Each week the Government reviews its weekly watch list depending on the prevalence of the Coronavirus in local authority areas. There are three levels of escalation on the watch list, starting with; ‘areas of concern,’ ‘areas of enhanced support’ and the highest, ‘areas of intervention.’ Each category enables different levels of specialist expertise and resource to be released to support local authorities.
The removal of Northampton and Corby from the Government watch list this week is the result of a continuous partnership effort and significant hard work from the public, from local authorities, businesses and partners across both boroughs.
Vigilance must be urged though, as cases rise nationally and the winter flu season approaches, the hard work that has been done to get to this point must not stop.
Additionally, the extra support that was provided in terms of military aid and the additional testing resource that was provided, will no longer be available. This means that there may be a small reduction in the number of testing sites available across the county.
This week’s surveillance report, an analysis of the recent COVID-19 cases and rates over the period 14 September - 20 September, shows that 136 residents have tested positive with COVID-19 since last week. All districts and boroughs across the county are showing a decrease in cases from the previous week. However, caution should be exercised in analysing the data, the recent decrease may be due to a reduction in testing and delays in result reporting rather than an actual decrease in number of cases.
Incidence rates per 100,000 population continue to be highest in the boroughs of Corby, Northampton, Kettering and Wellingborough, but this week all district and borough incidence rates are lower than the England average. Corby’s rate remains highest in the county and closest to the England rate.