South Holland COVID-19 infections go beyond 700, with 60 deaths, says health body
The number of coronavirus cases in South Holland have gone beyond the 700-mark, according to the latest figures.
So far, 60 people across the area have died of COVID-19 since early March, the highest death rate of any council district in Lincolnshire.
The figures from Public Health England (PHE) also show that the number of COVID-19 cases in South Holland per 100,000 resident population, a measure of how far infections have spread in an area, was exactly 747 as of yesterday (Thursday, July 9).
However, the figures for South Holland do reflect a rise in cases during May when mass testing for the virus took place at care homes across the area.
Earlier this week, a South Holland District Council spokesman said: "The numbers of COVID-19 cases in the district, reported nationally, increased vastly last week as a result of the Government including all testing types in the figures, rather than just pillar 1 (hospitals and PHE tests on paying patients at care homes who have showed symptoms) which were being reported previously.
"Interrogation of the figures which were released to the council last Thursday, July 2, showed there was an increase in cases in May, which was in line with the national trend and coincided with the scaling up of the national testing programme.
"This accounts for the overall high number of cases in the area, but the infection rate is now much lower.
"As a district, we will be working with Lincolnshire County Council and PHE to closely monitor both infection rates and cases across South Holland."
In other areas covered by Spalding Today, South Kesteven (including Bourne and the Deepings) has seen a total of 398 cases and 59 deaths, one less than South Holland, with a 280.6 cases per 100,000 resident population.
Meanwhile, in Boston Borough (including Kirton, Sutterton and Swineshead), 487 positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded at a rate of 702.1 per 100,000 resident population, with 39 deaths.
The figures include 642 new cases yesterday and 85 deaths.
Tony McGinty, assistant director for public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "There are no concerns over the rate of positive COVID-19 cases in Spalding or any other area of our county at this time.
"These new figures are not sudden new cases but they are cumulative positive cases from the past three months from when testing was carried out, including results from the Lincolnshire Showground, mobile testing units and home testing kits since they have been made available.
"Figures show that positive cases were peaking in May/early June but are now continuing to decrease significantly.
"We have the lowest rate of positive cases in the Midlands, apart from the much smaller Rutland.
"Many other areas of the country and their district areas have much bigger rates of infection."