Covid-19 infection rate across Lancaster district drops, but number of deaths rises in bay hospitals

Twelve people have passed away in Morecambe Bay hospitals in the last week after contracting coronavirus.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 2:32 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 2:34 pm
The Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

There have now been a total of 569 deaths from Covid-19 recorded at hospitals run by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT).

The deaths are recorded when someone has died after testing positive for coronavirus within the last 28 days at UHMBT hospitals, with the numbers roughly split between the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

These figures do not include deaths outside hospital, such as those in care homes.

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As of Tuesday February 16, there were 143 patients in UHMBT hospitals being treated for Covid-19, 10 of which were on ventilators.

Since the start of the pandemic, as of Sunday February 14, UHMBT has treated 1,798 people for the virus.

Meanwhile, in the Lancaster City Council region itself, the total number of deaths within 28 days of first positive test result for Covid-19 reported up to Tuesday March 2 is 281.

The total number of deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned as a cause on the death certificate, registered up to Friday February 19, is 304.

The total number of people with a positive Covid-19 virus test (either lab-reported or lateral flow device) reported up to Tuesday March 2 in the Lancaster region is 9.081.

Of those, 139 people in Lancaster reported positive Covid tests in the seven days up to March 2 (a reduction of 97 or 41.1 per cent on the previous week) - and the city currently has an infection rate of 115.7 based on a rolling seven-day period up to February 26.

This is based on the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, and compares with an England average of 91.2.