The number of people with COVID-19 at hospital in Herefordshire has fallen, despite Herefordshire recording more than 700 new cases of the virus in the seven day period ending 21st August.
Data released on Thursday by NHS England shows that on 24th August, a total of 12 patients had COVID-19 at Hereford County Hospital (Wye Valley NHS Trust) , this is down on the previous week, when 13 patients were recorded as having COVID-19 at the hospital.
This will come as welcome news to local health leaders who will have been keeping a close eye on hospitalisations, after Herefordshire saw the highest number of new cases recorded in a week since the peak of the second wave in January. The data from NHS England also shows that none of the 12 patients with COVID-19 were requiring treatment by a ventilator on 24th August.
Much of this is down to two factors, one being that the number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 continues to rise, and the other is that the age group with the highest COVID-19 infection rate is the 15-19 year-olds. Latest data from Public Health England indicates that with an infection rate of 2659 cases per 100,000 population, that approximately 1 in 37 teenagers aged 15-19 years-old in Herefordshire tested positive for COVID-19 in the seven day period ending 21st August.