Long covid, hospitalized patients vaccinated and high rates until at least August as severe update released – .

Long covid, hospitalized patients vaccinated and high rates until at least August as severe update released – .

A Teesside health boss warned that soaring covid rates are expected to bring “a tough few weeks ahead.”
The rolling seven-day covid rate soared to 950 cases per 100,000 people in Middlesbrough on Tuesday – the highest recorded in the city since the start of the pandemic.

The South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed that 54 covid patients were being treated at its sites on Tuesday – 10 of whom were in intensive care.

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That’s less than 20 at the end of last month.

The warning comes as the NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group urged young people to get their Covid vaccine before so-called ‘Freedom Day’ as it has been revealed that Teesside has become a national Covid hotspot with three areas with the largest increase in coronavirus cases in England.

The figures also show that cases of the now dominant variant of the Delta coronavirus continue to grow in all areas of Teesside.

South Tees chief public health officer Mark Adams revealed that 15 of the 54 people were over the age of 70 during a harsh presentation to the Middlesbrough health review panel.

He told advisers the authority has very little power to deal with growing cases – and the city currently ranks fifth in the country for its rate.

Adams said the borough’s 20- to 39-year-olds had the highest rates of around 1,600 per 100,000 residents.

But he added that over 60s were also infected.

South Tees Director of Public Health Mark Adams

“The general feeling was that with vaccination rates as high as they are, this would be less likely to happen,” he said.

“It’s very clear that they’re much less affected than other age groups – they’re around 200 per 100,000 – but there is still one affected group. “

The health chief told the panel that covid patients in hospitals “weren’t exclusively young” – and they weren’t “exclusively unvaccinated”.

“We know that, for the record, there are people in the hospital who received both injections,” added Adams.

“The vaccine is not perfect – it drastically reduces the risk, but it does not reduce it to zero.

“There was a bit of controversy over the weekend as to whether the link between infection rates in the community and hospitalization has been broken or diminished as a result of the vaccination program.

“It’s certainly diminished but it’s definitely not broken. “

Friday marks the last day of the summer term for most schools in Middlesbrough.

But the panel also learned how the covid affected the city’s attendance figures.

Mr Adams revealed that there were 88 closed bubbles in 28 schools that had affected 124 staff members and 2,165 children who were isolating themselves.

He added: “The impact of high rates in the community is potentially going to impact frontline services as people isolate themselves as a case, or as a contact, or because they are self-isolating. ‘take care of schoolchildren who isolate themselves. “

Delta variant

Cases of the now dominant variant of the Delta coronavirus continue to grow in all parts of Teesside and elsewhere, according to figures from Public Health England.

In Middlesbrough, 386 confirmed and probable cases were recorded in the seven days leading up to July 7, up from 262 a week earlier.

Cases of Stockton Delta variants also dropped from 350 to 508 a week earlier.

Redcar and Cleveland recorded 381 confirmed and probable cases in the seven days to July 7, up from 264 the week before.

Hartlepool recorded 280 cases, up from 189, and Darlington 388, up from 301.

The numbers will now be much higher with more than 4,600 new cases of coronavirus confirmed last week.

A number of local communities elsewhere have passed the four-digit mark in weekly confirmed and probable cases, some of the highest including Birmingham (4,777), Blackburn (3,918), Bolton (5,984), Leeds (5,353), Manchester (6,818), Salford (3,052) and Wigan (3,459).

A social distancing sign in Stockton

Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham said: “The growth of the Delta variant is a reminder of our need to be vigilant against the spread of this virus, and that we will be living with Covid for some time to come.

“Vaccination is a major part of our arsenal against the virus and I urge the government to speed up the vaccination program. “

Referring to the relaxation of the remaining measures, Mr Cunningham said: “We all want the economy to be open, but it should be done in a balanced, secure and sustainable way.

“The abandonment of measures such as wearing a mask in crowded public places does not make sense.

“Face masks have no impact on the economy and can ensure the safety of people.

“I urge the government to think again.

Several government ministers have said they would expect face masks to continue to be worn in crowded areas, such as on public transport, but this will no longer be mandatory in England from next Monday.

Call problems

Past concerns had been shared over the number of unvaccinated over 50s in Middlesbrough.

Councilors heard that 56.8% of adults in the city had received both doses, but Adams said the number of people over 50 without an injection was declining only “very slowly.”

A total of 4,619 Middlesbrough residents over the age of 50 received no hits – with the central and Newport neighborhoods having the highest numbers.

The health chief revealed that efforts had been made to try to call these people – but dealing with the latest wave had distracted their attention.

“It is very difficult for us to continue with these calls,” he added.

Le centre de vaccination Covid au Riverside Stadium du Middlesbrough Football Club

Mr Adams also gave advisers an overview of SAGE’s advice on the broader pandemic ahead of the regulatory easing on Monday (July 19).

“Modeling is quite difficult but they expect an extremely high prevalence of infection until at least the end of August,” he added.

“There is great uncertainty around the magnitude of the peak and the number of confirmed cases. “

The long covid and the risk of new variants emerging were also concerns, the health chief added.

Collective immunity?

Panelists were told that the guidelines in Stage Four of the government’s roadmap gave limited local action – but Adams felt that would not be enough to affect the rate of escalation.

He added: “It seems the intention is to have immunity by infection for those who are not vaccinated and immunity by vaccination for those who are – and thus to establish some form of herd immunity.

“It’s not spoken politics – that’s just how it looks. “

The chamber also heard that around 5,000 long cases of covid had been modeled in Middlesbrough – which could range from lack of taste and smell to inability to get out of bed.

“It’s still emerging, but I expect it to become a significant issue as we move forward,” Adams added.

“The more people infected in the current wave, the more likely people are to have a long covid that will affect their lives. “

Very limited powers

The health boss has also been grilled on what the council might do in response to the rate hike.

Newport Labor member Cllr Alma Hellaoui called the upcoming guidelines “ridiculous” given the growing number of cases.

She added, “Do we just have to follow these stupid guidelines from the government?” or is there a way around it? “

But Mr Adams said they were “very limited” in what they could do locally.

And he concluded by saying that he expected “a difficult few weeks”.

Responding to hospital covid requests, a South Tees NHS spokesperson said: ‘Although the number of people hospitalized is much lower than what we have seen in the winter thanks to the success of the vaccination program, the rates of ‘infection in the community have meant that we’ have seen an increase in the number of patients requiring covid care in recent weeks.

“This is why it’s so important that people get overtaken, stick to the rules about hospital visits – which remain restricted – stay vigilant and exercise caution.” “

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