Rotherham Hospital has this week discharged the only remaining patient who had tested positive for Covid-19, meaning that, for the first time since March, there are currently no confirmed positive Covid-19 patients in Rotherham Hospital.
We’ve come a long way from new Nightingale Hospitals being set up and hospitals with their own dedicated Covid wards, with their own dedicated staff.
Earlier this month, the NHS Trust announced that Rotherham residents that need hospital care for Covid-19 will be treated at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.
A spokesperson for the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our staff have done a fantastic job caring for 650 inpatients who tested positive for the virus.
“Sadly 204 patients have died after testing positive for Covid-19 and our thoughts are with their families and loved ones.
“While there are currently no Covid patients in the hospital, the pandemic is not over. We must all continue to social distance, wash our hands, wear face coverings and get tested if we develop any symptoms.”
Recent rates of infection have slightly increased and the seven-day infection rate in Rotherham is 20 per 100,000, although to note that this is still lower than those local authority areas on the Government’s watchlist.
The number of positive cases in Rotherham was 49 cases last week and in order to tackle the infection rate, health chiefs are actively encouraging anyone with symptoms, however mild, or with any cause for concern, to get tested as soon as possible.
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