Harrogate hospital coronavirus death toll rises again as four more deaths confirmed

The coronavirus death toll at Harrogate hospital has risen to 146 after four more deaths were confirmed over the weekend.

Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 9:20 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 9:28 am
Harrogate hospital has now reported 146 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic.

NHS figures published yesterday show there were two deaths at the hospital on Friday and one on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust last Thursday reported the hospital was treating 65 coronavirus patients – a figure which had remained at record high levels during the previous week.

The increase in deaths and high patient numbers comes as the seven-day infection rate in Harrogate has dropped to below 100 for the first time since the end of December.

Public Health England figures show the rate per 100,000 people in the borough is now 98 – below the current averages for North Yorkshire (101) and England (148).

On Sunday, the government said it met its target to offer a vaccine to the 15 million most vulnerable people across the UK and that the rollout in England has officially been expanded to those aged 65 and over and younger people in at-risk groups.

In North Yorkshire, more than 175,000 vaccine doses have now been administered, according to the latest figures.

By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporter