Coronavirus York updates: 24th November 2022

Hospitals and patients The number of COVID+ patients being cared for by the York Hospital Trust continues to fall slowly. There is one patient in the ICU. The cumulative death toll has risen to 540.

Infection levels and cases  There are 75 cases in the City. The infection rate in the City remains relatively stable at 35.54. Of those who are positive, the proportion of re-infections is now increasing, albeit it remains below the number of “first-time” infections. The infection rate and trends in York are similar to those being seen at the county, regional and national levels. 

Neighbourhoods 10 neighbourhoods have fewer than 3 cases in each. The highest infection rate (86.4) can currently be found in Strensall. The lowest is in Holgate West/Westfield East (10.7)

Vaccinations 71% of eligible over 50’s have now received their booster jab

Tests The proportion of positive PCR test results has fallen to 3.2%. That is the lowest that has been found for 18 months, 

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Health Trainers help change Dave’s life and reverse his diabetes

City of York Council’s Health Trainer team helped over 600 York residents in its first year, but one story has stood out in particular.

York resident, Dave Thorp, aged 63, was 21 stone 12 pounds and diabetic and wanted to find some help and support to lose weight and feel healthier and happier.

This year, he contacted Health Trainer team, which offers free one-to-one support. This call changed his life.

With the help of the team and their partners HealthWise at GLL and his own determination, Dave has so far lost over 5 stone in 6 months and has reversed his diabetes!

“The results have revolutionised my life and my lifestyle”, said Dave Thorp, aged 63 from York.

“Seeing significant results early encouraged me to continue. It’s never too late. I’m 63 but now I look, feel and behave a lot younger!

“I’m both overwhelmed and humbled by the personal attention I’ve been given by the NHS, the gym staff and the Health Trainers.”

Peter Roderick, Consultant for Public Health, said: “I’d like to congratulate Dave on his amazing accomplishment. This is a truly remarkable story. To put your type 2 diabetes into remission is no easy thing to do and is life-changing.

“Until recently, we didn’t fully understand how some people’s type 2 diabetes can be put into remission by weight loss, if they have the right support. We also know that for any of us, living at a healthy weight has so many other benefits – it reduces your risk of heart disease, improves your respiratory health if you have a condition such as asthma, and is linked to improvements in mental health. Our Health Trainer team are the first port of call in the city to get you the help you need to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.”

The skilled CYC Health Trainers can support residents with free confidential health and wellbeing one-to-one support and guidance on the following:

  • healthy eating advice and weight management
  • finding new ways to be more active
  • quitting smoking
  • reducing alcohol intake
  • helping people find groups and activities to get back out in the community

Signing up is really simple.

Get in touch today!

Or call: 01904 553377

Message us: 07789 94 6384

Email: cychealthtrainers@york.gov.uk

Application to extend medical use of Askham Bar car park site

The former park and ride site near Tesco will continue as a medical centre for a further 18 months according to a planning application received by the York Council.

Askham Bar Vaccination Centre October 2021

The site housed a well-used vaccination centre during the pandemic and is still providing jabs and other services under the direction of Nimbuscare.

The enhanced facility will be styled as a Community Care Centre and would provide a wide range of health services.

In the longer term, the car park is scheduled for use as housing.

The statement in support of the plans can be read by clicking here

“10 year strategy for York” to be decided on Tuesday

The York Council’s Executive will be debating the City’s “10-year strategy” next week.

An examination of the background papers for the meeting reveals that the strategy is a loose combination of disparate papers on Climate Change, Health and the local economy.

The documents are not new. They were subject to public consultation – under the grand title of “The Big Conversation” -earlier in the year.

The exercise failed to engage the vast majority of the local population with fewer than 1% of residents giving their views..

To be successful, any strategy will need to gain the support of the majority of the local population

The consultation was shunned, not because the issues aren’t important, but because the presentation was impenetrable for the person in the street. The climate change plan in particular was a curious mixture of doom and gloom prophesies but without any clarity about solutions – or critically – their costs, sources of funding or the likely impact on lifestyles.

Despite this, the Council will receive a detailed analysis of how the 2000 or so respondents s “voted”.

Of course, as the report acknowledges, the background picture has changed beyond recognition during the period since the survey was completed.

The cost of living crisis, rising interest rates, energy supply problems. reduced public expenditure etc. all make major change more difficult

This will have a particular impact on the climate change response as people won’t be able to afford electric vehicles, domestic heat pumps etc.

Report extract

Ironically the Council leadership’s support for an elected Mayor form of governance would see responsibility for Transport strategy ceded to a politician who would probably be a Tory based in Northallerton

So not so much a strategy, but still more of a wish list.

Coronavirus York updates: 17th November 2022

Patients and deaths The death toll among York residents has risen by two and now stands at 535. The number of COVID+ patients being treated by the York Hospital Trust continues to fall and now stands at 106. 

Cases The number of cases in the City has fallen to 70. The infection rate now stands at 33.2. That is the lowest rate recorded in the City since June 2021. 

Neighbourhoods The number of cases is below three in 13 neighbourhoods. The highest infection rate can be found in New Earswick (103.4)

Vaccinations 68.4% of eligible over 50’s have now received their autumn booster jab

Tests The proportion of positive PCR tests has fallen to 7.8%. Fewer than 100 lateral flow tests are now being recorded each day 

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Beat eating disorders with a range of support in York

 A number of courses are now available to help support people with eating disorders in York, as part of ongoing work to improve mental health services.

Six specialist programmes are now available from eating disorder specialist Beat.

There range of different packages of support are aimed at adults and carers of anyone aged eight years and over with an eating disorder.  They include a 12-week programme for people who are currently not eligible for specialist support; those on a waiting list for support; and people aged 18-25 who may benefit from peer support. The programmes offer a combination of conversations with Beat specialist advisors, guided self-help and peer support.

The courses for people supporting family members or friends with an eating disorder are called ‘Developing Dolphins’. This free, online training is for anyone caring for someone with anorexia or bulimia, based on the principles of the New Maudsley method developed by expert Professor Janet Treasure. Participants can find out more about eating disorders, gain an understanding of the driving forces behind them, and learn some techniques to help the person they care for in recovery, while looking after their own wellbeing. Developing Dolphins is delivered by clinicians who work directly with people with eating disorders as well as carers offering peer support.

Nexus is a one-to-one coaching service, whose aim isn’t to tell people with an eating disorder what to do. The participant and their assigned advisor will develop a safe, confidential and supportive space where the advisor will act as a sounding board, offering guidance to find solutions as well as offering practical techniques to help motivate positive change.

The work with Beat is part of a wider programme to expand and enhance support in the city for people with an eating disorder and their families.

For more information or to book onto these courses, please call Beat’s helpline on 0808 801 0677.

To find the right course for someone with an eating disorder or a carer of someone with an eating disorder, please click here

Coronavirus York updates: 10th November 2022

Hospitals and deaths The death toll in York now stands at 533. The number of COVID+ patients being treated by the York Hospital Trust has fallen to 124. This is the lowest figure seen since early October. The trend is downwards.

Cases. There are currently 114 cases recorded in the City. The infection rate in York has fallen to 54.02 and is stable. The level is much lower than was seen during the equivalent periods in 2021 and 2020. The York rate is now slightly above the infection levels being recorded at county, regional and national levels.

Neighbourhoods Only one neighbourhood (New Earswick – 172.4)  has an infection rate above 100. Six neighbourhoods have fewer than 3 cases in each with the lowest infection rate to be found in Wigginton (16.52)

Vaccinations  64.5% of eligible over 50’s have now received the autumn booster jab. The proportion of residents vaccinated in Heslington/University, and some other areas with a high student  population, is continuing to fall. This is thought to be the result of the the  arrival of a new intake of students. 

WALK IN Flu & Covid jabs available now at Askham Bar For over 50’s & all eligible healthcare workers  9am til 6.30pm Mon – Sat  9am til 12pm Sun No need to book 

Tests. The proportion of positive PCR tests in York has fallen to 8.2%

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Council Commentary

The data is accurate as at 8.00 a.m. on Friday 04.11.22. Some narrative for the data covering the latest period is provided here below:

ONS Covid Infection Survey

• For the period 27.9.22 to 3.10.22 it is estimated that 3.2% of York’s population (about 1 in 30) would test positive for Covid-19.

People with Covid Symptoms

• As at 3.11.22, the Covid Symptom App estimates 1,522 people per 100,000 (or 1.5%) in York with symptomatic covid (responses from a sample of 1,208 people).

Diagnosed cases / episodes

• As at 3.11.22 CYC residents have had a total 71,770 covid episodes since the start of the pandemic, a rate of 34,012 per 100,000 of population. The cumulative rate in York is below the national (35,665) and regional (35,190) averages.

• Of the 71,770 covid episodes in York, 67,505 were first episodes: the remainder were repeat infections.

• The provisional rate of new Covid episodes per 100,000 of population for the period 26.10.22 to 1.11.22 in York is 56.9 (120 episodes). (Using data published on Gov.uk on 3.11.22).

• The latest official “validated” rate of new Covid episodes per 100,000 of population for the period 23.10.22 to 29.10.22 in York was 52.6 (111 episodes). The national and regional averages at this date were 57 and 54.2 respectively (using data published on Gov.uk on 3.11.22).

• York is currently ranked 71st out of 149 Upper Tier Local Authorities (UTLAs) in England with a rank of 1 indicating the lowest 7 day rate.

• The rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 23.10.22 to 29.10.22 for people aged 60+ in York was 86.1 (43 cases). The national and regional averages were 93.0 and 83.4 respectively.

• Case rates in York are currently highest in the following age ranges: 85-89 (259 per 100,000); 90+ (188) and 80-84 (155)

• As at 27.10.22 the latest 14 day positivity rate in York (Pillar 1 tests only) was 12.5%. The national and regional averages are 10.1% and 15.7% respectively.

• As at 27.10.22, the latest 14 day positivity rate in York (all Pillar 2 tests) was 2.9%. The national and regional averages are 4.9% and 4.7% respectively.

R Number

• The ‘R’ value (the number of people that one infected person will pass on a virus to, on average) for the North East and Yorkshire area on 28.10.22 was estimated to be in the range 0.8 to 1.1

Vaccinations

Vaccinations for People aged 16+ (1st dose, 2nd dose and Booster)

• As at 3.11.22 a total of 159,172 CYC residents aged 16+ have had the first dose of the vaccine. This represents 89.3% of the estimated (16+) population of York.

• As at 3.11.22 a total of 153,428 CYC residents aged 16+ have had both doses of the vaccine. This represents 86.0% of the estimated (16+) population of York.

• As at 3.11.22 a total of 125,599 CYC residents aged 16+ have received the booster vaccine. This represents 70.4% of the estimated (16+) population of York.

Vaccinations for People aged 12-15 (1st and 2nd dose)

• As at 3.11.22 a total of 5,585 CYC residents aged 12-15 have had the first dose of the vaccine. This represents 66.7% of the estimated (12-15) population of York.

• As at 3.11.22 a total of 4,552 CYC residents aged 12-15 have had both doses of the vaccine. This represents 54.3% of the estimated (12-15) population of York.

Vaccinations for People aged 5-11 (1st dose)

• As at 3.11.22 a total of 2,836 CYC residents aged 5-11 have had the first dose of the vaccine. This represents 18.9% of the estimated (5-11) population of York.

Source: Local Authority Data Access Platform (LADAP)

Deaths

Two key sources about deaths from Covid-19 at LA level are ONS data and local registrar data. They are derived from the same source (civil registration data). ONS data is more comprehensive as it includes deaths of York residents which have occurred and been registered outside York. Local registrar data provides a breakdown by age and gender. For both data sources a death from Covid-19 is said to have occurred when Covid-19 has been recorded on the death certificate. The most recently available data is summarised below:

• ONS Weekly data: In the most recent period (2022 Week 42: 15.10.22 to 21.10.22) 2 Covid-19 deaths were recorded as having occurred for CYC residents. In weeks 41, 40 and 39 there had been 6, 3 and 2 deaths respectively. Please note that due to lags in death registration, weekly totals are subject to revision.

• ONS Cumulative data: Since the start of the pandemic, for deaths occurring up to 21st October 2022 and registered up to 29th October 2022, 543 Covid-19 deaths were recorded as having occurred for CYC residents (342 in hospital, 149 in care homes, 44 at home/elsewhere and 8 in a hospice). The number of deaths per 100,000 of population in York is 257 which is lower than the national average of 314

Source: ONS – Deaths registered weekly in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 21 October 2022. Released 1.11.22.

• Age / Gender breakdown (using registrar data): The average age of the CYC residents who died was 81.3, with an age range of 30-104. 76.8% of the CYC residents who died were aged 75+. 49.3% of the CYC residents who died were male.

Coronavirus York updates: 3rd November 2022

Hospitals and deaths The number of COVID-related deaths of York residents has risen to 520. The number of COVID+ patients being cared for by the York Hospital Trust has fallen to 142. This is the lowest level recorded since the 3rd October. There are two patients in the ICU.

Infection rates The number of cases in the City has fallen to 111.  Infection rates have fallen to 52.6. This is the lowest recorded since 14th September 2022. The rate is also much lower than was seen during the same period in both 2021 and 2020. 77% are first-time infections. The York infection rate is below that seen at county, regional and national levels (which are also falling) 

Neighbourhoods Four neighbourhoods now have fewer than 3 cases in each. A spike in case numbers has  brought the infection rate in Westfield/Chapelfields/Foxwood North up to 121.1

Vaccinations 59% of eligible over 50’s have now received their autumn booster jab. 

Tests The proportion of PCR tests proving to be positive stands at 8.3%. 

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Pioneering children’s speech and language development programme tackles York’s attainment gap

A pioneering children’s speech and language programme could be rolled out across the city, if plans are approved by City of York Council’s Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education.

Created in partnership by City of York Council and York and Scarborough NHS Foundation Trust, Early Talk for York aims to improve the communication and language outcomes for children aged 0 – 5 years. Early communication and language development is particularly important in helping to tackle inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers.  

An initial pilot of the programme has shown that the educational outcomes of children taking part in the Early Talk for York programme, measured at age 5 years, have continued to improve during the pandemic – particularly for those who are disadvantaged – while those in other areas of the city have declined.

Data shows that the ‘gap’ between non disadvantaged children nationally and disadvantaged children in the ETFY area reduced by 32%, from 34.5% (2018) to 2.5%, during the pilot. Indeed York’s performance improved ahead of other regions, despite it being one of the lowest-funded local authorities.

It’s hoped that the programme could play a key role in reducing the significant and longstanding attainment gap in outcomes between disadvantaged children and their peers in York, which starts at age 5.

The programme focusses on providing specific language support training for staff in schools and early years settings, routinely assessing children to identify any speech or language problems, and working closely with specialist speech and language therapists.

Currently, a total of 29 schools, settings and childminders across the city are involved in the full Early Talk for York approach These organisations between them support a total of approximately 1,200 children aged 2 – 5 years and many also work with more children aged 0 – 2 years. More than half of these settings have now achieved ‘Communication Friendly Setting status’ meaning that their whole staff team have taken part in accredited, quality assured training and that their practice and provision has been independently audited. The majority of the others are on track to achieve this during the early part of 2022 – 23.

For more information on how your school or setting can get involved in Early Talk for York; or for parents or carers wanting to know more about the programme, visit www.york.gov.uk/EarlyTalkForYork

Cllr Andrew Waller, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, said:  

Coronavirus York updates: 20th October 2022

Hospitals and deaths The number of deaths of York residents from coronavirus-related cases has increased to 516. 172 COVID+ patients are being cared for by the York Hospital Trust. Two are in the ICU.

Infection rates The number of cases in the City has fallen to 232. The infection rate has fallen to 109.94 and is on a downward trend. It seems that the peak for the latest wave was reached on 7th October. The rate is markedly lower than was seen during October in both 2021 and 2020. Infection rates are also falling at national, regional and county levels. 

Neighbourhoods Infection rates are falling across the whole of York. The highest can be found in New Earswick (206.8, twelve cases). The lowest in Rawcliffe/Clifton South (12.0 in one case) 

Vaccinations 35,103 (43.6%) of 50+ autumn booster jabs have now been completed. The proportion of residents who have had their first jab continues to fall in areas like Heslington. This is thought to reflect the differing vaccination rates which can be found among first-year students.

Tests The proportion of positive PCR tests has fallen back to 14.6%. Around 200 lateral flow tests are being taken each day.

NB. The costs of testing kits vary across different chemists. The lowest we have seen is £1-75. Elsewhere some are on offer at £2.20.

Some people still qualify for free tests You may still be able to get free tests if:

  • you’re eligible for COVID-19 treatments
  • you’re being admitted to the hospital
  • you work in the NHS, for an independent healthcare provider, or in adult social care
  • your GP or healthcare professional has recently asked you to get a test

Click for details https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

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