LATEST COUNCIL COVID UPDATE – 14TH OCTOBER

The latest Council Covid update is below:

“Following on from Monday’s announcement that Leeds, along with the rest of West Yorkshire, has been placed in the “High” alert level (the middle tier), today’s briefing will focus on the local situation and wider updates. Here are details of the High Alert (middle tier) restrictions that apply to Leeds. We anticipate further discussions with government later this week and will keep you posted with developments as we hear about them.

 

We have been busy updating our website to reflect the latest Government regulations, and we will follow with frequently asked questions as soon as they are ready. I hope the member seminar was useful today and we have another on Friday for those who couldn’t make it.

 

Infection, Cases and Mortality

  • Nationally, as of 6.00pm on 13 October, 219,074 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.
  • As of 6.00pm on 13 October, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK across all settings, 57,690 people have sadly died (those with Covid-19 on the death certificate).
  • As at 6.00 pm on the 13 October, the number of confirmed cases within Leeds stood at 13,670.
  • Leeds 7 day infection rate is 407 per 100,000 (down from yesterday 421).
  • Cases are still distributed across the whole city, with most wards above a 200 per 100,000 rate.
  • We have the highest rate and biggest increase in the 16-29 age group. We have seen rises in rates across all ages, but the rises in the older age group aren’t as steep at this stage.
  • Leeds is 11th highest in the country on the latest data.
  • Leeds 7 day positivity is at 13.8%.
  • Testing rate is 448.1 per 100,000.
  • Hospital admissions continue to rise, but not as fast in the last couple of days.

 

Up to 13 October there were 682 deaths where ‘Covid-19’ or ‘coronavirus’ was mentioned on the death certificate in Leeds Of the 682 covid-19 related deaths registered so far, 668 (98%) were Leeds residents, 374 (54.84%) were in hospitals, 270 (39.59%) were in care homes, 13 (1.91%) in a hospice, and 25 (3.67%) in their own home.  To date, 17% of all deaths registered have been covid-19 related.  In regard to excess deaths, since 16th March 2020 Leeds has seen an increase of 16% in the number of deaths registered compared to the same period in 2019.

 

Care homes 

As at the 13 October there are 12 care homes in Leeds reporting cases of Covid-19. Appropriate control measures are in place and all care homes are being supported by IPC and ASC. Proactive work continues to prevent further outbreaks where possible.

 

Mobile Testing Units

Below, you will find the Leeds MTU deployments for the remainder of this week (Tuesday 13 – Friday 16 October):

 

Tuesday 13 October

  • St George’s Centre, Middleton, Leeds (opening times 10:30 – 15:30)
  • Fearnville Leisure Centre, Leeds (opening times 10:00 – 16:00)
  • Bramley Housing, Bramley, Leeds (opening times 10:00 – 16:00)

 

Wednesday 14 October

  • Pudsey Civic Hall, Leeds/Bradford (opening times 10:00 – 16:00)
  • Bramley Housing Office, Bramley, Leeds (opening times 10:00 – 16:00)

 

Thursday 15 October

  • Fearnville Leisure Centre, Leeds (opening times 10: 00 -16:00)
  • St George’s Centre, Middleton, Leeds (opening times 10:30 – 15:30)

 

Friday 16 October

  • St George’s Centre, Middleton, Leeds (opening times 10:30 – 15:30)
  • Fearnville Leisure Centre, Leeds (opening times 10: 00 -16:00)

 

Universities 

Many of you have been interested in the work that universities have been doing. As previous updates have reported all universities have been working hard on their preparations and submitting outbreak plans for arrangements on campus and in halls, as well as working with partners about issues beyond the campus. A deep dive into the epidemiology from PHE shows that we may have reached the peak in cases in university halls in the city, which is around 60%, with the highest number of cases occurred around the 1 & 2 October.  Likewise, the rates in the wards with most students have just started to level, although it is early days.  We continue to monitor numbers closely, but so far we have seen a gradual decline in cases. Control measures are in place across all University settings, including:

  • Accurate and timely guidance to students regarding Covid and how to isolate.
  • Enhanced cleaning.
  • No visitors allowed into halls of residence.
  • No mixing across flats.
  • Enhanced security.
  • Support for students health & wellbeing.
  • Socially distanced social events.
  • Supported contact tracing

Next steps around this work includes further analysis of data (to streamline data from both PHE and Universities) so that we can share these regularly like the schools case numbers; further understanding students living in houses of multiple occupancy; and more enhanced measures for University halls where the number of positive cases exceed 10% of the total.  There was a session with local ward members in student areas earlier this week to pick up on additional ideas for actions and to share an understanding of the view of respective partners.

 

National Government Publications

 

We will of course keep you up to date with developments as the discussions continue about which tier Leeds and West Yorkshire will be in. In the meantime, we will be continuing and ramping up yet further all our local actions of testing, tracing, communications, compliance and enforcement.”