North Yorkshire health and care sector faces 'extremely challenging time' as Covid cases 'plateau'

North Yorkshire County Council’s chief executive has warned residents that they are in “extremely challenging times” as coronavirus rates remain high.

By Carl Gavaghan , Local Democracy Reporting Service
Thursday, 12th August 2021, 9:28 am

In his weekly email to residents, Richard Flinton said that the impacts of the pandemic were still being felt on the health and social care sectors.

Mr Flinton wrote: “The Covid-19 infection rate across the county seems to have plateaued.

“The rate is 269 per 100,000 people, against an England average of 299.

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North Yorkshire's coronavirus infection rate stands at 269 cases per 100,000 people.

“This is still high and pressures continue on health and social care services, so our message remains ‘respect and protect’.

“Please continue to wear face coverings, practise good hand hygiene, give people space and get plenty of fresh air.

“We currently have 48 care homes with cases of Covid-19, and these remain extremely challenging times for health and social care.

“The level of demand for hospitals, primary care, community health services and social care is exceptional.”

Yesterday it was revealed that the number of Covid-19 patients in the county’s hospitals had fallen.

There are now 109 patients in the four main hospitals serving North Yorkshire – down from 131 last week. The latest figures include six patients in Scarborough, seven in Harrogate, 27 in York and 69 in South Tees.