One age group in Herefordshire has seen COVID-19 infection rates rise sharply over recent weeks, with rates in the 15-19 year-old age group now at 2,584 cases per 100,000 population. Meaning that almost 1 in 38 people in this age group tested positive for COVID-19 in the seven day period that ended on the 20th August.
One of the main reasons for this age group having such high infection rates is because the majority won’t yet be fully vaccinated, with those aged under 16 not currently eligible unless they have specific medical needs.
Infection rates remain high amongst other age groups, especially those aged 20-24 years-old, where the infection rate for the seven day period ending 20th August was 1,045 cases per 100,000 population. The 25-29 year-old age group was then the next highest with an infection rate of 552 cases per 100,000 population for the same period.
An update on the number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 is expected later today, with figures released by NHS England last week indicating that 13 patients were being treated with the virus at Hereford County Hospital (Wye Valley NHS Trust), which was up from 11 the previous week but significantly lower than the 100+ patients that were being treated during the peak in January of this year.
Currently, 87.1% of adults in Herefordshire have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile 77.9% of adults have now received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and are fully vaccinated. This means that despite Herefordshire seeing a significant increase in the number of cases being recorded, it will be hoped that the pressure on the NHS remains much lower than it was earlier this year.