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Residents reminded not to be complacent as rates fall

Published Friday, 19 February 2021

As the number of Coronavirus cases across the city continues to fall, City of York Council is thanking residents and businesses for their continued efforts and asking them to keep going.

The latest local data:

  • the latest official “validated” rate of new Covid cases was 86.4 per 100,000 of the population for the period Sunday 7 Feburary to Saturday 13 February -  the national and regional averages at this date were 137.8 and 152 respectively (using data published on Gov.uk on Thursday 18 February)
  • as of Wednesday 17 February, 54,289 City of York Council residents have received the first dose and 1,077 had received both doses 

With daylight lasting longer and the weather starting to warm up City of York Council is asking everyone to keep up their efforts and continue to follow the national restrictions to keep the people we love safe.

This includes not gathering in groups when exercising, as crowds give the virus the chance to spread.

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said:

Our collective efforts are making a difference and is saving lives, so thank you for all you are doing.

“We cannot afford to let our guard down and must keep going. We know this is incredibly challenging, so please continue to keep in touch with friends and family and look after each other. The Council’s helpline is there for anyone who needs it, get in touch on 01904 551550 or by emailing COVID19help@york.gov.uk.

“The success of the vaccine rollout offers us real hope that better times are around the corner. Until then let’s keep going and look after each other.”

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health at City of York Council said:

Whilst we have seen a significant fall in the rate of infection thanks to everyone’s efforts, case rates are still higher than we would like. The fewer cases we have means less pressure on our hospital and fewer families worried about what is happening to someone they love.

“The way we are all behaving is making a massive difference, so thank you. Keeping our distance, wearing a face covering and washing our hands regularly gives the virus less chance to spread.

“These restrictions are challenging for us all, please continue to look after yourself and each other. Exercise and fresh air can improve our physical and mental health, as can catching up with friends and family online.

Superintendent Mike Walker, who is leading North Yorkshire Police’s response to the pandemic and chairs the multi-agency North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, urged people to avoid gathering in the public spaces in and around York. He said:

We’re still in a precarious position as the infection rate can fluctuate. We must continue to do all we can to abide by the health protection regulations which are designed to limit the spread of the virus. 

“This is not the time to become complacent about the virus. We’ve got to keep going and make sure all the hard work and sacrifice has been for the worthwhile purpose - protecting our loved ones and returning to the lifestyle we have taken for granted in the past.

“As for the reckless minority who think the regulations do not apply to them, we will continue to actively target these blatant breaches, while providing a highly-visible and reassuring presence for the wider community who are doing the right thing and helping to tackle this public health crisis.”

Reporting suspected breaches of the health protection regulations

Incidents should primarily be reported via the home page of the North Yorkshire Police website or by calling 101.

Shielding update

Earlier this week, government research identified more individuals who may be at increased risk of becoming seriously unwell from coronavirus and are being asked to shield, which will affect a number of residents in the city. These individuals should soon be receiving a letter from the government and the council will be in touch too. Our COVID helpline remains open to help anyone who needs it, whether that is collecting food or prescriptions or someone to talk to. The helpline is contactable on 01904 551550 or by emailing COVID19help@york.gov.uk.

The latest update of data for York is available online.