The number of new COVID-19 cases in Kirklees has fallen slightly with 2428 local people testing positive for the virus in the past week.
Even though numbers have dropped Kirklees now has the highest infection rate in West Yorkshire and the sixth highest in England.
Last week the council’s Director of Public Health, Rachel Spencer-Henshall issued an urgent plea to the whole of the borough highlighting the seriousness of the situation in Kirklees as infection numbers rose significantly.
Although new cases have dropped, rates continue to be amongst the highest in the country.
The latest data shows that in the last seven days 552 per 100,000 people in Kirklees tested positive for COVID-19, compared to last week when it was 573 per 100,000 people.
You can view all the data on the council’s online dashboard.
Figures from hospitals in Kirklees, Wakefield and Calderdale show sadly, there were 25 COVID-19 related Kirklees deaths in local hospitals in the last week. At the same time, 135 Kirklees people were admitted to hospital and tested positive for COVID-19.
The latest information also shows that 157 Kirklees schools (127 primary, 20 secondary, three all-through/middle, six all-through special, one Pupil Referral Unit schools) currently have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases.
There are 4,672 pupils in Kirklees who are self-isolating and not in school due to a positive COVID-19 test result, or by being a contact of a confirmed case. 192 are confirmed positive cases.
Commenting on the stabilisation, Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Director of Public Health at Kirklees Council said: “Our rates of COVID-19 infection have reduced slightly but hospitalisations have seen further increases this week.
“Our goal goes beyond stabilisation of infection rates. We need to see a week on week reduction and this can only be achieved if we all continue to play our part.
“I want to thank you all for everything you are doing. Lockdown remains a difficult and testing time for us all, but your efforts and sacrifices play a key part in our collective fight against COVID-19.
“The basics remain key for everyone: staying at home as much as possible, washing hands, wearing a face covering, keeping a social distance and isolating if you have symptoms or are identified as a close contact.
“Thank you for playing your part.”
6 days ago
Today KLTV is looking back on some of our legacy videos. Our 2014 production, Food Banks in Kirklees, remains as relevant as ever. It discusses important issues such as poverty in Kirklees, the need for food banks, personal stories, and shows the people that have gone the extra mile to help out in the community.
Approximately 1.9 million people used a food bank in the UK in 2019/20, which is around 300 thousand more than the previous year.
According to The Trussell Trust’s midyear stats they gave out, on average, 2,600 parcels to children every day in the first six months of the pandemic in the UK. They are also expecting this winter to be their networks busiest time ever.
Now is an apt time to reflect on our community in Kirklees and how we can continue helping each over and moving forward as a community.
Those speaking in the 2014 production show the harsh reality of needing food banks and asks questions of ‘Why do we need food banks?’ and ‘What needs to change?’, but continues to show what we can achieve when communities come together.
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