by following the advice you are doing your bit and if we all do this together, we will build a defence and help protect others who may be at a higher risk at getting seriously ill should they become exposed to the infection.”
Residents are advised to adhere to the government guidelines on the rule of six and social distancing, and to maintain good hygiene, wear a mask and keep distance from others in line with the guidance.
Those who show signs of coronavirus symptoms – such as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – are advised to self-isolate immediately and book a test as soon as possible.