Covid infection rate in Harrogate continues to climb with almost 150 cases added over the weekend

Another 145 people in Harrogate have tested positive for coronavirus over the first weekend of lockdown - as the borough's infection rate continues to climb.

Monday, 9th November 2020, 11:49 am
Updated Monday, 9th November 2020, 11:50 am

Harrogate East, Killinghall and Hampsthwaite are the areas which have continued to see the steepest rise in infections, while Pateley Bridge and Nidd Valley are the areas of least concern.

The borough's overall weekly infection rate of 279 cases per 100,000 people remains above the national average but is no longer the highest in North Yorkshire after a sudden surge of cases in Scarborough.

The coastal borough's infection rate has jumped from 92 cases per 100,000 people to 337 in just under a month.

Another 145 coronavirus cases have been added to Harrogate's total over the first weekend of lockdown.

In Harrogate, there has now been almost 3,000 confirmed infections and 121 virus-related deaths since the pandemic began, according to Public Health England figures.

The borough also recently broke its record for the highest number of daily infections with 96 added on Wednesday.

It comes as Harrogate's new walk-in coronavirus testing site officially opened at the Dragon Road car park last month.

North Yorkshire County Council's public health team has also launched its own test and trace system and is starting to trace contacts this week.

Testing at the walk-in site is available seven days a week from 8am until 8pm and it will have the capacity for around 320 tests per day.

Appointments must be booked in advance.

Anyone who is showing coronavirus symptoms should register for a test on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

People who do not have access to the internet, or who have difficulty with the digital portals, can ring the 119 service to book.

Tests can be booked at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporter