West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals report 17 new cases of coronavirus infection today, that’s now 4,570 infections, and 3,998 infections per 100,000 of our population.
NHS England has sadly notified two deaths recorded at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. There have been 240 deaths in West Lancashire.
Almost a quarter of Lancashire hospital beds, and nearly all of those in critical care, were taken up by coronavirus patients when the county’s Tier 3 lockdown future was decided. There was widespread criticism in Lancashire towards the Government’s move to place the entire region under the toughest Tier 3 rules, ignoring a plea from councils for the fate of each of Lancashire’s 14 local council areas to be considered separately.
The Government has since released the reasoning behind its decision about the regulations that will come into force across Lancashire when the national lockdown ends on December 2.
The brief summary acknowledged that Covid rates had shown “improvements in some areas” but noted that “pressure” remained on the health service in the county.
NHS data reveals some of the considerations that have weighed on the controversial call to impose Tier 3 status. As of last Tuesday (November 24) just 24 hours before the final tiering decision was made, there were a total of 682 people being treated in hospital for Covid across Lancashire.
Although it was marginally down on a week earlier, when the 700 mark had been crossed for the first time during the pandemic, it was far higher than the 563 peak reached at the peak of the first wave in mid-April.
Of the 682 Covid patients in Lancashire hospitals earlier this week, 617 were occupying general and acute beds, with a further 15 in a high dependency unit and 50 receiving treatment in level three ventilated beds. That meant Covid patients accounted for 48 percent of all those in critical care across the region and 24 percent of those in general and acute wards.