Coronavirus York updates; 16th September 2021

Hospitals and deaths

One more hospital death recorded today. The fatality occurred on Monday and brings the cumulative toll up to 643

Test results

51 positive test results were announced today. They bring the cumulative total up to 21,202.

The number of cases in the City has fallen by 18 to 431.

The infection rate /100k population has fallen to 204.25.

There now seems to be a real possibility that the rate will fall below 200 over the weekend.

Case numbers continue to fall at City, county, regional and national levels


There are now no York neighbourhoods with an infection rate above 400

On Thursday 16 September, case rates per 100,000 people for MSOAs in England and admission rates per 100,000 people for NHS regions in England will be updated to use the mid-2020 population estimates.


164 vaccinations were completed yesterday (Wednesday)

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  • 8077 PCR tests were completed during the week ending 10th September 2021
  • Of these, 5.7% were found to be positive. That compares to a positivity rate of 5.8% found during the previous week.
  • In addition, 2596 “lateral flow” tests were also completed on 15th September 2021

What an advert for the City!

The start of the York – Selby cycle path presents a poor image for anyone visiting the City for the first time.

Yesterday, litter bins were full, rubbish was strewn around and graffiti covered the dingy underpass walls.

Further down the York Council maintained section of the path is still uneven and overgrown.

Maintenance standards need to be improved

Coronavirus York updates; 15th September 2021

Hospitals and deaths

Two more deaths have been reported, Both occurred on Monday. They bring the cumulative total for the York Hospital Trust up to 642

Test results

54 positive test results have been announced today. They bring the cumulative total up to 21,151

The number of cases in the City has fallen by 13 to 449

The infection rate /100k population has fallen to 212.79. The rate continues to trend downwards

The infection rate is continuing to fall at all levels.


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372 vaccinations were completed yesterday (Tuesday)


  • 8148 PCR tests were completed during the week ending 9th September 2021
  • Of these, 5.8% were positive. This compares to a positivity rate of 5.7% found during the previous week.
  • In addition, 1893 “lateral flow” tests were completed on 14th September 2021

York City centre “vision”

The Council made something of an event yesterday of lunching a new “vision” for the York City centre.

In reality, the document offers little that is original. There is no revolution on offer.

That comes as a relief given the occasionally eccentric ideas that some Councillors have proposed in recent years.

Instead we are offered what is effectively organic change. That is how the City has matured over the centuries and is the right – and probably inevitable – way forward.

Residents can now take part in a further on line survey. They can answer a series of largely anodyne questions. No timetables, costings or sources of funding are provided. There is no transport plan. Respondents who are honest will make full use of the “no opinion” box.

Everyone wants the city centre to prosper. Few like hen/stag parties. Many will back the idea of “family friendly” early evening activities. 

But the devil is likely to be in the detail and with the idea of river taxis and the (80 year old) plan for riverside walkways likely to remain either impractical or unaffordable for the foreseeable future.

The document can be viewed by clicking here

Make It York Appoints New Managing Director

Make It York has today announced the appointment of Sarah Loftus as the organisation’s next Managing Director.


Sarah is currently the Chief Executive of the Lincoln Business Improvement Group (BIG) and previously held the positions of Corporate Director for Economic Growth at Trafford Council and Service Director for Economic Growth and Strategic Housing for Wakefield Council. She also had a series of different roles in the six years she worked for Yorkshire Forward culminating in the role of Assistant Director for the Humber Region in 2008/9.

She is a graduate of Humberside Polytechnic and University College London.

Sarah will join the Make It York team from December 2021, taking a lead on the delivery of a refreshed and innovative tourism strategy, as well as driving forward the city’s cultural strategy and working with stakeholders and partners across the city to promote York’s profile regionally, nationally and internationally.

Greg Dyke Chair of Make It York said , “We are delighted that Sarah is joining the Make It York team. She has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors and she has lived in York part time for some years so she knows the city well. Sarah will also bring a wealth of invaluable experience from the work she has done in Lincoln, Wakefield and Humberside. We look forward to Sarah coming on board later this year and helping us to shape what is set to be an exciting future for York’s post-covid recovery.”

Sarah commented: “I believe I have achieved widespread professional recognition for my work in place management, economic development, regeneration, housing and cultural and community development. Joining Make It York is a challenge I very much look forward to and I believe I can bring innovative solutions to help create a strong and effective future for York.”

New centre of excellence continues York’s role at cutting edge of smart transport

The Leader of the Council has joined car software pioneer ETAS to officially launch their new Centre of Excellence in Fulford.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Keith Aspden with Vonjy Rajakoba, Managing Director of Bosch UK, and Nigel Tracey, Vice President of RTA Solutions at ETAS

The new site for ETAS Centre of Excellence for Embedded Software, on Hospital Fields Road, Fulford, is the centrepiece of a £1.6m expansion of the Bosch subsidiary’s long-established presence in York.

Cllr Keith Aspden joined Vonjy Rajakoba, Managing Director of Bosch UK, and Nigel Tracey, Vice President RTA Solutions at ETAS to officially launch the new Centre of Excellence today, in which the company will write software designed to support future generations of advanced autonomous and highly automated driving.

The £1.6m investment and expansion will bring a wide range of new highly skilled jobs to the area, and potentially 60-plus positions will be created over the next months. These experts in autonomous vehicle software will also create a significant supply chain impact for automotive software.

This investment further cements the York’s place at the heart of SMART transport initiatives, which are reducing congestion and improving air quality in the city. 

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:

Operation to tackle burglaries in York

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Police in York have launched a crime prevention operation following a spate of sneak-in burglaries to the north of the city.

Since the start of August 2021, more than 20 incidents have occurred in the Heworth, Clifton, Osbaldwick and Tang Hall areas.

In most cases, they have taken place after 8pm and items such as keys, bank cards and handbags have been taken with access gained through unlocked doors or open windows.

Officers are actively tracking down a potential suspect to some of these crimes. We will update you as soon as possible when he is arrested.

In the meantime, the York Outer Neighbourhood Policing Team have set-up Operation Joypad to raise awareness among residents about the importance of home security to prevent being targeted by opportunistic offenders.

This involves officers and PCSOs carrying out high-visibility patrols in the affected villages, proactively checking door handles at properties, and promoting the following basic yet very effective crime prevention advice and measures:

  • Lock your doors and windows
  • Don’t leave items on display such as car keys, wallets or handbags
  • Ensure your rear garden is secure and not inviting to burglars. Consider fitting security lights and external CCTV if the garden is not overlooked
  • Video doorbells can double-up as a cheaper alternative to CCTV

Inspector Lee Pointon (pictured) said: “It is a sad fact that opportunist thieves won’t hesitate to walk into your house and steal your laptop, phone, car keys and any other valuables they can get their hands on.

“Thankfully, a few simple security measures can deter sneak-in burglars. Keep doors and windows shut and locked and keep your bikes and garden tools under lock and key.

“A few extra seconds spent closing and locking doors and windows is far better than many hours dealing with the consequences of a burglary.”

Free security marking

The Neighbourhood Policing Team still offers a free security marking service for property including tablets, phones and cycles.

Visibly marked property acts as a deterrent to thieves and, if it is lost or stolen, helps the police to identify its rightful owner and can provide vital evidence in securing prosecutions.

To find out when the next property marking event is taking place, please email

For more information about home security and property marking, please visit You can also download the North Yorkshire Police interactive home security iBook, available for free on iPhone and iPad – just search for “Securing your home” on iTunes.

Coronavirus York updates; 14th September 2021

Hospital patients and deaths

One further death has been announced. It occurred on Friday and brings the cumulative toll up to 640

The government figures, covering the COVID related deaths of York residents, have been updated. They show that during the week ending 3rd September there were 3 fatalities. Two occurred in hospitals and one in a care home. The deaths bring the total toll among York residents up to 389 since the start of the pandemic.

Of these, 11 have occurred since 1st June 2021

These figures are different from those reported by the York Hospital Trust (above) as the Trust covers a wider area

Test results

24 positive test results announced today. They bring the total up to 21.097.

This is the lowest single day total for several months,

The number of cases in the City has fallen by 4 to 462.

The infection rate /100k population has fallen to 218.85. The trend remains downwards

Infection rates continue to decline at City, county, regional and national levels.


Heslington/University has become the first York neighbourhood since 23rd June to see its infection rate fall below 50.


129 vaccinations were completed yesterday (Monday) A temporary shortage of vaccine had been reported


  • 8254 PCR tests were completed during the week ending 8th September 2021
  • Of these, 5.8% were positive. This compares to a positivity rate of 6.3% found during the previous week.
  • in addition, 2591 “lateral flow” tests were completed on 13th September 2021.