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Covid-19 data: what's the picture locally?

Saturday, 25 July 2020 - updated, Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Update: Wednesday, 5 August 2020. "Calderdale council in West Yorkshire, which has the sixth highest infection rate in England . . ." Read more

Update: no new cases in Hebden Bridge or Mytholmroyd for the week of 20-26 July

Information about the number Coronavirus cases and deaths locally has been hard to find.

The HebWeb has been reporting the number of new cases in Calderdale every day since the beginning of Lockdown. Our source has been this Government page published daily each afternoon, after 4pm. Here's a chart showing the information we've reported during that time.

Three issues from the above figures

  • The first thing which stands out is the big jump in the number of cases at the beginning of July. We didn't know, but prior to July the Government had only be reporting those who tested positive through NHS testing, subsequently referred to as Pillar 1. It did not include testing by other bodies or tests sent through the post - Pillar 2 cases.
  • The second thing to notice is that during May and June, before Lockdown easing, the number of reported cases apparently hardly rose at all.
  • Thirdly, since the beginning of July there has been a significant increase in the number of cases reported in Calderdale.

As of Tuesday, 4 August 2020 there have been 907 cases reported in Calderdale, 207 new cases in July,15 more new cases reported in the past 24 hours and 83 new cases reported in the past week.

Where in Calderdale?

How affected are the communities living in the Hebden Bridge area and the Upper Valley? In the week from 13-19 July, there were 3 cases in Hebden Bridge and no cases in Mytholmroyd. For the week of 20-26 July there were no new cases reported in Hebden Bridge or Mytholmroyd - source. Calderdale Council say that rates are highest in Park and Warley electoral wards - source. In April, there were 4 deaths in Hebden Bridge and 8 in Todmorden from the virus - source.

How does Calderdale compare?

The UK average is around 445 cases per 100,000 people (up 5 in 5 days). 42 countries in the world have a higher rate - source. Calderdale has a rate of around 406 cases per 100,00 - up from 378 cases per 100,000 when this page was first published on 25 July - source

Surrounding areas

Rochdale, Bradford, Oldham and Barnsley are all in the top 10 of the highest rate of coronavirus cases in the UK with 800-928 cases per 100,000. Source

Areas of concern

Because of this jump in the number of cases in July, Calderdale is now one of 9 authorities on the the Goverment's Areas of Concern list. During the week of 9-15 July, Calderdale had the 9th highest rate in England. Source

This page will be updated as and when more information is found, or becomes available.

From The Guardian, Wednesday, 5 August 2020

. . . Calderdale council in West Yorkshire, which has the sixth highest infection rate in England, told the Guardian it was hoping to launch its own team next week. Tim Swift, leader of Calderdale council, said there was “two or three gaps” in the national system that it would plug with its own model, which it hopes to begin next Wednesday.

He said the national call centre-based approach was fine for some areas, but was failing to understand “something as basic as getting names right” in communities where full names do not always “fit neatly into a first-name-surname function”.

“We understand that and find it easier to handle,” he said. “You don’t want to just know someone is a private hire driver, but also where they work. And also you want to be able to follow up when people do not give full information and sometimes the only way to do that is to knock on a door.”

Ben Leaman, consultant in public health at Calderdale, said the council would use native speakers of Urdu, Czech and Slovak to knock on the doors of people the national system had been unable to reach. All positive cases would get a text message from the council with a local number to call – a recognition of the fact many people were unwilling to call an 0300 number, often believing it to be a hoax. If they don’t reply within 24 hours they get a knock on the door.

As COVID-19 is still within our community, we should all continue to keep at least two metres away from people outside our households wherever possible, wash our hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching our face and follow the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' guidance to help keep ourselves and others safe. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home and book a test as soon as possible, within five days of the symptoms starting. Please wear a face covering in shops or when travelling on public transport or in a taxi. It is also recommended that people wear face coverings whenever they are indoors with people who are not part of their household or bubble.