So far, The Yorkshire Post has been able to verify 114 deaths of Covid-19 patients in hospitals across the region, including South Tees and North Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundations Trusts, both of which have hospitals in Yorkshire.
Of the 14 Trusts approached, five did not respond to multiple requests for a running total, or refused to provide the information.
The numbers of deaths for these five trusts, therefore, only include the official NHS England statistics on the daily number of deaths.
Leeds and Sheffield have had the highest number of deaths of Covid-19 patients.
Some 27 patients died in hospital in Leeds, it was confirmed yesterday (Wednesday).
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust also confirmed that there had been 21 patients who had passed away since testing positive for the virus.
Sheffield overall has one of the highest number of cases of people who have tested positive for the virus outside London. NHS England figures yesterday confirmed there were 571 confirmed cases in the district, the equivalent of 11 cases for every 10,000 people.
Kirsten Major, Chief Executive of the Trust said: “Very sadly, we can confirm that since March 17th 2020, 21 patients being cared for at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have died after testing positive for COVID-19. The families of these patients have been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this very difficult time.”
It comes as work began this week to set up a temporary hospital at Harrogate Convention Centre to treat coronavirus patients.
South Tees NHS Trust, which includes The Friarage in Northallerton as well as James Cook in Middlesborough, confirmed yesterday that 15 people have died after contracting coronavirus, but was unable to give a breakdown for the two hospitals.
Daily updates released by NHS England meanwhile show that between Monday and yesterday, 13 coronavirus patients died in hospitals run by other NHS Trusts in Yorkshire & the Humber.
There were seven deaths at Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust hospitals, which includes Pinderfields in Wakefield and Dewsbury Hospital.
There were also three deaths at York Teaching Hospitals, and three at North Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust hospitals.
Barnsley Hospital, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital have not had any reported deaths between Sunday and Tuesday, although it is not known whether any patients there have died after contracting coronavirus before then.
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