Calderdale on national "areas of concern" list for coronavirus

The region is one of England's hot spots for Covid-19

Calderdale is in England’s top ten upper tier authority COVID-19 hot spots, placing the council on the national “areas of concern” list on (Thursday, July 23).
Weekly figures released by NHS Digital shows an infection rate in Calderdale of 19 people per 100,000 of population for the seven day interval period between July 14 and July 20.

These mean Calderdale has the ninth highest rate in England this week.
And Calderdale Council says a figure of 25.2 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in Calderdale was logged between July 9 and 15.
There are three levels on the national “watch list”, the highest level is Intervention, then Enhanced Support, and then Area of Concern.
On NHS Digital list for July 14-20, only Blackburn (79.9), Leicester (64.2), Rochdale (48.6), Bradford (41.7), Kirklees (26.7), Sandwell (26.3), Luton (23.4) and Oldham (20.4) have higher rates per 100,000 people.

Despite that Calderdale’s Director of Public Health, Deborah Harkins has said this doesn't mean Calderdale will go into local lockdown. In a statement she said:

“People need to be concerned and we all have a role to play – but we want to reassure people that partners are working really hard together, we have a really good plan in place and the work that we are doing should really have an impact.
“People are worried I am sure. To put it into perspective we are not going to be going into local lockdown.
“Even on the July date the rate was less than a quarter of the Leicester rate when they went into lockdown.
“We are having conversations about what measures we can put in place to prevent the spread of the virus and prevent the need for lockdown,” she said.
Yesterday it was reported weekly ongoing data published by NHS Digital for July 14 to 20 had placed the borough in the top ten COVID-19 “hot spots” of England’s upper tier authorities."


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