COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise across nearly all of Herefordshire, with the overall infection rate in the county recorded as 233.4 cases per 100,000 population in the seven day period ending 15th July. This is UP 132% on the previous week, when the COVID-19 infection rate was 100.6 cases per 100,000 population.
Only one area of the county (Leominster North) is now recording an infection rate below 100 cases per 100,000 population. Two areas of Herefordshire (Lugwardine, Withington & Moreton on Lugg) and (Hereford East) are recording infection rates above 400 cases per 100,000 population, with concerns that this will rise further over the coming days.
There will be a close eye tomorrow, on the number of patients being treated at hospital in Herefordshire for COVID-19. NHS England releases its weekly update on a Thursday, and despite a slight increase in the number of patients being treated at hospital in Herefordshire for COVID-19 in recent weeks, numbers have remained far below those that we saw during the peak in January.
The reason for the low numbers in hospital is believed to be mainly down to the successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 84.3% of adults in Herefordshire receiving their first dose and 68.9% of adults receiving their second dose.