Trafford’s covid-19 infection rate is falling, but the rate of decline is starting to plateau with Plan B restrictions due to end tomorrow (Thursday 27th Jan).
For the week ending Friday, January 21, it stood at 867.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
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That marks a decline from the previous week, when it stood at 940 cases per 100,000 people, but the rate of that decline is now starting to slow.
But Trafford public health chiefs have encouraged the wearing of face masks in public places to continue as “good hygiene practice”, after the legal requirement to wear them ends.
Acting Director of Public Health at Trafford, Helen Gollins, said: “I think it’s important that we remember that the pandemic is not over. People haven’t felt as bad about Omicron as they have about Delta, but Delta keeps rolling.
“We are still seeing people who are unwell, so we need to continue to be cautious and we need to continue our covid-safe actions.”
He encouraged people in crowded public spaces to continue wearing face coverings, work from home if they feel sick (even if they test negative), maintain hand hygiene and social distancing, and continue to ensure ventilation indoors.
In the week ending January 21, a total of 2,062 Trafford residents had tested positive for Covid-19.
Giving an update to Trafford council this morning (Wednesday 26 January), Ms Gollins said: “It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for us in public health.
“In terms of positivity, the proportion of people testing positive is much higher than we would like to see and demonstrates the level of infection that is circulating within the community. You can really see that spread throughout the district.”
Trafford’s current infection rate places it third highest of the ten Greater Manchester boroughs.
In Trafford, the Broadheath district has the highest single area infection rate in the entire borough, with a rate of over 1,200 cases per 100,000 population.
Ashton-on-Mersey is second, followed by the Bucklow-St-Martins, Brooklands and Village wards.
Trafford’s infection rate for those over 60 is 379 cases per 100,000 population, which also marks a decrease from the previous week, when it stood at 526 cases per 100,000 population.
In terms of age group, the highest infection rates in the county are currently seen in the 0-14 age group, followed by Trafford’s 30-44 year olds.
In Greater Manchester hospitals, the number of people being admitted to hospital with covid is declining and there is also a slight decrease in the number of people with covid occupying ventilated beds across the city-region.
The number of people dying in Trafford from covid remains low and “reasonably stable”, Ms Gollins explained.
County Mike Freeman, who was chairing the meeting, said, “We know that this pandemic has not gone away and as we have seen there is a plateau in infection rates in our schools.”
With Plan B restrictions, including the legal requirement to wear face coverings in public places, ending tomorrow (Thursday 27 January), Ms Gollins added that the council’s public health team would support secondary school principals of the municipality who wish to continue wearing a face covering. use of mask.
He added that schools currently experiencing outbreaks should introduce face coverings as a “necessary measure” to address this.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.