The daily case rate has increased rapidly over the festive period.
The latest rate in Rotherham is 2,251.1 per 100,000 (7 days data to 1 January 2022), an increase of 105.3 % from last week’s rate of 1096.3 per 100,000. This is the highest the case rate has been in Rotherham during the pandemic.
Unfortunately, there have also been 5 COVID-related deaths (within 28 days of a positive test) in Rotherham between 25 December 2021-1 January 2022.
The rapid rise in case rates demonstrates just how transmissible the Omicron variant is and is being seen across all age groups. Most worrying is the rise in the over 60s case rate which is now at 1282.7 per 100,000 and has doubled within the last week. Based on modelling and what has been seen elsewhere it is expected that these increases will continue for at least another week to 10 days before we reach the peak.
If you are planning to meet up with friends and family, please take care. Remember:
- Take a lateral flow test before meeting people or before going to a busy venue, such as a pub, shopping centre, or live event
- Wear a face covering in most indoor venues and try to keep 2m apart from people you do not live with
- Wash your hands regularly and wipe down surfaces that are used often
- Keep your house well ventilated by opening a window when you have guests
Vaccinations sessions are being held across the borough and you can find out where, here.
Dr Simon Langmead, a GP in Rotherham, said: “I really want to encourage you to get your Coronavirus vaccination done this week. If you have not had your booster, we know that you need it to protect yourself from this Omicron variant of Covid.”