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Weekly local coronavirus figures for Central Bedfordshire

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COVID-19 update as of 12 May 2021

Coronavirus weekly figures - 12 May

 

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Central Bedfordshire (in the week ending 12 May) was 54, down 5 from the previous week (59). The number of weekly positive cases per 100,000 population has gone down to 18.7 from 20.4 last week.

As well as understanding the situation in our area, it is also important to consider the latest data from our neighbouring areas which are as follows:

  • Bedford - 146 new cases (84.3 per 100,000). 2,663 vaccinated and 1 death reported
  • Milton Keynes - 55 new cases (20.4 cases per 100,000). 5,698 vaccinated (last 7 days) and no deaths reported
  • Luton - 67 cases (31.4 per 100,000). 2,202 vaccinated, with no deaths recorded

Sadly, there has been a significant increase in cases in Bedford, some of which are the new Variant of Concern (first identified in India).

Bedford Borough is currently the 5th highest in the country for COVID-19 cases per 100,000 in the population.

As many Central Bedfordshire residents work, visit or go to school in Bedford, we are urging everyone to be cautious and exercise common sense.

Bedford Borough are carrying out additional testing of close contacts of those testing positive to identify any further COVID-19 positive cases, ensure people know to self-isolate and help slow the spread.

The rise in cases in Bedford Borough is mostly among people aged under 40, with the highest increase among those aged 11 to 22. In Central Bedfordshire, we have also seen a similar trend in the ages of those testing positive in the last seven days.

This is a reminder that even with more restrictions easing next week, we must take this next step safely.

The best way to help stop the spread of all variants is to continue to follow the guidance – Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air.

If you come into contact with anyone outside your household, you should also take up the offer of twice weekly rapid testing so that we can stop the spread of the virus. People without symptoms can drop into our rapid test minibuses in Biggleswade, Flitwick, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard.

You don’t need an appointment and our people help you take your test and answer your questions. Home test kits can also be collected from the minibuses, many local pharmacies or ordered online.

Detailed information

The figures now include the number of COVID-19 cases separated out by ‘cases – local residence’ and ‘cases – living away from local residence’. This includes, for example, people who are away studying at university.

Total individuals tested: 162,599

Total COVID-19 cases: 16,073

Percentage of individuals that tested positive: 9.9%

Adults vaccinated with at least one dose: 153,463 (62.5% of 16+ population) by 2 May

Adults vaccinated with second dose: 56,549 (23% of 16+ population) by 2 May

Adults vaccinated with at least one dose in last 7 days: 4,727 (up 1,415)

Adults vaccinated with two doses in last 7 days: 8,667

Individuals tested in the last 7 days: 2,156 (down 101)

COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days: 54 (down 5)

Positive tests in the last 7 days: 2.5% (down 0.1%)

Most affected wards in the last 7 days:

  • Arlesey 10
  • Houghton Conquest and Haynes 5
  • Flitwick 5
  • Cranfield and Marston Moretaine 5
  • Potton 4
  • Stotfold and Langford 4
  • Parkside 3
  • Linslade 3

The following wards all have less than 3 cases:

  • Dunstable-Icknield
  • Tithe Farm
  • Barton-le-Clay
  • Dunstable-Manshead
  • Westoning, Flitton and Greenfield
  • Houghton Hall
  • Dunstable-Northfields
  • Heath and Reach
  • Biggleswade North
  • Dunstable-Watling
  • Sandy
  • Toddington
  • Caddington
  • Shefford
  • Ampthill
  • Leighton Buzzard South
  • Dunstable-Central
  • Biggleswade South
  • Silsoe and Shillington
  • Leighton Buzzard North
  • Eaton Bray
  • Northill
  • Aspley and Woburn

Number of weekly positive cases per 100,000 population (rates based on ONS mid-year population, 2018)

Previous 7 days (26 to 2 May): 20.4

Last 7 days (3 May to 9 May): 18.7

Direction of travel: down 1.7

Deaths

Total deaths registered involving COVID-19 since 1 January 2020: 657

Deaths registered involving COVID-19 between 24 April and 30 April: 0

Direction of travel: no change

Data source

Data reported up to 9 May 2021.

Public Health England and Office for National Statistics.

Produced by Public Health Evidence and Intelligence.


COVID-19 update as of 5 May 2021

COVID-19 figures: 5 may 2021

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Central Bedfordshire (in the week ending 5 May 2021) was 59, up 7 from the previous week (52). The number of weekly positive cases per 100,000 population has gone up to 20.4 from 18 last week.

Vaccination continues – 148,736 adults have been vaccinated with at least one dose, with 3,312 receiving one in the last 7 days. 47,882 people have now had their second dose. There was one death in our area in the last reporting week, the same as the previous week.

The latest data from our neighbouring areas are as follows:

  • Milton Keynes – 35 new cases (13 cases per 100,000); 4,872 vaccinated (last 7 days) and 1 death reported
  • Luton – 85 cases (39.9 cases per 100,000); 2,545 vaccinated, with 2 deaths recorded
  • Bedford – 69 new cases (39.8 cases per 100,000); 2,149 vaccinated and 1 death reported

Last week saw a small rise in cases here which is a reminder of the need to remain vigilant and to observe the guidance on handwashing, face coverings and social distancing, especially as restrictions are eased and we meet up with friends and family again.

Vaccination continues at pace and we are now able to report on the number of people receiving their second dose which shows that almost a fifth of our adult population has now been fully vaccinated.

Vaccines are vital in helping us return to a normal way of life. Not only do vaccines reduce the severity of illness and prevent hundreds of deaths every day, we now see they also have an additional impact on reducing the chance of passing COVID-19 on to others.

When you are offered a vaccine, take it as soon as possible.

But even if you have been vaccinated, it is really important that you continue to act like you have the virus, practise good hand hygiene and follow social distancing guidance.

Remember – Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air.

Detailed information

The figures now include the number of COVID-19 cases separated out by ‘cases – local residence’ and ‘cases – living away from local residence’. This includes, for example, people who are away studying at university.

Total individuals tested: 160,389

Total COVID-19 cases: 16,017

Percentage of individuals that tested positive: 10%

Adults vaccinated with at least one dose: 148,736 (60.6% of 16+ population) by 25 April

Adults vaccinated with second dose: 47,882 (19.5% of 16+ population) by 25 April

Adults vaccinated with at least one dose in last 7 days: 3,312 (up 233)

Individuals tested in the last 7 days: 2,257 (down 613)

COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days: 59 (up 7)

Positive tests in the last 7 days: 2.6% (up 0.8%)

Most affected wards in the last 7 days:

  • Sandy: 7
  • Arlesey: 6
  • Potton: 4
  • Caddington: 4
  • Dunstable-Icknield: 3
  • Toddington: 3
  • Shefford: 3
  • Dunstable-Northfields: 3
  • Linslade: 3
  • Stotfold and Langford: 3
  • Parkside: less than 3
  • Tithe Farm: less than 3
  • Houghton Conquest and Haynes: less than 3
  • Barton-le-Clay: less than 3
  • Dunstable-Manshead: less than 3
  • Westoning, Flitton and Greenfield: less than 3
  • Houghton Hall: less than 3
  • Heath and Reach: less than 3
  • Biggleswade North: less than 3
  • Dunstable-Watling: less than 3
  • Cranfield and Marston Moretaine: less than 3
  • Ampthill: less than 3
  • Leighton Buzzard South: less than 3
  • Dunstable-Central: less than 3
  • Flitwick: less than 3
  • Biggleswade South: less than 3
  • Silsoe and Shillington: less than 3
  • Leighton Buzzard North: less than 3
  • Eaton Bray: less than 3
  • Northill: less than 3
  • Aspley and Woburn: less than 3

Number of weekly positive cases per 100,000 population (rates based on ONS mid-year population, 2018)

Previous 7 days (19 to 25 April): 18

Last 7 days (26 April to 2 May): 20.4

Direction of travel: up 2.4

Deaths

Total deaths registered involving COVID-19 since 1 January 2020: 657

Deaths registered involving COVID-19 between 17 April and 23 April: 1

Direction of travel: no change

Data source

Data reported up to 2 May 2021.

Public Health England and Office for National Statistics.

Produced by Public Health Evidence and Intelligence.