In view of the rapidly increasing number of coronavirus cases in the City, I have written to ask the Council Leader to make a statement on the situation at tomorrows Council meeting. I have asked him to cover the following questions
- The number and percentage of eligible residents who have so far taken the opportunity to get booster jabs
- Arising out of 1, how the Council plans to stimulate the take up of booster jabs
- The number and percentage of eligible children (12 -15) who have been offered vaccinations (the governments deadline for completion of this programme is Friday). It would be useful for parents to have this information broken down by individual schools
- Confirmation that 12-15 year olds will be able to use “walk in” facilities like Askham Bar to get their jabs over the half term holiday period together with the arrangements that have been made to facilitate this option.
The information being made available to students, parents and residents more generally about these programmes has been inadequate. Secondary schools, at least, should update their web sites/social media channels each day to indicate how many jabs have been given and how many pupils are currently isolating having had a positive PCR test.
Hospital patients and deaths
No additional hospital deaths have been announced today
150 positive test results have been announced today. That is the highest single day figure for over 4 months. They bring the total up to 23,959
The number of cases in the City has risen by 21 to 683
The infection rate /100k population has increased to 323.68. It is continuing to rise. but remains below the regional and national averages
At this time last year, after an initial surge in case numbers at the beginning of the month, infection rates were beginning to reduce. There is no sign of such a reduction taking place this year.
- 9130 PCR test were conducted during the week ending 14th October 2021
- Of these, 7.3% were positive. This compares to a positivity rate of 7.1% found during the previous week
- In addition, 2038 “lateral flow” tests were conducted on 19th October 2021