More than one in five coronavirus deaths in Sheffield happening at care homes, figures suggest

More than one in five coronavirus deaths in Sheffield are happening at care homes, new figures suggest.

By Robert Cumber
Friday, 24th April 2020, 2:57 pm

There were 20 deaths involving COVID-19 registered at care homes across the city for the period up to April 10, the latest date for which data is available, out of a total of 91.

Of the other 71 people, 68 died at hospital, one died at home and two died elsewhere in the community.

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More than a fifth of coronavirus deaths in Sheffield are happening at care homes, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (pic: Getty Images)

Those figures, published this week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are for deaths which occurred up to April 10 and had been registered as of April 18. There may be more deaths which happened before April 10 but had not been registered by April 18.

Elswhere in South Yorkshire, two out of 32 coronavirus deaths registered during that period in Doncaster happened at a care home, with four people dying with COVID-19 at home and 26 in hospital.

In Rotherham, 13 out of 50 coronavirus deaths happened at a care home, and in Barnsley it was four out of 52.

The daily COVID-19 updates produced by Public Health England only include deaths at hospitals.

The Office for National Statistics publishes a more detailed breakdown based on deaths which have been registered, but this takes longer to compile and is only released once a week.

Last week, a Sheffield care home boss praised her staff for ‘performing miracles’ during the coronavirus pandemic but said they feel ‘overlooked’.

She told how there had been a number of cases at two of the care homes she manages which had resulted in people dying.