Huge drop in Calderdale COVID-19 cases but people told to be on your guard

The number of COVID-19 cases in Calderdale has fallen by a bumper 17 per cent in a week – but people are urged not to drop their guard.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 9:47 am
Updated Thursday, 4th March 2021, 9:50 am

NHS Digital summary data for February 21 to February 27 (seven day interval figures) show Calderdale to have a COVID-19 case rate of 110.2 per 100,000 people with 233 cases – the rate was 172.1 in the previous period.

The borough’s Public Health Director Debs Harkins, has again urged people to keep up the good work in helping reduce the spread of the virus by staying at home where possible, keeping socially distance if you have to go out, not mixing with others and wearing a face covering.

“Let’s keep up the good work and make the rest of this lockdown count,” she said on social media.

Halifax town centre

The February 21 to February 27 data shows Calderdale had a 20 per cent decrease in triages – the number of calls from people who think they may have coronavirus to the various NHS lines – with 116, a triage rate of 55 per 100,000 of people.

The Government’s figures show the number of new positive cases in each area in Calderdale for the seven days to February 24 were as follows.

Todmorden West and Cornholme, 7; Todmorden East and Walsden, fewer than 3; Hebden Bridge, 6; Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale, 6; Ripponden, Rishworth and Barkisland, 10; Greetland and Stainland,8; Elland, 20; Rastrick West, 14; Rastrick East, 9; Brighouse, 9; Clifton and Bailiff Bridge, 8; Hipperholme, 9; Northowram and Shelf, fewer than 3; Central Halifax and Boothtown, 18; Sowerby Bridge, 11; Sowerby and Luddenden Foot, 9; Norton Tower and Mount Tabor, 10; Savile Park, 9; Skircoat Green, 13; Southowram and Siddal, 18; Pellon East, 15; Pellon West and Highroad Well, 18; King Cross, 10; Wheatley and Ovenden West, 20; Ovenden East, 10; Mixenden, 8; and Illingworth and Ogden, 5.

The Government figures by local area are classed as Middle Super Output Areas – each has an average population of around 7,200.